So, first up - a hat for myself...
This is the Chevron beret (minus the garter ridges the pattern calls for) - knit in some beautiful handspun, spun by the talented Smoking Hot Needles. I believe it's alpaca/silk and it's been in the stash for a while, awaiting the perfect project. It's got nice, subtle colour changes that work perfect with the pattern - I love how it looks like a snowflake at the centre.
As you can see, it's a little too big for my mannequin, but it's just perfect for me! And since I have a lot less hair now, I need a nice warm hat!
Now I know what you're thinking... why on earth am I knitting a hat for myself when I have so much Christmas stuff left to do? Well, all the Christmas stuff I have left is boy stuff. I wasn't in the mood to work on Dad's sweater or Dave's socks, so that meant starting something new. I looked at my list, and went up to the stash, perused my list again, dug through the stash - and started swearing.
Despite all the wonderful, beautiful yarns I have - none were suitable for the projects I had in mind. Most of it is sock yarn and I need dk or worsted. And well... my stash is a little bit sexist. Anything that might remotely be considered a boy colour had sparkles in it!!!
So, I did what any normal knitter would do - I made myself a hat until I could go up and raid Mom's stash.
I can always count on Mom... otherwise, there wouldn't be a Storm Trooper beanie!!!
(yeah, can you believe I didn't even have any basic black, white or grey in my stash??? Well I did... in SOCK yarn!!!)