Firstly, there have been more baby gift-hats!
Still working my way through some stash yarn, I cast on two more wee baby hats for my gift-stash last week.
Both using some 8ply Pear Tree “Camo”; one basic newborn ribbed beanie and one Aviatrix
Aviatrix has been in my queue for ages now, and I’m so glad I have now finally made it! It’s a great pattern, very well written and the nifty part is it provides instructions for different weights of wool, so you can make it using whatever stash takes your fancy.
I have to say, I am also really enjoying the process of knitting these little hats – there’s a certain sense of freedom after all those years of knitting garments as gifts, to now knowing that there will surely be a little hat in my stash that’s suitable for whichever newborn has just arrived, and that even if there isn’t; one is only a couple of hours away from completion.
It’s also a lot of fun to be able to try lots of different patterns and yarn combinations, and that all-too-wonderful instant gratification factor of a quick knit.
(but most importantly is the inroads it’s making into my stash!)
Secondly, I broke the cardinal rule and knitted for the Fella...
Camping at Easter, and he needed a hat. He's got good taste, cos when he was given the yarn options, he went with the super-soft Bendigo (100%) alpaca. The boring ribbed beanie; meh, not so much fun to knit, but it went quickly on 5mm needles, so pain-factor was fairly minimal. And he's kinda worth it, and all...
and thirdly, this morning I just had to make one of these!
Half an hour from cast on to cast off, plus a few minutes to weave in ends and sew on button eyes, and how cute is it?! I only had two-post buttons, not 4-post, so my owls look a bit sleepy...but I like them that way.
You can find the free pattern here. I plan to make a big ole bunch of these cos they are so much fun to make!