Let's talk about Walkill River, designed by Thea Coleman. When Jill asked me to shoot the Rural Renewal collection, she sent a mood board. I loved the styling/vibe --eclectic, casual, textural, with imperfect surfaces. And chickens! What did I think using an historic property in the Hudson Valley as the location? Yes, please. And a wonderful model, the artist Caitlin Parker.
I asked if there were animals at the location--specifically chickens. No. But the groundskeeper had a couple of pets. A cat, a cockatiel.... a dove. When our model put on this sweater and hat knit in Windham yarn, we brought Snowy the dove out. I thought maaaaybe he'd allow himself to be held for a few quick shot. Nope! Snowy was not into being held. He is all about shoulder perching.
But he actually prefers heads. And to be the center of attention, not a styling detail. Note to Thea: doves are the new pompom. After deigning to look left and right for a few frames atop the Walkill River hat, Snowy looked around for an even better and higher perch.
Which was Jill, the unsuspecting BossLady herself.
I know. Put a bird on it. Someone has to say it.
It really is a fantastic design. The wiggly ribbing gives it such good structure. I'm all about the hats this week. They are my comfort knitting. Immediate
gratification plus they keep your head warm. And make a great gift. And cover your hair if you are trying to switch colors/styles/grooming. Just saying! If all goes as planned--which it rarely does- I'll be back with more hat talk on the weekend.
What hats are on your horizon? I'm making my queue and checking it twice.