I've been trying to stockpile some quick knits to use as gifts for my family members and a few close friends. It may be the year of the hat this year!
I've finished two Turn a Square hats by Jared Flood. I used Cascade 220 and Noro Silk Garden. I love how the Noro has the slow striping color changes, but I did find it a little splitty. I made these 2 hats from one skein of each and I have just enough left over for a third hat. I decided it was time for a change though. Maybe I'll make that third hat maybe I won't. I did learn how to do the jog-less stripe with this pattern, which I can see using again in the future.
I also knit a Poet Society Tam by Kirsten Kapur/Through the Loops Designs. I picked up the pattern while at Sock Summit this summer. The yarn is Rios in the color Zarzamora which I go from my LYS, Spinning Yarns. I love Rios! Every time I've used it, I've decided that it's my new favorite yarn
I decided to go with two buttons for the overlapping brim. I really wanted one big funky button but I couldn't find one that was quite right. But I do like these two buttons. The color of them coordinates nicely with the yarn.
I don't know who these are going to be for yet. I'm going to try a new idea this year. I'm knitting projects that I just plain like and they're all going into a gift basket. I'm hoping that by Christmas I will have enough FO's with enough variety that I will be able to let everyone pick for themselves what they would like to have. We'll see how it works out. It might be the best idea I ever had, or it could be the worst!