Somewhere in the middle of the polar vortex a couple of weeks ago, I realized that Maggie's winter hat was way too small. Great timing, eh? Oh, just the coldest day in years, and your hat doesn't cover your ears - no biggie. ;-) I promised her I'd get her a new hat as soon as possible. In the mood for a quick knitting fix, she and I set off a few days later to pick out yarn. Oddly enough, while in the knitting store, it was seventy some degrees and there was a tornado in the area. It was a bit scary, but thankfully nothing touched down anywhere near us. Gotta love crazy NC weather!
Ok, sidenote: I really, really love my local yarn store!! Yarn Tree Studio is literally a hop, skip, and a jump from my house. It is a fabulous environment and always filled with people socializing and knitting. I'm not the most consistent knitter, but when I do knit I'm pretty loyal to this store. I buy almost of all of my yarn there simply because the staff are so great, supportive, and just inspiring! I wish I could spend more time there.
So, anyway, on this particularly windy day, Maggie and I were guided to this beautiful Malabrigo Mecha yarn. It's a chunky superwash yarn and so soft and squishy. Of course, Maggie picked out purple...she is often dressed head to toe in purple these days. I cast on one of The Purl Bee's Hats for Everyone later that night. Pretty quickly I realized that my gauge was way off, and the hat would be too small for Maggie. So, I finished it up for Lyla and made Maggie another one. It was a great, easy, quick knit and I was thrilled that I had just enough yarn to eek out the two hats. I made the pompoms with some other yarn in my stash. I already have a little boy asking for one, although decidedly not in purple.