my plain explained

I practice a lot, I like to get things just right and I usually use neutral colors and plain fabrics so I can truly see exactly what is happening with the shape and structure, it also forces quality and improvement in my handiwork when every stitch, pucker and fold is clearly visible.

Years ago there was this really amazing mill end fabric shop a few towns over, when you walked in, you never knew what you might find. There were first run proofs, rejected strike offs, misprints, factory remnants and discontinued full bolts at half price. In those days I was able to get so much natural duck cloth (canvas), cotton muslin, linen, and wool at an even deeper discount, because nobody wanted those plain fabrics. Most of the quilters and sewists that were shopping along side me, were coming in for the more colorful quilting cottons & fashion prints.

Over the years, the side effect of always having bulk neutrals on hand was that it became my color and fabric of choice. Basic, unfussy, perfection.

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handmade commercial hat

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It’s my standard bag in bag situation.

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A slow grow, but I really love the classic simplicity of this hat, it has a clever trick and a bit of whipstitching to get the perfect hold the fold, triple thick brim.

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By all accounts, it appears I like to knit hats that look like ready-made hats.

(I had a hat like this as a kid, it was white with a light purple brim, a huge white and purple pom pom on top and an E.T. patch on the band πŸ’•)

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Pattern: Oslo Hat by PetiteKnit

Yarn: I used one strand Dk weight wool (pattern suggests fingering weight held double)