Founded in 2007 by bartender/crocheter Emily Marshall, Aspen-based Free Time Goods hand-makes colorful wool hats. While Marshall has a few home-crocheters who help her out making other designs, she makes all of the company's killer Colorado State Flag hats herself out of yarn sourced from a Nebraska sheep farm where it is sheared, dyed, and spun.
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Marshall based the hat on Andrew Carlisle Johnson's 1911 design. (I had no idea that the blue, white, gold, and red respectively symbolized Colorado's sky, snow, sun, and soil until I saw the Free Time Goods website.) Other Free Time Goods hats include the Rasta-style One Love and the Vegas-hued Deep Neon, but I really can't get past the awesomeness of the Colorado flag one.
"It's our bestseller," Marshall gushes. "I love it -- it's awesome." Beyond Free Time's stock designs, Marshall also does quite a bit of custom work if you desire something special or have an unusual shape to your noggin.
Available in four styles, Free Time Goods' Colorado flag hats run $55 to $65 and are available at stores in Aspen and online at www.freetimegoods.com.