I made 4 baby hats for the Optimist Club.Â WeÂ are having a contest to see whoÂ can knit the most hats.Â Clearly, I have lost thisÂ one by a land slide.Â However, it’s hard to knit hats for newborns when you have 2 very cute girls at home that ask if that hat you are making is for them.Â They batt their big blue eyes and smile a sweet little smile and say, “Momma, is that myyyy hat?”Â Somehow I have to tell them that it isÂ for a newborn baby that needs it more than they do.Â “But the next hat will be for you, dear.”Â Â And so, I knitÂ moreÂ hats for the girls who do notÂ need any moreÂ hats.Â Â It’s a good thingÂ that hats are the comfort food of knitting for me.Â Â I don’t know what it is about hats, especially considering that for moreÂ of my life than not I refused to wear a hat unless it was absolutely necessary.Â Hats weren’t cool when I was growing up.Â It’s taken me until I became a knitter to realize how much better a warm head is than a cold one!!Â Plus, now I can make exactly the kind of hat I would want to wear.Â
Â The Optimist Hats that I knit (all being donated to the local nursery), were all knit from leftover yarn.Â It feels good to use up some of the odds and ends that have been sitting around.Â Most of the skeins didn’t have enough yardage left to knit an entire hat from.Â The total number of hats our club knit this month isÂ 110.Â Most of those hats were knit by one man using a little circular knitting loom.Â The individual member who knits the most hats will win lunches at our meetings for a month.Â The team (we have 2 teams) that knits the most hats will receive homemade cookies.Â Guess I’d better get baking soon!Â
The Girl’s Hats
Â One thing that you never want to do is take a picture of Lily in the morning.Â The smiling child that you saw in the first picture suddenly turns into the most shy child on earth.Â She loves her hat, but doesn’t want to show it off before school.Â For those of you with a discerning eye, or at least an obsession with Three Irish Girls, will recognize the yarn as Galenas Merino in the Maureen colorway.Â It’s some of the yarn that I got when I attended the TIG workshop in October.Â The yarn is held double to make a bulky weight yarn.Â I used the Very Berry Bonnet pattern.Â You can see the line where I seamed the hat, but Lily doesn’t really mind.Â
As soon as I finished Lily’s hat, Addie asked me where her hat was.Â I immediately cast on a Foliage Hat.Â This pattern has been in my queue forever, but I never have seemed to get around to knitting it until now.Â I love the hat!Â It’s knit with the same Galenas Merino that I used in Lily’s hat along with a strand of Dye For Me.Â The Dye For Me adds a bit of sparkle that is all Addie.Â She’s my drama queen and she loves anything sparkly.Â This hat was so cute I almost kept it for myself!Â I definitely see a Foliage being made in the near future for me.Â
I could wax poetic about the Galenas Merino, but then again I have a thing for yarn done out of a super soft single.Â Just see my obsession for Malabrigo as evidence.Â The colors (asÂ in all the TIG yarns)Â are gorgeous,Â Sharon has an eye for beautiful color combinations.Â The colors in the Maureen are not wimpy, they’re well balanced and perfectly suited for little girls.Â In fact, Lily says the reason she likes her hat is because it’s so colorful.
After working on a deadline, I always like to throw in a couple of projects that are instant gratification. The Meathead hats from Knitalong can be done in a couple of hours. STC Crafts is offering it as a free download right now. Go, go get it and knit it. This is the child size, but it fits me. I made the pink one for Addie so she’d have a warm hat to wear to school. She put it on yesterday morning and said, "Cool, a elf hat!" I think that’s high praise from a 5 year old! The hat was so cute on her that I made a second for Lily last night.
Pattern: Meathead Hat from Knitalong
Yarn: 4 Strands of Worsted weight 100% wool (I used a combination of Ella Rae, Cascade 220 and Lamb’s Pride)
Needles: Size 15
Modifications: None. It’s knit flat and seamed together. I may do another one in the round, just because I like it better, but I don’t have size 15 circular needles (Nor do I really want them) so I’d probably end up making it in a baby size.
Another instant gratification project.
Pattern: Cool Little Llama Silk Mittens from 101 Luxury One Skein Wonders
Yarn: Debbie Bliss Cashmere – 2 skeins
Needles: Size 8 US
Comments: I received the yarn in a swap about a year ago and just didn’t know what to do with it. It’s two 45 yard skeins, so it’s pretty short on yardage. I finished the first mitt with probably a yard of yarn left over. These are super soft and cushy though!