My dad used to take my sister and I skiing each winter. Yeah, such middle-class luxury! I don’t know that I fully appreciated it growing up, but now that I have to save to take my kids I most certainly do.
As we were preparing to get all kitted up in warm ski gear and head out, my dad was always insistent that we wear a beanie. (These days helmets are the smarter thing.) “You lose up to 70% of your body heat through your head,” he said. Being a scientist and someone that I considered to be very smart, I believed him.
I certainly felt a lot warmer when I wore a beanie out on the slopes. I have followed this advice each Canberra winter, regularly choosing a new beanie to wear as a fashion statement. I wear a beanie at home, I wear it under my bicycle helmet when cycling to work, I wear it for outings with friends, I wear it just because. I always feel much warmer, snug and I hope, cute.
Turns out that modern science has debunked the 70% body heat theory. It is to do with the amount of the surface area that is exposed, rather than the head (or brain) being warmer per se. But certainly keeping warm anywhere will help, and wearing a beanie is a good idea because we often forget to keep our heads warm. I still love my beanies. And I really love the Pussy Hat Project beanies in Canberra.
Founded by keen knitter Stephen Lawton, the hats (which became a symbol of women’s rights during the protests that took place when Trump was inaugurated President) are a symbol of power and a uniting force for women & girls who want to live their lives free of violence. The hats cost $20 each, and money raised goes towards supporting Canberra’s Domestic Violence Crisis Service (DVCS). To purchase a hat or to inquire about knitting one, please contact Stephen Lawton at email@example.com, or message via the Pussy Hat Canberra Facebook page.
One lucky Australian reader has the chance to win a Pussy Hat beanie valued at $20. To enter, please leave a comment on this post to say why you would be proud to wear a Pussy Hat beanie. And please don’t forget to chat with others people doing this challenge on the Frugal Dare to Millionaire Facebook group.