Apparently I've had a thing for hats lately. First up is the Fresh Mint hat by Alicia Plummer. A few months ago I won a skein of hand dyed yarn from Buckaloo View that was missing its label. I figured a hat would be a good project since I wasn't sure of the exact yardage. The yarn is beautiful, and the pattern was so fun! I think the yarn was a bit heavier than the pattern called for, so I had to go down a needle size and still ended up with a slightly larger hat. But you can read my project notes for more details. You can also read the interview I did with Liesl, the owner of Buckaloo View, here.
Remember me gushing about the hand spun yarn I bought from Goodstitch Fibers? (you can also read the interview I did with Abby here). Well, I finally decided on a pattern. Another hat. I cast on a while ago, but just recently got around to blocking. The yarn softened up a bit after blocking, but it still has a rustic, sheepy feel. If you're into that sort of yarn, I highly recommend Abby's yarn. The hat is the Pinecone and Mulberry hat by Melody of Mandarine's. I love the garter stitch. Since this was knit in the round it meant purling every other round, but I used it as a chance to practice purling continental style. The stitch pattern section is a bit lost because of the colors in the yarn, but I am fine with that.
I thought it would be too late in the season for such a warm hat, but I've already worn it a couple of times because Maine. The first time I wore this out while running errands. Even when I don't get comments while wearing handknit items, it still makes me so happy to wear something I have made, especially when I know who made the yarn. Again, you can read my project notes. I'm trying to be better at keeping notes to record my projects and any adjustments I made or what I thought about the pattern and yarn.
Are you a hat person? Leave a comment and let me know what you love to knit!