Saturday, February 09, 2008

Head Cold

I'm not one for doing spur-of-them moment projects. I need to dream, plan, agonize, and re-knit large sections of most projects. Part of the pleasure I take in knitting definitely takes place in the time when I'm "fixin' to knit" as we say in Texas.

I broke out of character yesterday and knit this. I cast on in the early evening and by 9:30, it was done. From LYS to finished product in less than 6 hours. No speed record, but not the way I usually do things.

Melissa, one of my knitting friends, put out an APB to get sleeping hats knit for soldiers in Iraq. Seems one of the things they have to deal with over there this time of year is sleeping with very chilly heads. Helmets don't work well for sleeping. So a friend of Melissa's is gathering hats together to send over. She shared a pattern with us and asked us all to chip in. I didn't think I would be able to get to it for a while, but once I got started, it happened fast.

I bought one more skein of yarn (good ol' Cascade 220) than I needed, and this took less than a skein. So I might make one for myself. I might even modify the pattern so that it decreases like the HalfDome hat I made a while back.

Glad to do it. And to the soldier who gets this: stay warm and stay safe.


  1. It's a really great hat, too - SO sweet of you, Steven.

    Thank you for doing this!

  2. I love hats! Maybe I'll make a few to send over too. :)