One of my local yarn shops is going out of business so I have been stocking up on some of those expensive specialty yarns I might not normally buy. Some of the yarns I was looking at were $70 a skein! This ombre yarn was probably half that price normally and with the going-out-of-business sale prices, I figured I could splurge to make a basic ombre knitted hat.
One thing I noticed, after my first few hats, was that they were pretty loose on my head. I’ve never really knit clothes that needed to have any specific dimensions, so I had pretty much just assumed I would get the right size if I used the right needles and the correct weight of yarn. None of this really matters when you knit a blanket or a scarf as long as you’re consistent.
I pulled out the same basic pattern from the Craftsy Cloudborn Basic Hat Kit I did a few days ago and started by checking my gauge and knitting some sample swatches (I know, I should’ve done this the first time). It took me a few tries to get it right, but it turned out I needed needles 2 sizes larger and I have to knit much more tightly. And because I was knitting tighter, I crammed a lot more rows into this project and it took a lot longer than the previous hats I made. So I’ve been knitting every night to get this done because I decided I wasn’t going to open any of my recently arrived packages of goodies until I finished this project. I’ll probably wait on those packages until this weekend when I really have time to get into them. Until then I’ll cram in some new projects with all the fun yarn I bought.