Who knew people had so many thoughts on fingerless mitts? I’ve had some good laughs of recognition going through the comments to your last letter. I find myself vehemently in both the pro- and anti-fingerless mitt camps, at the same time. But here’s the thing: my dog-walking jacket has a pair of fingerless mitts in the pocket. Mock all you want, but there really is no other way to manage the hardware on a leash and maintain a tolerable hand temp.
You know what everyone agrees about? Hats. Hats are good. Hats are necessary. Hats get lost all the time. Hats need to come in sizes for everybody, because everybody needs a hat sometimes, even (especially), people like me: the people who have terrible hat heads.
Hats generally look bad on me, so I avoid them except for maybe 10 days a year, when it is, to borrow a phrase, damn cold. And on those days, when I go to the Hat Shelf in the hall closet, invariably there is NO HAT FOR ME. Someone has run off with my emergency hat and left it in a dorm room or on a form of public transportation, and I end up wearing some godawful plastic fleece giveaway from a sportsball event or something, which would look bad even on someone with a fantastic hat head.
Therefore, approximately once a year, I speed-knit myself a new hat. I look forward to it.
This year’s hat definitely is Thea Colman’s festive, bulky, speedy, pom-pommy wonder, the Slip-Stitch Cap from MDK Field Guide No. 8: Merry Making. This hat is about living your best life and generally being a jaunty person.
Photos by Sara Remington.
I mean, look at these people: they are having a blast wearing their Slip-Stitch Caps. They are enjoying the heck out of the squishy, hand-dyed yarn that is Neighborhood Fiber Co. Studio Chunky, with its oh-so-subtle shifts of rich color.
Photo by @beesinthepines.
And this darling girl, the model-slash-daughter of test knitter Patrice, enjoying a toasty ear embrace from her Slip-Stitch Cap. It’s always a good day when your mom knits you a new hat, even if it’s 90 degrees out.
Photo by Cristina B. Shiffman.
I’m not sure this method of pom pom making has been fully vetted, but MDK’s own social media czar and chief of special effects, Cristina Shiffman, is nothing if not inventive.
Mmmm. That yarn though.
When I get mine done, it’s not going on the community hat shelf.