It all began with a move back to Northern California and a hat from REI years ago.
In 2010, I had enough hats to make a layout for a Scrapbook Challenge I hosted on my blog.
Where are the hats from?
FIRST ROW: Delux Koala, Delux Owl (I actually picked this one up in a small coastal town in Oregon), Icelandic Designs (purchased at REI)
SECOND ROW: Icelandic Designs (purchased at REI), Delux Zebra, Delux Cow
THIRD ROW: Delux Rabbit, Delux Penguin (Given to me by my dear friend Kelly from Green Tangerines. She picked it up for me in Colorado.), Icelandic Designs (Christmas gift 2009)
FOURTH ROW: Newsboy Hat (Hat People), Where the Wild Things Are (Purchased in Pike’s Place in Seattle – handmade there. I refer to this one as the “Where the Wild Things Are” hat but my friends refer to this one as the “Pillow Cushion” hat.), Delux Ladybug.
I stopped buying hats for a while — cause I felt that it was getting out of control. And when I became a mama, I wasn’t sure if I should continue collecting and wearing such strange looking hats. That moment passed quickly as I continued to sport my animal hats to my Mommy & Me gatherings and errands around town with my baby boy.
I picked up a few hats along the way in 2011 but most were made for me or given as gifts.
In December of 2011, I decided that I would only add one hat to my collection per year. So I asked for the Delux Giraffe hat. One evening, we made a stop at Urban Outfitters and that idea was tossed out the window. That evening, Jim purchased FOUR hats for me for Hanukkah and Christmas. They were on clearance for $10 — unheard of for Delux Knitwits!
This morning, Good Day Sacramento (a local news program) celebrated National Hat Day by asking their viewers to submit hat photos. I submitted the photo of Samuel and me wearing the giraffe hat followed by the photo collage of my hat collection (from 2010). Cody, one of their anchors, commented that I have a hat problem. I beg to differ.
And in honor of National Hat Day, I decided to create a new collage to show you a bit more of my collection …
Where are the hats from?
FIRST ROW: Delux Yeti, Hand Knit Dolphin Hat (made for me by my sister), Delux Bear (from Urban Outfitters)
SECOND ROW: Hand Knit by my mother in 2008, Ram (Christmas gift 2010), Elmo (Hand crochet by local artist)
THIRD ROW: Hand Knit Purple/Pink Hat (made for me by my sister), Delux Cookie Monster (purchased at Urban Outfitters), Hat with Big Brim (hand felted by Nana Campini)
FOURTH ROW: Green Hat with Ear Flaps (made by Karen, given to me at my baby shower — she made a matching one for Samuel), Bear Hat (given to me by my friend Damiane), and Pink/Beige Hat with Flower (hand crocheted by Nana Campini).
At 11 months, Samuel has a pretty good sized collection as well. I did not have time today to put together a collage of his hats, but I will leave you with this photo of him in a hand knit hat (with matching mittens) made by my sister.