The onset of wintertime and snow on the mountains means it's time for a new ski hat. Enter Inga:
Pattern: Inga Hat, by Sheila Macdonald
Yarn: Jo Sharp Classic DK Wool, 1 skein of Amethyst and 1.5 of Silk; a little bit of Cascade 220 for the grey stripe
Needles: US 3 and 5 dpns and circs
Start to Finish: January 19-21, 2009
Mods: I made the hat shorter a la Hello Yarn (and lots of others on Ravelry) by starting the colorwork at row 24 instead of row 9. Other than that, everything's as it should be.
Notes: After admiring some gorgeous versions of this hat (these are two of my favorites), I immediately added it to the queue. And after finishing an as-yet-unblogged sweater that required maths and shaping and frogging and reknitting, I was in desperate need of a palate cleanser. This hat fit the bill perfectly. The braid at the bottom was certainly an interesting trick to learn and I love the look of it. The colorwork pattern was challenging in that each row was different and I couldn't just memorize it, but not so difficult that I had to watch what I was doing with each stitch. And as a hat, it was a small project that gave that nice sense of instant gratification. Add to that that it used up some stash yarn...the perfect project at the perfect time!
Inga and I hit the slopes this weekend and had a great time. I think she's a keeper (even though she does make my head look a bit pointy).