Here are two very simple hats to fit an adult. They will go into my charity box until I have enough to post off to Knit-for-Nowt. I used a pattern called "Ellie's Easiest Ever Hat" which I think I found on the Loving Hands website. It really is easy. It is written for 2 needles, but I always knit this on a circular needle to avoid a bulky seam.
The pattern calls for chunky yarn or dk doubled. I used Robin Paintbox dk in shades of blue and purple. There is just one set of instructions. You simply alter the size of knitting needle to adjust the hat to fit a teenager, woman, or man. I used a 5.5mm needle and dk yarn doubled to knit the woman's size. The finished hat weighs 80g. So a standard 100g ball of dk yarn could easily be divided and then knitted together to make a cosy hat. I think that is a great way to use up those 100g balls of yarn that are not big enough for anything else.
Moving on to a completely different subject, huge thanks go to Amy at Love Made My Home for suggesting sites that would be useful for making a blog button. Eventually, I used a combination of Bannersnack to make the poster, Canva to turn it into a button and Inlinkz to generate the code. Another useful site for generating code is Mycoolrealm. I plumped for the Inlinkz code because it added my blog name under the button. But I really liked the Mycoolrealm site as well because it lets you change the colour of the rather unattractive code box. I would have chosen this code if my blog name had been more obvious on the button.
The days here are dreary at the moment and perfect for sitting indoors geeking. It has been time well spent because I have been able to refresh my html skills which used to be quite good. I had to tweak the code which originally gave me a HUGE code box and I altered some of the wording. There are still areas that could be improved; but there is a limit to how much time I can spare! I could probably change the colour of the code box if I'm ever snowed-in for a fortnight.
So my sidebar is now hosting a blog button! The jury is still out on this. Some people love them and some hate them. I have always had some belonging to other blogs on my sidebar, so I must be in the first category. It is interesting to see that my blog stats show a huge spike in visitors since I even mentioned making a blog button. I'll watch the stats. If they fall dramatically, that will be time for a rethink.