About this time last month, I’d finished my holiday knitting and did really want to start a spinning project knowing it would be interrupted with all the hub-bub of the company & Christmas. I was left with the question, “What should I do with my hands?” I decided to knit up a hat for my daughter. Wanting to treat myself to using some of my handspun stash, I grabbed this skein of Dyeabolical Rainbow Vista…
And I printed off a copy of Hannah Fettig’s Simple Beret and went to work.
And within a day…
With such a success on my hands and wanting to be fair, I started a project for my son. I grabbed this skein from the shelf, Mountain Colors Targhee Top in the Trading Post colorway.
It turned out really, really beautiful. I used another Hannah Fettig pattern, the Simple Hat.
And it’s knit at a somewhat tight gauge so it’s super warm. Unfortunately, my boy doesn’t seem to interested in it as he favors his plain black hat that was a freebie with some ice fishing gear we bought. I don’t mind, it’ll just go in the family hats stack for whomever to use when it’s needed. You can never have too many back-up hats in Wisconsin!
In any case, having finished this one on the 23rd, I was pretty sure I needed to then knit a hat for my hubby, too. He is by far the fussiest in the family about what colors he’ll wear, so I wound my carefully selected for him skein of “Rattlesnake” from Three Waters Farm.It is a truly beautiful neutral full of the richest browns and slate blue/greys.
I started a Churchmouse Yarns & Teas Boyfriend Watch Cap in the wee hours of Christmas Eve…
And finished just in time to leave the cookies out for Santa.
I couldn’t get the mister to model, but my girl was willing.
I just love the colors.
And then it was time to knit a hat for myself. This was my skein of choice, Three Waters Farm‘s Stolen by Bandits colorway in a Polwarth + Silk blend.
I have one in a wheat-like color that I wear constantly and I kind of wanted a back-up in a green or blue. This deep, emerald green (which I believe it now retired), fit the bill. And while I don’t have a ton of photos of this one finished, I do have one of it in its new most common location…
These projects were the perfect fit for this busy time of year. Quick and easy and instantly usable. So apparently, the answer to the question, “What should I do with my hands?” around the holidays is simple: Knit hats!