I spent the better part of my snow day making this hat for my husband Jim. I know the colors aren't great, but it's for work, and these shades won't show the dirt so much. The yarn is Dale of Norway, Falk and it feels nice and soft for a hat. I did find the yarn a bit splitty, but sometimes that's the way it goes. I got the yarn on sale for half price, and it's super wash, so no complaining! The pattern is the Patterned Watch Cap from Hat's On! by Charlene Schurch.
I don't know why I hadn't knit Jim a work hat before. When I offered to knit him a hat for work out of real wool, he said don't bother, because hand-knit hats are never warm enough. I had a laugh at that one and told him not to worry, this hat will be warm.
I think all the snow has prompted me to update my family's woolly accessories. I've purchased Eunny's Anemoi Mittens and I want to knit them in blue or gray and white to go with my new hat. I have enough Falk in blue and white to make Jim another of Charlene's hats to wear for good. I'd also like to make Jim a set of blue and white patterned gloves too. I've also got two different socks on the needles, one for myself and one for Jim. I'm wearing through three different pairs of socks right now and I need replacements before those give out.
See why I'm not gift knitting? I have to outfit me and my loved ones first!
BTW - the kids don't count. They won't wear hand-knit hats or gloves. I'll be lucky to see them wear the socks I made them last month.