It was nearly a year ago; I was just-barely pregnant and travelling across the country as I so-frequently did last year at this time. I had been madly crafting for the SCRAP holiday bazaar (at which Larissa and I will be again hawking our wares this year) and making meatheads for the book, and I had lots of extremely colorful, funky, silly hats left over.
I was going to Northern Virginia. These hats were not appropriate.
I wanted something warm, soft, pretty, sophisticated yet infused with my silly funky Portland style. I was trying to reach Dulles airport; I was delayed once, twice, three times. I was travelling for a very. long. time. I sat on the floor of the Denver airport, thinking about Dulles, about how badly I just wanted to get there already and I knitted.
I made something that was inspired by the retro-modern style of IAD, despite its location in the suburban hell of Northern Virginia, its inherent awkwardness, still my favorite airport of all. The pattern is not awkward, nor suburban; it is simple, intuitive, elegant. It makes a damned fine hat, if you ask me.
The pattern, which I've finally made into a lovely PDF, calls for Malabrigo worsted, one of the world's finest yarns. If you haven't yet met Malabrigo, go, get introduced, and expect to have a heck of a time picking the colorway you most desire. I've made two in beige (pictured), one in Roanoke, and I'm starting one in Rainforest (which doesn't appear to be listed) and Velvet Grapes. I've also made the hat in Lorna's Laces Shepherd's Worsted and ShibuiKnits Merino Kid. All sizes take roughly 1/2 skein of the yarns mentioned.
The pattern will be simple for anyone who knows how to knit in the round, and would be a nice start if you're just figuring it out. It has three sizes, all which fit fairly snugly (making this a good hat for warm ears); a small adult size that also fits my children, a medium adult size and a large adult size that fits my big-headed husband. Update: I've now added a baby-sized version that fits Monroe and older children; 3 months to 18 months, or so.