Baby Berry Hat/Color Block Hat & other stuff too

I used the pattern for the Baby Berry Hat to make this color blocked hat for a neighbors new baby boy. I knit the infant size, but it seems a touch big for an infant. It’s stretchy and he’ll grow, so I’m sure it will be useful maybe later on in the year! I hope to make the hat in it’s fruit/veggie form at some point as well, because seriously. It’s cute.

Berry Baby Hat

All this knitting has me thinking about how we handle our clothing in America. It takes a long time to complete a handmade item, but I love the process and the outcome. And then I read this article on Colette Pattern’s blog and it got me thinking even more (and then it was followed by this blog entry which got me thinking even more). And it’s all been sitting in my brain, turning over and over, trying to find a place to land.

Last year I made a commitment to only buy resale clothing, and I did pretty well, with one little Mod Cloth slip, mid-year (yeah, didn’t really mention that on the blog, oops). Let me tell you, it felt good to unsubscribe from all the e-newsletters, snail mail catalogues… All the things that taunt you with ‘new’ and ‘glittery’ things. This year it doesn’t feel like a stretch to continue only shopping resale, but I almost want to try to take it a step further… The resale place I have been shopping has a lot of the ‘disposable fashion’ type brands. You wear the stuff for a season, seams fall apart, colors fade, trends pass and you give it to Goodwill; not exactly sustainable. I would love to hunt out pieces that are higher quality – with attention to detail, quality fabrics and less about trends. Now, I’m not really sure what that means in full, especially in the life of a busy mom. I think it’s going to take some exploration and time (especially since, well, I won’t be buying anything for some time since there is no spending money available) but I’m going to give it a try.


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4 Comments Baby Berry Hat/Color Block Hat & other stuff too

  1. Jenny Smith March 1, 2013 at 2:36 pm

    I think that’s an excellent idea. I know what you mean about catalogs and email making the “new trends” so tempting. That’s the point, of course, or else they wouldn’t be making any money!

    One thing I’ve been trying to do (with pieces of clothing that don’t fall apart on me, of course) is upcycle the items in my closet that I don’t wear as often as I’d like. Something with long sleeves that would be better with short sleeves. A hem that’s too long or too short. Boot-cut or wide-leg pants that I would wear if only I took them in on the inseam. Etc. Maybe that’s an adventure we could go on together!

  2. Kerstin March 3, 2013 at 9:19 pm

    I like what you are exploring with the “disposable clothing” issue. Keep us updated with any more changes or inspirations you come up with.

  3. Amanda March 19, 2013 at 8:07 am

    Love it!

  4. Barbara Showell March 23, 2013 at 2:52 pm

    there is wayyyyyy to much of that disposable clothing crap out there. I am horrified by what it sells for retail when it’s so poorly made out of bad materials. Maybe enough consumers will get sick of it….I’m so happy to see such a revival in home sewing. I haven’t yet been successful at “upscaling” anything, but with three grands running around (and no local fabric store) I suspect I’ll get the hang of it sometime.

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