When I was little my Grandma Amy taught me to crochet. She said that she'd taught my dad to crochet when he was little and home sick from school because there wasn't any TV to keep him entertained and she needed something to keep him sitting still.
I don't think my dad remembers how to crochet, but I do...
I picked up a crocheted beanie cap in a surf shop in Laguna Beach a few years ago and thought gee, I can make that.So to save myself forty bucks I walked a few blocks down to the yarn shop and bought two hundred dollars worth of yarn and taught myself how to make a beanie cap. Because, you see, I had to have the really cool exotic yarns to do it with and not just that cheap synthetic stuff you buy at craft shops. I started out making a few beanie caps for myself but as friends started seeing them they wanted one too and off it went!
Pussy Caps are made with yarns from the highest quality natural animal fibers that come from all over the planet. Some of the yarns are handspun and some are commercially spun. Some are handpainted and some are their natural color. The one thing these yarns all have in common though is that they're the very best that money can buy. And that's part of what makes my beanie caps so cool; you can't go out and buy one of these puppies in a store anywhere. It's all about the yarns...
Audrey and her three daughters, Alicia, Teanna and Katrina on the beach in Laguna in their luxurious handmade beanie caps
You can order a Pussy Cap from the catalog pages or if you have something particular in mind I can make you a custom beanie cap at no extra charge. Contact me at
And there is a difference. Knitting uses two needles with sharp ends on them while crocheting uses a single hook that has, well, a hook on the end.
While the end result of both crocheting and knitting is a beanie cap that goes on your head, the look and style of each definitely sets them apart.
Awhile back the L.A. Times ran a special feature on beanie caps and among other things staff writer Boothe Moore wrote:
"Maybe the heat has gone to their heads. The mercury is topping out at 90 degrees and LA's mayor is urging energy conservation so we don't blow the grid. But that hasn't stopped men from sporting wool caps all over town. Even in the summer swelter, wool caps have become part of the L.A. messy male uniform."
Gotta love that.
Steve Sandvoss in his classic beanie cap that's made from soft Japanese wool and Italian mohair.
If you're anything like me wearing wool next to your skin isn't an option. Not to worry - every single cap has to pass my personal softness test. If I can wear it you can wear it!
The yarns I use in these caps are meant to be worn next to the skin and not itch. And they don't.
Every single Pussy Cap or Nekker is one of a kind. None have ever been duplicated and none ever will be. The yarns are the best that money can buy and I spend a lot of time researching where to get them from all over the planet.
Shine and Cuervo are alpacas from Deb and Jim's herd in Kamas, Utah. Some of the yarns I use in my Pussy Caps are spun with fibers from the alpacas in this herd. The cap Jim is wearing below uses yarn that was spun from Cuervo's jet-black fibers.
LUXURIOUS HANDMADE BEANIE CAPS
PussyCap is gradually morphing into BeanieCapGuys so if you're looking for my current offerings just click the link in this box or the catalog link in the navigation bar. The rest of this website remains the same so that you can read about the origins of my work and some of the styles and yarns offered for sale. Thanks for your continued patronage. Tom Clark