Owls are everywhere now, and there are certainly plenty of hat patterns with owl motifs, but this is only because so many people, myself included, really love owls. I know this is true, because every time I wear this hat, someone asks me to knit one for them. I recently met an owl named Sassy at a wildlife rehab center. She is amazing. It was all I could do not to slip her into my knitting bag and take her home with me. There were two reasons I hesitated. For starters, she’s a very large bird of prey, and secondly, I was afraid once we got home, she’d eat my cat.