However, within 10 minutes of being outside, I realized the air had a little nip to it. Since I had no gloves I went to the bodega for a cup of coffee. At the bus stop, I realized my head was cold, too. What made me leave without taking a hat? By the time I got to the yarn store it was cold, overcast and the wind kicked up - and I was freezing. Dang!
When I arrived at Knitty City I decided I was going to make a hat to wear home. As if I could knit that fast! I purchased two skeins each of Madeleinetosh's Tosh Vintage in duchess and Cascade 220 in blue heat for a different project. I also bought a pair of US #7 circular needles to facilitate the delusion of starting and finishing a hat in less than three hours; all while chatting in the knitting circle, window shopping from my seat, and thumbing through magazines. Yeh, OK.
As you can see - I did get started on a pattern called Amelie (Ravelry). I made a few modifications: I made the brim longer because I know from experience that the ribbed edge of my hats doesn't last long, and I made the hat with solid colors.
On Sunday, maybe 3 inches:
I got about this far by Monday, about halfway:
And this far by today (almost done):
So my 'one day' hat is taking a few days.
I'm not quite sure I made the right choices: the hat seems rather large and the royal purple I saw yesterday looks like black cherry, blueberry or some variation of brown today. The brim may be too deep (at the moment this is looking like a Precious Moments sleeping cap), but if I make the slouch part long enough I can fold that up.
I'm going to forge ahead because my ride home this evening is supposed to be chilly and I need a hat - and just one more day of knitting.