Well, that was fun. Who knew I was subconsciously making a Hudson's Bay Hat? I bet someplace in my brain knew, because when I was running perilously close to the end of the gray skein, and I knew I wanted to actually end the hat gray, I scoured the whole house for bits and pieces of LPB for one more stripe. I have it in so many colors it's crazy, but I did not find the right one until I found the yellow-orange and that was just somehow right. It does look an awful lot like a Hudson's Bay blanket, except for the many Hudson Bay blankets that also have a stripe of navy blue, which my hat lacks. We will forget that pesky little detail. Anyway, I like it. A lot.
Some people asked what the inside looks like, what with that striping trick. Kinda cool, actually:
With the push of getting two hats done in two days, I have a bit of a sore elbow, and I was not going to knit on Sunday to give it a rest. But I got another desperate plea from Abigail for her new hat. Ryan (the brigand!) has permanently co-opted hers for himself. It's WAY COLD here now -- unseasonably cold, it seems to me -- and she's coming home today. I'm sure we can find something in the closets to keep her head warm, but she wants a NEW handknit HAT. *whine*
So what's a mother hen to do; lay an egg? Nope, go to the gym, do some cardio, some pushups and some stretches, put on some arnica gel, have some food and wine, and then start another hat.
So it's back on the needles. This time it's 120 stitches (96 last time was too small) and I'm working on US 4 needles. I'm going to do a wide fold-up brim for keeping the ears extra warm, then a cabled crown. No pattern; just winging it again.
Wonder what ever happened to my pledge to knit only for me-me-ME?