Towards the end of last November, I sent a parcel to Knit for Nowt. This is an organisation that supplies knitted and crocheted items to people in Hull and East Yorkshire. I was impressed at how quickly the organiser contacted me and even more impressed when she asked me for more hats and scarves in adult sizes. I do like a good communicator and I am happiest when I know that what I am knitting is actually needed.
I finished the toddler size hat that was already on my needles and then started on the adult hats. I had some aran in grey and some in a sparkly beige colour. Neither of them looked appealing to start with, but both knitted up beautifully. I don't remember where it came from, but I think it must have been filling a space in a job lot. The grey is Sirdar Supersoft and definitely lives up to its name. The beige was missing its label but measured as aran. The sparkle is just enough to make the boring beige more interesting. Both colours were perfect for adult hats.
I used up all the beige on two hats and then most of the grey on another two. I still have enough grey left for another hat. But I was knitting so fast that I actually wore out the circular needle! I had several near disasters with the last hat when the stitches flew off the end of the collapsed cable. Luckily, it is fairly easy to pick up aran stitches if you stay calm. I wonder if there is a poster that says "Keep calm and pick up stitches". Maybe I will design one.
I wasn't too upset about the cable. I have used it for several years without problems. I always knit hats "in the round" to avoid seams. I have another cable on order. But the parcel is going off tomorrow with the five hats I managed to finish. I want them to reach Yorkshire while the weather is still cold.