It was way too big, and instead became another hat for my friend with the big head. (The bigger the head, the more room for the brain, right? Right.)
Then I tried again on the dinosaur hat and got it right:
My 8-year-old nephew decided that dinosaurs might be a bit too babyish for a world-weary gent like himself, but color was good. Got it:
When I thought the first hat might be big, but not SO big, I sent an e-mail out to see if anyone wanted it. My other sister thought my 16-year-old nephew would like another hat. Okay:
At this point, I was fairly sure I was done with hats for awhile. I'd move on to a nice, juicy sweater.
Except we were taking my mom's dog back to her house after dog-sitting for a week. Then we were headed to the airport to pick up Andrew's family from vacation. That was a lot of time in the car. It didn't lend itself to trying to swatch and figure out a sweater.
Do you know what it did lend itself toward? Yep.
knit in Cascade Yarns Pacific (cream), Lang Yarns Silk Dream (blue),
Ella Rae Classic Superwash (navy--looks black enough for me),
and Stitch Nation by Debbie Stoller Full o' Sheep (green)
I feel like this post should go down in infamy. EVERY ONE of these hats was knit with yarn I already had in my stash. That never happens. I have more yarn than any one human being has a reasonable right to own, yet I always end up buying yarn for new projects.* I'm fairly sure I've used up all my stash karma and will find that I am 20 yards short for anything else I try to knit from the stash, but that's to be expected. I'm just going to enjoy the moment.
And maybe cast on a pair of socks.
*Actually, now that I think about it, socks are an exception. I have enough sock yarn in the stash to---let's not think about it. Let's just agree that I have a lot of sock yarn.