November 12, 2010

And the Winner is...Yulie!

I have looked a long time for a hat that I actually thought looked cute on me. I'll admit, when Silvia suggested the Yulie hat I was originally skeptical. Frankly, I'd never considered a beret style as being MY style. But I also knew from personal experience that Grumperina Kathy has excellent taste, so I decided to trust.

Turns out, I really like this on me.


The front view.


From the back.

Project Details:

Pattern: Yulie by Grumperina.

As with all Grumperina patterns, everything is well-thought-out and there are very clear directions for everything. This hat is composed of an easy lace stitch. If you can YO and knit two together (in various ways), you can easily make this hat. The lace isn't at all obvious when you wear it, but the open stitch gives even sturdy wool like I used a nice drape.

Yarn: One 225 yd. skein of madelinetosh Tosh DK in Moss and one skein of the same yarn in Graphite. I have enough yarn left over for another two of these hats.

Despite its DK name, this yarn is a light worsted weight superwash merino wool. It was a pleasure with which to knit -- very soft and not splitty. Be warned that upon blocking, there was a fair amount of dye run-off. I'd hesitate to combine a light and a dark color of this yarn in the same garment. This would be true of almost all "hand-dyed" type yarns, so its not a criticism in particular of this one.

Needles: A US size 5 for the ribbing and a US size 7 bamboo circular and bamboo DPNs for the body of the hat. All needles stolen from my sister.

It feels really nice to want to knit again. I do have a husband sock project on the needles, as well as two nice sweaters. Or maybe I'll make another hat out of these leftovers. We'll see how we go.

November 08, 2010


It feels kind of good to actually complete a wearable item.


The Yulie hat is still drying, but I have high hopes for cuteness.

January 04, 2010

Cute? or Cat Abuse? You Decide

Finally, at long last the Baby Viking Hat is completed. Of course, long after the baby in question has come and gone for picture taking purposes. So, what to do? What to do?


Poor little Igor. Sleeping on the couch, minding his own kitty business when I snuck up on him and forced him to be Cat Viking.

Project Details:

Pattern: Baby Viking Hat.

Yarn: 1 ball of Sublime Cashmere Merino Silk Aran for the hat, Baby size, and odds and ends of yellow and white yarn for the braids and horns. I bought two balls of the Sublime but didn't use the second one. The hat came out smaller in circumference then the pattern indicated, but it fit the two-month-old baby head just fine with plenty of room to spare.

Needles: Dyakcraft Darn Pretty Needles DPNs in US size 5.

I enjoyed making this project, but the fiddly little bits at the end were hard slogging. I'm not a fiddly bits knitter. Now, to pop this into the mail so that it reaches the baby in question before she outgrows it.

November 09, 2009

Baby Hat Monday

It has been a million years since I knit a baby hat or a baby-ANYTHING.


Here is the beginning of a baby Viking Hat.

I downloaded the pattern for the hat and passed on the kit. Now I'm kind of sorry I didn't get the kit for two reasons. First, the yarn that I ended up with (Sublime Cashmere Merino Silk Aran) is "OK" for this project, but its far from the perfect yarn. I view this project as a gag gift -- a rarely worn novelty for which machine washability isn't really a must. Soft though it is, its splitty. Thank goodness for the extreme pointyness of the beautiful Dyakcraft Darn Pretty Needles in US size 5 that I'm using for this project.

But more to the point, nowhere in this long pattern could I find the exact yardages of yarn needed for each size hat (to be fair, the website specifies 2 balls for a baby hat). Yeah, I get that they would prefer I buy a kit. But it was a wee bit frustrating to figure out this info was missing mid-yarn-shop-visit.

Nevertheless, I bought two balls of the Sublime which should be more than enough for the hat body. I knew deep in the depths of the stash I had some appropriately light-blonde colored Germantown yarn (raise your hands if you remember this stuff!) and clearly there is lots of suitable stash white yarn for the horns.

I can't recall the last time I knit bobbles. It is entirely possible that I've remained bobble-less for many, many years if not a decade or two. These actually weren't bad to knit, but I was relieved when it was over. Now it is just straight stockinette to the top, schpink on a few funny accoutrement and there we have it: a hilarious baby hat!

December 22, 2008

Shedir in the Snow

This snowy weekend was a great opportunity to finish the Shedir chemo cap.


And a shot of the star on the top of the hat:


Click either of these pictures for bigger.

