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!

Paw Print of Antler Buttons

I didn’t make a lot of hoopla about it, but last year a new hat design came to me – a paw print of antler buttons:

Felt Hat #12 of 2012: Paw print of caribou antler buttons on knitted felt hat, by fiber artist, Carrie Cahill Mulligan of Canaan, New Hampsire.

My 1st paw print of caribou antler buttons on knitted felt hat.

(Andy makes the buttons out of shed caribou antlers, and in the past I’ve used them in my flower embroidery designs):

Felt Hat #2 of 2004, with 5 caribou button flowers.

Felt Hat #2 of 2004, with 5 caribou button flowers.

Well, I was sure delighted to get the following photo and note from happy hat customer, Katie Farrell, who was kind enough to loan her Paw Print hat to her husband, Chris:

Chris Farrell rocks his wife Katie's Antler Paw Print Felt Hat, especially for snowblowing.

Chris Farrell rocks his wife Katie’s Antler Paw Print Felt Hat, especially for snowblowing.

“Here is Chris in the hat! He loves it. I am glad it fits him as well.

Since it’s slightly bigger than my other hats, I tend to wear this one when I have my hair done so it fits over with out messing it up! LOL!

But Chris has been wearing it most of the winter.

Thanks again. 🙂 “