Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Project Cubbins: Hat 338 - Human Sock Monkey Edition

Day 338: Hat 338: Heather gray, white and red knit cap made from a pair of sewn-together wool socks. Interior reversible lining is black polar fleece. Matching labels inside and out read: "Pook Toque."

This hat (in its unworn state below) arrived yesterday from my sainted mother who had told me she had a "curious" hat to send me for the Project. She was SO not kidding. Not only curious but Canadian as well. The included hangtag even includes a logo of a maple leaf surrounded by the words: ""Proudly made in Canada."

Here's brief description of the lid from the company's website: "The Pook Toque™ is the most fashionable and unique winter toque you will find anywhere. From skiing the slopes, walking the dog on a brisk winter night, keeping warm in a cottage, or attending your daily business meeting, you want to be seen wearing the Pook Toque™

I mean who doesn't want to stay warm in a cottage -- especially if said crib is in the Great White North?

The hangtag - which unfolds to a 8 X 11 inch (pardon, make that 20.32  X 27.94 centimeter) piece of paper also includes photos of some 38 different ways to rock the Pook (add "rock the Pook" to the list of things I never thought I'd peck out on a keyboard). The version I'm sporting above is one of the two "signature styles" known as the "Standard Pook
Toque." The version below, which showcases the reversible interior, is called "The Executive." (Other styles include "Beaver Tail," the "Donald Trump Comb-Over" and the Seussian-inspired "Cindy-Lu Who.")

While the hat-tip undeniably goes to the Salted Fist of Nancy for this Canadian curio crafted of winter-grade woolen hosiery, the Bride gets honorable mention for her swift and spot-on judgment of the look, which she rendered less than 10 seconds after I plopped the Pook upon my pate.

"You look like a human sock monkey," she said.

PC 337: Monster Tiara
PC 336: Eye, Eye, Eye
PC 335: Chavez Ravine

Q: OK, nice hat -- but what exactly is Project Cubbins, anyway?

A: One man's homage to Dr. Seuss and his second book, "The 500 Hats of Bartholemew Cubbins," which celebrated the 75th anniversary of its publication in 2013, Project Cubbins is an attempt to document the wearing of a different hat or piece of headgear every day for 500 consecutive days. No do-aheads, no banking of hats, no retroactive entries. PC started on May 27, 2013 with Hat 1

(You can e-mail me at: adam at adamtschorn.com)

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