I loved the yarn I made Straboy out of so much that, when I finished the jumper with two and a half balls left over I decided to make a hat for myself immediately. I have only made one hat this year and it was for Leon and I really feel like I don't have the perfect hat just yet. I cast on this hat with 5mm needles, because I wanted this SLOUCHY. To increase the slouch factor I added an extra repeat. I finished it on Wednesday, put it on and it was ridiculous. And not in a good way. Huge, floppy and unwearable.
So I decided to rip back the crown and the extra repeat. When I was ripping I realised I had somehow added two extra repeats, so I took out one of them and started doing the decreases again.
Thursday was cold, and I was not wearing warm enough clothes, because I ran to work, so I had taken my clothes in earlier in the week. I really wanted to get this hat finished, so I could wear it. I was knitting in a restaurant and the waiter, making small talk, asked me if knitting is relaxing. As, right at that moment I was knitting the top of this hat for the second time, and my stitch count had just gone off, the only reply I could give to that was "sometimes". We finished our meal, I finished the hat, and put it on my head to leave. The waiter looked amazed and asked me if I had just made that. Yes, yes I had. I walked out of the restaurant with the pride of making and a warm head.
And this hat really did keep my head warm. And my neck. At one point I thought about wrapping my hands in it as well. Despite my ripping back, this hat is enormous. Leon insisted on calling it Jabba the Hatt, which is kind of funny but not kind. I knew that to make a really wearable hat I should rip and reknit again, but I wasn't sure I had the will. I rolled up the brim to see how it would look shorter, and discovered that with the brim rolled, it looks amazing, and keeps my ears incredibly warm. So that's how I'm going to wear it. Warm and squishy and comfortable and just the right size.