Project Details

Pattern: Shedir by Jenna Wilson. This is an extremely well-written pattern, with extensive and precise instructions. Just like all of Jenna's great patterns.

Yarn: Rowan Calmer in Color 477 - 1 full ball plus about 9 grams of a second ball. There is no way I could have finished this chemo cap using only one ball, unlike the last time I knit it. I have no explanation for why the same knitter, pattern and needles would have used more yarn this time than last. I can only surmise there was less yardage in this ball of Calmer than when I knit the cap the first time.

Needles: Addi Turbo 16 in. circular needles in US size 3 and Grafton Fibers Darn Pretty Needles in the 5 inch US size 3 DPNs for the very top of the hat.

Mods: None, except that I did a tubular cast on for the 1x1 ribbing at the bottom of this cap. In my opinion, 1X1 ribbing is the perfect time to use a tubular cast on. The directions I use are here.

Because I dragged this cap around with me a bit while knitting it, I wanted to wash it/block it before giving it to my colleague. Once washed, my challenge was finding a head-sized waterproof shape on which to dry the cap. My solution was to put a bunch of packing peanuts into a small plastic bag and then stuff that into the hat for a head-like shape. Then I set the whole she-bang up on a coffee can to dry. You can just see the bottom of the coffee can in the first picture.

Whether or not my colleague likes this color or wants a hat, at least she'll know that I was thinking of her and hoping that her chemo treatments kick cancer's sorry ass.

December 10, 2008

Pretty But Sort of Sad

The Shedir hat is a project that knitting-wise is fun to make, but it is sad to have to make it.


The start of a Shedir cap knit in Rowan Calmer on a US size 3 circular needle.

A colleague of mine has just started chemo, and boy does that suck. She said she was cold, so doing what knitters do, I stopped at the LYS on the way home and bought some yarn. I've made this project before, so I know it works for its intended use.

Now, I don't know if she wants a cap or if she would like this color. But I think she will appreciate that someone made something pretty for her.

December 01, 2008

Its A Birthday Hat

Today is my birthday and I'm celebrating with a new hat!


An alternate view:


Igor being tortured with Gretel by Silvia.

Project Details

Pattern: Gretel by Ysolda in the slouchy version.
Yarn: My own handspun. Its a two-ply, worsted to aran to DK thick and thin, irregular-but-in-a-good way Finn lamb cross.
Needles: US size 6 and 4 double point needles, and US size 3 double point needles for the last ten rows.
Mods: None. I thought the pattern was well written and easy to follow.

I am notoriously hard to please when it comes to hats. Surprisingly, I sort of like this one. On the plus side, the beret style of the hat doesn't hug my head closely, the look of which I dislike on myself. On the minus side, I foresee difficulty keeping this on my head. Only, I've discovered a side benefit to having big ears that stick out -- they hook onto the sides of this hat and anchor it. YEAH!

The yarn for this hat isn't ideal for the project, I think. Its a lanolin-rich rather heavy yarn which I've knit down to have little drape. My lovely sister predicts that upon first washing or blocking this hat (which I don't intend to do anytime soon) this sucker will grow. Will grow enough so that that she of the larger melon will snag it for her own. In fact, this hat may grow just in wearing it.

I might be tempted to make this hat again, perhaps in a lighter, drapier yarn.

Today, being a birthday, has already been a good day. Presents (lululemon from the sis, good call)! Prime seats to tonight's game! Hanging out with the family! What more could anybody want?

November 24, 2008

Hat Hope Springs Eternal

Handknit hats and I have a dysfunctional relationship. Every year it starts to get cold outside and I lament my lack of well-loved headgear. With high hopes, I search out a new pattern and some yarn and knit furiously over a weekend to produce head warmth.

Usually this ends badly, with a hat that makes me feel like a big ole dork. Yes, yes, maybe such is not reality in the eyes of others. But if *I* don't like it, I won't wear it -- cold or no cold.

Behold this year's attempt:


This is Gretel in progress, knit with some handspun. This pattern allows the knitter to choose the level of "slouchiness" of the hat. Now, I've gotten some feedback that I don't strike y'all as a "slouchy" sort of gal. But yet, I'm drawn to the slouch.

In an excess of caution, I've run a lifeline through the stitches at the point where I'd have to rip back in order to undo the final level of slouchiness of this hat. Just in case you are right, I am wrong, and I will shortly be ripping and deslouching.

