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Strawberry Fields Forever hat


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I love strawberries! With milk, on their own, in jams and jellies, in pies, in shortcakes. Each of those reminds me of warm breezy summer days crouched over strawberry patches alongside my grandmother helping her to pick the wee wild strawberries for homemade jam. I remember having a small tin pail, I think in its former life it was a candy tin, with a piece of wire twisted at each end into holes that had been gently tapped in with a hammer and nail. My bucket was red and white, I can still see it in my mind. My grandmother would coach me on how to pick them without crushing the tiny berries and any that were crushed I was allowed to eat. So you can guess in those first years, more berries went into my tummy than in my tin pail. But the years went by and each summer I picked more and more berries to contribute to the breakfast jams and the holiday pies. Fast forward to 1985, finally my own daughter is old enough to come with her Mom to pick strawberries. I could replay that reel in my mind, mimicking my grandmother's way of teaching, watching my 4 year old daughter smeared with strawberry juice trying to pick one without crushing it and thanking my grandmother for her patient teaching of an art that is quickly disappearing. I present you this, my Strawberry Fields Forever Hat in remembrance of my grandmother's patient teaching. The hat comes in 3 sizes, from preemie/newborn to toddler/child. You may add the stem and curlicues or just leave it plain with the plump strawberry hem. Either way, the hat makes a lovely sun protector and worn while berry picking, would be the beginning of a collection of precious memories for a child and family to share. GAUGE 14 esc = 4 inches (10 cm) 12 rounds = 4 inches (10 cm)

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Lokipan Crochet Designs
I first learned how to knit from my grandmother as a 6 year old. Later as a teenager I taught myself to crochet. I had to lay my hook aside while my children were very young due to the high demand of care my son required (born disabled). I did start sewing as I designed outfits for my son that used velcro openings instead of buttons and zippers to enable him to dress and undress himself. Once my children were old enough I picked up my needles and hooks and relearned the crafts. There is rarely a day that goes by that I'm not designing a new pattern and always crocheting and knitting.