A friend of ours runs sled dogs, keeps 4 of her own and spends a good part of the winter with other mushers in the wilds of Minnesota. I met DJ many moons ago when she came into my classroom with her sled, gear and a dog for my students to visit with, ask her questions and in general become a bit acquainted with the reality of the virtual race they were following - the Iditarod.
What's even stranger is that Jim knew her through canoeing as he repaired her boat a couple of times and made her paddles. It was so funny the day she came to get her canoe. I was here and did a double take to see her out of my context.
DJ and her partner, Anne (who trains seeing-eye dogs in her spare time) are good friends. Usually I don't have time to make presents for other than family but his year I have lots of time...... so thought a nice winter hat would be appropriate. I found and purchased a set of charts of sled dogs and musher designed by Alexandra Wiedemayer of Sweden. Rav link here. Monies from chart sales are going to help sponsor a sled dog team she follows.
from Alexandra "These Charts have been written in honor to the swedish wilderness and impression of my love to my dogs."
I used a simple watch cap pattern, double strands of AK Sunset and undyed Angora merino yarn to showcase the musher, sled and 2 dogs running around the hat.