Sunday 19 April 2015

Sun Hat

Hello there! How are you all doing? 
I don't know about you, but today I'm feeling rather spritely. The sun is shining, I woke up early (but not too early) without the help of my alarm clock, which is always a nice feeling,  and I'm getting in a quick bit of blogging before I had into work and play two shows.
Not to mention I'm sat on my balcony sipping on my coffee and enjoying the Spring blossom that has rather suddenly appeared everywhere.

Today I have a rather quick little post...
I wanted to share a cute little project that I have been working on, as requested by a very special person.
A few weeks ago I received an email from somebody that I haven't spoken to in many years, but have always had such fond memories of.
The message was from my primary school teacher, Mrs Pyman. 
I'm sure that when you look back through your life and you think about the key people that influenced you and touched your heart/soul there will be a list of parents, siblings, Grandparents, family, friends, teachers and people you've met along the way. Mrs Pyman is on my list. She was not only my teacher but also my Cub Scout Leader, something I loved. We'd go camping, rafting, hiking....such great memories. 
So when I received a message from Mrs Pyman after some years,  It brought back all sort of happy memories and stories that I had not thought about for quite some time. I was delighted to hear from her. 

Mrs Pyman had seen some of my crochet projects and knew that I was the guy to help her out with a gift that she wanted to give to a friend of hers. 
One of Mrs Pymans friends is going through a difficult time at the moment with some health issues and so as a way of helping to lift her spirits, Mrs Pyman asked if I would make a sun hat for her friend. In BRIGHT BOLD HAPPY COLOURS!
I got to work...picking out some nice shades of cotton. (rico baby cotton).

 Following a pattern by Kim Guzman, called the Elegant Hat, I worked round and round in spirals.

Creating what was to become a simple cloche hat.


Once done I made an assortment of flowers to add a spot of summary flare to the hat. 
I added some leaves (by Lucy at Attic24) and some slip stitch swirly detailing, some buttons and beads:

All done!! It's a rather happy looking hat!!

Already posted to Mrs Pyman so she can give it to her friend. 
Lets Hope that Mrs Pyman's, friend makes a speedy recovery and that this hat will shine some light on what I can only imagine is a difficult time.

Happy sunny Sunday my lovelies!!

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  1. What a lovely post and fab hat. I have one that I bought in a hand made shop in Canterbury

  2. I simply love it!!
    that is what I want to do for my little Miss. I have seen Lucy's one before but I just bought cotton thread last week and I like what you did.
    Thank you inspiration!!!

  3. It's lovely. She will love her new hat, sure. Have a nice day!

  4. Stunning Matt. Did you use Aran yarn as per pattern or DK? If DK, what size hook did you use? Aran seems a bit thick to me.... x

  5. Gorgeous. That hat will certainly brighten anyone's day.

  6. Qué bonito!!! Me gustan los colores...muy favorecedor.
    Qué guapa estará!!

  7. Beautiful Matt! I love your work, pic's and design! Such a happy, cheerful hat.

  8. So darling. Love the colors

  9. Cheerful indeed!

  10. Not only have you created a perky pink hat that will surely encourage, Mrs. Pyman's friend, Matt, but sharing the how and why the hat came to be is an encouragement to me as well. Perhaps one day I can follow your directions and crochet such a hat for someone in need, too. I recently posted about trying out a crocheted baby hat pattern that Teresa Kasner created for the hats she made to send to Brazil with our friend, Taci. I did not do a perfect job following Teresa's pattern, but I did end up with a hat that I hope will bless some little head :) and I hope to make some more hats to send with Taci before she leaves for Brazil in July. Thanks for posting!

  11. Awww, you are a sweetie! Your hat will be well loved and I'm sure the bright colours and cheerful flowers will add much cheer to the recipient.
    Anne xx

  12. What a thoughtful, heartfelt gift! I am sure you put all your best wishes in each stitch!

  13. Well done! This is a great job! (Oops, sorry! "Défaut professionnel" we call that) this is such a lovely and bright hat! A mind lifter, i'm sure,

  14. A slightly unrelated comment but I have to say Matt, I love the look and feel of your blog. It's so crisp, clean and clear and I am always amazed by your photography. Just thought I'd mention it! :0) xx

  15. LOVE this little hat SO much! It's on my MUST DO List! Thanks for sharing!

  16. What a great hat! I have some cloche crochet hat patterns pinned but I have yet to make one! I'll have to add that one to my library!!

  17. fine wool, beautiful hat I liked it, but the son, but I have interest in sewing

  18. You are the sweetest guy ever, Matt! The hat was brilliant! I will be praying for Mrs. Pyman and her friend.

  19. What a nice boy you are to help out your old teacher and her friend! Your hat is spectacular! She will get tons of compliments! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  20. You make gorgeous things and what a lovely thing to do!!

  21. Love this! Would be really cute in a baby version too! I hope the hat helps Mrs Pyman's friend's recovery. :)

  22. What a nice hat & a great gesture !!!
    Special people accompany us our whole life even if often only in our spirit BUT we do not forget them.
    Your blog is really great - I absolutly ♥ it.
    xxx & greetings from Austria,
    Fräulein KidsliKids

  23. Very lovely swirly details. I still not familiar doing that with slip stitch.

  24. Just discovered your fantastic blog 😀 What a great inspiration. I'm very new to blogging and just getting the hang of it (or at least I'm trying!) I look forward to following your work 🌷🌻🌼🌹

  25. What an awesome and vibrant blog. I love that hat. I've always wanted to go deeper into the finer arts of crocheting, but haven't had the time. I can do a basic stitch, so I envy others with wonderful different patterns and stitches.