Monday, November 27, 2006

Inspiration for New Knitters

A friend, Dr. Anna, has just started knitting. Yay, Dr. Anna! Word is she's making a scarf for her husband as a first project. As inspiration to her and other new (or soon to start) knitters out there, I would like to present my first ever knitted object - known in some circles as The Ugliest Hat in America.
This hat design is knit flat, with decreases at the top to shape the crown. The sides are then sewn together to make a cone and *poof!* a hat is born. The first iteration, however, was too small, so I decided to knit up a wedge-shaped piece and sew it in place to increase the hat's circumference. "Ingenious!", I thought. "I am a master of knitting and geometry!" I also decided that it was too short, so I added additional length to the whole thing.

Unfortunately, I was out of the original yarn.
At the time, the dark green yarn seemed like a nice, coordinating color - brown, orange, green...like a walk through the woods on a brisk Fall day. Upon further reflection, however, it just looks like crap. Notice also the odd hump formed by the top of the green wedge - evidence of my poor (aka absent) geometric calculations.

You may be saying, "This is supposed to be inspiring?"

Yes! Take heart, noble novice knitter! No matter how many stitches you drop or how uneven your gauge is, your first project is bound to be better than this!

Mr. Hipp, dear soul that he is, actually loves wearing this hat. He puts it on when he is sick and claims it makes him feel better. He also likes to wear it when playing flag football or Ultimate Frisbee on chilly nights, mostly because it can get trampled in the mud without looking worse. Here is how he usually wears it: green wedge in the front (to mask the odd hump) and a patient smile on his face.

5 comments:

Jon Williams said...

Greatest hat ever. Love it.

Mozilla said...

Hmm...have to admit that my response to the hat was....Ohhh. But everyone has that knit project they just love because it is so fugly. Mine is the orange and blue fun fur one hour scarf that was nicknamed the manimal because it was so fugly and big enought to eat a person. But I still have it and wear it in the privacy of my own home :O)

Mrs. Hipp said...

Thanks for the comment! Mozilla - it's starting to get chilly in the OC...better make sure the manimal is handy! :)

Dyer said...

The hat looks sharp! The model on the other hand... Maybe try a mannequin instead....?

Stephanie :o) said...

I laughed so hard when I saw this picture, I think the people down the street heard me!