That whole Finishitis thing was for real, by the way. I mean, I still haven't done anything more about Henry, but one of these days I will.
Shortly after that Finishits post, I realized that Christmas was coming. And I wasn't doing anything terribly ambitious in terms of knitting gifts for people, but I thought it would be a good idea to take advantage of the energy I was feeling. And although I had acquired That Amazing Stash back in February, I hadn't used much of it -- or even fully integrated it in to my own stash yet. How silly of me!
So one Monday afternoon when the light was good (difficult in Vermont in the winter), I went shopping in my own piles of yarn. And boy did I find a ton of leftovers. Time to make some stripey hats!
Although this picture has two hats and the very beginning of a third, I've completed four so far. The one not pictured here was for my Secret Santee, and I mailed it off to her before I remembered to get a photo. So I'm hoping she takes a picture and sends it to me, if she actually got the package. I still haven't gotten confirmation from her that she received it. (Sigh.) (That one was leftover blue worsteds -- some Malabrigo and some Rio de la Plata, maybe? Two single-plys. I like single-ply yarns.)
The purple hat went to a two year old girl as a Hannukah gift. Who besides a two-year-old girl could love that purple (Lamb's Pride Worsted) and crazy green/pink/yellow/purple/with-gold-sparkles (Berocco Oasis) combo? Plus, that same night she happened to get an awesome ice skater costume for her dress-up box, and the hat matched perfectly! She loved the hat and wore it all night, even after taking off the costume.
The gray one is leftovers from Husband's sweater and some unknown sparkly/fuzzy yarn from The Stash. I gave it to my friend Angela, who says she loves it (but I haven't seen hear wearing it yet).
The yellow one hasn't been given away yet. I think the plain yellow is leftover Malabrigo, and I know the variegated yellow/white/orange is leftover from this hideous sweater I never seamed (but maybe I will one of these days, given the finishitis). I've worn it a couple of times, and it's very effective as a hat. I will figure out who should have it, and I will give it to them -- but meanwhile, it'll sit around my house being pretty.
That's all I've done for now, but I'd imagine there will be more.
All the hats are made with the same pattern: Turn-a-Square. Modified, of course. No tubular cast-on. And usually a little longer so that it's slouchy instead of skullcappy.