One knitting project down, eleventy to go.
But this one turned out nicely:
Flora by Margaux Pena
Done in just at two skeins (1.25 of the main color, .75 of the contrast) of Sublime Cashmere Merino Aran, I’d call this a reasonably successful experiment. The pattern calls for Manos Silk Blend, a DK weight, and much lighter than the Sublime that Mom picked out when she was here for Thanksgiving. Still, I put it on a size smaller needles and counted on my unreasonably tight knitting style to save me, and save me it did. The hat came out at 6 sts/in, a bit smaller gauge than the 5.5 sts/in the pattern called for in the first place.
It’s a bit snug but it fits well enough. It would probably have a bit more give if I wasn’t such a Damned Tight Knitter. By the end of the hat I’d taught myself not to pull the yarn snug each time I picked up a color again, so the bottom 3 inches pucker a bit when laying flat, and look a bit tight when worn. Still, it ought to be a functioning hat, and as my head is likely only a bit larger than my mother’s, it should fit her nicely too.
If she consents to model it for me when I’m home next week, I’ll post a picture of gift and recipient. Until then, I have a scarf+afghan+bag+etc. to knit.