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Baby hat for Cooper

Ripple baby hat #2

Ripple baby hat

I just finished blocking another ripple baby hat – this one is off to Oregon for baby Cooper. After trying out the pattern last winter, it’s now my go-to baby hat pattern. I love it. Not too boring. Not too frou-frou, and just right for those stashes of sockyarn too small to make another pair of socks.

daylight savings Sunday


Front step breakfast

My Sunday started with breakfast on the front step. One of my favorite things about having cool roommates is communal meals. I don’t know about you, but when I live alone I tend to eat cereal for dinner more nights than not. Cooking for others inspires me to try new things. And in the process of making meals together you pick up new recipes and ways to do things.  Sam campaigned hard this morning for some of the fried potatoes, eggs, and toast but without luck. 

After breakfast I finished up another slouchy hat for my friend. I’m worried that it’s a little big since it stretched during blocking. I made her promise to tell me if she doesn’t like it. 

Slouchy Hat Series #3 (for Tami)

I’m slowly perfecting this hat patten. It just needs a few more iterations. If you’d like one let me know. I can only make use of so many hats, especially if Read and I move to L.A.

The twice-failed hat

I’m enjoying the posts from Make & Meaning, a relatively new blog whose contributors are out to “celebrate all the ways making enhances our lives, and all the things it causes us think about.” It rounds out the project-and-tutorial based blogs I read. Last week’s post about the wisdom of mistakes ended with the following quote and call to action: 

“Creative people make a mess, clean it up and make another mess. There are no mistakes in art only happy little accidents.”  ~Timothy Leonard.  So drag out one of your failures (come on, I know you’ve got at least one lurking!) and challenge yourself to see it with fresh enquiring eyes.

Lurking failure, huh? Yup – every knitter has a few of those. Like this black wool hat whose yarn was too thick for the pattern and needle size, resulting in a stiff, heavy, and subsequently itchy piece of winter wear. It’s been sitting at the  bottom of my hat/scarf bin ever since I made it a few years ago. 

A pretty pattern ruined by the wrong yarn

I frogged the whole thing, wound the yarn on my knitting noddy, gave it a bath, and hung it to dry (with a jar of change tied to the bottom to stretch it straight). I experimented with a few different needle sizes and settled on sz. 8, then set out to make another copy of my favorite red hat

knitting on lunch break


Nice drape, nice shape, wrong size


Only I messed up again. The hat was too loose. My coworker walked in just as I was about to frog it all again…

T: “Katie, what are you doing?!”

K: “This hat’s too loose. I have to rip it out and start again.”

T: “Noooo!! You just made it! Don’t rip it out. Let me take it home to D___. I think it will fit him.”

(Why does everyone always try to stop me from ripping out my knitting? Read has to leave the room when I do it.) I made her promise to be truthful about how well the hat fit D__, because I have NO PROBLEM just frogging and re-doing. She came in the next morning saying that he tried it, it fit, and he liked it. So the twice-failed hat became a success by way of finding a new head to fit. Plus it serves as a gift to the person who’s designing our wedding invitations. I suppose that’s solution enough for me. 

What projects do you have lurking in the bottom of your bins?