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hand knitted baby hats…for warm heads & warm hearts

Can you miss what you never had? {hand knitted baby hats}

One of my greatest sadnesses is life is that I never met two of my older siblings.   David and Starr.   Both were born and passed long before I was even thought of – but I’ve often wondered what my life would have been like if I had those two as a guiding force.   I was lucky enough to have an older sister, though, and I’m so thankful.   I have 5 siblings in total – so I wasn’t lacking for sisters or brothers, but I still miss David and Starr.   Even though I never knew life with them.   I wonder what they would be like, funny like my older sister or artsy like my younger?   Would he be tall like my uncle and have my Grandpa’s great jaw line?  Or would she be petite like my mom and laugh just like her, too?

I wonder.
One of my favorite movies of all time is “Secrets and Lies”.  It’s a British film (I’m a huge fan of British cinema and tv – I long to be Dame Maggie Smith someday).  In this great work (well, I tDSC01229hink it’s great), an infertile couple is having a conversation about someone never knowing their father, and the wife says “You can’t miss what you never had”, but as soon as she says it, she realizes, as her husband does, that yes, you can.  They miss what they never had.  And I do, too.

So, to that point, one of my most popular hats is the one shown to the right – with a pom pom added.  I’ve sold more of these than any other (without the pom) but I now have a photo of it with a pom for added variety.  I’ve also done it in the gnome style, below.   On etsy – and previously on here somewhere, it’s listed as the “Seaside”.   I wasn’t feeling particularly imaginative that day (it’s the name of the yarn color!)   But now I think it should be named “David” in honor of the coolest older brother anyone could ever have had, as I’m sure he would have been.

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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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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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It’s time for something new….hand knitted cotton baby/newborn hats

Change can be a good thing.  As much as I hate to face it sometimes.  I have some big changes coming up, and I’m actually beginning to realize that it’s not going to be as bad as I thought it might be.   Change makes us rethink things.   Embrace new ideas.   Prioritize.   Become more efficient.   And that’s what will happen.   If you don’t have a choice in a situation, you can at least choose how you face the situation.  So, I’m choosing to face it head on and with a positive attitude.   Remind me of that later when I start to panic again, will you?

Anyway, while pondering everything that’s going on, I made a new hat with some awesome yarn that a friend gave to me.  It’s hand dyed from Peru by a non profit organization, Manos del Uruguay, that helps women in need.   Done in large kettles to create a subtle striated effect, the yarn is soft and has lovely shades of soft green and ivory.   Available with or without the pom pon here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/120277033/hand-knit-baby-hat-hand-dyed-yarnDSC00269

I’m also trying to get caught up on etsy and other things on my ‘to do’ list.   Like posting another hat I made a while ago, it’s a larger size of this lavender cutie, which would be good for a 6-12 month baby, with some stretch for growth.   Available here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/114437666/lavender-hand-knit-baby-girl-hat-cotton

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So now onto more things on my list.   There’s always something, isn’t there?

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Organic cotton hand knitted newborn hats – boy – perfect for twins!

As mentioned in the previous post, I have made a couple of versions of  the Chip.   I have 3 available – 1 in winter white, and 2 in this cool blue/green. All organic cotton.  Both the blue/green hats were made from the same skein, so the colors match, but there is a slight variation in how the pattern knitted up.  I really do love these, and love this yarn!  I should make one for myself sometime…when I’m ‘done’ with all my other projects.   See the joke there?  No knitter is ever really done with all of their projects.  🙂

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Organic cotton hand knitted newborn baby hats – what’s in stock now!

The Ruby in white, with pink/white flower. Organic cotton.

After some recent sales, I thought it best that I update what’s available in the store!   Thank you to everyone who has purchased a hat and kept this project of mine going.

Blue/green organic cotton

Here is what is currently available in my organic cotton knits.   For boys there are the winter white and blue/green options.   (The Chip is available in both colors.)  For girls we have the Ruby in winter white or pink.

All hats are available at http://www.etsy.com/punkinhead1, or you can click on the link to the right.  You can always email me with questions at : punkinheadhats@hotmail.com.   To quote Bartles & James, thank you for your support!

The Chip in winter white. Also available in the blue/green shown. Organic cotton.

The Ruby in pink, with white/pink knitted flower. Organic cotton.

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Organic cotton baby boy hat – blue, green

This is made with the same organic cotton yarn as the ‘Chip’.  Shown without a pom pom, one can easily be added.   The ribbing around the bottom gives a nice chunky look for use in newborn portraits.   Really soft and warm, it’s great for the upcoming cold months!

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New – hand knitted gnome boy hat – super soft!

Another road trip to camp today, so to keep busy, I made this gnome hat from some new yarn I picked up last night.  I wasn’t sure how it would be to work with, and how it would knit up, but I’m happy with the result!   The blues are very vibrant and range from baby blue to a gorgeous royal blue.   The lime green adds a perfect accent!

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Twin hats now available! Hand knitted organic cotton.

Well, thanks to a road trip to take the kid to camp, I was able to make 2 “Chip”s.  They’re from the same skein, of course, so they match perfectly and would be great for twin boys.  🙂  

I also was able (sans kid) to find time to finish a larger version of the JT (below).   This is the super softest yarn ever, and is a really lovely color, though technically, I guess you could call this color ‘brown’. 

 

 

 

 

 

I’m excited to be able to find time to knit again!   The kid is gone all week.  Let’s see what I can accomplish!

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Hand knitted baby hats – where to get?

I realize that it’s not easy to see where to purchase my hats.  Although I think I’m pretty computer savvy, I have to be at work, I just couldn’t get my brain around setting up a store website.   So, I decided to use Etsy.  It’s easy to use )for both me and my customers), reliable,  trustworthy and user friendly.

Therefore….if you can’t figure out where my ‘Store’ is – it’s at http://www.etsy.com/punkinhead1  or you can just click the link to the right.   🙂  There you’ll see all the hats available now and can easily make your purchase.  So far the farthest I’ve shipped is Houston.  Where to next?

Thanks for looking (and shopping!)

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