Sometime last week, or possibly the week before, as the outside temperatures took a major dip, school sent home a note that I needed to send “winter gear” in with my son. And then we also had to turn on the heat. The time had come to dig out the hats and mitts and scarves and such and take stock. I did pick up a hat and mittens set for the little nutmeg to have as back up, but also cast on a proper hat. Way back when, I made a Toasty Topper for the Lorax (man, 2009. Look how little!) and she wore that hat for 4 years! It is such a great design – the ties are wide enough to tie securely, the shaping at the back of the neck keeps the hat on and necks warm. It was a natural choice for Nate. I dug out a bright blue acrylic yarn and it worked up super quick. He hasn’t fought me too much on wearing it – he was game to have it on outside over the weekend, doing errands this week, kept it on when he went to school and wanted it back on when it was time to leave. Success! It does keep falling down over one eye, but that is either due to the shape of his head or how I’ve tied it.
I also finished a new hat for me! I started November Leaves in Green Mountain Spinnery’s Weekend Wool I picked up at Rhinebeck and I could not stop working on it. I love this yarn and the pattern was great. I knit it up by the directions but found it was a bit too tall for me for a fitted beanie style. I ripped back and started my decreases right after the lace section was completed. I have missed knitting hats and plan to do more. A kind knitter sent me yarn to make dinosaur legs and I plan to use the rest of the skein to pay it forward by making a few hats for PatPatsHats.