a royal hat

Every once in a while or so, a package to end all packages arrives at the post office marked in swirly colorful handwritten letters addressed to me.  (Which is a treat in itself, but the inside of this package really is the ultimate knitters paradise … oh my….)  The truth of how you cease to exist once you have children is not really so harsh, but it does make a gift meant for mama’s hands alone that much sweeter.  The contents of this surprise package never fails to inspire me.  Hand dyed, hand spun wool in vibrant purples and perfect ocean turquoises,  mossy greens, earthy browns and every shade in between, stitch markers, yarn bowls, soaps, patterns, chocolates… the list goes on.  This thoughtful friend of mine.  I have no words.  Check out her blog  http://www.reachperspective.com/ Her talent is tremendous.  She loves all things soft, fluffy and wonderful (things like dough, wool, and clay… basically the three best things in the world)

So, with a intensely strong need to cast on immediately, I began the promised and long sought after purple hat for my royal son.  

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(Don’t mind the smoothie face… strawberries, spinach, blueberries, yogurt and a cozy new hat… a grand way to start the day)

This is the slouchy hat from Harvesting Color, a tremendous library find a few years ago which I intend on purchasing someday!  I have already cast on one for myself.  I used Misty’s two-ply yarn doubled for the extra bulky recommended on the slouch section, and as a single strand for the brim.  This pattern is forgiving though, so it feels like most anything would work.  Nothing like a nice big needle project for instant gratification.  And believe me, this is only the tip of the iceberg.  My current knitting to do list is long, the fireside is warm, and the yarn is a plenty.

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