Spring is finally here! As my contribution to the Malabrigo Quickies program, I’ve published Sweet William. It’s a quick, lightweight hat with great drape and fun detail. There’s a clean french gather at the back of the crown, and the Anglaise slipped stitch pattern is reminiscent of those early buds that shoot forth from the maple tree.
On to the inspiration! I was inspired by a very wonderful family, the Symonds. They run Sweet William’s Maple Sugar Farm in Casco, Maine. They host field trips for local schools and have an open “Maple Sugar Sunday” where the public is invited to come taste the syrup, learn how it’s made, and have a lot of fun!
Emily Symonds was kind enough to model the hat for me. Upon arriving, I was greeted by their sweet, sweet dog.
Around here, life is based on the trust system, and they have a beautiful old wooden box of Maple Syrup just waiting to be bought by local friends. There’s a little jar you can slip the money into.
Emily is absolutely gorgeous, and where better to photograph her than at home?
In celebration of this wonderful time, I’m giving away a skein of Malabrigo Silky in Acorn, as well as a half pint of dark amber maple syrup straight from the Symond’s farm! (it’s not available online or anywhere else for purchase!)
Just leave me a comment with your favorite thing to put maple syrup on, and you’ll be entered to win!