W is for Warm, Wooly Wurm


Sometimes I knit because I’m captivated by the construction or techniques used in a pattern. Or because I feel I need to learn something new to stretch my skills a bit.  But mostly I knit because I’ve fallen for a yarn or I’m smitten with a pattern.  It’s doubly wonderful when I’m really excited about the yarn and pattern being a serendipitous combination.

(This is all aside from the real reason I knit: so I don’t go completely nuts. Because I have to make things. Because I love color and texture.  But you knew this, right?)

This hat is one of the projects I cast on to take on our most recent trip.  I’ve had this yarn in my stash for a couple of years, and was waiting to come across a pattern that was just right. Every now and then I’d do a search on Ravelry, but nothing seemed quite right.

Then, in a middle of the night bout with insomnia just before our trip, I decided simple was best. Sometimes the challenge is to find an understated pattern that will let the yarn be the star.  I have to say that the Wurm hat really shows off a special yarn well.

Silly me, I thought I would finish this hat on the plane ride to Hawaii. While it is a fairly simple hat, the yarn is a sport weight knit on smaller needles than I’m used to for hats. The cushy, warm turned hem is lovely, but picking up those stitches on the airplane was a feat, for sure!

There was even a point where I thought about ripping this hat out entirely, as it wasn’t going to use a good amount of the second skein of yarn.  I’m the type of knitter who likes to use up all the good stuff, or as close to it as possible.  There’s no sense in having a golf-ball size of yarn around, unless you want to save it for repairs or stripes or scrappy projects later.  And I have plenty of leftovers, don’t get me wrong!

Anyway… I decided I had enough time and yarn invested in this hat that I wanted to see it through.  And on a cold, drizzly day like today, I’m oh so happy that I did. It’s warm yet lightweight, slouchy and cozy without being sloppy, and those colors? Well, they’re soft and pretty much perfect together.

Are you saving a special skein for just the right project? How do you feel about leftovers?