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It’s beginning to look a lot like a bucket hat giveaway!

December 22nd, 2008 · 91 Comments · Daily, Giving Stuff Away, Knitting

One of my knitting goals for 2009 is to become comfortable with stranded knitting. To kick off that goal one week early, I sat down on Friday and started my version of this hat. Yesterday afternoon? I finished it. I am not yet done with Christmas shopping, nor have I sent out all of my Christmas cards. I have baked no cookies. I haven’t made out a grocery list. However, unto us this day in the city of St. Louis, a hat which is way too big was born.

Okay. People always say things to me like, “With that short hair of yours, I bet you look good in hats!” And, up until yesterday, I sort of (reluctantly) agreed. However, this “I Really Should Have Been Christmas Shopping Instead” hat definitely does not look good on me.


So, anyway. I want to give you the hat. It really is fairly lovely for a First Time at Colorwork attempt. It’s 30% silk and 70% Extrafine Merino Wool, which means it’s definitely a handwash only sort of thing. It would look especially nice on someone who has a large noggin or lots of hair adorning their normal-sized noggin.


Leave a Happy Holidays Christmas Hatty sort of comment (or something similar, or not so similar at all), and on Christmas Day I’ll pull out the old randomizer and: Free Fluid Pudding Knitted Silk/Wool Hat to Someone Out There! Because it’s Christmas! And happy holidays to you!


91 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Jaynee // Dec 22, 2008 at 5:39 pm

    Can I just tell you that I STILL get compliments on the purse you sent me a few years ago? I pull it out every winter to use and during those few months I use it I have people ask me where I got it because they want one. When I tell them someone made it for me, they get all fluttery and jealous.

    I like that.

  • 2 DLG in Mich // Dec 22, 2008 at 5:43 pm

    Love the hat. I can never find ones that look good on me. I’m impressed that you can make something like that! Happy Holidays and please choose me!

  • 3 JenE in Indy // Dec 22, 2008 at 5:45 pm

    I love the hat, too! I have a large noggin and lots of hair, so I bet it’ll fit me great. Have a good holiday!

  • 4 Sarah, Goon Squad Sarah // Dec 22, 2008 at 5:46 pm

    I LOVE IT.

    (Assuming you don’t have cooties, because I can see it on your head.)

  • 5 Morgan // Dec 22, 2008 at 5:52 pm

    That’s your first attempt? I am in awe of your skills.
    I also have a medium to large head, and masses of hair. :)
    Merry candy cane season!

  • 6 Sandy // Dec 22, 2008 at 5:56 pm

    Love it, AND if I win, I’m right here in STL so we could meet to get it to me, OR, shipping would be super cheap if I freak you out. So happy holidays!

  • 7 Theodosia // Dec 22, 2008 at 6:01 pm

    I, too, am in awe of your skills – I can’t believe that is your fist attempt. I’m jealous because I’ve been trying stranded knitting off-and-on for years and still can’t produce anything nearly as lovely.

    Happy Holidays anyway.

  • 8 Rhi // Dec 22, 2008 at 6:10 pm

    Yet again, I want to be you when I grow up.

    And also drink a big silly beer with you.

  • 9 KBO // Dec 22, 2008 at 6:17 pm

    Bah humbug. I covet your hat.

  • 10 Brooke // Dec 22, 2008 at 6:24 pm

    I wish I could knit. But I can’t. Instead I want your hat. Please?

  • 11 Carroll // Dec 22, 2008 at 6:26 pm

    Nope. That hat really doesn’t do justice to the loveliness that is you. (See? You could totally take me bra-shopping with you. I’m an honest and forthright observer :-)

    Please do not consider this comment in your contest — if I get randomly generated, spin that wheel again, Sister, and give someone else a chance. Not that I don’t like the hat, mind you, but I am just not a hat person in any way shape or form. They *all* look terrible on me! (Believe it!) And afterwards? The hair! Oh dear goddess, the hair! So flat. So lifeless. So hat-headish!!!

    I just wanted to be sure to wish you and yours, the whole entire Pudding Family, a fine fun and festive holiday. May there be no tantrums, no migraines, and an abundance of good will among all!

    Hugs too :-)

  • 12 Leta // Dec 22, 2008 at 6:37 pm

    I’d risk hat head to wear that one. Well done.

  • 13 Jenn // Dec 22, 2008 at 6:41 pm

    I should do more stranded knitting, it’s so much fun!

  • 14 No Minimom // Dec 22, 2008 at 6:41 pm

    A hat? Made for big noggins? Count me in, girlfriend! I have lots of hair and an above average size head! Plus, the colors are very pretty!

