The story of this hat started last summer when I got this yarn (Cormo Sport) from Sincere Sheep, at the Black Sheep Gathering. (Which explains the calendula flowers that were blooming in the garden, that I stuck in the picture with the yarn.) Brooke, of Sincere Sheep, dyes all her yarn with natural dyes and the shades she gets are just breathtaking. The color of the yarn I chose reminded me of my sister because she loves blues and greens and this yarn had both hues in it (hard to tell in some of the pictures.) I looked for hat patterns that would work with that yarn and stumbled upon Stax, by Carina Spencer. It was beautiful and feminine, yet looked comfortable and relaxed, the perfect blend for my sister. The pattern was interesting and created such a fun effect on the hat. (You can find my Ravelry notes here.)
I had intended to finish the hat in time for her birthday in November, but when she was visiting Holiday Market had begun and Jeff had his surgery and things were pretty chaotic for us, so I didn’t get it finished. I thought I might get a chance to finish it for Christmas, but I ended up not getting the opportunity to finish it until our busy Holiday Market was over. At that point I knew I was going to see her in Florida in February, so instead of mailing it to her, I gave it to her in person when we saw each other. It’s fun anyway to receive gifts when it’s not a birthday or a holiday, just out of the blue. I gave it to her on the hottest day we were in Florida, as we were headed to the beach in 80 degree weather, when she would most certainly not be in need of a wool hat. The timing was comical to me, but it wasn’t long before she put the hat to use.