(re-post from February 27 2004)
Hat?oh! is said using the punctuation marks as part of the word so it is Hat? with a rise in tone as if inquiring "is this a hat? and then oh! with an "aha, I get it" finish
Satisfying the requirements of being as simple a design as possible, clothing as architecture housing the body, fibre archeology/recycling - this hat is made from a slightly felted, handknit sweater, unearthed at a thrift shop. A 15- inch circle was cut from the front and the back, the two circles put right sides together and stitched half way around the circumference. Edges left free.
That's it. The hat?oh!
It is very versatile.
Tortoise knitting needles are used to change the shape.
The rest of the sweater will be turned into mitts and a mini shrug - or -?
I very much like how thoughts of whoever knit the sweater come to mind as I reconstruct and hope that he or she would like this 'rescue'. I assume that whoever donated the sweater had accidentally put it into hot water or a dryer and the felting was not welcomed; it likely no longer fit as it once had.
I imagine that teamed with a scarf it will tame cold and wind .... or desert weather.