Archive | March, 2011

MIA

24 Mar

One of the downfalls to having children is that they actually have to share a house with you. And as much as you try to make it still look and feel like adults live there, inevitably the kids take over. Things get rearranged oddly and you find the strangest things in even stranger places. Things that you thought were indestructible get broken. Your nice sofa will occasionally have snot on it.

Last week while I was on the laptop (the main house computer) the baby pulled at it, trying to see what I was looking at, and the screen went blank. Then it wouldn’t turn back on. D’oh.

So now I have a whole digital camera full of photos and no computer to dump them onto and no way to share them. I have quite a few things that I’d like to share here but it’s rather pointless without the visuals to go with it. Since I think blog posts without photos are oh so boring I won’t tempt you with descriptions of things just to fill space here. I’ll save them for next week when the laptop will either return from the repair shop or when there is a brand new computer in this house.

Check back soon for news of a new hat pattern, some WIPs and some thoughts on summer knitting.

For now I’ll leave you with one accessible photo I have: the baby (in knit pants) playing in some nice spring weather!

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Dear Liza

11 Mar

Spring is creeping in here in Colorado.  Time to get outdoors as much as possible before the heat drives us back inside.  We get so much sunshine in this state that a sunhat is a mandatory accessory for any small child.  With knit hats it’s hard to find a middle ground between a tight enough gauge to not be too floppy and a loose enough gauge to not be too hot.  The double layer edging of this hat makes the brim stiff enough to not fall in the wearer’s eyes while the hat’s eyelets allow for ventilation.  With a variety of sizes to choose from it’s easy to find a perfect fit for any small one, from birth to age three.

The Details:

Yarn: sport weight cotton (pattern shown in Patons Grace)
Yardage: 110-212yds
: 6sts/1 inch in stockinette
Suggested needle size: US 4
: 0- 6mo, 6-12mo, 12-24mo, 2-3yo, 3-4yo
Finished measurements:  14.8” (16”, 17.3”, 18.7”, 20”)
Price: Free!

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Find this pattern on Ravelry

Thanks to Cassidy for the name “Dear Liza”!

Name-This-Hat contest!

1 Mar

I made up this hat last week. A friend just had a baby girl and I needed a quick gift. This woman is the most sun-conscience mother I know so I figured she’d appreciate a good sun hat. I’m hoping this hat not only shades the eyes well but will also shade most of the face. Let’s hope.

I like just about everything about this pattern except for the name. The work-in-progress name has been Baby Bucket Hat but to me that just makes me think of infant car seats, often dubbed “baby buckets.”

Due to lack of sleep and energy on my part this week I am feeling monumentally uncreative when it comes to words so I’m leaving the naming of this hat up to you. Leave a comment in this post with your name suggestion and you’ll be entered to win a skein of worsted weight Knit Picks Bare, kettle dyed the color of your choosing. You get free yarn and I get a name and a dyeing project. Win-win! You have until Tuesday March 8th at 12pm central to post your suggestion. I’ll choose my favorite that night and post the newly named pattern sometime that week.

Check back to read the fun suggestions and to download the soon-to-be-named FREE pattern!