i expected to wake up the next morning full of regret, but when i stepped in front of the bathroom mirror, i was completely amazed.
me: wow! this actually looks okay. i like it!!!
him: it does... and that's the problem.
me: what is that supposed to mean?
him: don't get me wrong. you can pull it off with the crazy high cheekbones and that thing you do with the eyeliner.
me: you mean, occasionally putting some on?
him: yeah, that thing. do that and anyone who looks at you would think that you're all trendy and hip...
me: which i am!
him: [ignoring my last comment] ...but the second you start talking, they'd realize that you are the biggest nerd on the planet.
...then he grinned and hurried away, which was very wise.
i did end up knitting a new hat, but not for me. despite his repeated requests to move to a hand-knit-only sock lifestyle (my fault for knitting him a pair), i cannot seem to muster the enthusiasm to knit more of them, so i copped out and made him a hat instead.
i knitted him a hat last year out of some of my own hand-dyed yarn, which he wears everywhere (inside and out) during the cold months.
me: why are you wearing a hat... at three in the morning... in the studio... in your underwear?
him: i like this hat.
me: fair enough.
it feels good to have your handiwork so well received, but i figure he could always use a spare for when he (inevitably) loses... or washes... that one.
the new hat features a simple textured stitch, and a generous brim, as he likes to wear his hats folded and pulled down over his ears.
the pattern is Violet Waffles, and it is (currently) FREE on Ravelry. i knit this one in some Knit Picks Swish DK in the colorway Garnet Heather. i found a few balls of this yarn at the back of my stash closet, leftover from some old project (though i could not begin to guess what that might have been). the yarn is 100% superwash (washable) wool, but his hat is at least 3% cat hair.
speaking of which... it is a scientifically proven fact that taking a photo of knitwear is guaranteed to summon a cat.