Haast Hat

From our Kia Ora Collection the Haast Hat  is a nod to the breathtaking Haast Pass, a mountain Pass in the Southern Island of New Zealand. Made with squishy hand dyed 100% Worsted Merino Wool , this super soft and warm slouchy hat is for keeps. The brim height is such that you can wear it folded for extra warmth, like a cap. It keeps you so comfortable, you might just not realise you are wearing it! Handy for flights, treks, early morning walks and that late night bike ride.

Here is the pattern for this lovely hat. And in case you can’t knit, you can always buy it from our store here (https://www.thehappyhandsstore.com/Kia-Ora-Hand-Knit-Collection/Haast-Hat-id-3872442.html). Choose the colour that you want it in and write to us at info@thehappyhandsstore.com. Our kniters will be very happy to knit it specially for you.

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The Kia Ora Collection

Kia Ora – A warm greeting in New Zealand, but with much richer meaning in the Maori language that it originates from. Live Well or Live Healthy is the literal translation, but for me, a holiday to this wonderful country a few years ago did much more. The vales and rolling hills of this mesmerising land resonated beautifully with the mountain and nature lover in me. When you are close to something so magical, there is no need for conversations sometimes. There is a strange silence in the heart and in those moments, all you feel is blessed – to be alive and to have visited this magnificent part of the world. It also somehow makes you feel supremely brave and confident. I came back feeling exactly that. I came back a braver, happier me- inspired, ready to explore newer opportunities and to lead a fuller life. That feeling has since stayed with me and it seems only right that my first knitwear collection is an ode to this enchanting land and is named after those two magical words-  Kia Ora.

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