Over the weekend, I searched for yarn for my hats. Somehow, in all of that ooohing and aaaahing over the different hat patterns, I neglected one little tiny detail.

I don’t have the right yarn in my stash.

Yep. Of the three patterns I picked (four if you count the tea cozy), two (or three if you count the tea cozy) use DK weight yarn. When I dove into my stash this weekend, I discovered that I have a disappointing dearth of DK weight yarn.


Like I have one skein.

Juniper Moon Farms, Herriot
Juniper Moon Farms Herriot (100% alpaca, 218yd/100g) in Walnut

So alone. And so beautiful. I already know which boy’s head will be topped with this one.

I wanted to work with something a little more colorful this weekend though.  Rain fell and turned the world gray.

Instead of shopping for yarn on a rainy Sunday, I snuggled in, wound a ball of green fingering weight yarn (Happy Feet 100, 90% superwash merino/10% nylon), and began the Flores hat.

Flores Hat Brim

Isn’t it adorable? The little flowers zip up from the brim on stems using slipped stitches that travel. I used the leftover purple Malabrigo from my Taboo shawl for the second color.

Having not stitched a fingering weight hat before, I’m finding it surprisingly light and quick on the needles. I cast on this hat yesterday afternoon and am already at two and a half inches – even with breaks for picking up my mother-in-law from the airport and making dinner!

Two gifts done and one on the needles! I’m hitting my Crafty Santa and Indie Gift-A-Long benchmarks. Woohoo!