Wow. We got up at a reasonable hour and set about getting things done around the house, meals, chores, etc. The next thing I know it’s 7 pm in the evening and I haven’t posted a thing!
I finally remembered which yarn I used for the test knit. It’s one of Jo Dee’s Fishknit’s Yarns, colorway 10,000 Leagues, on her Isabella base (80/20 Merino/Silk). I couldn’t recall what project I had used it for and then I spied it when I opened a drawer of hand-knits…
I used the Sockhead Hat pattern, shortened the ribbing and the length of the hat, and added a pattern using a natural color, another of Jo Dee’s yarns, colorway Caspar, on Warmheart base, (80/20 Merino/Nylon).
I went through several single skeins of fingering yarn, knitting up hats a couple of years ago…
Brad has several of these hats, his favorite being the one on the far right in the above photo. That one was knitted with Araucania Ranco Sock yarn, discontinued, 80/20 wool/nylon. It’s not superwash wool so I hand wash it. There is a brown hat in the top photo knitted with Malabrigo Sock yarn but all of the others are knitted with Fishknit’s Yarns.
Hats knitted with fingering yarn are perfect for this part of the country. Brad’s poor old bald head gets cold and he hated the thick, acrylic yarn hats because they made him sweat. He was amazed at how warm the thinner wool hats are and brags about how many I’ve knitted for him.
He also loves his hand-knitted wool socks and I need to make him another pair. When ‘the guys’ at work would start in on their wives he would plop his size 13 shoe on the table, grin and say, “MY wife actually loves ME so much she hand knits socks for me.” That would shut them up for awhile. Another reason he’s glad to be retired…no more ‘my wife’ stories and complaints from men who don’t appreciate the women they married.
While I’m thinking of it I’m going to go stash diving and grab a couple of skeins of sock yarn for his next pair of socks. It takes more than one skein and sometimes I can use a partial skein for contrast heels and toes.
Have a blessed Hump Day evening, ya’ll.