Building up a worthwhile rotation of beanies and bobble hats can sometimes prove a lengthy process. The need to keep one’s head warm during winter never changes – or will not unless the rate of global warming outstrips and denudes us all – but trends and design choices shift from season to season, so that years may pass before it becomes possible to acquire a range of quality hats in a tasteful array of colours, patterns, and fabrics.
Yet good fortune makes haste, and over the past month, I have managed to double my winter hat collection. To a No Fear bobble hat with skulls in grey and black acrylic, of which several years ago I procured a couple, and H&M ‘Superior Wilderness: Quality Garment Made for Business and Pleasure’ beanies in dark green and orange-red acrylic, I added: a hat in moss grey wool with a citrine yellow bobble, bought in Reykjavik and made by Varma, synonymous with ‘The Warmth of Iceland’; an acrylic beanie in rainbow flag colours, offered in conjunction with Skellefteå Pride between 8-14 February, the first pride festival to appear on the calendar in Sweden; and another beanie, the lightest of the bunch, in a 95% cotton/5% elastane mixture, boasting the traditional black and yellow of the Skellfteå AIK hockey team, the 2013 and 2014 Swedish Hockey League Champions. The black and yellow beanie is by Clique, and fits snugly while serving to provide an extra layer into early spring.