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hand knitted baby hats…for warm heads & warm hearts

Wisdom from a Hotel that’s both Exotic and Marigold

If you know me, you know I Heart Dame Judi Dench.  I first fell in love with her in “As Time Goes By” a phenomenal Britcom from the 90’s.   It’s funny and droll – full of that British humor I love.  It used to be my favorite thing to watch every Saturday night on PBS.   Yes, Saturday night.   In our house, every Saturday night was a Disney or Barbie movie, followed by excellent Britcoms after the kid went to bed.  Such is the life of a parent.

But, to my point, Dame Judi Dench is also in one of my favorite movies, “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel”   (And, of course, its equally awesome sequel “The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel”.)  One of my favorite lines from BEMH is “Everything will be okay in the end, and if it’s not okay, it’s not the end.”   I recently had to take this advice to heart when I considered a job change.   It caused me anxiety, to be sure, but I just knew everything would work out.

And it did.  I was hooked up with a new job the very same day I left the old.   I am thrilled with my new position, love my new team (not that I didn’t love my other team members) and in many ways this is a much better fit for me.  And I never had any doubt it would all work out.

“God never closes one door without opening another”.   “Worry is a lack of faith.”   “Everything will be okay in the end, and if it’s not okay, it’s not the end.”    I believed them all.  And they werturbane all true.

Now I have more time with my daughter.  More time to knit.  I’m much happier.

And it’s not the end.  It’s a new beginning.

Oh, and here’s a new hat.   I suppose I shouldn’t forget that.

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New hats with a new model!

I don’t have much to say, except that I am blessed to be able to work with such beautiful babies.  And that this beautiful baby is now part of my friend family.   He scared us out of our wits by trying to – and eventually – visiting us 2 months early, but he has grown like crazy and we love seeing his double chin and chunky thighs develop.   Quite a change from that little 3 lb baby that arrived in January.   He’s doing great and we are all so lucky to have him here!   And now I get to use him as a model at the studio and we are going to have so much fun!   He doesn’t know what he’s in for, but he loves his Aunt Kathi.  And I love him, too.   What a doll.

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Love seeing my hats in ‘action’!

Really, there isn’t any more gratifying feeling than making something for someone and they absolutely Love It!   This adorable baby is wearing a hat for her 1st birthday portraits and her mom gushed all over it.  Quite a good feeling, I have to say.

You can see more images at my facebook site:  http://www.facebook.com/punkinheadhats.

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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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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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Time

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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5 Things

For the past few months I have been trying to make a list of 5 things I’m grateful for every day.   This is in thanks to Goldie Hawn’s book “10 Mindful Minutes”.   I loved this book when I first started it, but now that I think about it, I don’t think I ever finished it.  It’s on the nightstand, in the ‘pile’.  But, there were some really good points.  Being grateful.  Breathing deeply.   Not sweating the small stuff.   A lot of good ideas on how to not be so stressed and how to be happier and healthier.   So, making a list of things you’re thankful for can make you happier, because you can’t be sad when you’re grateful, right?

Admittedly my list making has slacked, as sometimes happens when we start something new, but it’s time to start again.   Usually I make my list my facebook status, and my friends know if they see numbers 1-5 what that means.

Yesterday’s list:

1.  My child is healthy.

2.  My child is happy.

3.  My child is safe.

4.  My child is home.

5.  My child IS.

I need to keep remembering this, as I am still finding myself overwhelmed with grief when I think of Friday.   I know, ‘Don’t think of Friday’, but how can I not?  There is this infernal Christmas song that I’ve heard TWICE in the last few days, once on Saturday morning and I think it should be banned from the radio this year.  It’s called something like “Christmas is for Kids” or similar, and the lyrics go “Remember that girl you once knew?” and it goes on about the boy you used to know, and all these words that are just like  arrows to the heart.

Five things….time to start working on today’s list.    I need to.  I really need it this morning.

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The sun is out – Joy to the world!

mit144After all the recent gray days, both in weather and in the emotions of our country, the sun is out today.  It’s a beautiful day out there, though the trees are bare and brown, and the grass isn’t looking so great.   It’s still beautiful to see the sun and it is lifting my spirits, reminding me of better days ahead.

I thought it a perfect time to post my newest hat, shown on a sweet newborn baby.   There is Joy in this world.  Even in our darkest times.

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