i am knitting lee meredith‘s vortex hat, which has been in my ravelry queue for about a year now. there are a lot of ‘firsts’ going on with this project: first time i’ve seen a pattern and bought the exact yarn specified, for the direct purpose of making the project (i know this is how so-called normal people do it, but not usually how i do!). it’s also the first time i am documenting a project in my ravelry ‘notebook’. and it may just be the first thing i have actually knit from a knitty pattern (my newest crush is this sweater…)! i’ve been a bad raveler since day one, even though i think it’s immensely brilliant. anyway, this hat caught my eye because i actually don’t have a perfect go-to hat that i wear all the time, even though i make about a hundred crochet hats every year (probably not a hundred, but a LOT). i like the unusual way it’s constructed, and i like that it’s made from striping together two colors of Noro Kureyon, one of my favorite yarns. so, i have finished the first ‘wedge’, and the pattern is really fun to knit. and lest you think i am making a purple-and-ivory striped hat, i have all of these other colors to look forward to in the above skein! the alternating stripe yarn is a more subtle range of ivories and beiges.