  • 15 Kara // Dec 22, 2008 at 6:46 pm

    I would like to know what pattern this is so I can make one of my own. I have some Silky Malabrigo that would make a lovely version of this hat. :)

  • 16 Jen // Dec 22, 2008 at 6:57 pm

    My first attempt took an otherwise perfect hat size for grown ups and turned it into something only wearable by infants. Now I just need to find a rockstar mommy to gift a black baby hat with ” i <3 zombies” in white.

  • 17 Dana // Dec 22, 2008 at 6:58 pm

    I have a BIG head! Hats never fit me. I LOVE this hat. PICK ME!

  • 18 amy // Dec 22, 2008 at 7:07 pm

    I want to win I want to win

  • 19 Amy // Dec 22, 2008 at 7:14 pm

    Aw, I like the hat. it’s purty :)

  • 20 Beth Fish // Dec 22, 2008 at 7:14 pm

    I think that hat would look lovely on my great big melon head.

  • 21 Amanda // Dec 22, 2008 at 7:18 pm

    OMG I have a huge head AND massive hair! SCORE! Go lucky number 21!

    And merry christmas!

  • 22 Angie Todd // Dec 22, 2008 at 7:25 pm

    I love your hat, it was worth putting off everything else. Merry Christmas!

  • 23 Suebob // Dec 22, 2008 at 7:28 pm

    I see monkeys leaping about in fall-colored trees. Is that what I am supposed to be seeing?

    And as far as the head size thing – well, you have seen my hair!

  • 24 Sciteacher // Dec 22, 2008 at 7:31 pm

    I want a hat. A Happy Big Noggin type of hat, for which I have copious amount of flowing locks. Actually, I want to make a hat, but I am incapable and a knitting nitwit. Alliteration, however, I can DO. It won’t keep my head warm, though, no matter how I wear it.

  • 25 RachelJ // Dec 22, 2008 at 8:10 pm

    Happy holidays. Is that going to cause a big debate? There are so many people now (at least where I live) who get offended by someone saying happy holidays instead of Merry Christmas. Anyway, I’d love the hat.

  • 26 Aloeskin // Dec 22, 2008 at 8:27 pm

    1. Love the hat.
    2. Have big head
    3. And lots of hair.
    4. Live in cold climate.
    5. Want to wish you a Merry Christmas.

  • 27 liz // Dec 22, 2008 at 8:28 pm

    I’m not sure I’ll look good in it, however I have a largish cranium so I might be able to rock it out pretty well. If not, Bean looks faaaaaabulous in hats. Even ones that are too big for her.

    Merry Christmas!

  • 28 Neena // Dec 22, 2008 at 8:37 pm

    Love the hat, have huge noggin, will wear proudly. Happy Holidays!

  • 29 peef // Dec 22, 2008 at 8:43 pm

    Ooooo…I would love to win that hat! It is so pretty and you, my dear, are so talented.

    Give-aways are just fun. thanks!

  • 30 April // Dec 22, 2008 at 8:45 pm

    That looks so soft and warm! You should keep it and wear it around the house. If I won it though I would wear it proudly! I have a good head for hats.

  • 31 stephanie // Dec 22, 2008 at 8:49 pm

    Oooh! Pretty hat! I hope I win. It will keep me warm in the frozen wasteland I call home.

  • 32 pharmgirl // Dec 22, 2008 at 8:51 pm

    I have been blessed with a head of hair heretofore seen only on the likes of Dolly Parton, Loretta Lynn and a singing family act of Mormon orgins.

    I could really work that hat.

    And, I’m still a bit bitter about not getting the M&M’s…

  • 33 margalit // Dec 22, 2008 at 9:11 pm

    I’ve got a large head (filled with mush) and not that much hair. Such a pretty pretty hat would look delightful on my big giant noggin. I know it would.

    Your knitting continues to get more lovely with every project while MY knitting continues to be unfinished and sitting in bags in the closet.

  • 34 J. // Dec 22, 2008 at 9:29 pm

    The hat is lovely. And I would like to nominate myself as a potential recepient of it, because I have a giant head and red hair, and would be able to wear the hat with style and panache.

  • 35 brit // Dec 22, 2008 at 9:42 pm

    fif only I could knit I could make myself a hat…instead I’ll leave a comment and take yours..thank you so very much and my warm noggin does too…(too much?)

  • 36 Amy in KC // Dec 22, 2008 at 9:46 pm

    Excellent hat! Excellent reason to put off everythinge else! Happy Holidays to the Puddings.

    Feel free to pick me, or one of these other fine people. It’s lovely of you to have a give-away.

