As far as I'm concerned, every child needs a knitted pixie bonnet to keep them cosy in the cold.
Greer, Head Knitter at Typically Red, creates beautiful hand-knits for little heads. She recalls her mother, a midwife, having conniptions at the sight of a baby without a hat in winter. "I can still hear her voice telling me how much body heat is lost through the head," she says. "I suppose it's apt that I now make and sell hats for babies."
She lives in the Southern Highlands with her three girls, Lola (8) and twins Pearl and Stella (5), three chooks and a Burmese cat called Lenny. Their little cottage is ramshackle and absolutely delightful. "It's not as tidy or organised as I'd like; there are balls of yarn everywhere and the kitchen table is also the sewing table, homework table, kid's craft table, packaging hats table...My office space (I have a work-from-home day job) is in my bedroom and the vacuum cleaner is a permanent fixture in the hallway. But it's ours and it's home," she says.
Greer is known in her local village as "the woman who knits" and, if you asked her dedicated following of online friends, they'd probably say the same thing. She creates bonnets and pixie hats from 100% wool and wool/alpaca blend that she sources from the US. It's a yarn that she's been using for years so she knew before she started selling her wares that it would stand up to regular wear. The colour palette is gorgeous too but as Greer admits, it's just missing a lovely dusty rose.
"I love creating something practical and beautiful with my hands. I love that out of two basic stitches you can create so many textures and patterns. And I just love kids in hand-knits."