As Jason suggested, I used my Kool New Yarn to make myself a hat.
Unfortunately, out of the thirty or so hooks I own, I can find every single one except my only “I” hook. Seriously. I have 3 “N” hooks, 2 “J” hooks, and multiples of several others, but I only have one “I,” and it’s nowhere to be found.
So, I used the hand-carved hook I bought for my Grandma at Fisherman’s Wharf when I was in high school. It felt like it might be a little bigger than my “H” hooks (yep, I have two of those, too). Apparently not. The hat is approximately the right size for a seven-year-old girl (gamely tested by one of our friends at karate class). I do not have the head of a seven year old girl.
I briefly considered simply giving the hat to said seven-year-old, before remembering my pledge to do make things for myself after months and months of gift making. Plus, I love that yarn, so I frogged it halfway and am adjusting as I go. It really is pretty.
In dyeing news, I was so thrilled with the end result of this yarn, I decided to use the last two packets of Kool-Aid (orange) in the pantry. But on what? Ah-ha! The ugly yarn I dyed last summer! And we’ll add a bunch of yellow food coloring in for good measure.
Before, a greyed-out pile of pink and blue yarn. Blah:
During – I tried in vain to get a photo that didn’t look like overcooked pasta:
After – much better:
This is going straight into my stash. It’s not a soft yarn, so I’m loathe to make a wearable out of it. We shall see what it becomes!