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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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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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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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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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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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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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Organic cotton newborn baby hat, photographic prop

As a photographer, I LOVE working with little babies.  This beauty was asleep, but a little wiggly at first.   Then, after a good feeding, she was zonked!   She is just so precious, I can hardly stand it!

She is wearing the Ruby hat – and I am currently working on getting an image with the hat without the ceramic button.  While I love the button for photography, I’ll be showing the same hat with two knit flowers (1 inside the other).   This is to make this design more suitable for everyday wear (without the choking hazard the ceramic button may cause.)   The organic cotton and texture are light enough for spring and fall wear – and of course, make beautiful portraits!

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Chip – knitted baby hat, newborn, photography prop

Another organic!   I felt a need for more boy hats, and was thankful to find this yarn in that great organic cotton I like to use.   I made the border squares, which reminds me of a baby blanket I made a while ago and I really like the variation in texture.

A name, a name, the pressure of a name!  Thinking of names for the girl hats was easy, my family is mostly girls!  But, boy names are more challenging…..so I thought I’d start with the oldest of my younger brothers.   Besides, this reminds me of a hat Chip used to wear.   Or maybe not.   It just reminded me of him, and I like the pattern, so I wanted to actually give it a name, because I’d like to make more “Chips”!  (Though when I was younger, 1 Chip was plenty!)  🙂

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