|First Gathered in 1707; Built in 1838|
I have received so many emails asking what happened to Vermont Originals, (where the hats were made in Vermont's North East Kingdom by home-knitters), after it appeared to have gone out of business. So I was most pleased to receive an email from the owner of Turtle Fur, the Morrisville, Vermont based hat company, who just last spring bought many of the assets of Vermont Originals and is now working to rebuild the Vermont Originals business and rehire their employees.
|Turtle Fur - Shelly|
|Turtle Fur's Kris, Hand Knit in Nepal|
|My Barbour Liddesdale is one of the very first, with knit cuffs, and designed to go under a jacket as a liner of sorts. This one was made in England. I bought it back in the early 90s at Bridgham and Cook in Freeport.|
|Others in the family also put them to use. Turtle Fur - Breton|
|Vermont Originals - Alpine|
|Our Rhode Island Red, Delta, nicknamed Mercy Dudley, is now almost six years old.|
|Vermont Originals - Margaret|
We try not to always dash between pockets of climate control, but log in as many hours as we can on city sidewalks, village streets, and shores. The sounds are richer; the smells more interesting. I believe conversations are often better had in the evolving context of a walking scale.
This necessarily means that I appreciate hats. When dressing for a walk, the jacket is great, and gloves are nice, but the hat is what makes me feel complete.
I have always kept an extra hat for everyone in the back of the car. I keep snug, sturdy, warm hats for all of us in the winter and caps to keep the sun out of our eyes in the summer. They allow us to stay and enjoy the days or nights much, much longer.