Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Researchaholic

My Andrew announced that he'd like me to make him one of those hats with the ear flaps. I was shocked and amazed. Shocked that he asked me to knit him something and amazed that he chose an earflap hat.

I immediately began running this search program I had installed in my head (mothers have super powers of course - and, y'all know that ain't me in the picture with him). I wanted to be certain that I would pick the perfect pattern using yarn that I have "in stock". You see, like many of you, I have tons of knitting books and binders and folders stuffed with patterns. Last night, rather than sit and start knitting the first hat pattern I found that met the "hat with earflaps" requirement, I decided to rummage through ALL of my pattern books and patterns.

No way could I just be satisfied with Kirsten's Thorpe. I had to consult Ravelry too and well, I don't need to tell you the hundreds of possibilities that I found over there: the Snowboarder Hat that Rocks, and the Andean Earflap Hat, the Large Earflap Hat... The choices and the yarn possibilities were endless. I wanted to press onward until I found the one pattern that I felt was absolutely, positively the best choice and would become the most perfect first hat for my '17 year old and soon to be off to college senior in high school'! Then, this dark desire overtook me and I ventured out of the safe confines of Ravelry and went to the Google. That is where danger awaited this humble and unsuspecting knitter...

My pal Phyllis commented that she hoped this wasn't where all those helmet liners ended up...

8 comments:

cici said...

hahahah.There are so many choices... you are sooo funny. I do love Thorpe:)

Ina said...

"One of those hats with the ear flaps" makes me smile.

That last photo makes me shudder.

del said...

Deborah, good luck whittling down your choices. Once you start searching on Ravelry, you know you can get lost in there for weeks!

Pam said...

Check out the 'special order" earflap had I made for my 17yr old nephew on Ravelry (FishKnits). It floored me when he asked and I even let him choose the yarn.

Have fun!

hope said...

You are one of the funniest people I have the pleasure of knowing. You should be writing for SNL.
How about letting Andrew do the research? Please take of photo of him on Ravelry, please.

...about that writing. when?, when?

Elaine said...

well, that explains why you're so SMART!
LOVE the picture.
I think your darling sons are sending you the message moms can't wait to hear, but also dread "I'm making my own decisions from now on."
Merry Christmas to you and yours. and a happy new year.

Patricia said...

Have you looked for the "Jayne Hat"? It's a Firefly thing, in case you hadn't heard of it...

hakucho said...

I do the same thing...keep looking and looking, but I don't think I have ever found such a scary looking knitted item :)

Don't you just love it when one of your kids ask you to knit something for them? I'll knit just about anything....but gloves ;)