Monday, January 5, 2009

Brooklyn sidewalk stalker

The other day I was running errands and I spotted the most chic hat on a young woman rushing up the sidewalk ahead of me. It turned out to be one of my customers - this is not the first time that this has happened. I felt myself picking up the pace, pushing my laundry cart faster and faster in front of me, trying to catch up to her.

She was walking at a good clip -- in a hurry on a Monday night to get home from work, or rushing to get past the Häagen-Dazs shop and it's daily, delicious temptation. At the red light I caught up and tapped her shoulder, "Excuse me, did you make your hat?" She recognized me from the shop and said that yes, she had made the hat.

This hat was so beautiful, the body was knit in a fluffy rich black angora that rolled under at the bottom, creating a french curl of a brim and giving the hat a cloche look. The fluffy angora made most of the hat crown and two other yarns topped off the hat with two wide bands. Above the black was a yellow and green tweed that knit up a bit stiffer than the angora, followed by a tomato red. The crown was shaped in a mirrored decrease squaring the top off.

I am always amazed at what my customers come up with -- this hat was a feast for the eyes! Unfortunately, you'll have to use your imagination because I did not have my camera with me. But then, sometimes life is meant to simply be lived and savored!

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