|Old Hat - Lost Forever|
I decided to just go back to the old standby of Cascade 220 wool for the new hat and he picked out the same color blue as the hat he lost. I gave him a few options for patterns and he chose Declan's hat.
I searched for a cast-on that looked like it would flow into the 2x2 ribbing and found the Alternate cable cast-on tutorial from Woolly Wormhead.
Other knitters noted the hat runs large, so I knit him the small on size 5 needles. The hat fits his 12 year old head perfect and my head as well. I also started crown decreases after the cable ended in order to provide a little more depth.
As for other knitting, I dug out my Rambling Rows Blanket last week and figured out that I had completed 15 out of 55 blocks when I put it in hibernation last spring. The hardest part to starting again was just refreshing my mind on what decreases are used in the mitred blocks. I cast on for a small square and I fell back in love with the back and forth of garter stitch with easy decreases. I am 4 blocks further along and even decided to go back and weave in some old ends. My goal is still to finish before Christmas of this year.