The January Hat

This is the post in which a guy named Rex continues to exert his influence.

On my January trip to Colorado and California and back, I embarked on Hat No. 2 in the the Well-Traveled Hat series.

Here I'm all set up with Patons Classic Wool Roving in Dark Grey (77040) and Magenta (77402), a size K hook and the 24K Hook Catcher (Interweave Crochet Winter 2009 issue), inspired by an earlier adventure on a plane.

(Not sure if you can see this, but the map there on the seat back shows the little plane—with me in it—way over on the West Coast.)


I tucked the yarn into the seat back pocket with the ends feeding out and set up the pattern on the drop-down table (it's the Tahoe Hat from Interweave Crochet Fall 2009 issue again—a good pattern when the brain is too full to think too hard).

Attached to my 24K Hook Catcher are my handy stitch markers, to avoid repeating the Lame Stitch Marker Incident from the November hat.

Stitch-marker in place:

I found that the hook-holder is also handy for holding a pen:

by the time we're over New Mexico, the top is well underway (the yarn is yummy and squishy. Roving is like a single, but with no twist at all):

I just love this map thing. it shows you where you are in the world:

How high you are, how fast the plane is moving and what the temperature is outside the plane (cold):

(not sure about the 50mph figure—crochet rate maybe?)


Top is done and it's time to think about a color change:

moving right along:


and done! …

… as we approach the Mighty Mississippi!

Here it is:

But what will I do as we pass over Mississippi and Alabama?

Stay tuned for Part II of The January Hat.


Meanwhile, this grey-and-pink hat needs a home. Do you have a charity to suggest? It's a very soft hat, suitable for teen or grown-up. It needs to be hand-washed cold, then dried flat (unless you want a smaller hat, in which case it can just go in the washer and dryer).

Leave your suggestions in the comments below.

Happy crocheting,



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