Slow Craft: the perfect sun protection hat

My primary interests this spring put me outside for long stretches of time, subsequently exposing my skin to the sun more than I’d like: hiking, camping, landscape photography, fishing, gardening, etc.

EK sitting on concrete steps surrounded by overgrown grass, trees and chicken wire fence

I wanted to create a custom-fit sun protection hat for myself that ticked all of my “must have” boxes:

  • 100% natural domestic wool with natural lanolin retained to increase the inherent moisture-repellent properties of minimally processed wool
  • Comfortable custom-fit cap intended to wear over a thin scarf or bandana for added sun protection of ears and neck
  • Dense, totally opaque fabric to maximize sun protection and reduce the risk of picking up ticks in my hair while in heavily forested areas
  • Secure/heavy enough to not blow away in the wind without being overly warm
  • Extra wide, semi-firm brim extending wide enough to protect my neck, ears, and entire face from the full noontime sun
  • Cute, homey, forest-dwelling-mushroom-spirit-vibe
  • Inspired by my own previous design for this felted wool cloche
  • Designed to felt naturally with wear over time

Crocheting is old hat for me (har har! I’ll never pass up a good pun) – I picked up some of my favorite wool yarn and a hook, threw a few stitches into a magic ring, and an hour later we had the start of something promising…

Close-up of a ring of crocheted stitches and a light green crochet hook
A hat in progress, a mug of tea, and yarn on a coffee table
EK’s crossed legs in denim pants, encircling the start of a crocheted wool sun hat

Once I was satisfied with the fit of the cap portion, I moved on to the brim with the intention to try the hat on every few rounds until I was satisfied with the width of the brim and the amount of sun protection coverage for my face and neck.

An unfinished crocheted hat and a ball of yarn in a wooden bowl on a coffee table

My goal was to finish the hat completely in time to bring it with me on a weekend camping trip.

I finished just before bed the night before we left and snapped a window-lit selfie as the sun went down to commemorate.

EK posing in front of a window wearing a newly finished hat

This hat is a delight! Truly one of the best things I’ve ever made, all crafts considered.

It fits my outdoor needs exactly, which means I will treasure it and wear it for years to come.

This feeling; this is whole point of slow craft. ❀


As it turns out, an unintended benefit of my new wool sun hat is that it helps me hid from neighbors and sip my tea in peace…

EK sipping tea in a chair outside, face is hidden by a sun hat

Anti-social sun protection…

But as always, my anti-social inclinations are betrayed by a big grin and friendly disposition. πŸ™‚

My new hat even matches my favorite self-drafted knit shawl.

This look is giving me amateur mycologist, forest dwelling Carmen Sandiego vibes and I love it.

EK in the same chair with tea but looking at the camera smiling

*singing to myself* – “Where in the woods is, EK Sandiego?”

hehehe πŸ˜‰

‘Til we chat again, EK

A good hair day: soft fluffy braid-out

If you have a good hair day but don’t take a bunch of selfies, does it even count?

Ok, ok, I’m feelin’ myself today and in a great mood so let me have my fun…

It’s been 1 year and 5 months since I started growing my hair out again after wearing it short for several years (like, buzz cut short) and can honestly say this is the fastest my hair has ever grown.

Trimming it every 6 months, hardly fussing with it, and it’s growing like a weed…

I attribute the improvements in length retention, growth, and overall health to:

  • Detangling, washing, moisturizing, and combing into simple protective styles like braids or 2-strand twists every 1-2 weeks.
  • Always wrapping my hair in a satin scarf before bed. Literally every single night – I’ve been so diligent, y’all, this is a first for me! Edge game on 1,000! Very few single-strand knots! Hooray!
  • Eating well, staying hydrated, and abstaining from alcohol.
  • Finding out I was pretty anemic via bloodwork and finally supplementing correctly for that.
  • Never using any kind of heat styling tools. Air drying only (which takes some rather significant time management skills and a bit of planning as my hair continues to get longer), and getting creative with tools like old school foam roller sets.
  • Never detangling or brushing dry hair.
  • Never using any kind of chemical processing agent, color-lifting agent or dye.
  • Cleansing only once weekly maximum, usually every 10-ish days but it depends on where I am and what I’ve been doing.
  • Learning to feel confident regardless of what my hair is doing and lovin’ on MY OWN UNIQUE TEXTURE exactly as it grows!

Happy Saturday! Bette

Just listed: hand knit 100% Peruvian pima cotton camisoles

This camisole is THE elevated wardrobe staple for spring and summer. Hand knit using 100% ethically sourced pima cotton from Peru, which is considered is the Cadillac of cotton fiber. Luxurious, extremely soft and supple, lightweight with excellent drape.

Currently available in Vintage Rose, Dusty Green and Blood Red.

– EK