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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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Spring coming? No….really? {punkinhead hand knit baby hats}

Yay, babies!    Always love it when I get new babies into the studio to photograph.  Of course, we always think they’ll sleep when they’re supposed to, and they don’t.  And of course, as soon as we take the diaper off, we almost always have a problem (I do a lot of laundry).   But, I still love holding these little creatures.pat125

I was so fortunate to have the cutest little girls come in recently.   This is the Autumn hat – reworked, as I wrote about before.  I love, love, love it now.

The two hats below are organic cotton, perfect lighter weight for spring and summer.   The pink/purple is actually the ‘Chip’ pattern, done in spring colors, I am so desperate to see some pink, lilac, colors of spring!

Because as I look out my window this sunny March day , I see the same snow we got in January, when a snowstorm shut down our city.  Which was just a few days after we had an ice storm that knocked out power for days.   Over Christmas.  And it has been cold, for months.  Really cold.  School’s closed cold.  The Great Lakes are almost completelywoz144 covered in ice cold.  Insane heating bills cold.

woz137 So no, we didn’t think spring would ever come.  But yesterday we actually had some melting with a temp in the 40s.  And the sun was out.  Bonus!    Who would ever be excited to see yucky, brown grass?  We would.   And are.

Someday spring will come.  And we’ll be able to open our windows.   See our grass.   Visit with neighbors that we haven’t seen in months.   And after that maybe we’ll even get to plant our gardens and get out our hammocks.  Really.  It could happen.

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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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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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Natural – bamboo – hand knitted baby hat for newborn boy

My newest ‘creation’.   Made of the bamboo yarn I love to use, it’s super, super, super soft.   I love feeling the yarn between my fingers as I knit.  I guess I find it comforting.

Life has been busy – the studio is busy, so days off are elusive, at best.   Evenings are busy with everything wanting my attention – the kid, the garden, the CSA veggies, the hammock.  🙂    So, needless to say, knitting has gone onto the back burner.  I have enough stock for my shop at etsy-  http://www.etsy.com/shop/punkinhead1 – but haven’t though of anything new to do.  But recently I found the urge to make this hat – and mostly to use this yarn.   Did I mention how soft it is?

I haven’t named this piece yet, it’s similar to the Meghan, but made in a different yarn.  Maybe I’ll call it the Daniel, named after her dad, my younger brother.  Yes, that seems fitting.   ‘Daniel’ it is!   What will be next?

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Bobby – hand knitted baby hat – boy

This is that sweet little guy I was looking forward to photographing.   He is So.  Stinkin’.  Cute!   He was a challenge – a little wigglier than the average newborn since he was 5 weeks old – but so bright eyed and sweet!   His parents just completed his adoption and feel so very lucky to have this little one in their family.  Congratulations to his parents and I can’t wait to watch him grow up!

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Newborn Baby Photography with sweet little hats

Tomorrow  morning I have a session with a 5 week old baby boy – I can’t wait!   I hear he’s pretty cute.  🙂   And I’m sure he is.  I’m excited for 2 reasons – he’s going to be so tiny….and because I’ll have another model for my hats!   Boys have been a little hard to come by, so tomorrow I’ll be able to get a sample of  the Chip design and more of the Bobby, Sam and Jace.   I know that’s expecting a lot out of a tiny baby, but if he falls asleep, I’ll be golden!

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