Thursday, November 13, 2014

Winter Solstice Hats


I love family traditions, they are such simple and joy filled ways to mark the passage of time. A tradition that we have all come to love is that of new, handmade, mama knit hats for Winter Solstice. The hats are done...one for Reece, Justin, and myself. You will notice an extra hat in the photo, a pink one, for the little one who joins us to homeschool. We thought it appropriate that she too get a hat this year since she is such a big part of our days.

Our tradition has always been to surprise Reece with his new hat on the morning of Winter Solstice, and that will continue this year. Justin and I will open ours on the same morning, and then we will put on our new hats and hit the trail for our Winter Solstice hike.

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36 comments:

  1. Perhaps I'll have to embrace that tradition. I made K a hat earlier this year and he lost it on the first day. Oh the pain of being a knitter and the mama of a 3 year old! These are so pretty, though. I love the colors you chose and how they look all laid out together.

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    1. I say go for it :) Oh no! Reece has yet to lose a mama made knit, but I am sure the day will come. Thank you.

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  2. Lovely colours, Kim. A gift filled with warmth and love. Literally! :)

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  3. They are just lovely. The colors are so vibrant. :-)

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  4. What a wonderful tradition Kim....I wish my kids would wear my knit hats....sniff.

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    1. Thanks Camilla. They won't wear your hats, that is crazy! I sure hope that day never comes around here.

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  5. Kim, is this a pattern of your own or is it a public pattern I could find online - Ravelry for instance? I love the colours you chose and the idea of such a tradition. Thank you for sharing!

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    1. Happy to share. The pattern is from Taproot Magazine, Issue 8, Reclaim. I am not sure if it is available elsewhere. Sorry. It is a fun, and easy knit, and the hats fit great, well the ones I knit for Justin and myself fit great, fingers crossed they fit the kids too.

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    2. Awesome, thank you Kim. I will take a look for this magazine :)

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    3. You can most likely order a back issue from the website :)

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  6. What a beautiful tradition. Great hats, too!

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  7. Love those colors, and the tradition. We don't mark the Solstice so consciously at our hose, but we also try to make some time to be outside on Christmas Day--make space for the spiritual revelation in the natural world, if you will.

    I am working on new hats and mitts for St. Nicholas Day, which is a big day in our house. But I am so tempted to break the finished ones out now as I watch the kids head out into our current arctic blast in items that are just a little too small! Well, it's Denver, it will warm up soon, that's what I keep telling myself!

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    1. Thanks Coco. You will find us in nature on Christmas morning too, always a lovely morning to walk in the woods, and offer gratitude. It is a tradition Justin and I started the first year we moved into our home, and continue. It is the perfect way to start Christmas.

      We love St. Nicholas Day too. In fact, we don't do Santa here, instead focusing on St. Nicholas. It is hard keeping them isn't it. We are just getting our first really chilly days and I so want to wear my hat, and pull Reece's out, but I have to wait. Not too much longer though.

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  8. Прекрасная семейная традиция!Прекрасные шапочки! Моим деткам очень и мне очень понравились цвета!

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  9. They came out wonderful. I love your colors. We have discovered these are the best fitting hats we have ion our hat baskets and the best looking. I still need to knit one for myself and the little babe. I love the tradition of getting them on Winter Solstice. I was thinking gloves, or mittens. But will see.

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    1. Thanks Rosemarie. I am really pleased with how they turned out, such a fun knit. Get on the knitting one for you my friend, you need one too!

      Thank you.

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  10. Love the hats and what a great idea! We are hoping to get together with some friends for the solstice but I never thought of making something like this - love it!!

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    1. Thank you! It is a fun tradition, and Reece is now old enough to remember from year to year, which is fun. He pulled out last year's hat and shouted, hey my winter solstice hat!

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  11. A great tradition and one I think I will start here. Wonderful hats Kim and such happy colors.

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    1. Thank you Tracey. I guess you have some hat knitting to do :)

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  12. your hats are beautiful !!! and what a lovely tradition... you have such wonderful ideas!!!xoxo

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    1. Thank you Erica. It is a tradition we have all come to love so much!

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  13. you are the sweetest!! I had to re read your post because for a teeny second I thought you were having a new little one ;) The hat would have been way too big!! I love the bright bold colors you chose and the pattern.

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    1. Awe, thank you. You are right, it would be way too big, but that would have been a fun way to announce it. For the record, that announcement will never come...we are a very happy little family of three :)

      Thank you!

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  14. What a lovely tradition. We are just starting with Panda on a few. I sure wish you lived closer. I know I've said it before, but you are someone I would love to sit down and have a chat and a cup of tea with. Be well.

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    1. Thank you. It is so fun to start traditions, and it the excitement grows each year as they start to remember the traditions.

      Awe, thank you, that means a lot to have you say that. You know I feel the same way. I think we would have a lot to chat about over tea. You know you are welcome anytime if you ever happen to be in the Toronto area :)

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  15. Lovely to have traditions, especially ones that result in such gorgeous, colourful hats!

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  16. I had so hoped to be able to knit hats for my family for giving on Solstice this year. Sadly, I don't feel like my skills are up to hat knitting yet. Perhaps I'll be ready next year!

    Such gorgeous hats, my friend! You are one talented lady! xo

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    1. There is always next year, just keep working on those skills, it will come.

      Thank you! xo

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