There is a certain beauty in a handmade minimalist beanie. After I finished it, I even took arty photos of sunlight streaming through the small, lovely stitches.
But after making lots and lots of hats, I find that while you admire a minimalist black beanie for its stark beauty, you're more likely to fall in love with the exuberant side of crochet. The color, the crazy stitches, the bobbles, the wild shapes, the fantastic flowers.
When I see a wonderful, new crocheted item, I think, Oh, my goodness. Look at that!