Monday, December 11, 2006

What is behind the hat obsession.

In 2003, a good friend, Tony C died.
For the next year, I was obsessed with knitting hat.

In 2004 I finally realized, TC LOVED to wear hats --he was famous for his hats.
He wore fedora's, and caps, and stetsons and berets. I don't think he ever met a hat he didn't like.

My obsession with hats was my way of mourning him.
(Curiously, when he was alive, I never knit him a hat. I did knit other things for him, but never a hat!)

In the years since, I realize, every year as the anniversary of his death approaches, I again become obsessed with hats.

I have a few more to show you.
First, a Baby hat in Lion Brand Jaime, a simple thing.
This is a charity hat (Saturday, my guild has a one of its two annual charity knit ins) and I'll bring this hat (and others) to the meeting.

Then there is another version of the Syncopated rhythm hat. This, too is a charity hat, (as is the mauve pink hat on previous blog entry, and the yellow hat from a few entries ago!)

Not seen is the simple striped watch cap that I gave to Kevin Z.
(I owed him.. He saved the day last month with his gift to me of a power supply)
I forgot to take a photo of it before I gave it to him, --but I did take a photo with his camera, and will post a photo one day soon. Its a pretty basic watch cap, with a few stripes, and neat decrease in the crown.

I also don't have a photo of the half done hat I started at a charity knitting meeting of my guild (a red and white one) , or the baby elf hat I made for a friend who is expecting her another child, her first son, any day now! (camera batteries are dead, and I don't have more this instant!)

In addition to hats, I have also knit a head band (a topless hat) fully lined, in a Fair Isle (Scandinavian style color work)

The Tree (spruce? hemlock?) pattern is adapted a design in Nicky Epsteins Knitting on the Edge.

Later this week, I’ll post directions on how to knit the Fair Isle (Scandinavian) headband.
(I am still working on the graph)

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