For years I have sought the perfect hat for my head. I seem to have the same issue with hats on my head as Stephanie and more recently Nancy. Trust me, they do NOT look good on me. I used to have a collection of antique, vintage hats – I loved them. They didn’t look good on me either. I say I don’t have a a "hat head". Kandis says I don’t have "hat hair" meaning that I won’t do anything with my thin, limp, fine, straight hair that might actually help the look of a hat on my head. Maybe, but I am still not doing anything with my hair. I have recently renewed my effort to find a style that will work. I made a cute Raisin Beret from some Gedifra English Tweed and it was a fun knit. My friend Dyanne is now the proud owner of that hat. I am not even going to entertain you with an image of me wearing it – it looks really cute on her, see?
I knit a Watch cap out of some Colinette Iona that I picked up in Vermont, really nice, soft yarn, in a lovely soft green color, that may not have been the best color choice for me, but I liked it on the skein. I wear this hat because it is warm and I have to wear something, but it still does not pass my approval for appearances. Dyanne says that I look really different in this hat – I suppose my "look" is determined by my hair, since you can see very little of it when I wear this hat. I realize that I might could benefit from the judicious application of mascara, but let’s tackle one fashion issue at a time, eh?
I knit the Last Minute Purled Beret, out of some nice Kureyon, and I had to rip it, it was too floppy, I will consider re-knitting it on a smaller needle to get a firmer fabric.
I bought Bonne Marie’s pattern for a felted bucket hat – I thought it was cute and was a completely different style. The only half-way decent color of Patons Classic Merino I had was hot pink, so this is an expermiment – I have other worsted yarns, but I really like the way Patons felts. This was a super-fast knit. I could make one of these a day and still have time for other knits. Stacy at the Knitting Nest kindly allowed me to use her washer for the felting chore. Now, I know what is wrong with this hat. First of all, I used my usual stretchy cast-on (cuz I knit so many socks) and I really needed a tighter one. The brim should not be wavy and floppy like it is – a firmer cast on would have solved that. I also need to knit the crown about a half inch or so longer to give it more height so it covers at least part of my ears. And I need to pick a better color for me. But what I really need to know is…am I getting close? I know a cowboy hat looks okay on me, but it’s not very warm in winter. There must be some style that will work on my goofy head shape.
And one last fashion related news bit – Abby’s choir teacher was ambushed by Stacy and Clinton at the Austin Airport on her return to the states from a visit to Israel. She has been in New York all week and her reveal was last night at a club downtown. But they want to film her teaching her choir students in her new look so tonight we are having a special extra rehearsal at the church so they can get the last few shots for her episode. Unfortunately Stacy and Clinton will not be there, but it should be fun anyway. I can’t wait to see Miss Danielle in her new threads.