Now that the weather has turned colder my youngest son has a brown and black soft shell ski jacket that he likes to wear. I just knew that he needed a hat to go with it.
I pulled out some handspun Corriedale/alpaca yarn that I recently spun woolen at a ratio of 8:1 on my Lendrum wheel. I decided to pair that with a commercial lace weight Henry's Attic black alpaca yarn. I chose a simple knit four purl two rib pattern for the beanie and started knitting. Since the hat is 75% alpaca the hat has some weight to it, but the Corriedale gives it a springiness. It's a very warm and soft hat.
I've noticed that the beanie is the first hat reached for before my son heads out the door to college, so I guess it's not so bad being color coordinated after all.
Speaking of my youngest son, Seb-he has requested a new quilt for his bed, so I'll be making another large quilt. He's asked for a mariner's compass quilt in solid blues and grays, with a black background, so that should be fun to make. I guess the wool batting was a hit, as that's been requested as well.
Oh, darn, I have to make another quilt....