I enjoyed the chance to pop out a bunch of hats - I've long been wanting to do such a thing - and after a week I have 4 complete hats - and that's with a number of false starts early on, before I really got things ironed out. My favorite to wear will surely be the first, knit in Myra's own worsted merino handdye from Woolbearers in NJ. I may make another in the same yarn, since it only used less than half of the nice-sized skein.
I also love how the ribbing looks in Shelter; even though I'm usually picky about gapping in single ribs, I think it looks quite nice in the rustic texture lent by Shelter's woolen construction.
And now I submit 10 reasons why you could stand to knit a hat this August:
- Hats are small, so they don't cover your lap during hot August weather.
- Hats are quick, so it's easy to squeeze one in between other projects and no one will be the wiser.
- Hats only use a small amount of yarn, so you can dig into your stash.
- Hats are ultra-portable knitting projects.
- Hats make excellent vacation knitting, for all of the above reasons.
- If you happen to visit a yarn shop while on vacation, you could quite conceivably buy a beautiful skein of worsted yarn and knit a hat before you get back home to your stash.
- Knitting a hat in August will be just in time for the first chill of September.
- Hat knitting is happy knitting. Of all the types of projects, I think hats are the easiest way to get into a knitting jag.
- Hats are very giftable, so the previously mentioned knitting jag won't be a problem if it does occur.
- There's a new hat pattern just out, and it's free in August!