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Red Beanies for the Whole Family
A true beanie is a red beanie
The first hat was a beanie. A sort of plant fibre weave worn on top of the head, either to keep the head warm and relatively dry or to contain a mop of hair, paleo-style.
Beanies are still worn for the same reasons today.
You can get your whole family into beanies now, from Granny down to the littlest baby there's a huge variety to choose from, but the best beanie is always a RED beanie!.
Make it Red!
Let's face it - red is hot!
Both men and women can wear a beanie, and age is no barrier. Babies can wear a sweet little beanie as can their grandmothers - the only difference would be in the size.
If you must pull a beanie on your head, make it a good-looking one. Wear a pretty flower on the side, sport a jaunty little feather, go all out for pom-poms and bobbles, but make it red.
Red is an Attitude
Red is the colour of fire and blood, and associated with energy, war, danger, strength, power, determination as well as passion, desire, and love.
It's an emotionally intense color. Red has very high visibility, which is why stop signs and fire equipment are painted red. In heraldry, red is used to indicate courage, online it's used for 'Buy Now' or 'Click Here' buttons.
A red beanie pulled hurriedly onto my head at first light has the effect of firing me up, revving up my heart and generally making me feel in charge of things. All the symbolism of Mars, the God of War gets to me, I pick up positive feelings of action, confidence, courage, vitality.
Red also has a facade of glamour, the 'Lady in Red' look, and it's a great conversation starter too.
Red Beanies for Grannies
My red beanie is everyday wear when Winter arrives. I've become a fixture at the bus stop with my knitted red beanie and I'm easy to spot in the Market shopping crowd.
I wear my knitted red beanie as insulation against any slight damp rising from the river at dawn, and it compacts down to a convenient pocket size when the day warms up.
My beanie hides tangles, knots and assorted stray hair bits, I can't do without my beanie in the morning. But it must be red! No other colour has the same cheerful effect.
(A red beanie even helps me concentrate when I try to take a picture of myself on my phone).
One day I hope to find a red beanie by Dior.
My Red Beanie
I made my red beanie from a basic pattern in this very handy, hatty, book of knitting patterns
All in all, I've made up five beanies so far and many more are on the way.
Keeping my hands busy with knitting is excellent therapy when you give up smoking. (I'm still battling the drug, but the knitting really helps)
Red Ribbed Beanie for a Man
Red Beanie for a Fisherman
Painted Bollard by Jan Mitchell. Geelong, Australia.
What do you think?
Should a beanie always be red?