The always interesting and luxuriously printed Anthropologie catalog arrived in my mail box today. While flipping through the pages, I came across this cute hat with long ear flaps.
Rapunzel Snow Cap with ear flaps as long as scarves. Wool, Mohair, Nylon. Hand Wash. One Size. Scarlet. USA... $298
For me, knitting is a hobby (expensive hobby) and causes me to spend more than I "save". But $298 for a wool, mohair, and nylon hat? Not even hand knit (they'd say so). I take it back in this case, knitting it yourself is cheaper1. I stared at the hat for a second wondering if they'd misplaced a decimal point. Wool. Mohair. Nylon. Bulky-ish yarn that would make the hat a weekend knit (if not faster).
There are times when silly pricing makes me smile and rummage in my yarn stash.
1 Try a top down hat pattern, then place the ear segments on stitch holders, bind off the brim, and continue knitting the flaps until they're an appropriate length. For a closer replica, knit the hat then pick stitches up about 1 inch above the brim for flaps. Knit flaps in a braided cable stitch (you could even make it a reversible cable).