My good buddy Ros over at Yarn Lust (who just posted some cute friends of mine over at her blog, by the way) suggested I could speed up knitting adult-sized Monster Hats by holding two yarns together. I've been using relatively fine-gauge yarns and size 1 through 4 needles, which is okay for small hats, but for big grown-up sized ones...um, not so much.
So I took her suggestion, and it was like mixing paints for the first time. This swatch photo is a variegated blue-green bamboo sock with two different shades of BFL--a bright blue/turquoise on the one end and a grey-hued one on the other. It's real pretty, right? In case you try this at home, a 2 x 2 rib (at left) worked just dandy, while a 1 x 1 rib (at right) looked all wonky.
So the beginning of the hat I've just begun is bamboo/blue BFL, blue BFL/donegal, then grey & green merino/grey BFL, grey BFL/grey-hued merino, which will now be most of the body of the hat. And instead of doing a M/L adult hat on size 3's at about 8-9 stitches per inch I'm using size 7's at about 5 stitches per inch--woohoo! And I think it looks just as beautiful. It's also producing a really thick, rich knit texture that I just love, not to mention the color blending.