March 10, 2008

Utopia Hat Live!

During my recent battle with the flu, I knit the Utopia Hat. I wasn't interested in showing my flu-face to the world at that time, but promised to show the hat on my head because there are so few pictures on the web of this hat showing a person wearing it. And everyone knows that you can't commit to a project without seeing it on a live person -- a multitude of design sins can be covered up with a photo of a project laid out flat.


The front view.


The back view.

Although hats are my nemesis, and beanie-style hats especially so, despite my distaste for hat-wearing I will admit right here that in cold winter weather I can't stay warm without one. Beanie hats are small and fit nicely in a pocket. They can easily be whipped off and on as circumstances dictate. The Utopia Hat is cute and fills this need, so I heartily recommend it if you are in a similar hat-boat to me.

February 20, 2008

Back in the Land of the Living

File under the category "Famous Last Words":

Claudia's Doctor: "You should get a flu shot."

Claudia: "Nah. I never get the flu."

Suffice to say, next year I'm getting the flu shot. Thanks for all your kind emails wishing me better health.

Out of three solid days spent on the couch, I was able to knit only one day. The first day, when my temperature was the highest. Go figure.

What did I make?


Project Details:

Pattern: The Utopia Hat. I think this is a cute hat and it was fast and fun to make.

Yarn: Some handspun soft wool, the same stuff I used to make this hat. I apparently have lots. Its probably sort of a worsted weight, when all of the too-thick and too-thin parts are averaged out.

Needles: DPNs in US size 4 and 6.

Mods: I knit the bottom ribbing to about 1 1/2 inches instead of a half-inch, and knit this part in the size 4 needles. Otherwise, I knit the hat as written. I'd recommend my mod, because otherwise I think the bottom ribbing would splay out.

Now, if a fevered, flu-ravaged person can successfully make this, I think I can recommend the pattern to even brand-new knitters. I used the cabling without a cable needle technique that Grumperina shows here.

I did actually take a picture of this hat with me wearing it, but lets just say after three days of illness that it did not flatter. When I feel more human (and sound less like a male bullfrog) I'll take a modeled shot. I looked all through Ravelry for a picture of this hat modeled by an adult female and saw few. So I'd like to not punt on this one, even though I've historically been unhappy with my beanie-hatted-persona.

December 17, 2007

My Kingdom for a Hat

This weekend while mostly snow-and-ice bound, I grappled with a long-running nemesis but came out of the contest with only incomplete victory. What am I babbling on about?


Stinkin' no good treacherous hats. I only hang around with hats because I live in a cold, cold place. And there are some days where going out without one is simple madness and risky to exposed ears and scalp. A shotgun wedding, so to speak.

What's the problem? one may ask. A hat is as innocuous as....say...a cucumber. (Which by the way, I also hate). The problem is that I do. not. like. the way I look in hats. I feel like a big ole dork.

Of course, this hat-phobia hasn't kept me from trying to knit my way into hat-happiness. I've tried lovely beaded hats (given away), fancy hats (tucked away in a drawer somewhere), and by far the most successful, the felted Bucket Hat. I wear this one sometimes (I felted it a little small) and this one probably the most frequently, despite the fun fur situation.

Still, if the choice is walk around with a cold head or wear one of my existing hats often my choice is the cold, baby.

This weekend, with the cold and snow abounding I resolved to try again. While reading my lovely sister's blog, I was reminded about the super-cute Chicknits Shaker Rib hat pattern that Sil had made a couple of years ago out of a skein of Manos. Figuring this was a nice use for some handspun (free, available, no need to go out), I printed out the pattern and cast on.


Here it is drying with some plastic grocery bags stuffed in it to give it shape.

The good: its a bit too big for me (my fault -- I cast on more stitches than required to make up for thinner yarn and then the hat grew after wet-blocking), but since one of the grudges I hold against hats is the unattractive squishing of the hair-do, I'm actually pleased. In addition, its a simple non-aggressive hat in a brown color that complements some of my jackets.

The bad: I still hate the way I look in beanie style hats. That doesn't mean I won't wear it: I probably will on those days that are just so cold that the neurons carrying thoughts of vanity have been frozen clean out of my brain.

Sigh. Maybe I should just make me another Felted Bucket Hat, the right size and denuded of fun fur, since that was the only style I've ever come close to actually liking.

