I've been quietly knitting ear-warmers for the painters in my employ. The theater where I work is moving our scene shop, and as part of the move, all of the heating systems are being ripped out and taken over to the new space.
No heat? Giant gaping holes in our roof?
Lisa knits hats for her staff.
Most of the hats are double-sided earwarmers. They're essentially tubes, knit in a variety of slip-stitch patterns. They've been a lot of fun to knit. Challenging enough not to be boring. Portable, and small enough to get finished before I lose interest.
I did this pattern before on a sweater that I designed for my niece.
I knit the entire tube, and then grafted the "live" ends together. Some people hate grafting. I rather like it, because the end result is so magical.
This hat looks super-complicated, but it's not. I used self-striping yarn and a biased stripe construction.