    I have been having migraines due to putting everything holiday-related and necessary off (please do not follow that example) — oh and after 23 months I GOT MY BRACES OFF LAST WEDNESDAY!

    Sorry, did not mean to shout. Merry Christmas!

  • 37 Mrs. CPA // Dec 22, 2008 at 9:51 pm

    I just got a new haircut, which would be perfectly shown off under that hat. And I have a GIANT head.

  • 38 Katherine // Dec 22, 2008 at 9:53 pm

    Happy Holidays! I like your blog, I like your hat.
    :) Hope I get to wear it in the new year.

  • 39 Kendra // Dec 22, 2008 at 9:54 pm

    I love the hat. I would hand wash it and give it a nice home. Oh, and my noggin is surprisingly large for a girl of my stature.

    Merry Christmas to you & yours.

  • 40 Sherry // Dec 22, 2008 at 10:10 pm

    Hatty Holidays!

  • 41 Ani // Dec 22, 2008 at 11:56 pm

    Noggin? check
    Hair? Check

    But if you pick me I will be honest and say I was thinking of finding a local-ish cancer charity and donating it. Because a hat that lovely deserves to be loved, not strewn about by my horde of baby elephants.

  • 42 RzDrms // Dec 22, 2008 at 11:58 pm

    i have big (read: frizzy, read: humidity) hair and a pie face (read: tiffany-amber thiessen, yet way not so cute), and so when i see your cute thin face and not-frizzy hair in that adorable hat…well, you rock.

  • 43 Jo Anna // Dec 23, 2008 at 12:17 am

    The hat is awesome and I have a big head with big hair.
    Have an awesome holiday and a great new year. Thank you for the abundant entertainment.

  • 44 kimblahg // Dec 23, 2008 at 12:39 am

    I want it! And, if I win, I’ll come pick it up from you at work!

  • 45 Susan // Dec 23, 2008 at 1:23 am

    Wow that is amazing. Much lovelier than the prototype.

  • 46 Kim // Dec 23, 2008 at 1:29 am

    Merry Hatmas! Hatty New Year! ;)

    I have an above-average amount of hair, and I love your hat. Plus, I’ve never owned anything hand-knitted. See? The Randomizer should pick me! :) (Really, I want socks ~ but a hat would work nicely for those 15 days a year it’s cold here.)

    Hat some Hatty Hatodays!


  • 47 CarrieJ // Dec 23, 2008 at 2:18 am

    Large Melon but thin hair … might need something to keep it warm :) Great first attempt! I am planning on teaching myself to knit this year. I crochet, but there are so many cool things you can do knitting!

  • 48 Kristen // Dec 23, 2008 at 3:40 am

    I love this hat – and will probably borrow this idea of combining a variegated colorway with a solid sometime soon’ish. Like when I’m not on nightfloat (ie staying in the hospital at night for two weeks).

    Have you blocked it? My one and only colorwork hat looked simply amazing after I blocked it (well, there was the gap where I had extra long strands where the space between the dpns were, but I overlooked them). Like so amazing I showed it to everyone, and was disappointed by their non’impressment.

    So, noggin? yup. And this one could use a nap.
    Hair? yup, extra long because I haven’t thought to make an appointment to get it cut in a long time. I like the piled on top of my head in a bun-like-ponytail combo. I think I wear it well.

    The need for a hat? yeah, I’ve got that too. I dug my car out of a thigh high snowbank in the hospital parking lot yesterday morning, cursing the fact that I wasn’t properly dressed – mittens yes, but no hat or scarf, and no wool socks! It was embarrassing, seeing as how I call myself a knitter.

  • 49 Zoot // Dec 23, 2008 at 6:30 am

    My husband won’t let me wear any of his ballcaps when I need one because he says my melon head will stretch them out and they won’t fit him anymore. I had to buy my own. And when he puts it on? It covers his eyes. Because HE has a PEANUT head. I do NOT have a melon head, do you hear me? I DO NOT.

    Happy Holidays!

    (Is that good enough?)

  • 50 MeL // Dec 23, 2008 at 7:05 am

    OOh! OOH! Pick me! PICK! ME! WANT!

    Must have lovely Fluid Pudding Knitwear! Also, I have a freakishly large head and hats are always too small for it. But I do look cute it hats! So it’s a match made in heaven. (Or St. Louis, as the case may be…)

  • 51 Melissa // Dec 23, 2008 at 9:10 am

    I like your hat much better than Christmas Cards (high five!). And my noggin is extra large, unfortunately. I’ve never fit into ladies hats very well (without squeezing my brain into oxygen deprivation. . . so that’s what the problem is!)
    I digress.

