This is my adaptation of the traditional Maine Clamdigger's Hat. This style of hat can be seen on the heads of clamdiggers plying their trade from the cold Atlantic beaches of Limerick in the south of Maine to the salty clam flats of Bangor in the North.
This has been the traditional garb of Maine clamdiggers since the first hardy settlers sailed into the placid waters of Buxton Bay in 1632, where they were met by the native Makatak Tribe who taught them the basic survival skills for this frigid land, including clam digging.
The settlers observed that the Makataks outfitted themselves with a curiously ornamented hat of an undulating pattern woven from porcupine quills. They were taught that the wavy pattern had a hypnotic effect on the clams, immobilizing them and rendering them easy pickings as the Makataks sauntered along the beach.
With experience, the settlers realized that sheep were easier to herd than porcupines, so they wisely adapted the Natives' quilled design to the now famous cabled wool hat.
After more than 300 hundred years, this tradition lives on despite attempts by P.E.T.A. and various environmental groups to ban the mesmerizing headgear in the belief that it puts the clams at an unfair disadvantage.
Of course, I just made all this up (I can hear Robert bouncing off the ceiling right about now). But as Maine is renowned for Its' story tellers, I figured I'd take a whack at it, though I'm a flatlander (that's Mainspeak for a non-native Mainer). So I knit me a hat, and I wove me a tale. Ayuh.
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