hand knitted baby hats…for warm heads & warm hearts

Not a happy hat

Usually I’m happy to knit hats, obviously.    I sell hand knit baby hats, I should be happy about it.   But recently I had to take a break from baby hats to make a hat I wasn’t happy about knitting.  Well, I was happy I could do it, but not happy for the reason I had to make it.   You see, it’s what they call a ‘chemo cap’.  A hat for someone who is about to lose their hair due to chemotherapy.   And it’s beautiful, for sure, I love the way it knitted up.   But, it’s for my stepdaughter, who has breast cancer.   Cancer has hit our family, again.   How can I be happy about that?

I can’t be ‘happy’, but I’m trying to be grateful.   Grateful her cancer is Stage 1.    Grateful they caught it early.   Grateful surgery went well.  Grateful she’s young and strong.   Grateful she has insurance.  Grateful she has a great attitude.   Grateful she is here.

So I’m shipping off her ‘chemo cap’, though I really hate that term.   It’s done.   And I hope I don’t have to make another one any time soon.

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Gotta love those babies!

My daughter is 13.  She doesn’t sit on my lap any more.   She doesn’t let me cover her in kisses any more.   And she certainly doesn’t let me hold her and gaze adoringly at her any more.

That’s why I’m lucky I get to photograph babies.   Babies of all sizes.   The sleeping ones are super cute, of course, and I could stare at them all day.   And the 7 month olds that smile those big toothless grins are so fun (and laugh at all my stupid jokes.)   And the toddlers?  Hilarious.  Like the 2 1/2 year old I had the other day that was full of questions and comments and just cracked me up the whole time.   She was a delight and it made me miss my little girl a bit.   But, my teenager is a delight as well.   Every day she still brings me joy and makes m554959_10151537573597604_30023862_ne smile.   I miss her being little, but I love watching her grow and change, and she’s still more and more fun every day.

This little guy here was just under 3 weeks old and so precious I just wanted to hold him the whole time.  He wasn’t very happy at first, and certainly didn’t enjoy being moved around while he was trying to sleep, but he settled down long enough for us to get some beautiful photographs.  That’s why they call me the ‘Baby Whisperer’ I guess.

So I don’t have a baby any more.  And I’m not going to have another baby.   But I do get to hold and play and make them laugh at work.  That’s not a bad deal at all.

Hat available at http://www.etsy.com/shop/punkinhead1.

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Hand knitted baby boy hats – hand dyed cotton – gnome style

green gnome

It’s early, too early.   Not even done with my 1st cup of coffee, early, but I wanted to get these posted before my day begins.  Otherwise they end up on my ‘To Do’ list, and if you saw my ‘To Do’ list, you’d realize it doesn’t need anything else!   Of course, I wouldn’t be above putting it on my list this morning, just so I could cross it off.   We all do that sometimes, right?

So, I am working on a knitting project for church, but I had to set it aside to make the green gnome hat shown here.   I was at a photography seminar and saw some images with a gnome style hat and immediately wanted to make one for that purpose.   If it doesn’t sell before Tuesdenimday, I’ll try it out on the newborn boy I have coming in for a session next week.  If it does sell, then I guess I’ll be making another one!

The blue hat is a just a cute experiment with this new hand dyed yarn I have.  It’s made in the same style as the “Chip”, but shown without the pom.   I think the shades of blue are gorgeous!   And it’s made of cotton, to be light enough for spring time, but still chunky enough to have great texture.   A pom can always be added by request.  :)Everything is avaailable at: https://www.etsy.com/shop/punkinhead1.

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“Africa” – why do you haunt me so?

Riddle me this:   I am constantly hearing the song “Africa” by Toto.   Why?

It started a few years ago- I woke up with that song in my head.  Who knows why.   Sometimes that happens, doesn’t it?   So I spend my morning singing “It’s going to take a lot to take me away from you” to myself.

Then on that particular day I had to drive my husband’s truck to work – the one without my favorite traveling companion – Sirius XM.   Bored, I’m flipping through our few local radio stations, and guess what song is on?   Yup.  “As sure as Kilimanjaro rises like Olympus above the Serengeti.”

