Here is the second stupid thing I have done. (In case you missed my previous post, which would have been easy to do since it got put up just minutes before this one, you can read about the first stupid thing here.) I have signed up for a mystery knitalong (KAL). I know there are quite a few non-knitters who read my blog, so let me explain. This is a project you commit to knitting over a specified time period. You have no idea what the finished object will look like. You only have a general description, which in the case of this KAL is a hat.
This might seem like an incredibly stupid idea, knitting something when for all you know it might end up looking like a dog's breakfast. But this KAL had a couple of things going for it that pulled me in. The first, and most important, was the fact it was happening in November. I needed some kind of carrot dangled in front of me to lure myself away from NaNoWriMo. The second thing is the designer happens to be Woolly Wormhead. I love her hat designs, and have been wanting to knit one for ages.
My first try at yarn for this was some Madelinetosh from my stash, but it wasn't going to work with the gauge requirements. I went diving back in and came up with a beautiful skein of String Theory Caper Sock yarn and have cast on for the first instalment. This is a much better match!
I figure that the hat will end up fitting someone, as our family has head sizes ranging from Hobbit to Neanderthal. But since that String Theory yarn has cashmere in it, I am selfish enough to hope I end up being the recipient.