I took out a skein of my handspun this week and wound it up into a ball. It was my first true three-ply – A merino dyed by Wonderland Dyeworks in several shades of blue that had been given to me last Christmas by my son and daughter in law. It had taken me about three weeks to create it. I’d filled my spindle, wound it off, then filled it twice again before plying the three singles together.
I really loved the result and felt this would make something lovely to wear. In fact, I wanted to make a hat. Not just any hat, but a really great hat. The kind of hat that would be worthy of the scant 140 yards of twilight I’d created on my trusty drop spindle. I tripped through patterns like Goldilocks – declaring this one just a little too short, this one a little too slouchy. After an exhaustive search, I found my perfect winter hat. Loose enough to not completely crush my hair, tall enough to completely cover my ears and pretty – really pretty!
The pattern enlightened me about The Purple Stitch Project, a charitable project that collects gifts made for children with epilepsy and aims to raise awareness for this condition. Designers can donate their patterns to the project and that’s just what Paula Pereira, the designer of my perfect hat has done. Her Purple Stitch Project Beanie is available for free on Craftsy.
After using this pattern, I’ll be donating at the project for the use of it, because the perfect hat – well, in my book that’s really worth something!