I have stashed this Koigu Painter's Palette Premium for ohhh...maybe over 2 years. It was totally intended to be the Koigu hat from Yarn Girl's. It's really bright. I mean BRITE. As I was knitting along (the pattern calls for knitting double strand and in garter, very simple)...I thought, is it pretty or just plain tacky? Then I thought, will I wear this Stitches (the original plan) and then wonder if people are thinking that Rainbow Brite barfed on my head?
There are of course, more tasteful, more refined color combos of the lovely Koigu KPPM out there, but no, I gravitated to this one. I think it's because I wear a lot of gray and black to work. Need a little tackiness in my personal life--sort of like a detour to Las Vegas.
I still haven't decided whether I like it or not. The Koigu is delicious, so soft and lovely. The size 9 needles aren't really giving me the firm enough fabric that I think a hat should have. On the other hand, a denser fabric means a warmer hat and frankly, as cold as it has been of late, we just don't need very warm hats in California. The most minimal head covering would probably still work very nicely. That, paired with a yummy airy cashmere neck gaiter.