Then a day or two later, I hear it on the satellite radio.

Then I hear it in the store.

Then, I hear it on satellite radio again.  And again.  And it isn’t like I’m in the car that much.  My commute is 20 minutes, tops.

But what most often happens, is I’ll be toodling along, decide I want to listen to some music, turn on the radio – and it’s on.   It has happened over, and over, and over again.

Driving an hour from my mom’s – complete silence – decide to turn on the radio – it’s on.

On my way home from work – complete silence – decide to turn on the radio – it’s on.

Even just turning on the car, it’s on.

Not coming on, mind you, after the next song, but actually in the middle of the 3 minute song.  “Hurry boy, she’s waiting there for you.”

And I have witnesses.   My daughter.  My husband.   My traveling companion on a recent road trip.   Now I’ve even come to expect to hear the “do do doo doo do do” anytime I turn on the radio.  It doesn’t happen all the time, of course, but it’s weird.

Why?  To make me laugh?   (It always does.)  To make me crazy?  (Too late).  To make my friends think of me when they hear that song?  (Some even call me.)   Some people have signature scents.  I have a signature song, apparently.

My grandmother was born in Africa.  My great grandparents were missionaries there.  But I have never had a desire to go.  Some have suggested this is maybe a sign.   Maybe there’s a connection.   Maybe it’s my grandmother saying “Hey, Kathi, smile!”  I don’t know.

I do know that I bless the rains down in Africa.  And I’m gonna take the time to do the things we never have.

I guess.

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My brain is going to melt.

You’ve ever been to a conference and learned so many new things that your brain actually hurts from all of the information?  That’s me.   It’s only been 3 days, but it’s been a very long 3 days.  3 days of talking about work, thinking about work, getting new ideas for work, for 12 hours a day.   I. Am. Burnt. Out.   548338_319743551424512_288508574548010_756669_75664385_n

But, learning is growth, right?  New ideas are exciting.  And change is good.  It is all worth the long drive and long days.   We are seeing so many cool things, and getting so much feedback, and getting such inspiration, it’s been really, truly, awesome.

Who needs full brain power, anyway?

BTW, no time for knitting, so more stuff will have to wait….Here is a repeat of one of my favorites, the Ruby, on the left.   And below, an image from another photographer, featuring the Bobby.222592_10151042068056157_1078814403_n   Love to see my hats ‘in action’.

Until then, don’t forget the shop is at : http://www.etsy.com/shop/punkinhead1

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I found it! Soft, hand knit gnome super soft hat.

I have been neglecting my Gratitude List that I was so good about doing every day.  I’ve slacked – gotten busy- lame excuse.   But I just found the label to the skein of yarn I used to make this gnome hat DSC00066 (2), which I absolutely adore.  I love the hat, I love the yarn.   I’ve been wanting to do more with this yarn, but I could not remember what kind it was.   The label was not in my knitting bag, or my other bag, or my other stash, or in another bag…..let’s just say, I need a bigger place to store all my stuff.
Anyway, the itchy back I have been cursed with since I had shingles when I was 17, forced me to do a down on my knees, under the couch search for my back scratcher.  And, what do I see right next to it?  THE label!   I am very happy, indeed!  I can’t wait to get some more.  Yay!

mit144So, getting to the point, the gratitude list is back on!    And you know, the funny thing is, when I made the list of 5 things, I forgot ‘finding the label’.  That became # 6.   🙂   It seemed like a stressful day, but I feel better already.   The Gratitude List really works.   Maybe I can actually do # 3 and sleep in tomorrow.   Fingers crossed.

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Twin hats – hand knitted newborn – organic cotton

Well, as my previous post mentioned, there are always a million thought going through my head.   And not all come to fruition, I’m afraid.   But here is one I’ve actually remembered to do!   While thinking of the hats available, and if there was something I could make for twins, like I did for the triplets, I realized this.   I already have a twin set done.   It’s as I told my coworker today – I love it when I have a really great idea, go to implement it, and realized I’d already had that idea.  It means I’m doubly smart, not twice as forgetful.  🙂

Ruby, pink with white flower

Ruby, pink with white flower

Ruby, white with pink flower.