February 06, 2006

Why Odessa is Like a Potato Chip

Why the Odessa hat is like a potato chip: bet you can't make just one.


EDITED TO ADD: Here is a way hotter picture of Melanie wearing Odessa.

The beautiful Melanie was the giftee this time, and doesn't that hat look cute on her! The elusive Benedetta is to Melanie's left, playing hooky from vet school to come out and knit. Here is a closeup of the hat with the sparkly beads.


Pattern: Odessa by Grumperina (again);
Yarn and Beads: Rowan Cashsoft DK in black and the same silver-lined sparkly beads as last time;
Needles: Addi Turbo 16 in. in U.S. sizes 4 and 6;
Mods: None

I've still got hundreds and hundreds of these beads left, and I'm starting to eye the giant bags of yarn leftovers tucked away in the closet.....

February 01, 2006

A Little More Odessa

Apparently I am on a Grumperina pattern bender this week.


Check out the fabulous new Odessa hat pattern available beginning today from the kick-ass MagKnits. As a happy guinea pig knitter of this pattern, I can recommend it as a fun, fast project that is a great introduction to bead knitting if you've never tried it before. Its also a no-commitment way to try out the recommended yarn -- one ball of Rowan Cashsoft DK. I really enjoyed knitting with this yarn. Soft, a luscious hand and not splitty. I did find one knot near the beginning of one of my skeins, which is a huge pain in the ass when stringing beads. Basically it means you have to start completely over stringing them after cutting off the knot.

There were words.

As for the beads, Kathy recommends size 6 seed beads which I found were in rather short supply in the bead stores in my area. I ended up at the Michael's and bought size 6 EE beads (whatever those are, beaders can jump in here) and they worked fine.

Want to see the back? Now, as much as I enjoyed making this hat, its not the sort I usually wear. Remember. Pinhead. Lots of hair. Generally I go for the bucket style hats that don't squish the coiffure. This cream hat has already gone off to a delighted giftee.** But because I really enjoyed making the pattern, I've already started a second one in a different color for another willing victim on whom this style will look quite smashing.

Project Details:

Yarn: One ball of Rowan Cashsoft DK in the cream color.

Beads: I used about 121 beads size 6 EE row more than Kathy did in the original pattern. My row gauge is always compacted, so this wasn't a surprise. Clearly Kathy thought of this by asking folks to string 150 beads so that however each knitter's row gauge comes out, there will be enough beads.

Needles: Addi Turbos 16 in. circulars in US 4 and 6. It really surprised me that I used the recommended needle size because I am a loose knitter and usually must go down one or two needle sizes. But my first try at this hat using US size 3/5 needles was too small, leading to the gauge rant of a post or two ago.

Mods: None. Why?

**Seriously, if you need to make a gift, this is a great choice. The beads and the swirls make the giftees really think you slaved over this, when in fact its an easy knit.

January 03, 2006

Finishing Up Old Business

A good friend, expert in the knitting of the hats, oh-so-gently prodded me to block my Celtic Harbor Hat in order to try and rid it of the bothersome ripples. Indeed, I hereby admit that it was a lazy-ass move to post the hat picture without blocking it. Behold the blocked hat:

Note, that the rippling has completely disappeared.

Blocking really can substantially change the shape of woolen items. Although I could have steamed this, my preferred blocking method is a full-on wet block. Fill up a top loading washer with enough warm water to cover the item. Throw it in and get it good and wet. Leave it there for at least twenty minutes, and then spin out (having made absolutely sure to turn OFF the water to the washer).

My hat-blocking stand was a complete improvisation (it is unveiled here). A Fiestaware bowl, on top of an old coffee can sitting on a small jewelry gift box for extra height. The bowl was just a smidgen too wide, but seriously there was nothing else round with a flat bottom in this entire house. After the hat dried on this contraption it looked great. So, I take back what I said a few posts ago of not modifying the Celtic Harbor hat pattern with a deep picot hem. Go for it, just block the bejeezes out of it when you are done.

As a preview of future attractions, what can this be?

December 28, 2005

The Hat Saga - It Continues

Well, I finished my version of the Celtic Harbor Hat. Although, the truth is that I followed none of the directions of the pattern except for the charted fair isle pattern.

The hat, from the most flattering angle I could find.

Where to begin. First I'd like to talk about expectation. When I orginally looked at the picture on the website, what I *thought* I saw was a pillbox shape. You know, straight sides and a flat top. When the pattern arrived, it quickly became clear that this was not at all how the hat was designed.

