Hatopolooza & A Book!

This is a quick post today because I’m commuting to the city for work then racing back to get home before noon so I can run payroll — I need to pay myself … right?!!!! LOL!


My crochet throw/blanket is in timeout for now. It didn’t do anything wrong but I’m on a hat knitting binge right now. Three members of my executive team and a senior director really had my back in 2020 when I needed some extra support. I thought of buying them gifts but decided that some handmade love would be so much better. Don’t say I didn’t warn you, it’ll be hats, hats and more hats for the next couple of weeks because I gave myself until February 23rd to get them done so I can mail them all on the 24th. I’m using scrummy yarn so you’ll have something pretty to look at while I overload you with hats! LOL!

One of my coworkers gifted me some wine (you can read the story of that person here) so as a thank you, I made him a hat. I’ll be dropping it off at work today, I hope he likes it.

Project Details:

  • Pattern: Ribbed Watchman’s Hat (this link leads to Ravelry. Please note that the new interface has caused accessibility issues for some users).
  • Yarn: MadelineTosh Chunky in colorway Tart (yarn base discontinued)


I’m still reading The Water Dancer (blogged here). I’m used to Ta-Nehisi Coates‘ non-fiction style so his fiction voice is throwing me off a bit. The story is an interesting read so I’m taking my time with it before I decide if I like it or not.

As a sort of palette cleanser, I read one of my favourite books — Maya Angelou’s “Wouldn’t Take Nothing For My Journey Now”. My oldest copy I got in 1995 from a friend and I read this book EVERY YEAR since! My absolute favourite story in this book of shorts is “New Directions”. It’s a story of resilience and starting from where you are, no matter your age. It focuses on the aged old premise that its not how you start but how you finish. My copy of this book is well loved and once again, it hit the spot where content was concerned and an extra boost of inspiration welcomed.

I hope your week is going well and if you have Presidents Day off, I hope your long weekend is just what you need it to be.

Joining Kat and friends for Unraveled Wednesdays where you can see what everyone is making and reading.

13 thoughts on “Hatopolooza & A Book!

  1. pumpkin sunrise February 12, 2021 / 10:33 am

    I love Maya and haven’t read that book (at least I don’t remember!). I have a hat at the bottom of my knitting bag that desperately needs some knitting attention!! Your hat is beautiful and squishy looking!!

    • Nicky February 12, 2021 / 7:41 pm

      Thank you Karen! If you love Maya, I’m pretty sure you’re going to love this. I’m not kidding when I say I read it every year.

      And thanks for the hat love, it turned out better than I expected. 🙂

  2. handmade habit February 11, 2021 / 1:46 am

    That’s a gorgeous hat, Nicky! Nothing like a ribbed watch cap in worsted (one of my favourites to knit up, too). I am sure that your co-worker will appreciate this beautiful gesture. Having read the previous post, this gesture models generosity and kindness (sometimes folks need this modeling). 🙂 Wishing you joy on the remaining hats!

    • Nicky February 12, 2021 / 7:42 pm

      He sent me a lovely text response — he was very surprised and liked it very much. Hopefully, it’s the start of a less strained working relationship for me and him.

      I’m looking forward to making the other hats, those recipients are very much giftworthy. ❤

      • handmade habit February 12, 2021 / 8:11 pm

        I’m glad to read, and very much hope the same. 🙂

  3. sweetpurls February 10, 2021 / 8:57 pm

    Oh wow…that is a great gift. Love everything about this project. The color, your knitting neatness and the intention. xoxo

    • Nicky February 12, 2021 / 7:43 pm

      Thank you friend, by all accounts, it was well received. 😀

  4. Jane February 10, 2021 / 8:56 pm

    You knit a very handsome hat and the tag makes it look so professional. It’s a very nice touch. The book you write about is one of Angelou’s that I have not read. I am going to look for a copy.

    • Nicky February 12, 2021 / 7:45 pm

      Thank you Jane, I really do enjoy hat making! The recipient had high praise for the hat and the tag. 🙂

      If you love Maya, you’ll love this book of shorts. As with all of her writing, she’s marvelous here. ❤

  5. Kym February 10, 2021 / 9:41 am

    The hat is just lovely! (And that colorway has always been my favorite Madeline Tosh colorway. Just the most perfect red.)

    • Nicky February 10, 2021 / 7:26 pm

      Thank you Kym! I love the colorway so much I’m planning a sweater in it. I love it that much, it really is the perfect red.

  6. Kat February 10, 2021 / 8:51 am

    The color of that hat looks like a nice merlot! (and that tag! gah!!) I have never read Wouldn’t Take Nothing For My Journey Now, I need to remedy that! Thank you for that recommendation!

    • Nicky February 10, 2021 / 7:24 pm

      This is definitely one of MadelineTosh’s best colorways, it sings in almost every base I’ve seen it in.

      If you like shorts and Maya’s style, this book wouldn’t disappoint.

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