I've spent the extra days off, thanks to the snow storm, knitting warm hats and cowls.
The green set has a quite befitting name - Cabin Fever. It's made from JoAnn's exclusive brand Sensations, the yarn is called Sumptuous. I had to use size 17 needles to make it. It took less than a skein for the hat and less than a skein for the cowl. I used two separate skeins because I didn't want to have to tie off in the middle of my project. The yarn is super bulky and making a clean join would not have been easy. I used moss/seed stitch to give it some texture.
The purple hat is called Purple Goosebumps. I actually made a small bump by accident and like it. They say that a mistake repeated becomes a pattern so I searched my books and chose I bobble that I liked. The hat is made with a yarn if got from smilelysyarns.com. It's one of those thick/thin yarns so really didn't know what to do with it; it's perfect for hats and cowls. I used size 9 needles to make this one.
Both of these project were pretty quick and very easy. I don't like being a slave to patterns so it feels good to call these my own.