pattern: swell, from knitty 2006
yarn: glaciar del cielo, #74 (main body) aurora bulky in olive green (trim)
needles: size 5 addi turbo circular
time: January 27-29
overall: Well, this is the only thing I've finished since this past summer. I've been working on five or six things, all sitting in my knitting basket without any real progress. Necessity! That's when something is completed. I needed a lightweight hat, something cozy and not itchy. Basically an indoor hat and this is it. I had to rip out the last 2" of the first try. It was way too short and barely fit on my head. I added in an additional 1.5" and then decreased according to the pattern. The hat is incredibly cozy and the earflaps are perfect. If I were to make another, I would have added another 1.5" (to total 3" added total to the pattern). It's a bit awkward looking because of it. Regardless, I love how comfortable it is and my need for a cozy "house hat" is fulfilled.
a note on the yarn: In my neverending quest to find perfect non-wool varieties, this will be my new go-to yarn. The Glaciar del Cielo is incredibly similar to Blue Sky's new Skinny Dyed, but after much swatching, I've found this to be superior. Blue Sky's is an absolute dream in skein form, but after winding and knitting, it doesn't hold up. It collects absolutely everything from lint to dog hair to thread. It's the worst. It doesn't hold shape very well either. The Glaciar del Cielo is fantastic. Sturdy, soft, and gorgeous color. The gray I chose has a bit of sea green to it...very unique and stands out. I've already purchased seven more skeins for a lightweight sweater.
I'm battling the knitting basket right now. I'm giving myself to March to either finish up or unravel. I'm excited to see the result of a year's worth of knitting. Or procrastination.