A couple of days ago I was talking to Mom on MSN messenger. My son was visiting, and after I talked to him, mom got on the keyboard and told me that she had noticed his hat had a hole in it. He told her he'd laid it on a lamp??? Must have been acrylic and melted, who knows. At any rate, he has a birthday coming up so I'm knitting him a hat in a hurry so I can send it along with mom's birthday gifts.
Mom told me he's into browns and greys and such, and that the hat he already has is one that doesn't turn up on the bottom and is tighter knit than the one I made for her at Christmas.
I found the pattern on Ravelry (where else?) for a "metrosexual hat" that seems to fit the bill, http://frayedattheedges.blogspot.com/2008/01/mens-metrosexual-toque-by-haley-waxberg.html knit on 3.5 mm circulars. I'm using the Grignasco alpaca from my stash, which is a lovely mix of brownish/greyish/rust colors. So far so good, I reckon. I hope to have it finished by the end of the week.
I'll have to go out sometime soon and get me another 3.5 circular, because I want to shape the crown using the "magic loop" method. I've been wanted to try it ever since I heard about it, as I'm hopeless on DPN's, and often avoid projects because of this, so this will give me the perfect opportunity to try it out.
My Koolaid also arrived, and in record time! THANKS MOM!! Just three colors for now, but I'm going to try them out on the white alpaca fleece I got from a girl at work as soon as I finish the hat and have some time.
In the meantime, cheers and happy knitting!