MOUNT ANGEL is part of our Oregon Town Series. After establishing an abbey on the nearby elevation Lone Butte, Rev. Fr. Adelheim Odermatt from Engelberg, Switzerland, was instrumental in naming it Mount Angel (an English translation of Engelberg) in 1883. Kat knitted this hat with two hand-dyed yarns in a self-designed peaks pattern. The yarn itself is a blend of Lambswool, Mohair and Acrylic. 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 and has been hand-dyed (by Kat). 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.