Like the last flowered hat I did, the flower is actually a pin that can be removed:
I made this as a Christmas present for my mother after she admired mine. So she knew she was getting a hat, and what the design was, but not the specifics of the colors. And for a couple weeks, neither did I!
I already had a bit of oatmeal colored yarn left over from something else, and I very carefully selected two different skeins of Lamb's Pride yarn - one for the main color, and one for the contrast stripe and flower. I ordered the yarn online, from a location which shall remain Nameless, and really believed I was giving myself plenty of time. (That last phrase has been the downfall of legions of holiday knitters) However, I had never ordered from Nameless before, and was unaware that they tend to take a leeeeetle bit longer than others to ship. So as the days went by, and my yarn did not arrive, I started to get a leeeeetle twitchy! I was particularly frustrated on the day of the Open House at the Inn on Mt. Ada because that was a clear 3-4 hours of potential holiday knitting time that went to waste for lack of yarn to begin the project.
With nightmarish visions of knitting into the wee hours of December 24th, I came up with Plan B. I casually asked my mother if she still had the leftover bits of Lamb's Pride from the socks she had made me a year or so earlier. (It was a really great denim blue color, and she wears jeans much more than she used to.) She did, and handed it off to me. So when I went overtown to take my Art History final exam, I tucked the other bits of yarn into my bag and included a trip to the Slipt Stitch in El Segundo just to select another skein of yarn for the main color. (Because of course they didn't have that yarn in the colors I had ordered from Nameless, that would just take all the freakin' challenge out of it - and we can't have that, can we?) Obviously I found something that went well with the blue and the oatmeal, and a really nice shell button for the flower that picks up all the colors. I was so happy to finally get started on the project I cast on and knit the first few rows on the boat on the way home!
The yarn from Nameless showed up about a week later. (Sigh). And now I have a couple skeins of Lamb's Pride in my stash looking for a purpose! I don't think I want to crank out another one of these hats right away, the pattern needs a little work first. But there's a couple other hat patterns I've been looking at like the Beaufort Hat, and the 3 A.M. Cable Hat, ohh, and then I've been wanting to try the Calorimetry, and there's an Irish Hiking wristwarmer pattern that looks interesting, and someone on Ravelry suggested a knitalong of Carissa Browning's Cable Fingerless Mitts, and...and...and...oh yeah blogging about my knitting - I remember this!