Happy Hat Day

Manos hat small

FO! I recently celebrated my birthday, and allowed myself to knit a project for me. Many hat patterns in my mind vied for the needles, but really, when you've got yarn this gorgeous, the simpler the better, so kept paring down to just this one decorative element. Look for this pattern soon–maybe on the blog tour…

A short story in which I cannot keep my Geekdom in Check:

So Mike and I had a big chance to go out for a date while my aunt was in town, and we actually saw a movie in the theater (we watched Up in the Air–good. Of course, George Clooney's always worth watching, and the actress I can only think of as Jessica featured prominently).

Like a fool, I wore the hat fresh off the needles, even though I planned to write up the pattern and hadn't done the writing or taken any pics yet, and like a fool left it under my seat. I called the cineplex, and the manager (who sounded younger than my cat) answered the phone.

Me: Umm, I just watched Up in the Air and I left my hat there?

Her: We do have some hats here–what does it look like?

Me: Well, it's handknit in variegated yarn…"and then there was a silence, as gears in my brain ran overtime and then over each other. I could not figure out how to explain this hat to a non-knitter. Knit from the top down? No, um, Manos del Uruguay, cooperatively made singles? Stockinette stitch on size 7 needles…"Roll-brim…"

Her: Does it have a knobby thing on it?

Me: Yes, it has just one decorative element, a round of lace. It measures about 22 inches unstretched….

Her: Yep, we've got it. (Crazy lady!)

Yarn: Manos del Uruguay from the Cat and the Crow in Mount Horeb. Knit in the round, top-down on size 7 needles….

Take care and stay safe out there, especially those of you who got as much fluffy white snowfall as we did.

Oh, and Knitcircus is on Twitter now, so if you're a friend o' the mag, stop by and let me know to follow your every word. Woolly tweets ahoy…


7 thoughts on “Happy Hat Day

  1. Beautiful hat. I have a similar yarn and have been looking for a hat pattern for it. Looks like I will be waiting for this one 🙂 Sarah @purlygirl on twitter

  2. Love the hat and the hilarious story! How do you describe something you know so intimately to the uneducated? It must be similar for other “experts” in their field of choice. Recently, I had a similar experience. I found p.j. pants at Old Navy. They were knit pants, with knit stitches printed on them to resemble Fair Isle. The Brookfield store didn’t have my size. So while trying different locations I am on the phone like, “You know…knit stitches, they look like tiny little ‘Vs.’ They are navy blue pants with a multicolored design printed on them. The design resembles Fair Isle.”
    Old Navy Employee, “Um…what is a Fair Island?”
    Me, “No, LIKE Fair Isle. You know, like the traditional sweater with the snowflakes in the yoke.”
    Old Navy Employee, “You want a sweater?”
    I hung up. Then I showed my boyfriend a picture of the pants without describing them at all. I had him call the store.
    BF, “I need blue p.j. pants that have broken stripes on them. The stripes are kinda speckled.”
    SPECKLED! That was the word he used. Speckled! Oh how I pity the uneducated.

  3. Ha ha! I used to *be* that 19 year old movie theater manager! Luckily although I didn’t knit a lot, I wouldn’t have been as ignorant on the phone….or at least I’d like to think! But that’s good they found it. That means they actually clean the theaters between showings! Ha ha!
    I really love the colors on it!

  4. Hee, hee. Cute to think of the young Bezzie as a theater manager. I’m sure you were way more competent than I would have been…Actually, we called only about 20 minutes after the show, so I was pretty impressed that they’d already cleaned up.

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