I feel like I'm a walking contradiction.
All this year I promised myself I'd "experience more color in my world" by taking advantage of Project Spectrum, I knit:
- One pair black/grey socklettes
- A pair of muted striped wonders for my mom
- A dark blue hat with some bit of subdued color for Andy
- And then miles upon miles of brown/black/tan sock legs for Andy and Lev (which I still haven't finished...and don't even have a picture to show.)
- Oh, and I continued on my black basket weave scarf.
I know, COLORFUL.
As October peaked it's head and everyone was starting to talk about Socktoberfest? What catches my attention? That's right, HATS. Yes, yes, 5 different socks on the needles and I'm figuring out hats...
Again, picture-less, but I don't think you want to really see what my poor Noro Kureyon looks like after being knitted up and ripped out so very many times. I think it wants to be a scarf, so I've put that poor over-stitched yarn aside for the moment. The problem was I couldn't make it so the hat fit right. I am not immune from my family's mutant head problem, it would seem.
Size is not the issue so much as my ears. They are far too big--or rather, long, or maybe just low on my head. That sounds SOOOOOOO attractive, doesn't it? All I wanted was a hat that would cover my ears, lobes included. I tried pantas (I can't find it anymore, but this one is similar.) and wondered hard about calorimetries (not ready for short rows and buttons and button holes) but decided a hat would be best cuz I don't really own one and head bands have the same problem with the covering of the ears/sizing issues with the additional fun of falling down over my eyes problem. At hat, at least, would eventually stop slipping down as it has a "top." Even Andy noticed I was ripping that poor Noro far too often and offered a suggestion, why not just add earflaps to whatever hat I did make!
The concept is not new here...but my need for a hat that won't make me look too much like a dork keeps me from going there just now...it just doesn't get THAT cold! Then I remembered a hat I'd thought hard about making...with earflaps, one that, yes, I'd make, but nope, not gonna wear. If I did play around with its construction, maybe it would be the training I needed for the too-expensive-to-mess-with Noro that I was felting just by looking at it wrong. But such a waste for a hat no one would wear...Then Andy piped up again, he'd wear it, sure... The Jayne Hat.
The best part of this hat, aside from just being, is that even if Andy backs out of wearing it? Due to the fact that we're all about matching colors and intentions (you get the feeling Jayne's mom is an aluminum-needle-wielding-wal-mart-yarn-buying momma, or maybe it's just me, I mean look at her son) vs. heading straight for the super luscious yarns AND the need for it not to make Andy's head itch (wool is harsh on his noggin'), I found the yarn I wanted to use for this hat at Jo Ann's for a little over $8, total!
Now that I've bought the yarn, printed out the pattern, and dug out the needles, Andy does not know if he will actually wear it about town, such a slave to fashion, that man is; but I think it would be an awesome snow-boarding hat for him. And if it gets lost? Who cares! Although, with the color scheme? Orange/yellow/red? And the pom pom I'm hoping to top it with? Unless it's buried under a ton of snow? I'm not worried about it being misplaced that easily.
Hmm, the year's not over yet...orange, yellow, red...kinda spectrumy, dontcha think?