By kirstinknits on February 18, 2014
While I was on my making things for me kick, I finally squared away an essential piece of my winter wardrobe. I have what can charitably be called quite a big head. I also have wavy hair that can tend towards huge and frizzy. Finally, I am always freezing. This means that a winter hat is necessary, but always risks making me look terrible and ruining my hair. This winter, though, I solved that problem at last with my new Helmet Hat.
I had two gorgeous skeins of Malabrigo Worsted in Cadmium that I was looking to use (I only ended up using one) and I've had my eye on the Helmet Hat since the relevant issue of Vogue Knitting came to my door. I finally decided to put them together, and I'm so happy that I did. I used a size larger needles than necessary for gauge and knit the middle piece until it was long enough. This gave me a hat that isn't slouchy, but is big enough to give my hair room to breathe. I liked the hat as is, but I really wanted a button to wear on it, like the pattern called for. I decided to save my button shopping for Vogue Knitting Live, and I'm so happy I did.
When I had basically given up, someone at one of the booths suggested this 130-year-old Victorian picture button. My friend commented that it reminded her of the mockingjay from The Hunger Games. I agree and it makes me like it even more. I think it finishes the hat off perfectly, and I'm really happy to have warm ears this winter!
Sorry the pictures are all blurry. Baby doesn't like naps anymore and time is hard to come by around here! (Thus the not one, but two, pictures of me without makeup for the whole world to see.)