About Nicole Lorah & Chapeaux Chaleureux
Chapeaux Chaleureux was created in January 2017. A portion of all proceeds goes to materials needed to knit baby hats for the NICU at CHKD in Norfolk, VA. The idea initially started when I came across a video circulating on Facebook featuring an elderly man knitting hats for people in his community. I was inspired and decided to learn so I could do something similar here in Norfolk.
On New Year's Eve 2016 I headed to my hometown of Williamsburg, VA to meet up with my childhood friend's mother at a Starbucks, where she spent a few hours teaching my mother and I how to knit with a loom. I completed my first hat that afternoon and was instantly hooked, no pun intended.
On January 15th, I knit my first baby hat, and my plan shifted from knitting hats for the community to knitting baby hats for the NICU where I had been volunteering as a Cuddler since August 2016.
One thing that has always been important to me is to find a way to give back to the world around me, and as is the case in many circumstances of giving back, I have always found that the experience gives me something invaluable in return. As a NICU Cuddler, I find joy in sharing love and care with a few very special babies. As someone who struggles with anxiety and ADHD, I find that knitting helps keep me calm and focused. Chapeaux Chaleureux serves as an outlet of creativity, love, healing, and hope, and I'm incredibly thankful for the opportunity to give back in such a unique way.