But I love to work with Shetland, and I do love colorwork in small doses (a pullover this colorful and picky would be my personal hell). I picked a hat pattern to go with and resolved that these five green skeins would not be sitting around in my stash for years.
Speaking of backpacking, I did want a really warm hat that would cover my ears completely. This one fit the bill nicely: a generous slouch, with the strands of colorwork carried in back to make it extra wind-resistant.
It's cheerful in shades of chartreuse and sage, willow and ivy and eucalyptus greens. My only complaint? I should have done the brim doubled: folded over with a picot edge to give it extra warmth and a polished finished edge. Just having ribbing on such a complex colorwork pattern is about as fitting as putting a Honda Civic medallion on a Rolls Royce.
But, sigh. My resolve of walking through the winter has somewhat failed me. The vanity of having new boots (NEW BOOTS!) that I'm unwilling to walk through bog with yet, coupled with the tiresome gray skies and drizzle cold means I've been quite the homebody in my free time, but whipping up some fantastic things in the kitchen and furiously scheming the next few bank holiday weekends. Meanwhile, I grow comfortingly fat on dry Manhattans and thick, hearty Lebanese lentil stews, waiting with a mixture of excitement and dread the day a large hill rears up directly in my path.
The pattern is called Shwook- it's a free pattern to celebrate Shetland Wool Week 2014, and it's still available on the website.