Wednesday, 7 November 2012

Adorable Knitted Kid's Hats

My friend Christine has started selling the cutest children's hats. I LOVE them because:
1. They are to-die-for adorable.
2. They are handmade- so in buying them, you are buying from a skilled artisan. And for those of you who follow by blog regularly, you will know that I only buy new if it's handmade or a local vendor. Well, check and check!!
3. She's local. I loves to support me some local vendors. :)
4. These make fabulous Christmas gifts and you are giving your money to a budding entrepreneur instead of a faceless corporation.
5. They are only $15 each!! For a hand-made, one-of-a-kind creation? You can't beat that!!
I asked Christine some questions about how she got started, what her favourite yarn is, etc... This is what she shared with me:
Knitting is something I do with my mom. She is much more talented and quicker then myself. My Avo (grandma in portuguese) was always knitting, crocheting and sewing, (when she wasn't cooking or cleaning lol) making clothes for the family. My mom being 1 of 2 girls in a family of 14 very quickly caught on and helped. My mom always enjoyed doing these things, making us stuff and she found it relaxing. She made everything and anything! Even clothes and booties for my dolls. I learned how to sew, knit and crochet around 5 or 6. I wanted to do what my mom was doing. By grade 2 I was making 'real' stuff (scarves and small blankets). By grade 3 or 4 I was making sweaters, hats, mitts etc. Stuff a little more difficult. I always like sewing through highschool and wearing different clothes then most girls. I made some extra money altering friends clothes and making some prom dresses for graduation.

I don't buy any particular brand of yarn. I learned to go by touch, depending on what it was going to be used to make. For example, baby stuff you'd buy soft, fluffy yarn, slippers, something more synthetic and durable. Or if you want something with a tighter stitch it would have to be thinner.

There's no particular animal that I prefer to make/do. I guess just ones that are cartoon-ish but realistic enough to know what it is.
I'm so excited to share these photos of her hats. I've already ordered the owl hat for my youngest in blue. She says that she can do any of these hats in pretty much any colour that your heart desires.



If anyone is interested in purchasing any of these hats or a customised one with different colours and/or faces, you can contact Christine by e-mail:
I only wish I could pull off the Oscar hat myself. :)

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