A hat appeared, fully formed, in my head. I knew pretty much everything about this hat: how it would be patterned, how the decreases would work, even how the sizing would work. Everything except the yarn. So I did the normal thing. I tossed the stash, found nothing, and then ordered more yarn.
The yarn came, it was lovely. I swatched, I did math, and I cast on. But alas, it wasn’t right. It’s not the yarn’s fault. It is awesome yarn and will undoubtedly find its way onto my needles at a later date, just not now. So I went back to the stash and had a long chat with the skein I initially considered and then decided against. After long consultation, we decided that we’d give it another try. I think it’s going to work out rather well.