MOLALLA is part of our Oregon Town Series. The town of Molalla was named after the Molalla River, which in turn was named for the Molala, a Native American tribe that inhabited the area. Kat knitted this hat in a Brioche stitch with two yarns: Soft baby pink on a background of hand-dyed orange, pink and brown. Both yarns are 65% Wool, 35% Angora, making this hat super-soft. The last picture shows the hat turned inside out, to show the variations in the darker yarn. This item is unique because: This extremely fine machine yarn is similar to what is used for sweaters you find in upscale stores. It is not available in stores - Kat imported it from Europe (in her suitcase .......). For this beanie, multiple strands of yarn were used. Much care and work has gone into this hat, and it should be hand washed. Hand-washing is actually rather simple: Put the item in a sink with warm water and a little bit of detergent or shampoo and let it sit for a little. Gently knead it a bit, rinse and gently wring it, and roll it into a towel to absorb the remaining moisture. Then let it air dry flat. Please do not hang it up to dry. It might stretch because wool is a natural fiber. For hand-dyed items, you can put a little bit of vinegar into the rinse for better color retention.