Well, I've finally got a new purse project. I'm making a hat for a homeless man in the city as part of a contribution my knitting group is making to President Obamas call to service. Knitters are known for their big hearts and frankly, never has this country needed its big-hearted people more than NOW. It doesn't take much. Just one hat from one person will, collectively, become a heap of hats for lots of people. It's like the slow drip, drip of water dropping from a tap. Before long you have a whole cup and then a whole sink full!
My first hat turned out a bit small. I'm knitting with Red Heart which is 100% acrylic. It's not a wonderful yarn, but it washes well which is what they need at the homeless shelter. I was hoping it would give a little but the combination of yarn and a smaller needle led to gauge issues. My son is thrilled though. Now he gets the hat he's been asking me for since Christmas!
So now I'm casting on more stitches on a larger needle and making another. (The pattern is the Marsan Watchcap by Staceyjoy Elkin.) This one will definitely reach the person its meant for. As it's my new purse project, I'll be working on it wherever I am, serving our community one hat at a time.