Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Hats in Kichijoji

No trip to Kichijoji would be complete without a visit to at least one yarn store. Though Sheeps Meadow was closed last Thursday, Avril was not only open but in the midst of an exhibition of hats from the shop's new book. Downstairs, Avril features a wide array of yarns, most sold by the gram and stored on cardboard cones hung from the wall. Just look at all those colors and textures! The pure whites are simply sumptuous. In addition to a good sales tactic, the wall-mounted display is a marvelous decorative element.

Suspended from the ceiling upstairs was an array of caps made from the book. Shaped like a strawberry shortcake or adorned with a wooly sheep, each one was more fanciful than the next.

I particularly liked the chunky, finger knit cap and the nubbly crocheted tam. Too bad I have such an aversion to crochet needles. It is hard for me to imagine wearing some of these outrageous creations but they would probably be pretty fun to make.

Having had our fill of hats, we decided it was time to head home. When we boarded the Shibuya-bound train, we were quite surprised by this young woman with her pink, feathered bonnet. What was she thinking? I believe in a hat with attitude but this one was over the top.

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