January 6, 2014

From Susan — How we keep warm in -40 degree windchill….

Filed under: Updates — lv2knit @ 4:54 pm

We grow long beards!  And if we can’t grow ‘em, we “knit” ‘em.   Oh my.  So embarrassing.

Can you believe this?  I am completely mortified and yet somehow proud!  Do you realize the engineering skill that is required when attaching 500 yards worth of weight to a handknit hat???

Posing as an axe murderer….

I know you are asking yourselves, “Why oh why would she waste her valuable knitting time on this ridiculous project?”  One of my best friends asked me to make this for her son.  I responded emphatically, “Buy one.  Seriously.  I will not make this for him.  BUY IT!”  She said it would make him so happy and he really wanted me to make it, blah, blah, blah!  This is a friend who would throw herself in front of a bus for me, so I agreed to do it.

Whoa.  What a challenge it was.  But, it fits and when it is on it is quite comfortable.  So, I guess the effort wasn’t a total waste.  All that is lost is my dignity!!

PS – If you want the pattern for this creation, NO!  Not going to spend another minute even thinking about it!!

Signed, The Bearded Lady!

PS2: My friend loved it and now it is on its way to see what the true recipient thinks.

PS3: The recipient LOVED it, too!  Yay!

PS4: Though it may appear otherwise, any resemblance of this hat/beard to a real person living or dead is purely coincidental and is not meant as an homage to any racist, anti-gay reality show faux-lebrities that may have been in the news lately!! ;)

PS5 – the sweater I am wearing is from Interweave Knits Winter 2003: Moorish Patterned Pullover by Norah Gaughan.  I believe I knitted it out of Peruvia???

Carl and Pup in Beard Hat


  1. Love it! You MUST change your Facebook profile pic to this (if you’re on FB, that is).

    Comment by Samina — January 6, 2014 @ 5:07 pm

  2. Why oh why would you waste your valuable knitting time on this ridiculous project?

    I couldn’t help myself.

    Comment by surly — January 6, 2014 @ 5:41 pm

  3. I, too, recently succumbed to the bearded hat fad. My best friend’s husband requested one for Christmas, and since I have never knit him anything, and didn’t know what to knit for her, as I knit birthday and Christmas gifts and we’ve been friends for a while, I gave her knit to him, in the form of a nice viking bearded hat. The non-knitting time consumed by one of these is a lot.

    Yours looks fabulous, though. If you were to take further leave of your senses and write up a pattern, “The Bearded Lady” would be a great name for it. :D

    Comment by Marguerite — January 6, 2014 @ 7:26 pm

  4. And her epitaph read “yes, she really did.”

    What kind of yarn did you use?

    Comment by Susan — January 6, 2014 @ 7:50 pm

  5. Hilarious. And very well done. AND well modeled!

    Comment by twinsetellen — January 6, 2014 @ 7:58 pm

  6. Wild and crazy!!

    Comment by Lee Cockrum — January 6, 2014 @ 8:10 pm

  7. It takes a lot of skill to make that come out so well (and to wear it so well, too) Fun! It’s good to laugh in this cold.
    I can’t help think that you’re denying the world the pattern….

    Comment by gale zucker (she shoots sheep shots) — January 6, 2014 @ 8:19 pm

  8. My only comment shall be – GREAT SWEATER!!!

    Comment by Millie — January 6, 2014 @ 9:42 pm

  9. It’s worth it just for the giggles you’ve given everyone. And really, you look kind of cute behind all that yarn (I sure hope you used Red Heart and didn’t waste anything good on it). Oh, and I echo Millie – great sweater!

    Comment by Suzan — January 7, 2014 @ 9:52 am

  10. Oh, Awesome! How much fun is that???

    Comment by Barb — January 7, 2014 @ 10:11 am

  11. Wow – that actually looks fabulous! Nice job – even if it was silly. It is also rather appealing on these coldest of days, and a lot more fun than wrapping a scarf around your head!

    Comment by Amy — January 7, 2014 @ 1:37 pm

  12. Quack!!!!

    Comment by PurrlGurrl — January 7, 2014 @ 9:22 pm

  13. I’m with Millie above – GREAT SWEATER!

    Comment by stashdragon — January 8, 2014 @ 1:09 pm

  14. Why did she do it….
    Obviously she had too much time on her hands.

    Comment by OHSue — January 8, 2014 @ 7:50 pm

  15. Such fun! :-)

    Comment by Kym — January 8, 2014 @ 9:18 pm

  16. Genius, it’s a hat and a scarf in one! And I don’t envy the recipient having to comb it out when it turns into one big snarl :)

    Comment by Natalie — January 9, 2014 @ 8:49 pm

  17. I made bearded hats for my boys last year. They loved them all. The part I hate to admit is that I actually wore one on Tuesday out in public, in the cold. It was the warmest thing I could find, and that -15 weather had me hunting for ANYTHING that would block out the chill.

    I knit these ones:

    Should I hang my head in shame? At the time I was grateful I still had a nose…

    Comment by Lisle — January 9, 2014 @ 11:09 pm

  18. A modern day balaclava what! Which is exactly what I was contemplating knitting
    for my daughter who lives in Madison, Wisconsin last week. Thanks for the good
    laugh and the outstanding comments. The recipient looks pretty content.

    Comment by Kris — January 11, 2014 @ 12:50 pm

  19. That is utterly hilarious! Well done!! Kudos for leaving your dignity at the door for a good friend.

    Comment by Katie — January 13, 2014 @ 10:59 pm

RSS feed for comments on this post.

Leave a comment

Powered by WordPress