I've always been a tight knitter. Always. So recently when I was making a friend a hat, I swatched it, saw the count was off a little, and immediately went to larger needles without giving it any thought. I started knitting the easy rolled brim hat, just whistling away while I worked. OK, that would be true if I actually knew how to whistle. I whistled in my head - how's that? The point is, I was enjoying a very easy pattern (Holly Hat on Ravelry) and I love seeing how quickly the hats progress.
After I was weaving in the ends, I noticed that the hat was big. I have a big head and it was loose on me. Now normally I wouldn't probably send such a big hat, but the yarn is super soft and I actually think it will work quite nicely for someone going through chemo. I'll take a pic and add it after I block it. If worse comes to worse, I'll keep it for my own big head since I don't know what hap
Somewhere along the line I've started knitting more loosely. I have no idea when, but I like that I have because now I might actually use needles that patterns call for, rather than 2-3 sizes bigger... which means less swatching. A win-win any way you look at it.