Costoluto Genovese Beret

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Side view of Costoluto Genovese Beret

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Rear view from side Costoluto Genovese Beret

Costoluto Genovese

Front view of Costoluto Genovese Beret

Handling so many heirloom tomatoes, I appreciate the shape, color, and texture of each variety. Some, like the Costoluto Genovese, have amazing flavor, but are not the easiest to work with. These tomatoes get huge, we have a photo of a 5 day old Baby Girl next to one in which the tomato looks bigger than her. I love them for slicing, dicing, and salads, but not so much for canning. Why? Their shape is plump, squat, but deeply dimpled around the stem. ( I’m not sure what the actual term for this is… ) This makes them difficult to peel, even after a good blanching and a dip in ice water.
Even so, they are a gorgeous tomato, and gave me an idea of what to do with some particularly nice deep red chunky yarn I had on hand. This is a large, very stretchy knitted beret, with cables and decreases worked together. It’s sort of a spinoff of the Happy Hippie Headband Hair Holder, and idea I keep returning to for both knit and crochet projects. The stretchiness allows it to be worn slouched back, to the side, or more forward as a newsboy shape.
Once the decreases were worked out, this hat was a very quick knit, thanks to the chunky yarn. See what you think, as pictured on one of my lovely daughters:

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