Do I listen to my heart, do I listen to my head

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Pattern: Sockhead Hat by Kelly McClure
Yarn: Knit Picks Imagination Hand Painted Sock Yarn (50% merino, 25% alpaca, 25% nylon), colorway Ruby Slippers
Needles: U.S. 2.5 nickel fixed Options 24″ circular needles (magic loop)

Summertime is knitting choice time. Warm cozies aren’t needed. Friends aren’t making requests. It’s time to knit what you want, for whatever reason you want.

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I find my reason in my stash. I pore over the thumbnails on Ravelry, then paw through the cubes in my yarn wall. I get inspired by color and texture. Then I go back to Ravelry to see what others have done with this colorway; what stitch patterns show it best, on what projects?

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I didn’t necessarily set out to knit a simple stockinette slouch hat when I went trawling for a new project. But the deep reds of this skein drew me in. And a Raveler’s Sockhead hat using this exact yarn and color was so radiant and compelling that I couldn’t resist being a copycat. Simple, sure. But you can’t deny perfection.

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Every time I pulled out this one skein, this minimalist circle of stockinette, I felt stress leaving my body. And I knit this at a time of intense stress. It restored me while waiting in the car to pick up a child, while enjoying the courtyard at church on a pleasant morning, while reading, while taking an outdoor lunch break, while listening to presentations. Round and round. It’s just a hat. But the experience was exactly what I wanted.

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