Important Knitting Rule #11 -- If a garment is not modeled on an actual person (it is shown flat or on a mannequin) knitter beware. You have no real idea how this will look when knit up, and don't fool yourself into thinking that you do.

The hat design is unusual and very clever, but it was decidedly not a pillbox shape. This hat is designed so that the rounded part of your head pokes up through a relatively narrow headband, which has ribbing at both the top and bottom edges. But, being that I EXPECTED a pillbox shape and WANTED a pillbox shape, I ignored the shaping of the hat. Didn't give it a chance. Instead, I wrestled this hat pattern into my desired shape by knitting a stockinette liner instead of a ribbed liner, then knitting the patterned outside bit, then doing a giant knitted picot hem just like for my socks. After a row of purl stitches, I decreased for the top just like in Bonne Marie's excellent Bucket Hat pattern.

The plus of these modifications is that the hat (made large enough around) doesn't mess up one's coiffure like a ribbed liner would have. The minus of these modifications is that the transition on the top of the hat from a double knit bottom to a single knit crown produces ripples. Which, as any vain blogger would do, are minimized in the above shot.

I am left wondering whether I wouldn't have been better off surrendering to serendipity and trying out the unusual and unexpected hat shape for which the pattern was written. That is what I would recommend to anyone attempting this hat.

After all that effort to get the elusive pillbox shape, do I think its a good shape for my pinhead? Not so much. I think a flared brim is a must.

In summary this is a pretty hat, I'm glad I made it and I learned quite alot by doing so. It is warm, functional and quite decorative. But I wouldn't recommend screwing with its shaping or making it if you've got a pinhead like mine.

December 22, 2005

Hats, hats, hats

Who knew that this hat business would prove to be so challenging?

Then again, perhaps it is only me. Apparently this striving for a "mature hat" is likely the problem.

I've started up again with the Celtic Harbor Hat:

This time, you can actually see the pattern.

Wanting a looser-fitting hat anyway, I decided to use the original yarn (Cascade 220) which I thought (correctly I might add) was too thin to get gauge, but I added an extra 20 stitch pattern repeat to make up for the more compact stitch gauge. I also changed the interior lining from ribbing to stockinette and added about an inch to the depth of the hat. Although I debated centering the pattern on the wider hat, instead I kept the patterning as starting immediately after the picot edge turn and I'll add the extra rows towards the crown. Maybe this will suck; maybe it won't. I'll count on you all to chime in.

Oh, and I'm sorta, kinda running a little low on the navy blue skein. Ooops. Had I been THINKING, I would have used the contrast color for the lining to avoid yarn famine of the main color. Live and learn, people.

That is not the only hat goodness 'round these parts. I'm also playing with a top-down hat pattern (PDF found here) using the variable sport-weight handspun that was a Celtic Harbor reject.

I do so like this color.

I haven't exactly decided how I'll finish this one off. Maybe a flared edge. Maybe a rolled brim of some sort. Maybe I'll think of a great way to use the matching aran weight handspun in the brim-al area. The beauty of top down is the keeping open of the options.

For those that might ask, although I usually would switch to a 16 inch circular needle way before this point, I somehow neglected to do so after the top increases were done. By the time I woke up and reached for the circular, I figured that there might very well be a visible change in gauge between the bamboo double points and the Addi circular. Considering my hat luck lately, I decided not to take the chance.

December 19, 2005

A Series of Unfortunate Events

I'm thinking we should start out this Monday morning on a positive note. So, we won't talk about the weekend's knitting quite yet. Instead, let's talk about Christmas cookies.

It should come as no great shock that I'm not much for the baking. Pretty much all the family talent on that score went to my lovely sister. However a series of cookie-swap occasions came a-calling (no, not my idea) and entering the kitchen, apron donned and whisk in hand, appeared to the only way out. What I made:

We've got some butter cookies and some chocolate stars, both recipes from Switzerland courtesy of my mom.

