A Needle Pulling Thread

02/23/2021

This is one of my favorite hats. Okay, maybe my favoritest (yes, I know that isn’t a word). ???? Anyhow, I think I’ve had it about 8 or 9 years now. I think of it the way most people think of a ball cap. It’s made of poly straw and has a chin strap, so it’s tough, shades well, stays put, is impervious to rain, and a quick dunk in the drink turns it into a personal-sized evaporative cooler. It’s just a good all-rounder, and in warmer weather, I pretty much live in it. In fact, I’m wearing in right now.

I pulled this little honey off my head about a week ago and noticed what looked like some loose thread. Closer inspection revealed that the thread at the back of the crown dent had pulled through the straw weave and was on it’s way to a gaping hole. I could already stick my finger clean through. Now otherwise, although becoming quite faded with a little less “spring” in the brim than it used to have, it’s still a perfectly serviceable hat. So I procured some upholstery thread and a curved mattress needle and went to work. Not pretty, but serviceable. I suppose I’m learning to embrace the spirit of the Japanese art of Kintsugi.

Come to think of it, maybe I’ll use golden thread next time

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