Hot Off the Needles: My Latest Work

With the depths of winter upon us here in New Hampshire, I’ve kept myself busy (playing hockey and) stitching up a storm:

Snowflake, flower or mandala, each design is worked one freehand stitch at a time…

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With no two designs ever coming out exactly the same way twice, each of my heirloom handknit hats is guaranteed to be as unique as you. And no hat will keep you as warm in the sleet and snow, I promise!

Come and check them out for yourself from 9am – 2pm this Saturday at the Wentworth Greenhouses in Rollinsford, New Hampshire.

Hope to see you there!

Learn about more upcoming shows, or contact me to arrange a personal visit to my home studio in Canaan, New Hampshire.


“Best Cold Weather Hat in the World”

My friend & teammate, Larry Robins is a professional photographer & filmmaker. Last week found him filming wolves in Bozeman, Montana, near Sacajawea Peak.

Cool job, right?

Cool, indeed! Montana in January can be downrightd cold. And snowy. And blowy.

Happily, Larry had treated himself to one of my hats a few years ago & had it along:

Blowing snow and ice caked on the outside of Larry Robins' CCM felt hat in Bozeman, Montana.

Whoa. That’s a lot of snow!

After a blustery day of shooting, he kindly emailed these photos with the note:

“Heavy snow protection with the Best Cold Weather Hat in the World! Here’s the weather we were facing…”

Blowing snow ruffles the windscreens protecting the cameras during a film shoot near Bozeman, Montana.

Yikes! Montana in January

I miss hockey but I love my CCM hat!”

Larry Robins in the "Best Cold Weather Hat in the World"

Larry Robins sporting the “Best Cold Weather Hat in the World”


Thank you, Larry, for putting my hat to the test and letting me know the results!

Anyone else putting their CCM felt hat to the test this winter? I’d love to hear from you… Leave a comment below or connect with me on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or Instagram.



Thank You for Visiting the 83rd Annual LNHC Fair!

It was hot at the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen’s 83rd Annual Fair. And by hot, I mean HOTTTT, as in the kind of muggy New England day that makes you wish for less clothing overall, not more. And certainly not clothing of the knitted-felt winter hat variety!

NH fiber artist, Carrie Cahill Mulligan sports one of her freehand embroidered snowflake felt hats at the 83rd LNHC Annual Fair at Mount Sunapee.

And yet… You still came.

I remember in particular a woman who entered my booth on perhaps the hottest, most humid & sticky day of the whole 9-day event. She came right up to me, and with slightly pained smile told me,

“You know, last year I left this Fair without one of your hats and I kicked myself for that all the way back to Philadelphia. I’ve been thinking about these beautiful hats all year, so here I am… Please, help me find a hat… but quickly!”

And so we did.

Detail of freehand french knot Mandala embroidery on felt hat, by NH fiber artist, Carrie Cahill Mulligan.

Detail of freehand french knot Mandala embroidery on felt

It’s a special sort of person who appreciates & supports locally-made American fine craft. And it’s an extraordinary sort who does so, even on the hottest days of the year. You have my deepest gratitude!

Embroidered felt hat fiber artist, Carrie Cahill Mulligan of Canaan, NH exhibits her work at the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen's summer Fair in Newbury, NH.

To EVERYONE who visited the LNHC Fair, thank you!

I hope you’ll mark your calendar for the 84th Annual Craftsmen’s Fair next summer, August 5-13, 2017. I love hearing back how you & your new hat are getting on…!