Preparatory remarks

I know. I know I really do. It doesn’t look like much of anything just yet. But I promise, I know where this is going, and it will be the most unspeakably wearable hat in all the world. Just give me a little bit to get it past the ‘um, it appears to be an inch of ribbing, an inch of ribbing is, by definition, dead boring’ phase of things.⁠

Bonus points to anyone who has been around long enough (and it would be a very very very long time indeed…) to recognize this one and know what’s coming next!