During the week that the alpaca sleeve was missing, I didn’t knit much. I spun, I washed a fleece, I read webcomics, I desponded. Finally I got ahold of myself. This was stupid. I had to knit something, for goodness sake. I had to take an active role in my life, not just let it pass me by while waiting for things I wanted to happen my way.

So I did what any reasonable knitter would do: I started knitting a bulky earflap hat.

The yarn in line for the next BEH was some Tahki/Stacy Charles Montana. Tahki is a horrible name for a fashion company of any kind, but to my understanding they make pretty good yarn, so when I first saw this super-bulky natural-colored single, I was intrigued. But I didn’t buy it until I saw it on triple D.

Triple D is knitter’s financial kryptonite. We cannot resist. As soon as we find a yarn that is Discontinued and Deeply Discounted, we’re toast. If it’s crap yarn, it’s easier to hold back, but this yarn was also Delicious. The Quadruple-D threat is impossible. Jared & I bought a skein each.

We were immensely entertained when I took the label off the tiny skein to discover that you really don’t have to knit it to make it into a hat.

It’s sort of… Soviet Audrey Hepburn, don’t you think?

I’m going to knit it anyway, though. I wound it into a ball only slightly smaller than my head, and cast on for the Snowboarder Hat the Rocks!, a free pattern on ravelry. Take this free pattern with a grain of salt, though – the instructions are mighty iffy. I’m changing things liberally to make it make sense, and I’m only halfway through one earflap.

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