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hand knitted baby hats…for warm heads & warm hearts

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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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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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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J.T. Hand knitted baby hat, newborn, premie

I made this hat on a whim one day, and it’s tiny.  So cute and so tiny.  It’s a lot like the Meghan, just a little different.  And for a boy, obviously.   I chose the name J.T. because we had a premie born into our circle several months ago.  Thankfully, little J.T. is growing and thriving, and we really can’t call him ‘little’ any more!   We are so grateful he’s strong and healthy.   I’ll make this hat available in bigger sizes, though, but will list the JT in the store, for that premie that needs a warm head!

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New hand knitted baby hats, newborn, photography prop

After determining my patterns for the named hats below, I decided to play around a bit with other styles and designs.  This is called, descriptively enough, Small Twist (pink).   Made of the same chunky yarn as the Brooke, this is Imagejust a fun hat I came up with one day.  As all the other hats, this will be available in the store, but this may be the only one made.  If it’s popular, I’ll make more.  🙂

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Pink – hand knitted baby hat – Brooke – pink

This beautiful baby, and isn’t she beautiful, came to see us a couple of weeks ago and she was a joy to work with.  How can you not smile when you see that face?  Many thanks to her mom, J,and my friend Mary, who referred her to us.   So happy to have her as a new client.  We love babies!

She is modeling the Brooke, named after another most beautiful baby girl.   This is quickly becoming my most talked about hat!

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Sample Images – Newborn/Baby hats, photography props

After finally launching the site and getting my facebook page and online store set up, everything suddenly came to a halt.  I got sick.  Too sick to move sick.  And I never get that sick.   Thankfully, I’m feeling better and have more energy, so it’s time to get back to it!

The first thing I did when I was able to get vertical again, and back to work, was to get some images ready to post that show my hats ‘in action’.  🙂  I’m so excited to see how they look in portraits!   More to come….

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