OK, short version (because I want to get back to knitting) — but I can't resist sharing this, either.
Friend in New Zealand has found out her breast cancer has come back. Sucks incredibly. Is going through chemo, and asked if I would knit her some hats.
Gave her my Ravelry password (don't rat me out) and told her to browse away and find something she liked.
She chose three, one of which was the "Shroom" hat from Knitty. Fine and good, except that it's summer in New Zealand, and she wants it in a lighter weight yarn.
Bought Malabrigo from the LYS, very soft and in a pretty blue-green (as requested).
To put in context: it's about 1:00 a.m. at this point, and I have to get on a plane in about 9 hours and I still need to sleep some and finish packing and medicate the cat and shower and a few other things.
Looked at pattern and saw "gauge = 10 sts per 4 inches." That works out to 2.5 sts per inch.
Looked at yarn label and saw "needle size 7-9, gauge = 5 sts per inch."
Can it possibly be? Can I choose size 6 needles, which should give a loose knitter like me a gauge of half what the pattern calls for, and simply double the number of stitches in the pattern? Can that POSSIBLY work???
Sometimes, you win one.