Monday, December 3, 2012

A hat or two

It's only the third day of December and already I have three FOs!!! Okay... it's because they are small, and I've had four days off work. I really have to give credit where credit is due, or karma is gonna come kick me in the butt!

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!!!)
 I'm slowly getting better at colourwork, but it's still not my favourite type of knitting. But there's a special boy who's going to love this, so it was worth the effort. And that's another present off the list! Huzzah!


Anonymous said...

Every boy needs a cool hat like that. It turned out GREAT!

Araignee said...

Both hats are fabulous!

Minding My Own Stitches said...

That Storm Trooper hat rocks! You almost got me to add another thing to my Christmas knitting list !!

Delusional Knitter said...

Beautiful beret and OMG I love the storm trooper hat!!!!

Nancy Kay said...

Both hats are really wonderful.

kathy b said...

I prefer your beret!!! BUT that is one awesome Storm Trooper hat for the boy on your list