Saturday, December 15, 2012

Vermont Originals and Turtle Fur Hats



First Gathered in 1707; Built in 1838

A commonly asked question is 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 it  was good news to find out that  Turtle Fur, the Morrisville, Vermont based hat company, 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
They sent some hats and so far, they are as warm, tough, and comfortable as the Vermont Originals originals.








Vermont Originals - Alpine





Vermont Originals - Margaret



18 comments:

Chris from New Hampshire said...

That's wonderful news. I also remember getting great hats at L.L. Bean, before they fired Vermont Originals and all of those home-knitters and outsourced production to China to make terrible but more profitable hats! Now, I have some last minute shopping to do...

W&L said...

My great great uncle died a few years ago at age 104 and left me a Liddesdale. I'd assumed it was pretty old and it's been sitting in my closet, unworn. I'm 17 and I think I'm done growing but the jacket is still really big on me! Could a Liddesdale be tailored? Also, it doesn't have the same cuffs that yours does, so do you think it's relatively new?

Anonymous said...

Those photographs really made me smile! Thanks - XOXO

WMC said...

This entry is just what I needed after a very tough week. With thanks, WMC.

Ben said...

What beautiful pictures! I love that church, and the flag.

Bitsy said...

Wonderful photos. Mercy Dudley is a lovely gal.

I'm glad to learn Vermont Originals is back - when I first heard they were out of business, I stocked up from Bob's Chalet. It's good to know they don't have to be my last! I also love to give them as Christmas gifts.

Kathy said...

The Vermont originals make me nostalgic. I had a aunt who was a prolific knitter. She would knit beautiful hats and mittens much like these for Christmas gifts when I was a child. Enjoyed seeing the photo of the lovely church you were married in.
And I covet your hens! What a wonderful life you have.
Thank you for blogging!

Anonymous said...

First, I have to say, what a beautiful birdie! The church is beautiful, as are those great hats. I love the idea of keeping extras in the car; always umbrellas, I never thought of hats! My grandmother was a maniac with crochet and knitting needles, so my family rarely had storebought knits, and I have more crocheted doilies, etc., than anyone in my county. You are right about conversations while walking, too. We've always had our best talks outside amongst nature! --Holly in PA

Anonymous said...

Muffy, I showed this to my wife, the knitter, who just the other day finished up a nifty pair of Norwegian style mittens for me. She liked some of the offerings.

You're lucky to have chickens. There's absolutely nothing like a fresh egg cooked in butter, and guys living in the city without this just cannot understand it. We've got a couple of husky dogs next door who would make short order of the birds if we were to have some. . . we discussed this about two years ago and looked into it. But the odds here are not good.

Joyce N said...

What beautiful photographs! Just love the name "Turtle Fur!"

The Silver Bunny said...

I totally agree with spending as much time as possible outside; I also try to sleep with the windows open for as long as possible. So much more natural than mollycoddling oneself!..

Anonymous said...

I am so happy to hear that they are back. It is important to keep production here in this country as much as possible and plus, the hats are super!

Patsy said...

I love my Turtle Fur hats! I can't wait to see what they do with Vermont Originals, I'll keep an eye out.

Brian said...

Great to hear Vermont Originals is back! In my search for a replacement, I stumbled upon Ullat Hats:
http://www.vermontwinterhats.com/
which also makes custom wool hats in Vermont. It's nice to have options!

Joyce N said...

I ordered the Turtle Fur - Shelly after seeing this post. Even though it is hand knit and a nice hat, I was disappointed that it was Made in China and is 100% polyester. I wonder how many little polyesters had to be sacrificed for this hat?
Oh well...

Steffan Marley said...

Hi Muffy,

Forgive me if you have noted this elsewhere, but can you comment on the tan canvas Barn Coat that you are wearing in a few of these pics?

Great blog!

Steffan

Anonymous said...

Personally I am thrilled to see a company that has some of their products made in China coming back to US made products. This we should support.

NEW Communications said...

With the loss of The Daily Prep looming, I'm enjoying reading posts like this. Keeping hats for passengers in your vehicle is such a gracious thing to do. I love winter hats, too, and since I live on both river and bay, they are useful almost year round!