The Southern live oak is a common sight here in the south. The gnarled branches reach far from the tree, growing to the ground before turning back up to the sky. Here, live oaks are a symbol of strength. The tree grows in a twisting fashion, essentially knitting its fibers like a suspension bridge cable. The fibers are so strong these trees that live from 500 to 1500 years old can survive hurricanes, tornadoes, and even the occasional canon ball.
Christie* mentioned a friend in need of warm hats for her journey through chemotherapy. I immediately thought of the strength one would need and Odessa reminds me of the Southern live oak's twisting fibers. I hope this hat brings her strength, shelter, and comfort.
Pattern: Odessa by Grumperina
Yarn: Knit Picks Merino Style, hollyberry: less than 1 skein
Needles: US size 6
Knit to pattern except I did not add beads since they might rub. Quick, easy , fun to knit.
*She is drying from a long bath and will be on the way to you next week.