The hat is gorgeous! I love all rustic wool yarn! And you met the actual producers; what a great story.
It's scary how the weather controls our lives. Here in Lake Tahoe, we had a good start to the winter snow (our economy runs on snow) but the last 2 months were the driest on record for decades. The fire season this summer will be scary!
Wishing better luck for Michigan and thanks for showing us the hat (hats are my favorite thing to make)!