    Merry Christmas!

  • 52 Alli // Dec 23, 2008 at 9:14 am

    Oooh, I have a big head, but not in a conceited sort of way – more like the unfortunate kind of way. I wish you a non-rashy, non-tantrum, kissable lip, yummy soap smelling Christmas!!!!!!!

  • 53 Lisa // Dec 23, 2008 at 10:17 am

    Nice hat!

  • 54 Elizabeth // Dec 23, 2008 at 10:23 am

    My head is big *and* cold! This means that I qualify based on both merit and need. Nice work!

  • 55 She She // Dec 23, 2008 at 10:36 am

    Lovely. I don’t have a big head, or big hair. But I’d love a hat!

  • 56 Amy // Dec 23, 2008 at 10:37 am

    I lurve it! Much more impressive than my stranded-knitting attempts, which always come out sort of lumpy no matter how loose I try to keep the gauge. Well done!

  • 57 Carrie // Dec 23, 2008 at 11:05 am

    I have a large noggin and will be moving to the frozen north soon. My ears would be happy to have this hat. Merry Hatmas!

  • 58 Krista // Dec 23, 2008 at 11:09 am

    Beautiful! You are awfully lucky to be able to make something so great!! Wishing your family a happy holiday season!

  • 59 Angela at mommy bytes // Dec 23, 2008 at 11:15 am

    People say that I have a large noggin and I definitely have plenty or hair, so please send it over! I love it!

  • 60 Megan // Dec 23, 2008 at 11:21 am

    My eight year old inherited my giant noggin’….we call him our little pez dispenser…and I LOVE your hat!

  • 61 Meagan // Dec 23, 2008 at 12:12 pm

    Hooray for hats!!

  • 62 OTC // Dec 23, 2008 at 12:56 pm

    I have both a gargantuan skull AND crazy thick hair. Your hat would work its knitted a$$ off on this head o’ mine.

    Nice work with the knitting, btw.

  • 63 Audrey // Dec 23, 2008 at 1:46 pm

    How nice it would be to have a hand-knit hat. Each time I get one on the needles with my own noggin in mind…someone else ends up with it in the end. And I do have a rather large head, too! :)

    Happy Holidays to you and yours. Good luck with your Christmas shopping.

  • 64 Nicky // Dec 23, 2008 at 2:00 pm

    As the grandchild of a former yarn shop owner I can identify with the “should have been doing _____________” but decided to knit/crochet/needlepoint instead idea. I’ve also experienced wrapped up half-finished sweaters as Christmas presents after a “I should’ve finished knitting your Christmas present but decided to knit/crochet/needlepoint instead” experience. I love the detail work on the hat!

  • 65 Dancing Kami // Dec 23, 2008 at 2:08 pm

    I have a larger head with thick hair and believe I would be a perfect canidate for this awesome hat. Plus I kind of collect hats, and it would be a wonderful, colorful addition to my hand-knitted-hat-collection. Pick me pick me!

  • 66 caroline // Dec 23, 2008 at 2:41 pm

    Large head, thick hair, can’t wear itchy acrylic hats, would love your beautiful wool hat! Merry Christmas!

  • 67 Omdog // Dec 23, 2008 at 3:52 pm

    Ooh, Pretty pretty! Fabulous Hat-ness, and Happy Yule to you and yours!

  • 68 Jennifer // Dec 23, 2008 at 3:59 pm

    OK – to own that hat would be absolutely loverly!!! I love it, I love it, I love it!!! *high kick* :)

  • 69 Brandy // Dec 23, 2008 at 5:03 pm

    Happy hattydays!!

  • 70 Trudy // Dec 23, 2008 at 5:44 pm

    Okay. I’m game. I’ll de-lurk when tantalized with a rockin’ hat. Merry Christmas!

  • 71 patois // Dec 23, 2008 at 6:20 pm

    I won’t even be so crude as to mention potential cooties. (Frankly, I think Sarah of Goon Squad fame should be disqualified for that. How unholiday-like.) (One competitor down, 69 to go.) I would so love that hat. It would suit me perfectly. Really. Pick me.

  • 72 MsCellania // Dec 23, 2008 at 7:00 pm

    Love the Hat.
    Would love to have the hat.
    Would take good care of the hat.
    Can only wear cashmere or merino wool, come to think of it…

  • 73 brokemom // Dec 23, 2008 at 8:19 pm

    Hats off to you! I’m sure that’s not a very original “hatty” greeting…

  • 74 TN // Dec 23, 2008 at 8:32 pm

    I really like that hat. Although I don’t have an especially large noggin (I like to think of mine as petite), I do have lots of hair.

