I love the idea of knitting but I think the reality is that I will never actually be a knitter. One, I don't have the patience. Two, my left hand has been ravaged by years of playing musical instruments and doing other hand-stressing hobbies and no longer has the stamina it needs to make me a committed knitter; just knitting a swatch on US6 straight needles caused shooting pains (circulars are much easier on me). Three, I live in Houston.
I also love the idea of hats but the reality is that I don't like having stuff on my head and I don't really look that good in them. Some people have "hat faces" (to borrow from Mr. Humphries) and some don't. I don't. I don't have hat hair, either. But that doesn't always stop me.
So I'm knitting a hat. The real point is that I've never knitted a hat before and this one is cute. I hope whoever buys it from Goodwill when I finish it, try it on, and remember that I don't have a "hat face" enjoys it.
The pattern is While They Play's "Indian Summer" simple-lace beret, which I got on Etsy but which can also be acquired through Ravelry; there is also a crochet version.
This chick has a "hat face", by the way. And hat hair.
The pattern calls for laceweight yarn, doubled, but I'm using natural/white Lion Wool-Ease Sport because I had a huge skein of it that I didn't know what to do with since I never use sportweight yarn, and it's discontinued so I can't get more of it to make anything significant.
Other minor changes:
1) I'm leaving off the button tab. I just reduced the cast-on stitches and started knitting in the round.
2) I have a lot of hair so I added ten stitches to the number I did cast on. This was probably a mistake, but we'll see.
3) I did a 2 x 2 ribbing instead of 2 x 3, just because.
4) When I try it next, I'll definitely cast on on smaller needles. I don't usually bother, but the ribbing is turning out more slack than I'd like.