Look, A Finished Project!

I was talking to some men not of my generation a few days ago when one of them mentioned that I have a knitting blog.  This gentleman looked at me and said something along the lines of, "what’s it about?" 

"Knitting," I replied. 
Clearly, this was not the answer he was looking for.  I don’t think he could imagine what someone could write about knitting that would hold anyone’s attention.  So I explained that I showed pictures of my finished projects.  That seemed to make more sense. 

So I give you an actual. real. finished project.  Whoo hoo!  Strike up the band because I actually finished something that I can show on the blog.  Secret Squirrel projects are nice for the pocketbook, but rough on the blog. 

It’s a hat made out of stash yarn.  It’s a wool yarn, but the type is a mystery as the ball band was lost.  I think I bought the yarn on super discount a while back because I wanted to break out of my blue rut – what I didn’t realize, was that I was only getting into a green yarn rut.  The project I bought this for never really peaked my interest and the yarn just sat in my basement.  I finally got it out for a little boy’s birthday hat.  Now I realize that it’s kind of strange to give a little boy a wool hat in June, even in Northern Wisconsin it’s not that cold.  However, I decided that this little boy’s brother got a hat last year for his birthday (his birthday is in November) and it just wasn’t fair if the one child got a hat and the other one didn’t. 

The hat is loosely based on Jared Flood’s Turn a Square Hat.  It’s my favorite hat pattern as it seems to flatter everyone.  I found a gauge that was good for this yarn and just guestimated how many stitches to cast on.  I knit purl 2 knit 2 ribbing for about an inch and then changed to stockinette.  When it got to be time to decrease, I divided the stitches by 4 and put markers at those four points.  Easy peasy.  It’s a simple hat that takes very little time to knit (that is, as long as you don’t let it sit for a month before doing the decreases). 

By the way, have you heard that the Knitmore Girls podcast is doing a preemie hat design contest?  The rules are here.  You use leftover sock yarn to knit hats for preemies.  The deadline is August 31, so you have plenty of time. 

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