Check it out: ‘Wee Noggins’ has tiny hats sewn up



Any book that has the words “wee noggins” in the title has to be adorable, and this one is no exception.

Even though I don’t know how to knit, I just had to take a look at this over-the-top-cute pattern book. Babies wearing soft, funny hats are a natural smile-maker, so be prepared to coo repeatedly when you find instructions for making a pumpkin hat, a bunny hat and, perfect for the season, a hat with turkey feathers!

If the hats don’t make you feel all warm and fuzzy, the story behind these designs should do the trick. Glenna Anderson Muse, the author of “Warm Hats for Wee Noggins,” is a respiratory therapist whose work includes caring for babies in a Missouri neonatal intensive care unit. With the help of a local knitting club, she and other knitters create snuggly blankets, hats and booties for the “little-Littles” in the neonatal unit. Muse’s specialty is themed hats which are given to the parents when their tiny ones are strong enough to go home.

In addition to turkeys and bunnies, you’ll find super sweet patterns for the upcoming holiday season including a red-nosed reindeer, an elf, and, yes, Santa himself. I’m trying not to be too gushy about such darling headwear, but I might have to learn how to knit just so I can have the pleasure of stitching ears and feathers to tiny caps. I don’t have any little ones to dress up, but maybe my cats would like the hats. I think I already know the answer.

Jan Johnston is the Collection Development Coordinator for the Fort Vancouver Regional Library District. Email her at She blogs at