A week ago, I was deep in the middle of the collar for Violette-le-duc. It was inches and inches of 1x1 ribbing, and I had had enough! I had to cast on for something different.
Pattern: Droplet Hat (Rav) from Knitting Nature by Norah Gaughan
Yarn: Dream in Color Classy in Midnight Derby, less than 1 skein
Needles: US 6 and US 8
Time to Knit: January 17
Modifications: This pattern was written to be knit flat and then seamed, so I converted it to knit in the round. I don't see any reason at all to knit this flat, unless you really like straight needles!
This pattern was fun to knit, and I liked the resulting hat more than I thought I would. Even though there are a lot of bobbles in the pattern, the hat doesn't seem to scream "Bobbles!" when worn.
I didn't check my gauge before I started, and the hat ended up just a little too small. This yarn does grow when wet, so I got a little extra room from that. I then went back to the cast on edge, picked up a stitch in every cast-on stitch, and worked a few more rows (purl 2 rows, knit 1 row, repeat) and bound off using the decrease bind off.
Even after knitting this hat, I still did not feel like getting back to that 1x1 ribbing. So I knit another hat.
This hat was the reason I bought Boutique Knits, and I really like it. The sideways band really fits snugly around my ears; this is great for cold weather! My gauge was a little tight with this hat, too, so it doesn't have as much slouch as I might have liked. It was a fun and simple knit, and I started a second one for me!
Both of these hats are knit for my husband's cousin. She was recently diagnosed with breast cancer and is going through chemo. I haven't met her yet, but I've been told she likes blue. I thought I'd send her two pretty different hats in the hopes that she really likes at least one of them and is able to wear it when she needs it.
Since it took me a week to tell you about these hats (hey the post IS titled "Procrastination"), I've since finished the pieces for my sweater and they're blocking now. I'll give you an update soon.