Dear Obnoxious Superman hat,
I know you thought you had me beat, you wanted so badly for me to give up after the first 8 times starting and failing. Your yarn was too small and your needles were too slippery, but I would not let you win, oh no! You may think that just because I started with 200 stitches and had to re-do you again and again, making you smaller each time, that I would finally throw the towel in and move on to my Wicked sweater. Ha! I have much too much time on my hands to give up.
Your charts were stupid, some too big and some too small, while my own charts were pathetic at best, but I persisted. You would taunt me, sitting there with your tangled up yarn, your bits down at the bottom from the unsuccessful swatches. And when I first thought you were done, you had ladders, big gaping holes where the decreases were. I moved forward, picking up stitches to hide the ladders, leading to another awful, awful version of you, with your spliced together skein and bitty bitty knots.
Don’t think this is over, you obnoxious hat. This is over when I say it is.
Please note, the dog was also not impressed with you.
So again I cast on, this time with half the original number of stitches, because boyfriend has a significantly smaller head than I thought. This time, with 100 stitches and a simple k2tog decrease 5 times instead of k2tog, skpsso, 4 times. And finally, no ladders, no huge gigantor hat. Finally a completed hat, simple, black, no intarsia, no stranded color work with ends to weave in. Just a simple-black-hat.
Now we do the tricky part. The hat and I, we dance.
And, finally, I win.