HedgiesHideaway

Hedgie's Hideaway

Colorado, United States · 17 Sales

HedgiesHideaway

Hedgie's Hideaway

Colorado, United States 17 Sales On Etsy since 2009

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Amy

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Announcement   100% of the proceeds from sales at Hedgie's Hideaway are donated to Rowan Tree Foundation. This foundation provides support for families after the death of a child. Organizations like Rowan Tree Foundation are vital for healing after the loss of a child. To learn more about Rowan Tree Foundation please visit www.rowantreefoundation.org.

In memory. Liam Wynn and Riley Winter.

Announcement

100% of the proceeds from sales at Hedgie's Hideaway are donated to Rowan Tree Foundation. This foundation provides support for families after the death of a child. Organizations like Rowan Tree Foundation are vital for healing after the loss of a child. To learn more about Rowan Tree Foundation please visit www.rowantreefoundation.org.

In memory. Liam Wynn and Riley Winter.

Amy

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Anonymous on Dec 3, 2012

5 out of 5 stars

As amazingly cute and adorable as I'd hoped, super fast postage and amazing quality. Perfect!

Anonymous on Dec 3, 2012

5 out of 5 stars

As amazingly cute and adorable as I'd hoped, super fast postage and amazing quality. Perfect!

Anonymous on Nov 27, 2012

5 out of 5 stars

So stinkin' cute I nearly died!! I cannot wait to give this gift!!! EEEK! THANK YOU!

Anonymous on Nov 27, 2012

5 out of 5 stars

Such an easy pattern/chart to follow! Insanely fast delivery! It came out so cute!!! I can't believe how easy this was to follow and make my plain old knit had amazing! THANK YOU!

Anonymous on Nov 17, 2012

5 out of 5 stars

Love them!

Anonymous on Nov 17, 2012

5 out of 5 stars

Beautiful longies!!!

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I can make that.

"How did you learn to knit?" I get the question all the time; I taught myself. Sometime in college (clearly I’m a party animal!), I used books and online videos to teach myself the basic stitches. I still use these as my back up resource when I get stumped.

I had this crazy idea that I was going to make this amazing afghan from a book called 100 Afghan Squares to Knit. It gives you all these different crazy squares that you make and sew together. They use beading and sequins and are generally amazining. I knew not a thing about gauge or how to make the squares the same size. I knit so tightly, I hurt my hands, wrists and tendons. Needless to say my afghan never was completed and the few squares I did finish are buried in my basement.

Eventually my lack of knitting technique started to really hurt my arms and I gave it up to save my precious ligaments.

Then, in 2008, I was pregnant with my first son, Hunter and it came rushing back. We were BROKE; it seemed the economy tanked as soon as I saw that pink line. We started to look into cloth diapering as a way to save some money. Through cloth diapering, I discovered knit covers. Longies, shorties, soakers… I NEEDED them for my ball of sunshine, but there was no way we could afford them. But I could make them… The knitting fury began again.

After a while I started selling longies through online cloth diapering forums. I eventually joined up with a group on women on an online store and sold my wares there for a few years. I found out that I just LOVED doing custom work. I get bored really easily so creating other people’s ideas creates constant new challenges.

I don’t know when I started to crochet amigurumi guys (that’s what they are called around here). I think my husband or mom showed me a book and I was off. How could I look at that adorableness and NOT learn to make them?

I always wanted to transition to Etsy, but honestly, was terrified. Talk about small fish in a massive pond! There is so much beauty here. I was too afraid for a long time. I decided to take the plunge after the death of my babies. It pushed me to do things I never would have before.

When my perfect sunshine turned 2, we decided it was time to add to our family. We were pregnant instantly. After a perfectly normal 1st trimester, Liam died in utero at 13 weeks gestation. They had no idea why. They tested, tested, tested. They still have no idea why. He left us December 15, 2010.

We decided to try again. After all, miscarriages are fairly common. We got pregnant again quickly and had a fairly normal pregnancy. Then at 38 weeks, Riley stopped moving. She was born asleep on November 26, 2011. She had an amniotic band on her umbilical cord. No one in the delivery room had ever seen one before. It’s so rare you can’t Google a picture of it. They just don’t exist.

My world stopped moving. I lost everything that I was. I have always been a type A personality. I have always had 6+ projects in the works. But when Riley died, so did my creativity. I wanted to do NOTHING.

I’m coming back slowly. More than ever, I think I would die without my creative outlets. But it comes and goes. I don’t feel super creative for large chunks time, then have an insatiable, manic desire to create.

For the first time in my life I have learned to ask for and accept help. Two months after Riley died, I was reaching, desperately, out into the community for help. I didn’t know how to cope, how to keep breathing, how to keep going for my living son. That is how I found Rowan Tree Foundation.

RTF is a small non-profit organization supporting families going through child loss. They provide 2 memorial events a year; a butterfly release in June and a candle lighting ceremony in December. The foundation maintains a healing garden complete with memorial tiles and an angel statue for the babies. They run a “Lovenotes” program that sends cards to bereaved parents on anniversary dates. The thing that amazes me about Rowan Tree Foundation is it is all FREE. Many of the other local programs cost money, but Rowan Tree doesn’t.

But it’s only free because people give their money to the foundation. Someone has to pay for the butterflies, the candles, the lovenotes. This is why I have decided to donate my proceeds to RTF; to help parents in the same horrible situation in which I find myself. So Riley and Liam can live on.

Fast forward to today. I’m keeping busy making and creating loveliness. I still love custom knitting work. I have started teaching knitting and crochet classes at a local craft store (and LOVE IT!). I have taught a surprising number of kids and love the rush I get when someone finally gets it after struggling with the awkward knitting technique. I feel so proud of them for accomplishing even the most basic of stitches.
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    I'm a work/stay at home mommie to one little boy and 2 babies in Heaven. I've been a crafty person all my life and don't know how I could live without it as an outlet. I would probably go completely insane.

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Last updated on November 6, 2012
I want my customers to be completely satisfied with their purchase. If you are not happy, please contact me immediately so we can discuss a resolution. I will do my best to fix any issues or problems that you have with your purchase. However, if the item is as described and pictured, but do not fit your child, a return is at my discretion. PLEASE take your child's measurements before purchasing.

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