hands on. hats.

Tis the season… for hats. I’ve found a new pattern, for a balaclava, that I’m a little obsessed with. I made one for Eric first, because he was in need of something just like this… close-fitting, not bulky, warm, and versatile. Kind of like a good pair of long underwear. He can wear the hat alone, but it’s stream-lined enough to put an additional hat or hood over the top of for an extra layer of warmth. The hat can be worn many ways, too. It can be worn as it was designed to be worn, as a combo neck and head warmer. But, it can also be folded up to wear as a simple hat. You can also pull the neck part up over your face to block the wind, which is perfect for when he tools around in the golf cart or on the tractor. IMG_8560IMG_8561

I found myself so envious of Eric’s hat, that I just had to make one for myself as well. I wore it for the first time this morning when I went to milk Lilly, and it was just perfect. IMG_8544IMG_8545IMG_8542IMG_8551

And then, we have the most prolific hat maker in the household… Opal. She can whip out hats at a fairly brisk pace. And they are all of her own design. She improvises as she goes. Sometimes they fit, sometimes they don’t. But when they don’t fit her just like she wants, she quickly decides who the lucky recipient of her creations will be. I have a feeling that our dear friends and neighbors, Jesse and Hannah, who are expecting their first child very soon, will never be short on hats for their new baby. IMG_8509IMG_8550IMG_8552One can never have too many hats!!!! And I think Sparrow might be a little jealous of Opal’s fashion statement…

7 thoughts on “hands on. hats.

  1. That balaclava does look warm .. and that’s what hats are supposed to be all about. Our daughter, Molly, was also a prolific knitter of hats … and still is. It’s good to see that those skills are being passed along. Keep warm. D

  2. Love all of them! The balaclava is a great design. I have already made a cowl for my husband to wear on his bike to school, but the balaclava might be even better! And I am a hat knitter like Opal – no pattern, just guesstimate on the sizing and go for it! She is doing great!

  3. Another Opal! This is our daughter’s name as well.

    I do love the Balaclava. Wish it came in children’s sizes. Perhaps I will have success sizing down. I’ve been thinking about making Balaclavas, Ruskovilla style, out of felted sweaters. The two would wear well together. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Thanks for all the sweet comments, folks! We’ve been so low on power that I’ve been off-line most of the time…. just checking in here and was so happy to see all of your kind words. xo

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