I really cleaned up when I went out yesterday, making some inquiries about part-time lunch waitress jobs. Inexplicable, the way such a job seems like the perfect palate cleanser for that nasty admin-gone-awry aftertaste. In any case, putting on makeup was a nice change, and I decided to wear the hat that I'll be writing up as my next free, simple pattern, the Shackleton Hat. Inspired by this photograph, but less floppy. So difficult to photograph. Here's sort of a "top view":
Anyway, I made it out of handspun yarn, my own 2-ply chunky weight. I have a lot of this chunky that I've been spinning up that would be perfect for Shackleton (or regularly shaped) hats... and I'll be giving a skein of handspun merino or BLF in a color of choice, not limited to the colors shown below, to someone else unemployed or underemployed who comments on this post with a suggestion of a free thing to do to entertain myself.
I'm considering listing some other colors as kits for sale. Any interest? Post a comment or email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) and let me know (you can let me know your favorite colors if you're interested... I, um, have a lot of roving to spin).