You all know that I sew things, but you might not know that I've also been known to knit a thing or two. I haven't knit anything in a long, long time but lately I've been thinking that I'd like to knit a hat for myself. So I looked around on the internet for patterns I could use and found the greatest knitting site ever: Ravelry.
Ravelry is a site for people who knit and crochet. There are lots of free patterns and blog posts and forums and tips and a whole lot of other features. I think you knitters and crocheters would have a great time poking around the Ravelry site to see what you see.
I've found quite a few patterns on Ravelry that would make nice hats. Of those, there are two that I like best: Caroline (here's the pattern) and Jenny (here it is on flickr) with a different yarn. [Note: I'm giving alternate links because I'm not sure that you can see the links on Ravelry unless you have a login there]. I like these hats because they seem fairly straightforward but are also unique.
The Jenny pattern looks to be a little bit simpler than the Caroline pattern. The Jenny pattern doesn't involve making pleats (how cool is that idea?!) and it uses a double-strand of worsted-weight yarn, so it would knit up quickly. On the other hand, the Caroline hat, with those pleats, looks like it would be more interesting to knit, in a way.
What do you think?
In other knitting-related news, I found a fantastic blog with knitting tips and tricks: TECHknitting. It isn't very long, but it explains things that I have trouble with - including the theory behind each technique - in clear language, using lots of pictures. This is definitely a site worth bookmarking.
We'll see how this knitting-related adventure goes. Wish me luck :)