Unexpected travel plans call for some excellent car knitting (i.e. *not* the Lothlorian shawl!) Since my knee socks are almost finished, I fretted that I would not have enough knitting for the 12 hour drive . . . and so, I cast on an unexpected hat for our unexpected trip. Luckily for me, I had downloaded a free version of the Manning Park Hat by Black Crow Knits earlier in December and, with the help of some stashed yarn, it was the perfect project.
I cast on for the medium size (I like my hats snug, but not tight) and went for an inner-brim made of SW Merino from Tanis Fiber Arts. The beautiful blue/purple at the base of the hat is a 50/50 alpaca wool blend that I picked up in Glasgow at The Yarn Cake—only 50 grams, so I was super happy to find an ideal project to show it off. And the upper grey portion of the hat is some leftover wool from my Knit Picks Love Tangle Blanket.
This second attempt at color work was successful (in the middle of the hat) and the turned, picot brim is just wonderful with the little bit of drake blue peaking out from underneath the Glasgow purple. I love the little bit of slouch at the top, as my long hair can be tucked up there without compromising ear-coverage. [I promised, once the light is better, I’ll take some photos of the hat ON my head!] It’s taken me about 4-5 years of knitting to be competent enough to make a hat that I like and I will wear. Amazing how all of the hours of skills and practice come together in such a small project. 🙂