I am a woman obsessed. I have lovely short hair and no hat to keep me warm. That is, no hat that keeps my head warm and looks even *all right* on me. The alpaca one is pretty good, but it's also horrible for creating static-y hat-head.
I have spent the weekend trying to find the style that will work. It was not the lovely Third Eye Chullo, which looked great on the couch but horrible on me. It is not the Silk Garden Beanie that I still love.
I went to the local shops and tried hats on and I have now narrowed down the design elements.
1. It has to be thick around the ears--through either a fold-over edge in rib or be made in a thick yarn with a textured stitch like garter or rib or seed, or both. My ears are big and with no hair around my face to balance the proportions, my head looks lumpy and funny. (Don't tell me my ears are fine--I know they are, but they are still big. Craig tried on many of the same hats as me and looked fine--hell most men wear hats and short hair and look fine, so it's gotta be something.)
2. It has to be fairly tight--not only to keep my ears warm but to flatten them down. Chullos with the ear flaps only draw attention to the lack of hair at the neckline. And they lengthen my face in a bad way.
3. It has to be a high at the crown. Again, it's a proportion thing, it draws the eyes up and away from the fact that it looks like I'm bald. Anything with a beanie shape that defines the top of my head didn't work for me.
So after all this searching, facial self-analysis that would make those "experts" on The Swan* cringe, and some serious hat head I didn't find the perfect hat to buy (because I would have if I had found it, sacralige that it is), but I have narrowed down what will work.
Now to see if I can make something that works with the stash at hand. I would love to go out to the lys and find some perfect yarn (in pink to match my mittens) but I'm home with poor little Emma who's ill with the mystery illness my kids seem to get the "high-fever, extra-tired, feeling-lousy virus". Which I guess is the flu. So I'm using the leftovers from the mittens in violation of discovery #1, but with a fold over brim to hopefully compensate for the DK weight of the yarn. I see some kicky pom poms. Stay tuned for more hat saga--hopefully I'll have something before spring.
*The link for the show was dead. Maybe this means the show is dead too?