I added a few rows to show the narrow bands of black and white in the tartan (Buchanan #151 on www.house-of-tartan.scotland.net) This is, of course, an interpretation since this relatively narrow band can't duplicate an entire tartan pattern. Lots of fun to do though, and I had the opportunity to make three of them!
As I was finishing them up, it was fun to see how they felted. It only took 13 minutes of sloshing around to get them to the proper size. Then the sewing up... Called the customer, one of the brothers three, and he was delighted with them.
He even posed for a couple of pictures:
Then I got the rest of the story behind these hats. This brother has had some significant health issues and is doing this batch of hats for a "bucket list" adventure with his brothers. They are going out to Oregon for some kind of a fishing trip together and this is one of the gifts that he dreamed up to give to his brothers. I'm grateful and humbled to be part of such an adventure. I hope they find happiness and joy in their time together! He did promise to bring back pictures of the whole clan wearing their hats... I'll share them when they arrive!