Good Times at the White River Yarns Felt Hat Trunk Show

My first-ever trunk show last Thursday at White River Yarns was so much fun… In fact, the party started before I even showed up!

Hours before our 6pm start, I received this nice online testimonial:

Knitted felt hat #4 of 2014, with freehand dragonfly embroidery by New Hampshire fiber artist, Carrie Cahill Mulligan, of Canaan, NH.

Knitted felt hat #4 of 2014, with freehand dragonfly embroidery.

Hi Carrie,

I was at Karen’s yarn shop today and purchased the dragonfly purple felted hat. I just loved it and it is so nice and warm.

I’m not a hat lover but this one spoke to me and I even loved it on.

Thank you, you do such amazing work.
xoRobin

Semi-precious jasper beads make fascinating dragonfly eyes in this detail of freehand dragonfly embroidery on knitted felt hat #4 of 2014, by New Hampshire fiber artist, Carrie Cahill Mulligan, of Canaan, NH.

Semi-precious jasper beads make fascinating dragonfly eyes.

Yay, Robin! Thank *you* for starting our Felt Hat Trunk Show party off right!

Ever the gracious hostess, Karen ordered in some pizza and opened a couple bottles of wine while folks gathered to knit, offering color advice for potential hat owners:

Crowd-sourcing opinions on just the right color felt hat at White River Yarns CCM felt hat trunk show.

Crowd-sourcing opinions on just the right color felt hat at White River Yarns.

Sometimes a special felt hat chooses *you* more than you choose *it*.

Sometimes a special felt hat chooses *you* more than you choose *it*.

The trunk show went so well, we decided to leave 14 fancy hats, plus yarn + patterns for knit-your-own felt hat kits at the shop until the end of February.

So if you’re still looking to treat yourself a one-of-a-kind felt hat or kit, please do drop by White River Yarns. I think you’ll be glad you did!

This Birthday Girl is treating herself to a one-of-a-kind felt hat this year... Happy birthday, Kate!

Look who’s treating herself to a one-of-a-kind felt hat this year–> Happy Birthday, Kate!

CCM Felt Hat Trunk Show at White River Yarns

Sometimes, things turn out so serendipitously, you just can’t help but smile & be amazed.  My upcoming trunk show at White River Yarns this Thursday at 6pm is one of those times.

It all started when a customer-friend wore her newest embroidered felt hat into White River Yarns in White River Junction, VT a few months ago.

White River Yarns: the coziest spot in downtown White River Junction, Vermont.

White River Yarns: the coziest spot in downtown White River Junction, Vermont

Karen Caple's yarn store motto is spot on: "Knitting the Community Together"

Karen Caple’s yarn store motto is spot on: “Knitting the Community Together”

(And let me just say… this particular hat of hers is an extraordinarily fancy 5 Flower Vine embroidery, custom-designed to go with a new purple coat:)

Carol K's gorgeous custom embroidered purple felt hat #58 of 2013, by local fiber artist, Carrie Cahill Mulligan of Canaan, NH.

Carol K’s gorgeous custom embroidered purple felt hat #58 of 2013.

Detail of faceted metal seed beads & hand-cut antler button on Carol K's gorgeous custom embroidered purple felt hat #58 of 2013, by local fiber artist, Carrie Cahill Mulligan of Canaan, NH.

Detail of faceted metal seed beads & hand-cut antler button on felt hat #58 of 2013.

So… Karen, the lovely & wonderful shop owner sees the hat, stops my friend to admire it, tracks down my info & lo! calls me up the very next day:

“I **love** your hats & want them in my store. Let’s meet to talk about it…”

So meet we did!

I had not yet been to White River Yarns & was immediately impressed by the cozy situation Karen has there next to the Hotel Coolidge in Downtown WRJ:

Innumerable skeins in yummy colors line the walls of White River Yarns.

The Hotel Coolidge in downtown White River Junction, Vermont.

It’s a lovely little shop, whose motto, “Knitting the community together” is evident everywhere you look.

Naturally, there are bins overflowing with colorful yarn along every wall up to the ceiling:

Innumerable skeins in yummy colors line the walls of White River Yarns, in White River Junction, the heart of the Upper Connecticut River Valley of NH & VT.

Innumerable skeins in yummy colors line the walls of White River Yarns.

Plus, books and buttons, needles and notions, patterns and knitted items of every sort right there to inspire you:

Oodles of knitting books & patterns available at White River Yarns, Karen Caple's cozy knitting shop in WRJ, Vermont.

Oodles of knitting books and patterns available at White River Yarns.

There is a little kitchen corner, equipped with mini-fridge, microwave, mugs & tea, plus a perpetual bowl of candy on the counter.

But the best part by far is the collection of cozy chairs, variously inhabited by shop regulars & newbies alike, all enjoying the benefit of Karen’s generous hospitality & knitting wisdom:

Karen Caple's yarn shop in White River Jct., Vermont,  is a cozy haven for knitters of all abilities.

Karen Caple’s yarn shop in White River Junction, VT,  is a cozy haven for knitters of all abilities.

I am delighted & honored to show my hats in Karen’s lovely shop this Thursday, February 6 2014, from 6-8pm.

14 One-of-a-kind knitted felt hats with freehand embroidery by Carrie Cahill Mulligan of Canaan, New Hampshire.

14 One-of-a-kind knitted felt hats with freehand embroidery.

If you’re in the Upper Valley & searching for a one-of-a-kind, warm felt hat (or knitted felt hat kit), please come to my 1st-ever felt hat trunk show at White River Yarns.

Store front window of Karen Caple's cozy local yarn shop in White River Junction, Vermont.

You’ll love it there!

NH Open Doors 2013

After weeks of unseasonably warm temperatures, the weather over the past weekend finally turned towards autumn just in time for the statewide 2013 NH Open Doors event.

Felt hat maker, Carrie Cahill Mulligan's house in Canaan, New Hampshire, ready for the 2013 NH Open Doors event.

Custom felt hats available at 693 Canaan Street, Canaan, NH 03741.

This year, I had a real mix of visitors: friends, neighbors (a few whom I’d never met!), some in-state folks finally cashing in a holiday gift certificate, and several intrepid travelers from out-of-state, too.

I love having people over to my hat studio. There’s something wonderful about sharing where my hats are made. And folks love seeing all the different types & colors of yarn in their natural setting.

Thanks so much to everyone who managed a visit. If you couldn’t make it this past weekend, you can always contact me to arrange your own personal road trip to Canaan.