I inadvertently grew my hair out last year. Without bangs the need for regular haircuts is substantially less. One day I realized my hair was *almost* long enough for a ponytail so I continued to not cut it (inaction for the win!).
Ponytails are great most of the year but are a little problematic in the winter; they don’t really fit under hats. Messy hair bun hats are plentiful lately, but I just don’t have the knack of wearing my hair in a messy bun. It always looks like I forgot to brush it for three weeks, not like it’s a fashion choice. Many of the knitting pattern options for ponytail hats were the messy bun style with the opening on the top of the head. I was looking for something lower, in the mid-back of the head range. I finally settled on the Urban Homesteader Hat. It has the option for openings for pigtails and a ponytail, but I chose to do only the ponytail option. I love the button flap in the back so it can be worn whether your hair is up or not.
The yarn is Handmaiden Casbah Plush in Kingsbrae Garden. It’s a soft, squishy Canadian yarn made from merino wool, cashmere, and nylon. Kingsbrae Garden is in St. Andrews, NB. The last time I was there it was a foggy day in the spring; things were just beginning to bloom but there were still the grey/brown remains of winter. The yarn definitely captures those colours.
This has been my go-to hat for most of the winter so far. I love the practicality and the colours on dark wintery days.
PS – thanks to my nieces for their excellent modelling during a snow storm. 🙂