I did it, I knitted a hat! A blue hat with a fuzzy pom pom on the top. I've never knitted before, so I wasn't sure I could pull it off, but just look at it - it's a hat! A funny looking hat, for sure, with lots of flaws, but still, considering it's my first knitting project, I'm giving myself lots of high fives. I have to give them to myself, because all I'm getting from Brandon and Jamie is teasing. Does it really look that funny?
I took my newly finished hat outside for a trial run, and took some selfies so I could see what is triggering all the teasing when I put it on. Okay, so maybe I get the Mrs. Bennett references, especially when I peak over my glasses like this...and maybe my head does look a tad lumpy, bulbous, and asymmetrical... and maybe there are a few drafty spots. It's nice and warm though.
Somehow the hat is too big and too little at the same time. I had to weave a strand of yarn through the edge so I could cinch it into a smaller shape to keep it from falling off my head, which is why it has a tangled knot in the back, and because the hat is a little short, when I wear my hair in a bun it doesn't come down over my ears. But, it's a pretty color.
A friend of mine, who has done a little knitting, seemed concerned that I didn't start with a scarf or a pot holder before I attempted a hat. I really wanted a hat though, so I bought some needles that are connected to each other with a wire so I could knit in a circle, and after a few YouTube tutorials about how to do a basic knit stitch, and some trial and error, I just went for it. True, it would be a more symmetrical hat, and fit better too, if I had followed a pattern, but making the stitches seemed way easier than understanding the short hand abbreviations in the patterns I had access to.
Once the hat was off the needles, I could tell that it needed a little something to top it off so I cut some cardboard donuts and wrapped them with yarn so I could make a pom pom.
Once the card board was wrapped up good, I cut along the edge with scissors.
Then slid a string between the cardboard layers, taking care not to drop the short segments of yarn that were stuck in the hole in the cardboard.
Here you can see how I tied the bits of string together, then pulled it from the cardboard circles.
Look, everybody! I have a puff ball on a string!
The cats weren't the only ones who thought this was a spectacular trick. I may make more hats just so I have an excuse to make more pom poms.