As promised yesterday, even though I didn't promise it would be today, here is my first 2008 FO! This is the Koolhass Hat from Interweave Knits Gifts Holiday 2007 issue. I had attempted to knit this hat back in December as a Christmas gift, with a different yarn of course, and had a really tough time knitting it even though it is a relatively easy cable pattern hat. I actually ripped out the hat 3 times before I said, "Forget It" and knitted a different hat with the yarn.
But alas, it is a new year and I have conquered this hat pattern! I started it on January 3rd and finished on January 9th. The yarn used was Berroco Comfort, color #9761, and not even 1 full skein. The ribbing is done on size 6 needles and the body of the hat is done on size 8.
So did ya'll notice that the title of this post? That's right. I got paid to knit this hat. I have to admit it wasn't much but it was a start since this is my first ever paid knitting project. A co-worker of mine saw me knitting this hat back in December and asked me how much I would charge to make one for him. I didn't know, but eventually threw a dollar amount out at him and he said, "Ok. I want one." Of course I thought he was joking, because so many people ask me to knit them something and they want it for free. When I realized he was definitely serious, I was down for the assignment. I was even paid in advance!
He received the hat today and was thrilled to get it. I took a couple pictures of him wearing it, but he didn't want his face in the pictures. So here is a top down and front view shot of the hat with me blurring out his face. I am really pleased with how it turned out. I will definitely knit this hat again!