hand knitted baby hats…for warm heads & warm hearts

Tis the Season for Baby Showers! Hand Knitted baby hats – organic cotton

Ahhh….the longest winter ever finally seems to be over!   The  snow 2 weeks ago is becoming a distant memory, and we are finally able to enjoy spring.  Really enjoy a Real Spring – with mid 70’s and sun and breeze.   I was afraid we would go from being too cold to too hot, wchiphich has happened so many times before.

But, it’s been gorgeous out – time to plant our vegetables, split our perennials, and relish in the sunshine that has eluded us all winter.

It’s also time for baby showers!   People have babies all year round, but why does it seem like there are so many more showers in the summer months?   Perhaps because it’s so nice to have them outside, travel is easy, people are on vacation.   I don’t know – but it’s so exciting to see those growing bellies knowing that soon a little one will be joining our crazy, mixed up world.   Full of hope and promise and new life.

Ruby, pink with white flower

Ruby, pink with white flower

Life has been incredibly busy for me – the end of the school year always is, so I’m reposting a few of my favorite hats.   All are available at my store: http://www.etsy.com/shop/punkinhead1 or use the Store link at the right.   Most hats available are for newborns to 3 months, but custom sizing is always available.   The Chip and Ruby shown are from 100% organic cotton.   The Bobby, shown, is from a super soft acrylic – and is actually modeled by the baby whose mother received it as a gift at her shower!

And as always, any questions, just ask.  I’m here.   Busy, but here!

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Why so cranky?

Have you ever noticed some people are just so cranky?  And have you wondered why?

I was telling a friend today about a very cranky lady at work who just yelled and yelled at me the other day.   For something out of my control.  And when I called her back, to tell her that it would be resolved, to her benefit even, she gave me the silent treatment.  I was killing her with kindness and she was still rude.

And then today we go to process her charge card and it was declined.  My co-worker calls her and is almost apologetic that this has happened, though we are not in the wrong.  The woman does say she’s sorry and gives us a different card number, which is also declined.   Then she sounds annoyed when we have to call her again, though we’d be much happier if we didn’t have to.  Does she think we’re enjoying this?   And guess what – the situation is still not resolved because she hasn’t returned our call.

Which begs the question of why some people are like that.  And what is it that makes them so cranky?  Is there something in their lives they are dealing with that is making them so awful?  Or are they just like that?

Probably a little bit of both.

When my mother-in-law was dying, we were in the middle of a big painting project.   My husband was out of town, and I had to get another gallon of paint from the home improvement store.   Well, they did the wrong formula, which, of course, I didn’t discover until I was at home and started to put it on the walls.   So, on my return trip to the store, I have to admit, I was a bit cranky.   And I’m never cranky to store employees.   Never.  I am usually thanking them for my purchase.  I think a lot of us who work retail are nicer than average.   We know.  We just know what their job is like.

So this outburst was unlike me.  And after I calmed down, I apologized to the clerks, I explained the situation, and I began to cry.  In the middle of the paint department.  No, not one of my finer moments.   Then the dear older clerk came around the counter and gave me a big hug.   Which, of course, caused me to cry even more.   Right next to the paint chips.   Lovely.

My point is …..there was definite stress in my life that was making me so cranky.   This client has had 2 different credit/debit cards declined for the relatively small amount of $25.   There’s gotta be some stress there, don’t you think?

And isn’t it funny that I’d like to think so?  Is it wrong to wish she has something going on to make her so cranky?  Maybe it’s a little wish that she can’t be like that all the time.  Can she?

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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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What’s the deal with 3’s anyway?

It has been a worrisome week for our family, as one of our closest family member has been diagnosed with cancer.   It’s Stage 1, treatable, hasn’t spread, and, Thank God, not in the lymph nodes.   But still……scary stuff.

Then last night I get a call from my sister and she tells me the boy my niece was dating committed suicide.   My heart breaks for his family and my niece.  That’s a huge thing to deal with at the tender age of 19.   She is the sweetest girl you’d ever meet – I’m so sorry she has to experience that.

Then, believe it or not, while at dinner and my husband, daughter, and I are discussing that news, we get a call that his brother had a massive heart attack and passed away.  

Can this really be happening?   It was not totally unexpected, he had been in poor health, but still shocking at the same time.

While reeling from the news, my astute 13 year old makes the 3’s connection.   Then she makes an even more surprising one:  3 years ago, almost exactly, my mother in law passed away.  Her 2 sisters followed within a few months later.  3 again.   And 3 years prior to that, my grandmother passed away.   Passings that had a huge impact on my daughter.  I wish I could protect her from mourning, funerals, feelings of loss.  But I can’t.   We just had to deal with it and move on.  I know from experience it just takes time.  And more time. 

So, as sometimes happens, this post has nothing to do with baby hats.  Or knitting.  Or anything except reminding us to love our families and hold them close.  Life can change in an instant.

Oh, and check your skin.  Check your boobies.   See your doctor if anything seems amiss with anything in your body.  Early detection is what will save our loved one’s life.  And could save yours, too.


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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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