What you do in your house is worth as much as if you did it up in heaven for our Lord God. We should accustom ourselves to think of our position and work as sacred and well-pleasing to God, not on account of the position and work, but on account of the word and faith from which the obedience and the work flow. ~ Martin Luther

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

A Hat with a bit of Norwegian Flair

I have a confession to make. I have a strange infatuation with clothing inspired by traditional garb-especially the ones with Scandinavian or Norwegian flair.

I am one of those strange girls who would be perfectly content to dress as if stepping out of a Carl Larsson painting. Or a Tasha Tudor, or Elsa Beskow for that matter-but I digress. This yearning becomes ESPECIALLY bad when I crack open one (of the many) Jan Brett childrens books we own.

Every (SINGLE) time I finish reading a Jan Brett book~ I am inspired anew to make clothes for the girls. And not just the people character costumes. Oh no no no. I love the animal ones too.

Of course, I haven't actually MADE any clothing yet. But that is beside the point.

I crocheted a bonnet recently for the wee one of a friend. I had just finished reading Jan Brett to the kids and I couldn't help myself. I had to add a bit of flair.

A few yarn lazy daisies later, I couldn't help but wonder at the extraordinary outcome of a simple act. I loved it. LOVED it.

The pictures I took of it were far from lovely though. You just need a REAL model for these things. A doll won't do. You understand.

But guess what? Her mother just happened to post a picture of her Bitty in the hat and when I saw it I swooned. She gave me permission to post it here:

Is that not the most gorgeous girl in the world? She MAKES the hat, you know. When I saw her sweet little chin and new bright eyes and that look of hesitation-my hormones did a hurdle in my gut and~ had Matt been within arms reach~ I may have just had to have a go at getting a baby of my own.

Thank you Amy for sharing a picture of your darling and for letting me post it here too.

And for producing a baby so luscious and delectable that mothers everywhere feel sudden urges to procreate.

The world needs more of those.


Bonnie said...

Once I stop laughing......!

Sweet hat, sweeter baby (Amy!) and- I'm still giggling.

aeolian said...

HAHAHA! I laughed out loud at that last part. My son is staring at me like I'm crazy. It's TRUE though! *trying to quell baby fever...*

And I LOVE that hat. That is beautiful! Did you have a pattern or did you just get inspired and not need a pattern?

Father's Grace Ministries said...

What a lovely cap, Rebecca!
I, too share a fascination for old European folk costumes and national dress- I love Carl Larssons work, and I'll have to check out Jan Brett now, too.
Here's a website you might like-I found it as a link on a homeschool website http://folklorefashion.durantextiles.com/

Rebecca said...

Claire-oh.my.goodness. What a FEAST for the eyes. I immediately decided to buy the book and scouted it out and found out it was $96.00! :-(

But I am VERY thankful for the website. I just spent too much time going through the whole blog until the beginning.

I am SO glad you shared it with me! Thank you!

Leah said...


(And good thing my husband's out of town. ;P)

...they call me mommy... said...

It IS such a lovely hat, Rebecca! :)

ulli said...

Beautiful hat, Rebecca!
Adorable baby, Amy!
They go together well.

just heather said...

You did such a great job adding in those special touches! The hat is so cute! I too love the Jan Brett illustrations...I have a hard time reading the stories when we open the books! :)

Leah T. said...

The hat is beautiful and Amy's baby is gorgeous!!! If only the urge to procreate guaranteed a baby. ;)

(Oh, and by the way, I started a new blog.)

Mrs. Rebekah S. said...

Beautiful hat! I also enjoy Brett's books and artwork therein. :) Wish I were as crafty as you.

abigail said...

Love the hat!

I feel the same way about folk-ish dress, and reading too many of Jan Brett's books is dangerous. It's like a beggar pressing one's grimy nose against the bakery glass (speaking for myself here, of course, as it seems you're well on your way to fulfilling some of those making-longings).

I love the color combination, too! It makes that sweet baby's eyes seem even bluer.