I recently finished the Turn a Square hat for my nephew in Colorado, Severin
I used Cascade 220 left over from the Cobblestone (see a Jared Flood trend here?) I made for Ira, and some handspun thick and thin with oranges, blues and browns that I bought in Alaska quite a few years ago.
I sometimes worry about giving handknit wool gifts to people who might love them but not wear them due to the itch factor. So I decided to line the hat, making it more comfortable and adding a bonus layer of insulation. I started with an old cotton and spandex shirt – very soft – just didn’t fit me well. I found a great tutorial for lining knitted hats, pinned the hat to the shirt, cutting around it through two layers with about an inch extra all around. Then I sewed the two pieces together on the sewing machine and tested the fit in the hat. It was perfect other than the bottom hanging out a little too far, so I trimmed the edges off. I pinned the lining and the hat together while it was on my head since my head was the only one around – with no major accidents.
Then I hand stitched only around the rim using blindstitch and it turned out wonderfully! I’m going to do this for the next hat I make myself.
On another note, I’ve noticed that if I leave my knitting on the bed after taking pictures, it always has company when I come back
Roni loves to cuddle with all my shoes, any purse and of course, wool.