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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 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!

  • 2 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!!!!!!!

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

    Nice hat!

  • 4 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!

  • 5 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!

  • 6 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!

  • 7 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!

  • 8 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!

  • 9 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!

  • 10 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!

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

    Hooray for hats!!

  • 12 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.

  • 13 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.

  • 14 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!

  • 15 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!

  • 16 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!

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

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

  • 18 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* :)

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

    Happy hattydays!!

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

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

  • 21 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.

  • 22 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…

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

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

  • 24 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!

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

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

  • 26 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!

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


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

    -11 in mn today. Nuffsaid

  • 29 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.

  • 30 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!

  • 31 m // Dec 24, 2008 at 5:39 am

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

    Pick me, pick me!

  • 32 ~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! :)

  • 33 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.


  • 34 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!

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

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

  • 36 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.

  • 37 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.

  • 38 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!

  • 39 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!

  • 40 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.

  • 41 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!