Secret Mojo Dumbs It Down for You

October 21, 2006

This is not normal

Filed under: Knitting — secretmojo @ 4:23 pm

In all honesty, I didn’t want to send my Happy Hat to Made by Hand. This is as absurd as it is selfish. But I must acknowledge my separation anxiety here. I spent no small amount of time trying to recover stitches inside a rather bumpy, obfuscating bunch of yarn. I cheered at each color change. I cursed a few times. And when it came time to sew it up, let’s just say my fatty fingers and the hat saw far too much of each other.

But, I like the way it turned out. I liked that the bind off went flawlessly. I even liked the funky rat of the tassels after I washed it. It’s no longer a skein, but something more. It has worth. The stitches are crooked, of course. And I think it may be too large. But dammit, I married this hat, and I didn’t want to let go of its poofy goofy self.

Nevertheless, it’s in the mail. I suppose if I were an experienced knitter, one who could toss off two hats while driving, this would be nothing. Like throwing candy in a parade. But being my first creation, I couldn’t stifle this urge to play with it. To, uh, keep it.

Shameful. Greedy. But true.

Good bye happy hat. Do your duty. Make someone happy.



  1. The separation anxiety you felt and continue to feel for your first finished knitted item is completely normal. It occurs not only with first pieces knit … if something comes out particularly scrumptious you just want to keep it with you so you can paw and gaze at it whenever you wish. If it is truly, truly scrumptious you want to bite the knitted item every one in a while, but force yourself not to because of the fuzz. No matter how many pieces I knit, I get separation anxiety with each one as if it were a child the first day of nursery school (although I never wanted to bite my children).

    No shame.


    Comment by firefly8868 — October 21, 2006 @ 8:24 pm | Reply

  2. Totally normal. The best solution is to promptly cast another project which is (better/more attractive/a yarn you’ve really wanted to knit/more challenging/looks fun/something you’ve always wanted/something someone asked for/another of the same thing), and thus can distract you with that great “new project” feeling.

    So – did you actually marry the hat, or is that a freudian slip from ‘made’?

    Comment by Anna — October 22, 2006 @ 7:50 pm | Reply

  3. Whew. I’m glad you feel the same, firefly. This means I am not insane. Or possibly insane in a good way.

    Anna, I meant “married,” but metaphorically. I hope. Wait a second… Eeeeeew!

    Comment by secretmojo — October 23, 2006 @ 1:18 pm | Reply

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