Thursday, March 13, 2008

It's baby season...

And that means only one thing around here: baby hats! My cousin had twins a couple of months ago and their "We're finally out!" party is coming up. I found just the perfect patterns for the twinsies, and voilĂ ! Two days later, I had a pair of hats for a pair of babies.

The first hat is from the tomato baby beanie from Knitchicks. It's a great free pattern that can be adapted for all different sorts of fruits and vegetables. I decided to do an eggplant spin on this hat, using Tahki Cotton Classic yarn.

The second cute hat has an Easter theme, something that should hopefully motivate me to get my butt to the post office to send these off soon. It's from my favorite baby hat book: Itty-Bitty Hats by Susan B. Anderson. The pattern is Bunny Tails and I knit it using Blue Sky Cotton. This cotton yarn knits like a cloud, but boy does it pill. This hat turned out a wee bit large despite my gauge swatching, but not so large that the kid will be 12 before he fits it. (The ears on this hat are really the same size - this picture just makes them look wonky.)

Since these kids are twins, one boy and one girl, I'm debating making them another fruit cap. Perhaps a red one so they look like a tiny tomato and a tiny eggplant. I can save the bunny hat for another baby boy who will probably fit it. Decisions, decisions...

You can find more details on my hats on my Ravelry project page. Are you not on Ravelry yet? Well, what are you waiting for?!?

My dogs were quite the reluctant models today. Perhaps they feel that they are above modeling baby hats. Well, they're wrong. So long as I have to feed them, walk them, and pick up their poop, they are not above modeling baby gear.

Vespa couldn't be more bored with the camera. "Been there. Done that!"

Mingus was in pure denial that he has been reduced to modeling a hat with bunny ears on it. He wouldn't keep his head straight, so I just plunked the hat on the side of his head. He's practicing his "I don't give a crap" look.

Gee, life is so hard when someone feeds you, picks up your poop, and lets you sleep all day.

Remember the case of the missing needles? Since then, I decided that all the straight needles had to be in the same place. My solution is this:

It makes a lovely center piece.

Hm, what else? Oh, I've been tagged for a meme by Kathleen and A Bag of Olives. She also gave me a smacky "Mwah!" award. How sweet!

So, here are the rules for this meme:

1. Link to your tagger and post these rules on your blog.
2. Share 7 facts about yourself on your blog, some random, some weird.
3. Tag 7 people at the end of your post by leaving their names as well as links to their blogs.
4. Let them know they are tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.

1. I don't follow rules well, and I'm going to ignore rules 3 and 4. If you'd like to participate, tag! You're it!

2. I am under 5 feet tall.

3. I spent 3 weeks bicycling through central China with the boy.

4. I'm an indoor rock climbing junkie. Seriously.

5. I still keep in touch with my pen pal from the 4th grade. She's in Indiana and she has 3 kids now.

6. Originally, I wanted to name Greaseball "Graphite". It didn't stick.

7. I played the viola for 10 years.


  1. my parents have a cat they call graphite (she and her brother are part of the carbon family...) but she is black.

  2. What cute little hats! I think Vespa and Mingus look snazzy, despite trying their best to look bored. I do think it would be insanely cute to have two little twins both in fruit/vegie hats...

    Greaseball is such a wonderful cat name, but I can see why you tried "Graphite" first. Our Bug was officially named Otto, but we never called him by his "real" name.

  3. The eggplant hat is beautiful! I think a strawberry would be cool to make.

    I have put my straight needles in a jam jar. I played the classical piano for about 10 years, but not now. I just don't seem to have it in me anymore.

  4. Those hats are so.freakin'.cute! Love the hats, love the models - love love love!

  5. I love, love LOVE the hats! I cannot wait to get my copy of that book! Then again, I just ordered it today, so I'll have to wait at least a couple of weeks for it.

    Until then, maybe I'll try to tackle that sock...AGAIN! Any patterns to walk me through it from start to finish? I definitely know I want to do the Turkish Cast-On...that one really rocks!



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