I am damn proud of this hat. Why, you ask? It doesn’t involve super-complicated techniques. It only took four or five hours total to make, including weaving in two little ends. Most of the beauty in the hat is conveyed through my beloved Malabrigo Chunky, which I love almost as much as I love cheese. It’s not even the first version of the pattern, called “Clara” from Hip Knit Hats, that I’ve ever made. (It’s my third!) Admittedly, it does adorn the oversized head of my very favorite toddler, but come on! Why am I playing favorites with this FO?
Answer: I have no idea. Maybe it’s that I love fast, symmetrical projects. Maybe it’s that this project taught me the Middle Eastern cast-on, which makes me sound worldly and keeps me from having to seam anything. Maybe it’s that it uses exactly one skein of my favorite yarn, so I can take $12 and make something that, at least to me, looks like a million bucks. Or, I dunno, maybe it’s that the yarn is almost the same color as my favorite toddler’s eyes.
Who can explain love? Even the sages failed.
As soon as I’m done with my term paper (aiee) I’m going to knit two of these in rapid succession for late holiday gifts to clothe the heads of the Pie’s friends. Then they’ll have their own little Gang of Under Three Feet. Aww!