Ruby, white with pink flower.

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Sliding doors and other thoughts

If you know me, you know I usually have a million thoughts going through my head at any given time.   Especially at work.  I need to do this, but first I should do That, but wait, there’s this….   I’ve started actually writing things down, otherwise I forget, of course, then an hour later remember, and have to stop what I’m doing to do what I was supposed to do, then the cycle continues.

So, I’ve had a few thoughts running through my head this last week.  First is my very own “Sliding Doors” moment.  If you don’t know, “Sliding Doors” is a Gwyneth Paltrow movie from the late 90’s.  The movie follows two story lines – 1 where Gwyneth’s character barely catches the subway train, and subsequently catches her boyfriend cheating on her.  The 2nd story arc is where the subway doors slide shut and she misses the train, and therefore, doesn’t discover the affair, stays with her boyfriend, etc.  It’s a good movie, though I hated the end.   Anyway, my point is that the other day I didn’t do my usual morning routine because I had to take my daughter to the doctor.   Right before we head out the door, I remember I wanted to take my library book to read in the waiting room,so I run up to get it.  Finally we get into the car and head down the same highway we take everyday.   But wait, traffic is backed up.  There’s an accident.  A bad one.   Car on fire, type of bad.  After 1/2 hour we are told by the police to turn around and exit the on ramp.   Later we find out the accident was fatal, and a 24 year old lost his life.  That could have been us.   Reports say the accident happened about 4 minutes before we arrived at the scene.  And traffic wasn’t backed up that far.    No, it didn’t take me 4 minutes to go get my book, but if we had been just a little faster getting ready, or I had woken up 4 minutes earlier, we could have met that same terrible fate.   So, why didn’t we?  Fate?  God?

Well, I mentioned the other million thoughts going through my head, and the other has been thinking of the thoroughly stupid things I did as a young person, and somehow I’m still here.   God must have a plan for my life.   Maybe it’s raising my daughter.  Maybe it’s to be in the right place at the right time to benefit someone else.   Maybe it won’t even happen for another 20 years.   In any case, I thank God that I’m still here.  Even more so, with every fiber of my being, I thank God my daughter is here, and safe.

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Is going by just too darn fast.  Really.  My sweet, cuddly, curly haired toddler has turned into this beautiful,  tall, wavy haired teenager overnight, I swear.

Today we are about to go to someplace that holds precious memories for our family.  Especially for my husband and I, remembering how our little girl used to look in awe at the wonders she saw.  Sheer delight on her face.

It will be different today, because now she’s ‘grown up’, but we are still going to cherish each memory.  Because in just a short time, she really will be grown up.  And I will be proud of the woman she becomes, sure.  But I’ll always miss my little girl.

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Good baby news – the triplets are doing well! – hand knitted baby hats

I heard from my friend with the triplets yesterday.    They are always on my mind, because they were so little when they were born.   I’m glad to report they are doing well!   They are in open cribs and bottle feeding – yay!   And the baby boy is 6 pounds, while the girls are still catching up, but over 4 pounds each.   As a friend said “Good baby news is the best kind of good news” and it is!   I still can’t imagine what awaits these parents as they bring home their 3 babies, but I am so excited for them to finally have their family.  What an exciting homecoming it will be!

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By the way, she loved the hats I sent.   I show them again here, because I don’t think I’ve ever mentioned the customization available.  I wanted to make the hats ‘match’, but not be too matchy-matchy.  They’re all made from the same white cotton organic yarn that I love so much, but the style and accessories are just a little different.   They’re all 100% cotton, and the  boy’s pom is from the Peruvian cotton I posted yesterday.  The pink button is the 100%  organic cotton that I use for the ‘Ruby’ hat, and the lilac is another unique cotton that I used for the lilac hats (see earlier post.)   A set of two or three of these would be perfect baby shower gifts!

Soo…..if you see something at the store : http://www.etsy.com/shop/punkinhead1 or just want to contact me with ideas, I’d be glad to customize a hat for you with different color poms, buttons, or flowers.   🙂

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