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The Cashmere sweaters are starting to arrive. I could not be happier with my new supplier. I have received over 100 sweaters, so the Cashmere hat and scarf production is moving full speed ahead. Check out some of the steps of how I go through the process.
new sweaters
I love not knowing what colors will arrive. It’s like Christmas every time a box of sweaters is delivered.

sweaters

It’s always fun at the laundromat. People stare at the piles of sweaters I put through the washer and drier. I often get asked “Do you wear all of these sweaters?” . I also get a lot of concerned folks asking “are you sure you want to put those in the drier? They will shrink!”

cut sweaters

The chopping begins. I cut the sweaters apart, remove the ribbing, buttons, zippers. Every little piece of cashmere is saved and reused. I tend to work in color blocks, so one day it will be chopping red sweaters, another day it will be the green ones, and so on. My biggest stack tends to be the 50 shades of Gray!

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At times, a sweater will look like Swiss cheese from the hungry moths. It’s OK, there is still so much usable material to work with, it just takes more time cutting it all apart. It is also much easier to see the holes once the sweater goes through the washer and drier and felts. Each piece then gets inspected. If there are this many holes in any particular sweater, i turn it into scrap pieces…

scraps

That damaged and useless sweater is turned into beautiful felted Cashmere strips which I sew into hats and scarves.

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My tiny showroom is quickly filling up with the Cashmere collection! It is so gratifying to recycle this luxurious fiber. There are days where I chop the sweaters for 12 hours. There are days when I sew for 14 hours. Doing this is a labor of love, and I love every minute of it.

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  I’m so honored to have ADS hats voted as Best hat shop by
SF Weekly!

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New collection of wide brim summer hats. Perfect for special occasions and stylish sun protection. Just in time for the Royal wedding and Kentucky Derby.

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Crochet tam with Mum flower is the latest addition to our  “Crochet novelty” collection.  Now available in our online store. Perfect for chilly spring days and freezing San Francisco summers.

Rainbow, the lovely customer in the photo, bought the first one I made.

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Read the story “Making hats on Valencia Street” by Leslie Rabine, in MissionLocal.

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We carry an extensive collection of House of Nines hats, by Tricia Roush. These gorgeous little top hats, bowlers and cocktail hats are made out of beautiful fur felts, pleated ribbons, and fancy feathers.

Bridal hats coming soon!

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House of Nines

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 2 hours after I posted this pic. on the blog, a long time customer spotted a hat she could not live without…the purple mini top hat…SOLD! Another customer just came by and is eyeing one of the hats to wear to Kentucky Derby.

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It has been really cold in San Francisco (39 degrees right now). All of my friends  have been complaining about how freezing it is….

All I could say was “Put on a hat!”

I spent 11 hours making polar fleece and wool jersey rollup hats. Polar fleece is very warm and soft…water repellent and wind proof….so no more complaining!

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22 finished hats in 11 hours...

...and about a dozen more hats in the works.

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