A Hat, I Think

Madelinetosh Pashmina Worsted in Sugar Plum. On its way to becoming a hat.

I have to be honest here. I am not really a winter hat person. For me, wearing a hat (regardless of season) is an all-day commitment. Vanity isn’t my strongest virtue (frumpy, lumpy me could use a little more vanity, actually), but I have found that wearing a hat does something odd to my hair in an unrecoverable sort of way. Flat. Smash. Moosh.  My head just doesn’t look the same once the hat comes off my head. This requires that  I (a) walk around for the balance of the day with goofy, flat, off-kilter hair or (b) keep that hat on all stinking day long.

Neither option is really that ideal.

On the other hand, I think you all might be more pro-hat than I. (My hunch is based on your ongoing interest in the two hats I knit around this time last year: Samoa and the Best Hat Ever.)

Maybe this is because it is colder in your neck of the woods than my temperate home.

Or maybe you simply find hats more stylish.

Or, maybe you also aren’t pro-wear-hat but like to knit hats to give to other people you know to be pro-hat. Hats are a particularly fabulous genre of knitting gift. Smaller. One skein. Achievable.

Either way, this here skein of Madelinetosh Pashmina Worsted (in Sugar Plum) is about to become a hat. I hope. Nothing too fussy, although I have no plan WHATSOEVER at present.

We will see…

In the meantime, I am very much aspiring to finish my shawl by the weekend so I can cast on the hat for the Summer Olympic Opening Ceremonies. This would make my math for the Olympic Knitathon easier to track. (Please join! ABSOLUTELY ANYTHING YOU ARE ALREADY KNITTING ANYWAY COUNTS.)

This week as always, I am joining the Yarn Along. I am now singularly focused on the final bits of the fourth Neapolitan novel*. I truly recommend reading this series. It has been fabulous.

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14 Comments

  • Reply pumpkin sunrise August 3, 2016 at 5:50 am

    I was never a hat wearer until I started walking daily all year round. I want a warm head in the dead of winter and I will risk hat head for it. Luckily if I wear the hat just so then my hair looks okay!!

  • Reply stephanie young August 3, 2016 at 6:40 am

    I love hats…but I have what I refer to as a pea-head. Some seem to make my whole head disappear!!! 🙁 And the hat-head look….??? My crazy curly hair never looks good to me, so when I doff the hat, I just ruffle the hair and with any luck, I’m back to my usual look….and I don’t look in a mirror.)

  • Reply Kat with a K August 3, 2016 at 7:07 am

    I, like you, love the theory of hats – but the application, not so much! So, it has to be mightily cold out to get me to put one on!

  • Reply Sarah August 3, 2016 at 8:49 am

    I was never much of a winter hat wearer until we moved to a place with really cold winters and it’s not too ridiculous to wear a hat all day anymore in the cold months. It definitely is a commitment! But I have actually found that slouchy hats are a little more forgiving and I can get away with removing them and fluffing up my hair with a bobby pin if necessary! I hope yours turns out cute!

  • Reply Dartmoor Yarns August 3, 2016 at 1:24 pm

    I love hats, but not hat hair. I used to wear a hat all day when I was young and my dad used to say it would make my hair fall out!

  • Reply wifemummynurse August 3, 2016 at 1:39 pm

    I love hats! (And since I’m a SAHM, I don’t mind hat hair too much.)

  • Reply Stefanie August 3, 2016 at 2:16 pm

    I was a straight up beanie knitter; I was known for them in the city and it was my thang. But now that we live in the burbs, the climate is different. Cold weather won’t come until November and it doesn’t last long. So I haven’t made one for myself for ages. However, that may change this week.

  • Reply zeta (kalianapodi.wordpress.com) August 3, 2016 at 3:32 pm

    I love wearing hats! Weirdly, I look good in all kind of hats! Last winter was so mild that I didn’t get to wear any of them. I needed recovery!

  • Reply Lena August 4, 2016 at 5:39 am

    First of all, that yarn is beautiful! Second: I have a dog, and I go out in all kinds of weather. To be honest, most of the time I feel lucky that I get to wear a hat, because it hides my messy hair… 😛

  • Reply Casey August 4, 2016 at 7:16 am

    I used to hate wearing hats! It’s freezing here in winter and I still wouldn’t wear one. I’m definitely paying for that now, I had ear infections so much from not covering up enough that my ears are in terrible pain whenever there is wind now 🙁 I do like wearing hats now, not just because of the necessity but I love the knit ones, my aunt’s mom knit me a hat a few years ago and I wore the crap out of it! I just need to knit myself more hats now!

  • Reply Sierra August 4, 2016 at 2:26 pm

    I’ve found that my curls are much better when my hair is short and now I don’t need a hat to cover so many bad hair days! I’ve knit lots of hats so I guess I need to figure out how to wear them with short hair!

  • Reply knittedblissjc August 4, 2016 at 5:29 pm

    I have mixed feelings about hats- I wear them, but if they don’t have a double brim or an inner lining, they are fall or spring hats (but I live in Canada). If its rrrrreallllllly cold, I have a faux fur lined trapper hat that i wear (not knitting, the out fabric is a windproof nylon.

  • Reply Lucy Bowen August 6, 2016 at 1:59 pm

    I’m pro-hat, but I only wear in the evening/night for the same hair reasons!

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