Thursday, 9 January 2014

RIP Rainbow hat

You've probably realised, if you're a regular reader of this blog, that I like rainbows.

For somewhere in the region of 10/11 years, I have possessed a rainbow hat - one of those Peruvian knitted ones with earflaps. I love it. It is a blob of stripey rainbowness which brightens many a snowy/windy/freezing day and most importantly, keeps me warm.

New hat - March 03!
Not anymore. The bright colours are looking distinctly washed out and faded (I know you're not supposed to wear it in the rain, but hey! I didn't always have a brolly), there's a hole developing in the back seam, and it's stretched over the years so that the wind very definitely whistles under the earflaps.

And the faded version - today.
So today I bought a new one - from the same market stall holder I bought the rainbow one from, all those years ago!

The stall holder was quite proud that I was still wearing the original after so long - but unfortunately, he didn't have any rainbow striped ones to replace it with. The angst that caused! Could I manage without a rainbow hat? Bless the stall holder - he unpacked his entire stock of hats so I could try a few on and find a colour that I was happy with.

Grey with blue patterns - too washed out. Blue and turquoise - better, but didn't fit right.Green - not my colour. Pink - definitely not. It was like looking at a stranger in the mirror, I'd got so used to seeing myself with the rainbow one. Didn't like what I saw. and brown and turquoise - no...maybe...yes!

So I'm now the proud owner of a different coloured hat which fits snuggly buggly.

I might have to break it in at home first, though - like a pair of new shoes. Because the funny thing is, I paid for the new one, stuck it in my bag, and wore the rainbow one to walk home...


  1. Ha! Interesting how we get attached to items of clothing, and the comfort they provide moves from physical to mental comfort - suspect new one will indeed need breaking in!

    1. I've worn the new one a couple of times's OK till I catch sight of my reflection in a shop window! I've still got a couple of jumpers in my cupboard that I don't wear much but can't bear to get rid of. Oddly enough, one of them is a rainbow jumper...hmm...