Friday, February 11, 2011

Tip of the Hat

I have been on a hat knitting kick the last week. It could have something to do with the fact that I shaved my head. What?! Yes, last weekend my husband buzzed my hair. It is not totally gone but it is darn close. One unfortunate side affect is that my head is cold! I live in Michigan and it's snowing. Brrr! This hat is the Slouchy Copy Cat Hat. I loved this pattern. It gives the look of cables without actually doing them. I used Red Heart Soft yarn. Now don't groan! Hear me out on this, I didn't have a lot of money to be purchasing yarn and I could not find any colors that were jumping out at me. I felt the swatch they had knitted up of this yarn and was surprised by how soft it actually was. Plus, I liked the color which is Vanilla Swirl.

I just want to add that it is really hard to get pictures of yourself!

This next hat is also knit in Red Heart Soft. This pattern is the Striped and Slouchy Hat. I worked as fast as possible on this one. It is a favorite of mine. The funny thing is that on the day I started this hat I received my packaged from the Secret Cupid Swap. Inside the box was this hat, made for my by my secret cupid, in black and grey. I was thrilled to get it!
The color of this hat is light grey. I really like this hat and I have gotten a lot of compliments on it :-)

This is the hat made for me by my secret cupid. I truly enjoyed this particular swap. I got a thoughtful person who checked out my profile and blogs. The extra gifts were things that summed me up. Big coffee/tea cup, tea, yarn, little gifts for the kids and a handmade necklace and stitch markers. I recommend checking out Ravelry for all the patterns, groups, swaps, and helpful, great people!

4 comments:

Sassafrass said...

Love those hats, particularly the vanilla swirl one (can you believe I'm liking Red Heart?)

I don't know if this is too personal a question, but where did you get the guts to shave your head? I've been wanting to do it since I was a teenager, but I can't bring myself to it.

You look beautiful and vibrant, especially for mid-winter!

Nicole said...

I know, I know! Red Heart! I went in for Lion Brand Wool-Ease in just a regular worsted weight and the store no longer carried it! I stood there rather dumbfounded until I finally started feeling yarns in medium weight. I wanted grey and Red Heart was the only one that had the color I wanted. I've never seen the Red Heart Soft but it is comfortable to wear :-) I bought two skeins of it and brought the unused one back and exchanged it for the vanilla swirl.

As forthe shaving of my head...I've always teased my husband that I was going to do it. I wanted a hair cut so badly but I wanted a GOOD one and I knew I wasn't going to be able to afford it right now. I could go to the walk0in place but I never like the cut and then I'm mad for wasting money. Finally I told him to "just do it" and he did. My hair is too thick for small trimmers so he cut it with scissors first then buzzed with some big clippers. I actually really like it. I get ready so much faster now! Plus, I have a great excuse for knitting hats.

Basically with so many things out of my control right now this is the one thing I could do and kinda go crazy with. The last three weeks have been emotional. I had to get the last of the items I wanted to keep out of my mother's house. Then I had to deal with other people going through what was left and deciding what was yard sale material. And my husband has gone back out on the road which is very difficult for me. Without my mom here I feel lost and out of control. So the shaving of my head was a way to control one thing and in a way it is oddly freeing. It's kinda like Brittney Spears and her breakdown...but I promise not to take any umbrellas to cars!

Geez...I guess I was feeling wordy tonight!

PhilipH said...

Nice titfer. (TitferTat: cockney slang for hat) You probably knew that perhaps.
Sorry that you're going through a tough time after your Mother's passing on. Always one of the saddest times in one's life; hope you soon feel a lot happier.

Nicole said...

Philip,

I did not know that titfer was cockney slang for hat. I learned something new today!

Today is Valentine's Day and it is the last day that I'll be able to go into my mom's house. From now on it will have a new owner. I don't mind so much, but I worry that my mother may be unhappy with the way things were handled. Honestly, she doesn't care anymore. It has been a difficult time.

Thank you for your kind comment!