I started and completed this project yesterday. Chunky yarn + big needles + inspired design = motivated knitter who can't wait to see how it all turns out. Quincy by Jared Flood. I love the way this hat looks on and off my head. The yarn was purchased at a deep discount when a local yarn shop closed its doors. Always a sad thing, losing a yarn shop, but I would never have splurged on this yarn otherwise. It is 100% Merino wool, "Unikat" by Zitron.
With the exception of sock yarns, I am not a big fan of variegated yarns. Generally, I don't like the way the colors pool, worrying about how they might pool and/or doing all the tricks I need to do to avoid the pooling. However, the colors in this skein of yarn pulled me in and with only one skein available, I figured it would be a hat or scarf someday and pooling colors would not be an issue.
Along came Made In Brooklyn, Jared Flood's booklet filled with beautiful, wearable designs and I knew the yarn I bought last spring would be perfect for Quincy. I cast on yesterday afternoon, knit in between bits of housework, feeding kids, and meet the teacher night. Once the evening settled in, I settled into my knitting and didn't stop until Quincy was done. Simple garter stitch to relax with and enough design details to keep it interesting.
Making wool hats in August may not make sense, and I certainly don't want to rush the cold weather our way, but I kinda can't wait to wear my new hat.