Everytime I knit a hat, a new request comes in. I knit my baby cousin, Zach, a hat, around Father's Day last year, and stuck it on his Buddha-esque head right before dinner, which sparked the following conversation:
Grandma: "Where did where the hat came from?"
Mom: "Jo knit it."
Grandma: "Jo knit it?!" (I know, my talents run few and most projects, unfinished.)
Me: "Yes, I knit that."
Grandma: "Well, where's mine?!"
After being called out in front of a dozen family witnesses, I presented Grandma with a soft brown hat with caramel-colored buttons last Christmas. Ange looked at it "That hat looks cute. Can you knit me one? Like a beanie? It gets cold in New York." My first thoughts were... Are you @#!^@% kidding me? Ange, who's gifts I always get wrong? Nope. I'm sure I mess up the gift cards I resorted to, too. Ange did mention that a charitable donation on her behalf was the best of the lot one year, although I think she was saying that for good karma. All these years, I could have appeased here with some handmades...when I thought she only wanted brand names!
So here's to you, Ange. A wool Shakti hat that I wanted to keep for myself when I was finished, but won't because winter will be over if I try and knit another one. So this photo will do until I make my own. May this make up for all the royal gifting failures and keep your head toasty.
Hat Details: Free Shakti pattern by Faerwear Designs; Tumi Peruvian Highland Wool yarn, 2 skeins (each 50 grams), Color 238. I scored the pretty pink Tum yarn on a trip to Japan and haven't found it anywhere else. Ange should also consider this an awesome souvenir. I should consider going back to Japan.