Handcrafted with 50 percent llama fiber (8 times warmer than sheep’s wool), these hats are not only luxuriously soft, they’re also extremely warm & hard-wearing.
Each begins as a large stocking cap, taking 7+ hours to knit by hand.
Good thing I’m an avid handknitter and enjoy knitting in every spare moment:
Once knit, I toss them into hot, soapy water and let the washing machine rough them up…
Knitted hats ready for felting in the washing machine.
Due to the heat & agitation, the microscopic scales coating the fibers become irreversibly tangled and the knit fabric transforms into a thick and impervious felt.
After gently rinsing and spinning, I work each by hand, shaping the crown and getting the felt smooth.
The hat air-dries for several days before getting a hand-sewn satin ribbon lining, to keep it from itching, and help maintain its shape over time.
A single hat takes over 9 hours to complete, and will provide years of warm, stylish comfort, on the trail or in town.
Prices range from US$135 – $250, depending on the style.
Still looking for more? You can see me knitting in action while I discuss my hats & share my life story, below: