Why Are We Fascinated by Handcraft

We can have more, faster, using machines. But somehow humans are drawn to old timey handcraft anyway. Why is that?

Benjamin Antoni Andersen
Category: Red Hat Culture Red Hat Culture

Every Kind of Beanie — A Comprehensive List

Now that we have several years of beanie related content behind us, we’ve learned quite a bit along the way. We even dug deep into the etymology of several of the most common beanie names. After all, if you want to know what a word means, the clearest path to take is that of language. […]

Benjamin Antoni Andersen
Category: Red Hat Culture Red Hat Culture

Why a Fisherman Beanie Should be Red

We’ve often mentioned the red fisherman beanie carrying characters Steve Zissou and Jacques Cousteau as inspirers and poster children for the red beanies. Zissou is a fictional character, based on the real life Cousteau — and they are connected to the sea. However. They aren’t fishermen. So why would I argue the red beanie is […]

Benjamin Antoni Andersen
Category: Red Hat Culture Red Hat Culture

Below the Beanie — The Stories I Hear

Honestly, I’ve questioned why I started this brand, and I can’t come up with an answer. It just came alive from a hodge-podge of different inspirations, skills and desires. And here it is, flesh and blood. I think the challenge of building something from scratch — to understand every component of a whole — beckoned […]

Benjamin Antoni Andersen
Category: News Reel News Reel

What is a Fisherman Beanie?

My first instinct is, of course, to hone in on the fisherman aspect of the name. As we explore two aspects of the fisherman beanie, we do it in the context of old rugged fishermen and how they chose their beanies. A fisherman beanie is rough, simple and preferably hand knit All the way back […]

Benjamin Antoni Andersen
Category: Red Hat Culture Red Hat Culture

Every Day Battles That Hold the World Up

The war in Ukraine shook me out of my stride and reminded me again that this world is fickle. I am reminded that the peaceful Norwegian countryside I grew up in came at a cost. That it has been held up by the wars waged by those who came before us. But not all of […]

Benjamin Antoni Andersen
Category: Red Hat Culture Red Hat Culture

Foxtail Beanie Origins

The Animals of Farthing Wood. (Say that out loud.) It is a great tale about a bunch of animals that are forced out of their homes because of human building projects (boo humans!). Led by a mellow old badger and a wise old fox, they set out on the adventure of their lives. When this […]

Benjamin Antoni Andersen
Category: News Reel News Reel

The Secret Ingredient to Enjoying Work

It makes a blatant show in our hand knit wares, and that is where it first made it’s way into our language. After the skill of knitting has been learned, and the talent honed, all it takes to craft a great beanie is two knitting needles, yarn, and patience. And the moment you let that […]

Benjamin Antoni Andersen
Category: Red Hat Culture Red Hat Culture

Summer Beanies of 2022

It is really that easy to come up with something new. That is the fun of crafting it right at home (though I live in Sweden now) and having raw materials, production and packaging in the same house. Especially since the Limited Editions are made in very low amounts (as opposed to our main collection.) […]

Benjamin Antoni Andersen
Category: News Reel News Reel

Conquer Your Fear of Beanies in 3 Simple Steps

If there is one thing you should fear, it’s this.

Benjamin Antoni Andersen
Category: Red Hat Culture Red Hat Culture

What to Wear in the Summer Rain

A beanie tested in the Norwegian summer rain The weather in Norway, along with all the other Nordic, coast-long countries is always shifting. A hike might not be in the rain, but you never know if rain will pay a short visit as it passes by (probably on its way to Bergen — but that’s […]

Benjamin Antoni Andersen
Category: Red Hat Culture Red Hat Culture

Røldal Part IV — Sheep Day

A few chill days at Asbjørn’s mountain cabin comes to a close.

Benjamin Antoni Andersen
Category: Adventure Stories Adventure Stories

“If It’s Not Beanies, I Don’t Care” — A 2021 Recap

This article is a look back on 2021, but to get this story right, I have to rewind to something I merely brushed past in our 2020 recap article, but turned out to be pivotal. “This fall, I chose to put many side projects on ice, to let Red Hat Factory get the love it […]

Benjamin Antoni Andersen
Category: News Reel News Reel

In Search of Stories — Behind the Westcoaster Film

“The other side of the mountain however,” he continued with stars in his eyes. “It’s west-facing, you know. One kilometer of straight climbing, and not one rotten section.” Instantly my mind wandered to the western fjord-ridden coast line of Norway. And I saw the dark storms; the hurricane gales bringing along a whipping sea spray, […]

Benjamin Antoni Andersen
Category: Adventure Stories Adventure Stories

Beanie is the Word — The Linguistic Roots of Beanie, Hat, Toque and Cap

Let’s dive deeper into the linguistic roots of the beanie.

Benjamin Antoni Andersen
Category: Red Hat Culture Red Hat Culture

2021’s Best Outdoors Giveaway — Grease Point Workwear, Misc. Goods Co., VSSL, Hikers Brew, WESN, Sarva, Red Hat Factory

The sweetest giveaway package we’ve ever been part of. Take a peek here to see the items included.

Benjamin Antoni Andersen
Category: News Reel News Reel

The Wheel of Time — Two Rivers Woolens and the Esthetics of Handcraft

The two first episodes of The Wheel of Time were premiered on Stockholm Film Festival — we went to see them, enjoy, and then explain to our Red Hatters why The Wheel of Time and Red Hat Culture fits like the infamous hand in the glove.

Benjamin Antoni Andersen
Category: Red Hat Culture Red Hat Culture

Who Decided the Pom-pom was a Good Idea?

The pom-pom was always natural to us when growing up. But come to think of it, it’s actually super weird and useless. Could it be kinda cool though?

Benjamin Antoni Andersen
Category: Red Hat Culture Red Hat Culture

A Beanie a Hobbit Would Wear

The Lord of the Rings is much more than a book. It’s part of a universe that celebrates nature, and if you didn’t know it — the slow progress of handcraft.

Benjamin Antoni Andersen
Category: Red Hat Culture Red Hat Culture

Primal Fear Calling Out — A Guide to Lysefjorden

Southmost of the major fjords. Wild, raw, violent winds threatening to blow you over the edge. Welcome to Lysefjorden — the Path to Light.

Benjamin Antoni Andersen
Category: Adventure Stories Adventure Stories

You Can Wear a Beanie in the Summer — Here’s How

Once summer hits, the beanie tends to hit the shelves for most of us. But are we missing out on our best tool for late night heat-adjustment?

Benjamin Antoni Andersen
Category: Red Hat Culture Red Hat Culture

Why Do We Love Brent Underwood and Cerro Gordo So Much?

We’ve written about Cerro Gordo before. This time we revisit the abandoned mining town in a deeper exploration of why we love it so much.

Benjamin Antoni Andersen
Category: People:Passion People:Passion

A Midimalist Ponders Minimalism

My favorite definition of minimalism is not to own as little as possible, but that you only own what you need, or deeply enjoy.

Benjamin Antoni Andersen
Category: Red Hat Culture Red Hat Culture

The Benefits of Wool — A Tale of Smells and Temperate Body Climates

Norwegian children wear wool. It’s a thing. Parents buy it, sell it, hand knit it, and promote it. There’s nothing like a mom-made sweater, or even a pair of cold-resistant inner wool-trousers to get you through the -20℃ winters.

Benjamin Antoni Andersen
Category: Red Hat Culture Red Hat Culture