I've finished the Winter Green hat that I was knitting for myself. I didn't think I'd get much use out of it this year with it now being April but I've been glad of it whilst dog walking over the last few days with the weather being as it was, rain and high winds.
I got Eleanor to model it for me, she's very obliging.
The Winter Green hat is a pattern by Kirstie McLeod and it features in issue 128 of Simply Knitting magazine. It has a lace pattern but is an easy knit and works up very quickly being knit in chunky yarn. I used Wendy Aspire as recommended, an 80% wool 20% alpaca mix, and chose the Thistle colourway.
The high wool content in the yarn makes it a warm hat, but it could be a little bit itchy for anyone who has problem wearing wool. The addition of alpaca does give it a soft feel though.
The Easter weekend has got off to a dull, wet start so perhaps I'll get some more wear out of my hat before it gets stored away ready for next winter.