Friday, November 30, 2012
Bearded Hats are the bomb
This is our eldest, whom I call Legs because he's a half foot taller than me. His name is very Norse and he loves bearded hats, so I wasn't too surprised when he came to me and asked for a helmet with horns and an orange beard. We are a family of Pittsburgh Steelers fans and used that when we had discussed colors for the hat.
I attempted a bearded hat many moons ago. About a year and a half ago I think. The hat itself was brown, the beard was sewn to it, unmovable. Before long the beard was stretched and needed tightened. My son wore it to school (half mile walk in south eastern PA) so it ended up frizzy and full of fuzzballs. I added an extra strip around the bottom of the hat with a darker color lined around the edges to strengthen where I had stitched the beard. The popcorn beard wasn't very impressive. I made it up on the fly as I didn't have a good understanding of the stitch.
After being asked for the hat I searched for some that were similar. Cutie Hats (link on the lower right) had one but I wanted multiple colors and horns smaller and more similar to the red one eyed monster I'd done before. Also I wanted a couple of features no one would have. Buttons. Not just on the beard, that's been done. No no, I wanted removable horns. Sounds nuts. Yeah, I know. But the cup like bands around the bottom of the horn was the key. I could make that, stitch buttons to it and stitch the horn on after that. I placed two buttons under each horn and one on each side of the head, in the hat, for the beard.
I did have a good reason for this madness though. We currently live in the country, so no more long walks or need for the beard all the time. The Eldest rides the bus beginning at 6:50am until 7:30 or so. He may not want to wear the horns or be allowed to on the bus. Once he's at school, hats off until 3pm. So I wanted to make something that's similar to a beanie, look cool, but also functions with funny horns and beard.
Legs came home from school yesterday with both horns at the front of his head. He's a weirdy but he loves his hat. When asked "where did you get that?", his reply was "Well you can't get it from Walmart, I'll tell you that right now!" :p He's heard me fuss enough about cheap knit hats killing the knitting circles and folks at home working their fingers til they're sore. That's our boy.