What I learned: baking Christmas cookies is HARD. See, they have to taste good *and* look nice. Singed reindeer antlers or angel wings have no place on the gift plate. The main reason I dislike cooking and baking and minimize my time spent on these activities is *clearly* related to my unrealistic expectations of the process. I mean, if a recipe says to combine so much butter, sugar, flour etc. and you *follow the recipe exactly* wouldn't you think things would come out right every time?? You'd think. But no. There is constant off-the-recipe problem solving involved in food creation. The dough is too dry; the oven too hot (only in spots, of course), the cookies overbake or underbake, the icing is too thick -- all must be solved by Claudia. Seriously, I'd much rather just go to work if PROBLEM-SOLVING is on the agenda in the kitchen too. EDITED TO ADD: Knitting problem-solving = fun for Claudia. Cooking problem-solving = not fun for Claudia. Ah the vagaries of personality.

So, for those of you who bake holiday cookies every year. A big fat CHEER. Bake on, dudes. Me, well, the cookies are tasty but I wonder whether they were worth shooting my whole Saturday for.

So, that was the success for the weekend. Let us move onto the unfortunate events.

The pattern for the Celtic Harbor Hat arrived in the mail and I had to start in right away. Let me reconstruct for you the series of questionable decisions that resulted in this:

Where to start, where to start....

1. Hmmm. I bought some Cascade 220 for this 'cause the webpage said 5 sts to the inch. But the pattern says 4.5. I'll bet I need a heavier yarn, so let me take some handspun from the stash.

2. Oooo. I like the color, but you -- you seat-of-the-pants spinner you, have produced one small ball of aran weight and two large balls of sport-weight (if you're lucky). No matter! I'll start with the small ball of aran weight and when I run out, I'll just use the thinner yarn doubled! Yeah, that's the ticket. No need to swatch, because I'm sure this will work. /cue scary music/

3. Low contrast. That would be nice. Let me take this other ball of handspun from the stash which is exactly the same color intensity. Boy, this will be great. /cue scary music/

4. Knit. Knit. Knit.

5. Gee, I should try this on. Uh oh. Pillbox hat? Not exactly. Unless I pull this hat way down into a beanie shape, my ears won't be covered. Let's look at the picture. Oh yeah. Not pictured on a real human head. Ooops.

Do I need to explain more? What I've got is a hat that is not deep enough to keep the pillbox shape that I originally was interested in. By scrounging for handspun, which I know the best of times, I've gotten myself into a situation where the main color yarn won't be the same weight throughout the hat and certainly won't match the equally inconsistent contrast yarn.

What I learned:

1. My inconsistent handspun might still work for a hat (say a top-down cloche shape), but certainly not for a hat with fair isle patterning. Fair isle patterning demands using two colors of the same smooth, consistent yarn that Claudia should really buy at a yarn shop. Since she simply refuses to spin to a standard.

2. Beware patterns with no row gauge and no measurements. This hat is designed to be four inches deep, assuming an 18/24 aran weight yarn. This is insufficient for my head as written, and I should have figured that out before starting. The hat is knittable, but only after altering the pattern to add more plain rows both before and after the patterning.

3. There is a fine line between a subtle pattern and an inability to see the pattern because the yarns are too similar. The line was crossed here.

4. This hat has some good design ideas, but I can improve this. The ribbing as the liner (to provide the third layer over the ears) certainly will keep the hat on, but also will result in hat hair. I might change this to stockinette and treat the bottom part of the hat like a giant knitted-in hem.

Everybody, wave goodbye to this hat incarnation. I think I've done all the damage to it that I possibly can.

December 15, 2005

Hat! Winner!

There is seriously no way that I, surfing alone, ever could have tracked down the number and variety of knitted hat patterns that you guys sent me. My intentions were to assemble all the suggestions into a "Hats for Pinheads" page. But alas, time did not allow.

Although I likely will try out a number of the suggestions, there has got to be one winner. Because there is only one prize.

And the winner is......Colleen! Your book is on the way. Colleen's suggestion was the Celtic Harbor hat. Now, I don't know why this particular hat really struck me, but it did. I'd like to try a loose pillbox design, and I thought the colorwork was interesting yet not too....twee. I haven't done colorwork in a million years, so maybe this hat is meeting some yearning for fair isle of which I was previously unaware. For my taste, I'd like the contrast between the light and dark colors to be less striking so that the hat overall might be a bit more subtle. Perhaps in this yarn:

Cascade 220 is a great yarn at a great price.

Or I might dig out some bits of handspun and try that. Although I probably could cobble together a pattern just from the picture, I'm being a lazy girl and waiting for the pattern to arrive in my mailbox. (mailbox! how old school!)

Thanks everyone for playing! I really appreciate your help with my pinhead issues.