Have you ever knit something simply because it intrigues you and not because of any other reason? Have you knit something that you just *know* won't turn out but you're so entertained by the thing and you just keep going on and on and on like some sort of crazy knitter?
(BTW: I have heard from a major authority on the subject that out of all the crafty types that knitters are pretty much the craziest. Not that I agree with that sentiment or anything--although there are days I can say that I do--I always find it amusing that people who think knitters, simply because they are knitters, are instantly "knitterly" and therefore there is no way that they could ever do anything bad, nasty, snarky, etc.--or, horrors, steal. What a lark. In my mind, people are people no matter what their hobbies happen to be. . . unless, of course, their hobby is making gin in a bathtub each night. And if that is the case and you know anyone who does, I'd like their phone number.)
But seriously. This hat. It's top-down. I just can't stop knitting it. I know it'll be a loser. It was a b*it*h to figure out those crown increases so they line up like that, and it's on DK weight yarn with a slip stitch pattern (slip two! that's all I want to do!) that eats up yarn like that Japanese dude eats those hot dogs. And if you haven't heard of that Japanese dude who can eat a lot of hot dogs real fast, just know that he's awfully fast and eats a LOT of them. Like my hat here. It's eating a lot of yarn, too, and although I want to get to the end of it and actually try to wear it, I don't mind knitting two and slipping two all the live long day.
Which brings me to this: I think the reason I like knitting this hat so much is that I am under no pressure whatsoever to "make it work." No one is paying me for it, it's not for sale, and it's just me, enjoying slipping stitches.
P.S. That little "nipple" action at the top of the hat will be cinched up last. I had to mention it because I know that is what is on your mind right about now. So, get your minds out of the gutter.