Adventathon: 17

December 15th

Peruvian knit cap

Advent: 17

A friend recently asked me for a “white knit cap with ear flaps.”

Advent: 17

This got me thinking about that incredible journey I took several years ago to see Machu Picchu.

MP terraces

Kelli, Machu Picchu

The Peruvians wore fabulous knit caps, sweaters and scarves from llama wool. What did I wear? A thin Gap cotton sweater that kept me just above hypothermia. I got wet about 4 days before this photo was taken. I was still wearing the same clothes (backpacking) and still freezing.


How I wished I’d dressed like a Peruvian for this trip. Look how woolly and warm these babies are!

Good morning MP

That said, I would do it all again tomorrow if I had the chance. Machu Picchu remains the single most incredible place I’ve ever visited — where one can’t help but feel the power of God and man’s creation when they align.


A knit cap with ear flaps, a bunch of reminiscing and a happy recipient it is!


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12 Responses

  1. My grandma traveled to Machu Pichu when I was a little kid and brought me back an colorful pointy hat. I know there’s a picture of me wearing it; I think I’ll start looking through the giant box of pictures for it.

    BTW, yours is gorgeous. I adore that beautiful thick yarn.

  2. Wow, that is some seriously chunky yarn! From your first photo I thought it was a baby hat. =) Your Peru photos are amazing… visiting that place is definitely on my life list.

  3. Jim would agree with you hands down about Machu Pichu…he tells me all the time I need to see it. He brought us all back the Preuvian “ear flap” hats and his mom was so inspired she started making them. Gotta love the Peruvian inspiration 🙂 I say you need to return with some warmer clothes!

  4. Oh my gosh you can just tell you are freezing in that picture!! I hope you didn’t get sick afterwards! It looks like a beautiful place and what a cutie with her hat 🙂

  5. I recognized that Peruvian style before you mentioned Machu Pichu. We are truly kindred souls. I did not hike that beauty, but I was there waiting when my husband, daughter and brother-in-law came down from their 4 day back packing. I opted for the train and spending more time in that precious little town of ???? (can’t for the life of me remember the name now…my age?)It was breathtaking…both the town and Machu Pichu. Another place that captured my soul was Angkok Wat this past October and the remote villages out of Siem Reap, Cambodia. Oh the places that daughter of mine takes me with her wandering soul.

    You are so darn talented with all your sewing, knitting, cooking, baking, back paking, hiking, writing. Do you sleep?

  6. That would be Cusco in Peru and Angkor Wat

  7. Oh, my, Kelli, how truly beautiful and magical it looks. You’ve had some serious awesome experiences.

  8. Awesome. Love how you tied your story into this post. Bet your friend was very pleased!

  9. Another one on my place-to-visit-before-it-will-be-late list!

  10. Holy mole! Backpacking to Machu Pichu is the first thing I would do if I won the lottery. It is always the first place that comes to mind when someone asks where I would like to travel next. Gorgeous pictures and great hat! I’m about to start knitting my first over the holidays…

  11. Love the hat – really cute and it looks great on its recipiant! I do want to get to Machu Pichu one day. Just gorgeous.

  12. I have always wanted to visit Machu Pichu. I think this hat is great! It would be perfect to have in our cold winter weather. I hope that you get to make one to take with you back to Machi Pichu someday soon. 🙂