So – I mentioned that I was planning on making a bunch of things for gifts. I don’t remember if I also mentioned that most of these things ended up not happening because I decided early to mid-December to relax instead of stress out this holiday. So, most of the things I had been working on didn’t get made.
BUT – two unexpected projects did get finished! One was a hat for me, and the other a hat for my mother-in-law as a birthday gift. (The majority of my family – both by blood and marriage – has birthdays within three months of Christmas. This makes gift making annoying if I don’t work on it year-round, but sometimes magic happens.
One such magic project was the Caput Helianthus hat.
When I realized I was starting to burn out on gift knitting, I cast on a Caput Helianthus for myself. I used a fresh ball of Chroma fingering (Sugar Cookie colorway). Also, since I didn’t have the US 2.5 needles called for, I used a US 3 for the body of the hat, and a US 2 for the brim. (FYI, this worked really well, and the hat fits nicely too.)
It was a fun knit, but I did manage to set it aside periodically to work on gift knitting. (In that respect, it worked! I finished the gifts I really wanted to finish, and I didn’t burn out.) I had fun with the hat, and finished it in time to wear for Christmas.
And I decided to cast on another, since the first one had worked so well. I had another partial skein of Chroma fingering that I thought might be just enough yarn for another hat. There are two options for the crown of the hat, and since I did the 8-petal version on hat #1, I did the 16-petal version for hat #2.
This hat knit up REALLY fast. Partly because I decided I wanted to send it to my MIL for her early January birthday, and partly because I didn’t work on any other projects at the same time. I nearly ran out of yarn at the end – and in fact, I think the only reason I didn’t is that I switched to the US 2 needle for the final pattern repeat before the brim
But in the end, I finished it very quickly and got it blocked and mailed in time for her birthday. And it fits! Yay! I think I’ll be making at least one more of these hats, this time with a variegated yarn instead of one with a long repeat. They’re fun, easy, and I like the way they look when worn.