Smitten Kitten

Scintillating and Serene

This photo sparkles and squeals a thousand words of sweetness and cuteness. On this occasion I introduce to you a special munchkin whose name is  Heidi. She is my niece Kirsten’s baby girl. Presently she parades a joyful demeanor. Oftentimes she is timid and shy, nevertheless her eyes bestow incredibly awareness. She is blessed with security and  and has been gifted an impervious sanctuary replete with kith and kin. She thrives on fawning peeps and comfy-soft canoodles.

Shown here in a Fireworks Chapeau, made from a chunky German yarn called Gedifra: 50% Highland Alpaca/50% New Wool, in Lavender Pudding!




Foxy Facsimile

Short of DNA testing which would only produce the same results, I have come to the conclusion that I have discovered the truth. I authenticate that  “It Girl # 2” is indeed Kirsten (and looking foxy I may add).

Signe and Kirsten are reverberating echo’s of one another but make no mistake, their uniqueness is undeniably ubiquitous. At present, they revel in motherhood and parenthood. I recall completely embracing this brimful, matriarchal wellspring.  Veering, but not forsaking the sacred path of motherhood, the Hat seems to be the frosting on the cupcake for these gals. They, as I, adore a pretty chapeau, which is my fortuity. Serendipity presents again. Makin’ lemonade in the shade. Not all fun games though, some knitting is required.

Shown here Kirsten in her “Numero dos” Chapeau

Made from Debbie Bliss Como, 90 % Merino/10% Cashmere, Colour: Talc blue

Teddy Bear Teddy Bear where have you been?

Teddy Bear Hat

This lovely, lovely wool is Malabrigo wool. Guaranteed to cradle baby’s head in softness and warmth. Not surprising,  my love affair with Merino soldiers on.

Size 6-12 month.

Teddy Bear agrees: “This hat is very Bear-like!”

A Bug in a Rug of Merino

Elin is just a day old here. the Cocoon and Topi was Elin’s first baby present from me. Being a Great Aunt is pretty special!

Rather sheepish

MERINO SHEEP – my best-loved wool!

The Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition | 2008 | The Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition. Copyright 2008 Columbia University Press.

Merino sheep , breed intermediate in body size having fine wool, developed in Spain. These sheep are noted for their hardiness and their herding instincts and have been used as parents of several other breeds, notably the Rambouillet of France. Three strains have been developed. Types A and B are strongly and moderately wrinkled, respectively; the C, or Delaine, type is much smoother, and has better combinations of wool and meat qualities. Merinos are white-faced with the rams horned and the ewes hornless.

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Wilkommen Heidi !

Sweet Pea Pod

Heidi's Dream Cocoon

I’ll admit it, I really love babies. I know, it’s the way we’re designed. A helpless babe enters the room and instantly our hearts dissolve into porridge. Our mothering (or fathering) instincts jolt into gear when we’re near an infant and inherently our arms naturally unfurl as our senses decree that we shall  intrinsically shield this perfect being from any peril. Instinctively we are protective yet gentle and subdued.  Next we’re swooning and cooing and ah-ing. The simple truth is, this innocent, vulnerable being signifies all that is right in the world.
There has been a barrage of births in our family. My sibling’s children have been plowing through marriages and house acquisitions and the end result has been a mushroom effect and I don’t see an end to these proceedings any time soon. Weddings, showers, pregnancies, births, babies, more showers, baptisms, Thanksgiving banquet firsts, Christmas firsts, as well as thee 3, then 6 then 1 year milestones! I have became a Great Aunt … Tante for the 4th time in 1.5 years time. Although they are not my grandchildren, I have discovered that I channel an acute sense of pride and joy and responsibility. I have 2 daughters who may someday grace this world with more Lilliputians – however for the time being, I’m satisfied to wait patiently for that special day.

Infants evoke the remarkable, the poignant indisputable love. They declare purity and sublime innocence.  In  the movie “The Unbearable Lightness of Being” ( based on the novel by Milan Kundera), there is this perfect moment when serenity is finally achieved. The unerring instant gives way to thee quintessential moment. What occurred before and after is not import. The present has the luster.

I am thankful that everything is going well in our respective families. These are happy times. Moreover these are happy times for the Tante’ (aunt) who knits. (BTW this Tante’ happens to be me.) I just finished this chapeau and cocoon for baby Heidi who just came into the world on Sunday. I knitted as though possessed. That baby needed to be swaddled in merino and fast!
The above ensemble was knitted in seed stitch. I chose to use a pale pink to accent Heidi’s angelic face.


It was a joy to make. Alas it is but a baby’s dream cocoon.
Sweet dreams little blossom! Godspeed!


Other adorable dream-like variants:

Periwinkle Baby Cocoon and Chapeau

Same Baby Cocoon that I knit for baby Heidi. This time I chose Periwinkle. The wool is merino, chunky and super soft!

Any takers on this? Would fit a 6 to 7 lb. New born Sweet Pea!