Baubles and Bums specializes in selling gorgeous yarn, hats and wool cloth diaper items. The company is run by Angela, a mom to 3 beautiful children. All of the items are hand knit by her and can be custom made to order. We tested out a Hudson Hat for Baubles and Bums.
If you have not yet heard of the Hudson Hat be ready to get caught up in the “gotta have it” craze. The Hudson Hat aka the scrappy pattern is one of this winters hottest items. The Hudson Hat is a licensed pattern by Ky Baby Knits and only a handful of retailers are licensed to make them. Baubles and Bums is one of those retailers.
The Crunchville Experience
We had the opportunity to have our Hudson Hat custom made. Angela showed me pictures of all of the different yarn and I was able to pick my favorites from what was available. I was somewhat nervous about this process because I don’t always have an eye for discerning what looks good together until it is all ready done but I couldn’t be more thrilled with the outcome. Angela was also great with communication and kept me informed of the process the whole time. She even sent me a few sneak peek pictures which was so fun.
I love how the colors came together and Camden adores the hat as well. She wears it all the time and I find her wearing it inside sometimes just because it is “pretty.” On a more practical note, the hat works great in keeping her head nice and warm and the design of the Hudson hat keeps her ears warm too.
And since a picture is worth more than a thousand words here are pictures of Camden in the Hudson hat. She has a child sized Hudson Hat.
Even thought the Hudson Hat was custom sized for Camden’s head and fits her perfectly, it is very versatile in its sizing. The hat fits my nearly 9 year old step-daughter equally well and I can even wear it. Here are some pictures of Mikayla wearing the Hudson Hat. I had a tough time getting enough lighting with these pictures but I hope you are able to tell how forgiving the hat is, size wise. It makes me happy to know that this hat will fit Camden for years to come. In fact, even my friend Shelby tried on the hat and it fit her head (sorry no picture).
Other Products from Baubles and Bums:
Another Yarn Example
KY Scrappy Hat
LTK Pilot Hat
Newborn Longies and Hat set
To view pictures of all Baubles and Bums products go her Flickr account here:
Wrapping it Up
-Suggestions, Observations & Wishes-
-I think the Hudson Hats are just gorgeous. However, some people would consider them very pricey. I think it is important to keep in mind the volume of yarn that it takes to knit one (100-300 yards or worsted weight yarn), that they are hand knit and that they take many hours of time to complete. Not to mention that they are 100% unique. Another benefit is that if you are not buying an infant sized hat, chances are that the Hudson Hat would fit your child for many years.
-All though my daughter is too old for these I think it would be fun to see matching longies and Hudson Hat sets for infants. I think it would make an adorable outfit.
-The current website makes it difficult to view the large variety of products that Baubles and Bums creates and there are not many pictures on the site. Most of them are on the Flickr account. I’d love to see a list of the types of products available as well as pictures of each item on the Hyena Cart. I think this would go a long way.
-I also think it would be of benefit to create a Hyena Cart or regular website for just Baubles and Bums. The Congo could be maintained for additional exposure but I think it is better to have your own website.
I am so very pleased with our Hudson Hat. It is well made and I love knowing that it was made by hand. The snooty part of me loves that it is unique. Both girls love wearing the hat and Camden has received lots of compliments on it when we have gone for walks. What tops it off for me is how friendly Angela is and how well she keeps up the communication.
For those of you that would like to save money on a Hudson Hat, Angela also offers the option of you sending in your own yarn and her knitting the Hudson Hat for you. If you know how to knit and have the time to do so you can also make your own by buying the pattern from Ky Baby Knits (the company that holds the patent on the Hudson Hat pattern). Link provided below.
Company Name: Baubles and Bums
Product Name: Hudson Hat
Cost: Prices on the left are if she makes the hat with her yarn, prices on the right are if you send in your own.
Newborn, 0-3 months, 12″ – $35/$25
Infant, 3-12 months, 14″ – $40/$30
Toddler, 1-3 years, 16″ – $45/$35
Child, 4+ years, 18″ – $50/$40
Adult, 20″ – $60/$50
Baubles and Bums: http://hyenacart.com/onestore.php?vid=2451&category=4
To Examples of Baubles and Bums products: http://www.flickr.com/photos/fairyblue/
To Purchase a Pattern: http://hyenacart.com/prod_details.php?id=77537&vid=57