The old garden hat is looking pretty ratty! Since chemotherapy I am extremely susceptible to sun burn. As a result of this I am always with sunglasses and never without a hat. When it is windy though I spend half my time chasing them and in my neck of the woods it is almost always windy. So I had to find an alternative for those windy days.
And I had to look no further than Baby O's hope chest.
This was O Wise One's great grandmother's bonnet. Grandma Martha had immigrated from Indiana with her circuit riding preacher father. She came across the country in a covered wagon with 7 brothers and sisters and her parents. She later married Grandpa Bill fresh out of the Civil war complete with his 40 acres and a mule compliments of the United States government for services rendered. Only problem was he had to go to this place in the middle of nowhere called Missouri to claim it.
Grandma Martha always wore one of these sun bonnets and in most pictures she has one on. My husband was lucky enough to inherit one of her sunbonnets in his aunts hope chest. And as Baby O points out complete with DNA deposits. (sweat stains Eeeewww) As you can see by the fading and sweat stains this thing was worn often. Now there are many patterns on the Internet for sunbonnets but I like this one because there is a pocket on the back of the bonnet for a drawstring. This is handy because if you have thick hair or long hair in a bun you can adjust the size of the back portion of the bonnet. This one when I found it actually had what looked like cotton butcher twine used to gather it.
I was actually able to reproduce the bonnet from just looking at it and didn't even have to take it apart.
No more chasing that darn hat because I can tie this puppy down. And a pattern traced to make as many as I need. I think I will make one more at the least so that I can wash one and wear one. The original bonnet is tucked back safely in tissue paper in Baby O's cedar chest.
Won't I just be quite the sight with my green bonnet on my green tractor mowing fields : )
I think the next one I will make in yellow to match my Cub mower. LOL
The neighbors will probably be ready to commit me : )
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