Last night while riding in the car to supper with my family I worked on X's Bunny Tail hat from the Easter swap. I must say again, this yarn is FANTASTIC! I am a RY Cashsoft DK convert! So, so soft. I've made hubby squish the hat in it's various stages on numerous occassions. He kindly obliges me, even if he thinks it's crazy. :) And I love the color that Melissa (melissabear) chose for the hat. The gray is so soft, and I think it will really bring out his blue eyes when he's wearing it. My goal: to finish this hat tonight!! I want him to be able to wear it tomorrow when we see my dad's side of the family. And then, of course, for Easter on Sunday morning. Since we'll be going to sunrise service, it will be a bit chilly and a hat will certainly be appropriate. But I digress.
While talking with my sister, I mentioned the hat was for X on Easter. And the question came up, "can he wear his other hats next year?" Honestly, probably not. Although the older hats still fit him now, they will soon become very tight on his pretty little head. I told her the next babe will have the chance to wear them. She then asked what I would knit for our future kids if they already had hats. "More hats," I replied!
I don't know about any other knitters out there, but the rapid rate at which little kids grow is certainly not a deterrant for knitting them cute hats! :) Yes, they will outgrow the hats they have, but that just provides the opportunity to knit them new ones. And there are 4 seasons, of course. Each lending themselves to different styles and warmth. And being the mom that I am (and since I can get away with it at the moment) I love having a hat that coordinates with the outfit X is wearing. I can't help it! And in the future, when we choose to have more kids, I'll reuse the hats X wore, but I'll also make them their own hats to love and cherish. And if we ever have any girls, well....that's a whole 'nother story!
All of the hats I've knit to date have been designed by Susan B. Anderson. I've mentioned her several times in this blog. I'm a faithful follower of her work! But there are other designers whose work I have admired from afar. I just haven't taken the plunge yet to purchase any of the patterns. One of my favorite blogs to check out is Tot Toppers. Kate has designed so many fun and beautiful hats! One of my favorites is the Cabled Tie Topper. I can just imagine how great this hat would look on X in blue & brown or gray-blue & creme. And I'd love to make Trail Cap with a little bee buzzing around the hat. She's got sweet hats for boys and girls, as well as patterns for dresses, vests, and even adult patterns. I've looked through the more girly patterns and noted a few I would make if I had a girl, but mostly I love looking at the variety of boys hats. Maybe this summer I'll look into Trail Cap. Too cute! :)
On another note, I have several different projects on the needles right now. As state above, I've been working on Bunny Tail. This was a project that just had to be done in time for Easter. It meant that my other WIPs got put on the backburner. I've been switching back and forth between 3 other projects, though, when I've had the chance.
First, I started a scarf way back when (I can't remember when) and it is slowly growing longer and longer. Sinful Ribbed Scarf is a pattern I found when I was new to Ravelry. I don't know why this pattern caught my attention, but it did. The texture of the pattern was very intriguing. I cast on and knit a little, and then set it aside for a long time. About a month ago or so, I started working on it again and now it's about 1/3 finished. It needs to be about 70" long, so I've got a bit of work ahead of me. I'm using the recommended needle size, but a lighter weight yarn. Instead of bulky or heavy worsted, I'm using just worsted weight yarn. Of course, that means the guage is different and the stitches aren't as tight. In fact, this gives it a bit of a lacy effect. I thought about changing it but decided I liked it this way anyway.
Second, I cast on Traveling Woman during spring break. While I used the trip to Colorado to work on my scarf, once in Fraser, I started 2 rows of this shawl/scarf. On the drive home, I completed almost all of the stockinette stitch rows. I've been working at this little by little trying to complete the St. st. but this is something I usually don't take out of the bag until X is in bed and I have a good chunk of time to commit to it. I'd hate to mess this up. Hopefully I'll be working on the lace charts soon.
And finally, I've started Upside-Down Daisy for my friend's little girl. This will accompany the Flower Paci Clip I posted about. I've only completed about 1 1/2 inches of the base of the hat. I had to swap my cables out to use the 16" cable for Bunny Tail. But once X's hat is finished, I can swap back and finish this up. I want to get the hat mailed sooner rather than later.
So as you can see, I've been busy. I've been successful with my planned selfishness - with 2! projects on the needles for myself. I have some patching up to do on a few items with the sewing machine and I'd like to add a couple sewing projects to my list to work on. As the weather warms up, I think this will become more likely. My sewing machine now has a place at my craft corner in the basement and since the basement is cooler, I'll likely be spending more time down there soon!
Finally, I hope everyone reading has a wonderful Easter weekend. It's Good Friday and I wish I was able to be home with X and DH today. We have a busy weekend ahead of us, but I'm so thankful to be surrounded by such a loving family and I look forward to time with them over the holiday!