Each time I would revisit my stash, I would come across the skein of yarn. It was never considered for giveaways, or for donation to charity, but I also could never think of anything specific to make using it. For one thing, it was only one skein, and it was bulky yarn, which meant that there wasn't much yardage. I don't have a lot of yarn in that weight, so there were no immediate pairings that came to mind for it, either.
Enter 2014, and the Polar Vortex. Snow, cold, wind chills, much more than we have had in years. I was so happy that I'd made my Seedy Cowl (seen and described in this post), I thought I should look for some stash yarn to make a hat for myself. I came across the aforementioned skein again, and thought, "Hmm, that would be a nice hat, and probably a quick knit." So I poked around on Ravelry, and found that someone had used it to knit The Amanda Hat, which had been in my queue for a long time. So, I cast on, and very quickly, I had a new hat - just in time for another round of Polar Vortex weather, snow, and wind chill!
As it turned out, I didn't get a chance to block it, because I needed it almost right away - but no matter, I made it to wear, right? I can tell you that it is amazingly, cozily, warm.
Project: But It's My Hat Instead
Pattern: The Amanda Hat
Yarn: Colinette Skye, in the Bright Charcoal colorway
Needles: US 9
Comments: This was an interesting pattern, requiring some attention, but with a quickly-learned repeat, and still a pretty fast knit. The yarn is lovely to knit with, and I didn't find it splitty or rough or anything annoying. I got to the point where I needed to do the last few rounds on double-pointed needles, and didn't have any in the size needed - grrr! So I waited five extra days to get to Rosie's and borrow a set to finish it there. (I was broke and couldn't afford them at the time.) Anyway, the resulting hat is comfortable, pretty, and doesn't even really give me hat hair (at least not as much as other hats do)!
I can recommend this pattern, and this yarn, though by now it may be discontinued. I mean, I did buy it eighteen years ago ...
I love the way it looks on the top!
First FO of 2014 = Success