I must admit I enjoy the crochet gift idea lists that appear on the web prior to most holidays. The most recent are all about Father's Day, which I believe is on June 18th this year. That gives just over 2 weeks to complete something at this point.
Men in general are difficult to find crochet projects for. With Father's Day in June, on the cusp of summer, it's not generally a time when hats, scarves, and sweaters are needed or wanted. I asked my husband if there was anything that I could crochet for him for Father's Day. Without missing a beat, he suggested a fishing hat. His thought is that it could have loops around it to store hooks and lures.
After doing some research online, I discovered there are basically 3 types of fishing hat: baseball cap, double-brimmed baseball cap, and bucket style. They should have a roll-up "cape" to protect the back of the neck and ears from the sun; a wide brim to protect the face and shield from glare; be waterproof, or better yet, float; have mesh in the crown for cooling, AND have some sort of built in sweat band. It's no wonder I could not find any crochet pattern anywhere on the web for such a thing!
I have decided to accept the challenge. I'm thinking of maybe bamboo yarn for the shell and testing to see if it floats. It's worth a try, anyway! I'm hoping bamboo can endure the kind of abuse caused by fishing hooks and lures. I think a cotton thread would work for the "cape" part, as long as it is not too heavy. Cotton absorbs water and therefore would become a heavy, soggy mess should it rain.
At any rate, I do not believe it can possibly be done in 2 weeks. With any luck, I'll have it figured out by Father's Day 2012.