I was working at the reference desk the other day, and a lady walked by in a lovely scarlet beanie. It was beautiful, stylish, intricately cabled...and awfully familiar.
I looked at it.
I looked again.
I was positive.
"Excuse me" I said. "That is a lovely hat. I have one just like it!"
"That's impossible!" she replied, and looked at me like I was crazy. "I made this hat. You can't possibly have the same one."
"You got the pattern out of the 2007 Holiday Interweave magazine, right? The Koolhaas hat that the Brooklyn Tweed guy based on the architecture of the Seattle Public Library, right? I made the same hat...just in navy. Tricky pattern. You did a nice job!"
She looked stunned. I could understand why. It is fairly rare that I run into someone with the same handknit...unless of course I made it for them...
In honor of the occasion, I went home and put on my hat.