Pattern: Plimoth Hat by Alicia Plummer, free Ravelry download
Yarn: Marks & Kattens Twist #347094
Needles: 3.5 mm and 4.0 mm
This was "a snack between the meals"-project. I had just finished the Stricken socks and I'm out of yarn for both the Aurora scarf and the Docklight sweater (didn't get them from my local yarn store so had to place an order). The only thing I had on my needles was the Stasis pullover, but I didn't feel like knitting it: other than the charted two-color sections it's just stockinette stitch in a round, boring... This was a fairly quick project with worsted weight yarn and a simple design, so I finished the whole hat over the weekend in addition to knitting a cuff for a new sock project and adding some 20 cm in length for the Stasis's sleeve. The pattern is freely downloadable via Ravelry.
The yarn I used for this project is something my mother gave me a while back. She was clearing our garage and came across a box of her old woolen yarns. She rarely knits nowadays so she gave the yarns to me. There were three skeins of this yarn and since it's no longer in production I can't get hold of any more of it. I've been pondering what to knit with it: how to use all of it but at the same time have enough yarn to finish what I started. There's not enough for a scarf (which otherwise would have been a good project since once a scarf has reached the minimum length it doesn't really matter if there's an extra 10 or 15 or 30 cm in length; you can just knit until you run out of yarn) but too much for a hat or a pair of mittens. I did some calculating and I think there might be just enough to make both a hat and a pair of simple mittens.
The yarn is probably not the best choice for this hat. It's made of two different plies (one white, one dark gray) that are twisted together, which results in a tweed-like fabric similar to knitting with two different yarns simultaneously. The yarn might be a bit to busy for a cable pattern which kind of gets lost in the midst. It might have worked better with a more toned-down yarn. But I do like the hat anyway.
There were some small issues with the pattern I would have done differently like the 1x1 ribbing not aligning after the increase round or the bit messy decreasing when shaping the crown. I also added some length to the hat as well because it was too short when following the given measurements. Other than that a nice and basic hat pattern.
I also started another Socktober sock project over the weekend: the striped crew socks from the Purl Bee website. I thought these socks would be another good way to reduce my stash. I'm using the gray Novita Wool that was left over from the Lady Stardust scarf and mixing it up with yellow stripes with a yarn I dyed myself in the summer.