    Have a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, Yo!

  • 75 erin // Dec 23, 2008 at 9:37 pm

    It is a beautiful hat. Give it to me. kthanx.

  • 76 Shnoodle // Dec 23, 2008 at 9:41 pm

    Gorgeous! I love the vines and leaves – did you learn the colorwork from a book or pattern you could recommend? Also, I have neither a large noggin nor much hair to speak of, but I would love to win your hat because I’m miserly and use knitwear in place of turning up the heat!

  • 77 THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WORLD // Dec 23, 2008 at 11:11 pm


  • 78 Elsimom // Dec 23, 2008 at 11:33 pm

    -11 in mn today. Nuffsaid

  • 79 betsy // Dec 24, 2008 at 12:03 am

    Happy, Merry, Holy, Jolly, etc..etc..etc… We’re having a wonderful Christmas here, but i hope everyone else is having a happy whatever they’re having. :-) I hoipe one day to be able to knit this well, but until then, I’ll just have to hope for this hat to be mine! I’m very impressed.

  • 80 chasmyn // Dec 24, 2008 at 2:50 am

    Oh, I love it! It’s yummy. I have lots of hair – yes, I’d like that hat, please.

    Happiest of Holidays to you!

  • 81 m // Dec 24, 2008 at 5:39 am

    It’s beginning to look a lot like Hatmas … everywhere I goooooo ….)

    Pick me, pick me!

  • 82 ~moe~ // Dec 24, 2008 at 10:53 am

    Sweet hat, Angela! I posted a photo of your tiny sock on my blog today. Love it! :)

  • 83 Dooley // Dec 24, 2008 at 11:45 am

    Awesome hat! Like some before me, please de-randomize me and send the hat along to the next pick. I just made a hat somewhat like yours (not as nice, for I am your Grasshoppa), so someone else deserves such a fine hat as yours.

    The Whole Dooley Family wants to thank you for the Puddins’ kindness to those who suffer with chronic illnesses — you are awesome people who are loved dearly. In memory of Dale and the others who didn’t survive, we appreciate your help.

    I also want to thank you for another fab year of your excellent writing and great sense of humor. What lucky girls to have you as their mom — I hope they buy you something that smells good and contains no real rattlesnake parts.

    xxoo, amiga.


  • 84 Alyce // Dec 24, 2008 at 12:14 pm

    It’s so purty. I’m not a hat person either. My big fat melon and scads of hair would seem to be a good fit for your pretty hat, but it’d look terrible on me. I just know.

    I’m trying to make my husband a hat (I told him it’d be just in time for next year), and it seems to be going the way of the frog. Ribbit. I’ve already torn it out twice. Is it a mental block? The pattern I chose? Hells bells, I don’t know.

    Merry Christmas to the Puddings!

  • 85 Linda // Dec 24, 2008 at 12:53 pm

    ME! ME! PICK ME!!!! It would cover my flowing locks really well!!!

  • 86 bbmeatloaf // Dec 24, 2008 at 1:24 pm

    One Christmas my grandmother crocheted me a beret and matching scarf. My much older siblings started calling me “plate head” as soon as I put on the beret. I NEVER wore it after that.

  • 87 Megan // Dec 24, 2008 at 11:19 pm

    Hello! I would love a Happy Holidays Christmas Hatty. I have a lot of hair and could rock this hat! Also, I tend to wear headband scarves which are adorable but also push my hair away from my ears, and when it’s really friggin cold outside, a Happy Holidays Christmas Hatty would solve the cold ear dilemma.

  • 88 haus // Dec 25, 2008 at 1:08 am

    I look terrible in hats. But Merry Christmas anyway! Hope you and Jeff and the girls have a great time opening gifts and feasting!

  • 89 cas // Dec 25, 2008 at 2:36 am

    It’s not that I have agiant tator…it’s that my melon has an especially large lump to accommodate the brains inside.

    I’ll give that lovely hat a good home!

  • 90 Mocha // Dec 25, 2008 at 9:28 am

    It’s evident that my noggin is extra large. Freakishly so, in fact. But if I don’t win that hat I am going to be alllll right because I just got an FP Christmas CD especially made for me. It came in the mail and there was a la-de-da type of dance that accompanied it.

    Thanks, FP. I love you big time. Or is that “I love you big noggin time” ?

    In any case, Merriest of Christmases.

  • 91 Lara // Dec 25, 2008 at 3:51 pm

    Super cool! I have a big head and long blonde hair that I am growing for locks of love. I don’t really know how to ‘do’ hair so this would give my noggin some style that I can’t otherwise do myself!

    Happy Christmas and Merry New Year!