Oh, if only I had more time for … fill in the blank. Is everyone saying that or is it just me? I feel like I could put a million things in that blank. Today it’s knitting. Because if I had more time for knitting then I wouldn’t be admitting that this is the first hat I’ve knitted for Baby T. Otherwise she’s been wearing handmedowns. Lucky gal / poor gal destined to always wear handmedowns. Lucky because who doesn’t love handmedowns? Poor because so many of our handmedowns are pink or red and to be honest, hot pink is not sister’s best color. Poor gal, amen? Therefore, I chose blue. She looks positively Frilling in blue.
(She has these dark blue eyes. The color is hard for me to catch in photos because the blue is so deep. We think they’re here to stay.)
This sweet hat has a fun basketweave design. It’s the “Flower Pot” hat from Itty Bitty Hats (which I’m forever knitting from); I just left all the flowers off. Instead I embellished it with one large crochet flower. I like cotton yarn for baby hats – it doesn’t itch like icky acrylic (yep, yarn snob, that’s me) and isn’t too warm (or itchy for that matter) for Texas like some wools.
The temps are marginally cooling, I’m swimming in nesting hormones, and the yarn is calling my name these days. Aside from crocheting little hearts for bunting, I’ve been knitting hats.
This is one I finished for B several weeks back. I started it a long time ago, but then when I moved from SF, I accidentally packed away the pattern book I was working from, which was in storage until we moved into our house. So, I only recently picked it up again and finished it. It turned out bigger in size than I anticipated, but I love the stripes and the pointy elvish-ness of the knotted top. The yarn is 3 colors of soft Karabella 8 extrafine merino.
This one I already mailed away to a new little guy. It’s just a simple rolled-brim baby cap pattern topped with a pom, but really sweet I think. The yarn is self-striping Sugar N Cream 100% cotton. (I’m a snob about yarn: I hate acrylic. I’m only willing to use natural fibers like wool, cotton, and bamboo. Acrylic is cheap, washable, and has its uses; but I love the feel and handling of natural fibers. Knitting, for me, is a lot about texture and feel; and I also think the natural fibers wear better long-term.)
Sorry, B, this one’s not for you.
It’s occurring to me as I write this post that I’ve yet to knit any hats for Tiny T. Better get on it!