When I was later thinking about writing the pattern up I wondered about the two names ‘Geology’ and ‘Palaeontology’. ’Geology’ as the slip stitch pattern and broken lines of the stripes reminded me of layers rock strata that had come under stress and fractured, and ‘Palaeontology’ as I have a version of the hat planned with an embellishment, knit in an increasing spiral in garter stitch, something like an ammonite:
But I’m really not sure if either of these ideas are ‘right’. Maybe I am just feeling uninspired these last few days. I’ve been frustrated with the lack of light when I have tried to take photos, the absence of a helpful volunteer head to model the hat (or useful tripod for self-modelling), so maybe it is because I wanted to get the pattern written up and photographed properly. As such the pictures I have at the moment are of a hat still awaiting a head.
I also love the very top of the hat:
So, with that in mind I am stuck, so if anyone reading this post happens to have any flashes of inspiration, please, please, please suggest away, and hopefully I’ll be able to find the motivation and inspiration to write up this pattern for the weekend.