FINALLY. I finished my Navajo Hat! I was literally working on this hat for a year and a half!!
The Pattern: This is what took me so long. I found the yarn first, which isn’t how I usually do things. At first, I tried to make my own lacy pattern, based on this Spring Beret pattern so I had a reasonable idea for stitch count. Long story short, I didn’t like anything I came up with. So that translates not only to a few froggings, but also some lost interest. Usually I’d go, “Well, I don’t think I like it… I’ll just let it sit for a few weeks and maybe I’ll change my mind!” I ended up using this pre-written pattern for a Lace Tam (I had to frog it again to readjust the sizing, but who’s keeping score). I feel pretty “meh” about the pattern; it’s not really ideal for this yarn (it’s written for a much thinner yarn, where I can imagine the holes would be the perfect size), and I basically hate the crown shaping. But all in all, this hat was a complete journey and I’m just happy to be at the finish line.
The Yarn: Caron Simply Soft in Our Heritage. I fell in love with the colors, and I’ve enjoyed using Caron Simple Soft before. Though I like this yarn, I’ve learned my lesson: I won’t be buying yarn without a pattern in mind again.
What’s Next for Me: I’m still trucking away at my Granny Star Blanket. It’s a bigger project, so I have a much better excuse for taking so long. But I must admit, I really can’t find as much time for knitting/crocheting (as well as other hobbies) as I used to. That being said, I’m hoping to find a nice small project so I can have a few more finished-object victories this year. Maybe this Drop Stitch Cowl to eat up some more yarn?