Now, I've had certain - shall we say - issues with this pattern from the beginning. Issues which I haven't shared with you because... well... I was raised to be a polite, sensitive knitter, and as a rule we don't make any disparaging remarks about independent knitwear designers who are only trying to make a living in a public forum. I love independent knitwear designers. It always makes me feel like a Good Knitter when I purchase one of their patterns. I feel that, by paying my 5$ (or whatever), I'm saying "Good for you, insert-designer-name-here. You're making a living out of something you love. Way to go."
Here's the thing: I bought this pattern when it was only available in hard copy, something that was - frankly - incomprehensible to me. Don't get me wrong, I love hard copy. I buy magazines, books, etc. But when all I want is ONE pattern, I usually prefer the
Anyway, when I was ready to cast on and actually read the pattern, it seemed rather.... simplistic. Really, it's just a stockinette slouch with a seed or garter stitch button band. For the life of me I couldn't figure out why I'd felt the urge to spend a not inconsiderable amount of money on such a simple pattern (OK fine, I admit it: I was completely seduced by the absolutely adorable pictures. I'm that gullible.)
Oh well, live and learn, I thought, and don't be so gosh darn impulsive next time (me? impulsive?). The hat is finished, it's cute, and it looks good on me (but so do most hats, heh). When I went to bed that night, I honestly believed that I had come to a place of forgiveness and understanding with regards to Danielle.
Now, Friday morning it was quite cold here in Dear Land. Really, really cold. Like, "there's the taste of snow in the air" kind of cold. Being a Knitter means I have no fear of the cold, for I am prepared. I decided to kick it up a notch in the woolly accessory department. I've been wearing progressively warmer scarves for some time, but that morning was the first time I felt the need to up the ante with a hat. I reached into the hat bin and pulled out the Robin's Egg Blue Hat (Ravlink) I
It's - basically - the same hat. Sure, the Robin's Egg is a beanie whereas Danielle is a slouch. One is knit up with a Chunky yarn, and the other with a fingering weight. But REALLY? it's the same hat. Same seed-stitch button band, same flap, same stockinette section. It's THE SAME HAT.
I stood there, dumbfounded. Not only had I paid for a pattern that I could have figured out by myself, but I'd paid for a hat I'd basically already knit.
Impulse-control. I need to look into that, me thinks.
Happy Knitting Everyone!
ps: On the off (off, off) chance that Grace Akhrem ever reads this post, I just want to say: it's not you, Grace. The fault is mine. I didn't LOOK at the pattern, I was just smitten by the pictures and hit "Buy Now" before I knew what I was doing (it's a thing I do). I love your patterns. I have quite a few of them in my queue, and I fully intend to knit them (you know... someday).
pps: I have 2 rows to go on the thumb of The Mitten. Victory will be mine.