I’ve looked at a couple of hat patterns, and I already had some circular needles. I just hadn’t used either! I took the needles, some leftover and some new yarn and went to knittin’ while hubby drove to Austin for the Maker Faire. (I will be oh-so-glad when I can knit without having to look at my hands! Carsickness be damned!) I just finished it recently, finally using an upholstery needle to tie off the top; my daughter’s plastic knitting/tapestry needle couldn’t be found.
I learned I still don’t really know what I’m doing when I’m knitting. Some instruction and more reading would probably greatly increase my skill level. For now, though, it’s a hat I would and do wear.
The benefit of making your own wares is that you can say, “I meant to do that.” 🙂 I don’t have to tell everyone where/how I “messed” up. It’s a hat a mother can love.