How's that for the Christmas spirit?
Kim Hargreaves' Kat is for my mom, and it is knit in Lorna's Laces Worsted, just a wonderfully yarnish yarn. And it's such a great mushroom of a hat. It's slightly less mushroom-y than the original pattern--I got a little freaked out by the descriptions of its hugeness on Ravelry. So instead I used US 4s for the brim, and cast on way fewer stitches, though I increased back up for the body. I only worked the body of the hat for one repetition before the crown decreases. I really like it. I want it. But as of tomorrow, it belongs to my mother.
Rikke, and I confess, I totally wore it out one day. I was just testing it out for my sister, I swear!
Lucky brat gets Cephalopod Traveller and she doesn't even realize how great that is. I knit this one just as the pattern is written, and actually I think it suits my sister better than it does me. It's a bit too slouchy for my taste--the weight of the hat pulls it back a bit. I would work it an inch shorter next time. And I think I would cast on fewer stitches, to boot.
Because I think there will be a next time. It's such a good use of hand-painted yarns. And I might just have to make myself a Kat too.
And with that note of utter generosity, Merry Christmas, everyone!