I finally finished the hat I started in December. The pattern is Seaman's Cap by Brenda Zuk. It is a great basic pattern, simple and straight forward. I used Cascade 220 superwash for the ribbing and then switched to Liberty Wool for the main part of the cap. I have a lot of Cascade in my stash so it is a good way to make my Liberty Wool stretch further and I like the way it looks.
I have slowed down my hat knitting and am focusing on knitting some other projects. But I am in training for the Ravellenics. We have Team Hats for Sailors and I am on the Team. During the London Olympics, I knitted 7 hats. I plan to exceed that number this year. It will be a little bit more complicated. During the London Olympics, I could knit the same, simple pattern over and over again. This time I need to knit a different pattern each time which will slow me down. I am currently mulling over my pattern choosing strategy. Do I choose simple, quick patterns that are basically the same hat? Do I choose only patterns that have been sitting in my queue? Do I choose patterns that are interesting and keep me going? Do I choose them all in advance and just live dangerously and choose one at a time?
How ever I decide to approach it, I really have to tamper down my eternal knitter's optimism and be realistic about what I can accomplish. I have to admit that I can't just whip out quickly a very complicated cable pattern with a 12" brim!
If you aren't already on Team Hats for Sailors, think about joining us. Your goal can be anything you want it to be. All we ask is that it be a hat for a Sailor.