unlike sleeves or pant legs or socks or mittens or gloves or slippers, a hat is just itself. no pesky pairs, nothing to perfectly duplicate, redo, double. once a hat is finished, it's finished. it doesn't go on forever and ever and ever like a scarf can. a hat is brief, usually only a couple of sits with needles in hand, and it almost always eats up but a tiny bit of your yarn. furthermore, a hat gets a kind of prominence few other knit items earn; it sits atop your head, high, proud and unmistakable. a hand knit hat is like nothing else.
right now, a hat feels like the most perfect thing to knit. this one is vivionne bay by jude webster. (it's a free ravelry download, and was a fun knit.) i used rowan all seasons cotton and i love the dewy, foggy grey color.
there are other hats that i have queued, and with hats on the brain, i'd love to hear about your favorites. any patterns that you've especially loved making? any that you've noticed as outstandingly lovely? and hand knit or not, tell me a little something about your all time favorite winter hat.
i'll be picking a random commenter at 8 pm EST on thursday, 10/7. the lucky winner will receive a hat just like the one pictured, although there will be a few color choices. (i can offer the grey that's pictured, a plum shade, a darker, smoky grey, or a lovely, very pale lavender. the yarn is 60% cotton, 40% acrylic, very soft, zero itch. the hat is sized to fit either an adult medium or large- your pick.)
this is the first time i've hosted a giveaway, and i am excited! so let's talk hats!