I change my hairstyles as often as I can afford it, and at the moment I have long hair - well below my shoulders. I'm happy with long hair (although I'm dying to have a fringe cut in again), but it's been causing me problems on my winter walks. If I want to wear a hat, I need to have my hair down - you can't wear a woolly hat over a ponytail or a bun. But if I wear my hair down it blows all over my face, and much as I love long hair, I HATE hair in my mouth. Ack.
Last week I agonised the whole way along the Regent's Canal to Gill, and the whole way round Kew to Tracy and Kristina, about my hair/hat dilemmas. I had hair in my mouth, so stopped to put my hair up. Then I had a chilly head, so my hair came down and my hat went on. Then I got hair in my mouth, so stopped to take off my hat and put my hair up. You get the picture. So did they.
When I got back from Kew, Kristina very kindly emailed me a link to this pattern on Knitty which was the absolute perfect solution to my hair/hat difficulties.
Calorimetry is a headband designed especially for the problem I have been
I knitted it exactly to the pattern requirements, in Rowan Pure Wool Aran yarn in the sage shade. It took me only a day to knit, and was such a fun, easy pattern on two needles.
The headband is fastened by a button at the base of the neck, and I was so happy to be able to use this fine button which Anna gave me - I think it comes from the lovely Cowboys and Custard. Choosing the perfect button is always a favourite part of any project.
But the very best thing? It fits, and it works! I LOVE it!
It covers my ears, and keeps them toasty warm. It covers the top of my head, and keeps me warm there too. It lets me wear a lovely high, swingy ponytail.
And it even keeps pretty earrings on display.
I really don't think I've ever knitted anything quite so satisfying in such a short space of time. Happy days.