So I’ve had this little hat series plotted out for the last few months, since it seemed that all I could manage to knit were hats. Hats with problems. That makes for good blog-fodder. And it’s Minnesota in spring; still too early to put all the hats away. (Although the way this spring has been, it won’t be long…)
I fell in love with Shroom over on Knitty but wanted to keep with my pledge to not buy new yarn. The trouble was that the pattern used a very specific yarn and recommended you stick with it. But my spinning skills were improving so I thought I could take it on. Kind of.
I did end up with a ball of Navajo-plied bulky in the colors I was hoping for (remember the blue coat saga?) But I was short on yardage. Again with the knitting, the tinking, the knitting. Add in a stray ball of bulky white and brown and you get this:
Sadly, I’m not sold on this hat either. I love how it looks when I’m holding it. I love it at certain angles. The side is good. But from the front it’s not quite right. The drape is off and I kind of feel like I have a giant piece of popcorn on my head.
Do I rip it all out? Give up on the Shroom? It might just be that this hat isn’t going to work on my head. Or maybe I do need to buy the right yarn. But this yarn is so pretty, I love it. It needs to be worn, not hidden in the bottom of the woolens basket. What would you do?
You’ll notice that the Baktus is also finished. I am completely, totally in love with it. The fact that I spun the yarn, that it was perfect for this project, feels perfect, drapes beautifully. It makes up for the misguided Shroom.
See how lovely it all looks together?
I’m just not quite sure about it on my head…..
Keep your fingers crossed that About Hats, Part Four will able to be published. Because the hat in question is missing. The perfect spring boys hat, complete with new pattern, is lost. And I know it’s a hat you’ll want to knit, if only I could find it.
P.S. Little Man, ahem, I mean Math Boy (he settled on that nickname) says thank you for all the birthday wishes! So kind of you to take the time!
4 responses to “About Hats, Part Three”
Bummer about Shroom! Um… no idea what I’d do with it, beyond put it in timeout. 🙂
It looks pretty cute on you! I know you’re not big on the electronic entertainment at your house – but my boys have played Nintendo games for years – and just the name Shroom makes me think of these cute little characters on Super Mario.
Hmmm…that’s a hard one to ponder. I say if you don’t like it, rip it out and use the yarn for something even lovelier, that you’ll love to wear. And I say that because I have a hat that I knit last year which I’m thinking about frogging because it’s constantly dropping down over my eyes, but the yarn is gorgeous and it must be made into something super yummy. Good luck!
I do love a slouchy hat and I think yours is pretty cool. But you’ve got to be happy with it. Much luck with figuring out what you will do with it.