Here are the two hats I worked on during our time in Oregon.
The first is Strudel from Woolly Wormhead's Going Straight. You might remember me starting this hat several months ago for a knit-along and then losing the project in our move last summer. Well, I found it and decided it was time to finish it up. I rewrote the pattern a bit to better fit my head by removing one of the cable repeats and also shortening the open eyelet section. I realized on the last repeat that I wasn't going to have enough yarn to finish the project so I also removed two of the short rows in the last section in order to have enough yarn to complete the cable repeat (otherwise the cables wouldn't line up when grafted.) I finished with just a tiny bit to spare so I was really happy.
Hat number two is the Spring Beret by Natalie Larson. A customer was knitting this hat before I left for Oregon and since it was a free Ravelry download I printed a copy out to take on vacation with the hopes of finding the perfect hand painted cotton to make it. I found some Kraemer Tatamy Tweed worsted in the perfect colorway at Soft Horizons Fiber in Eugene. I was a little apprehensive about using a cotton acrylic blend, but the sales lady assured me that it has a very nice hand. She was right, the yarn was perfect for the hat and wonderful to knit with. I bought two skiens just in case so I have an extra skein that I might make a matching pair of lacey armwarmers out of in the future. I originally made the slouchier version of the tam, but ended up ripping back and removing a pattern repeat to make it a better fit for my head. Even with the ripping back, the pattern is a fast and easy knit.