A friend called me yesterday-
“Hey, remember that friend I have who’s having a baby?”
Me- Crap I was supposed to knit her a hat. “Um, yes! I do remember!”
Friend- “Well I’m going to be in town Monday. Want to meet up for a beer and I can get the hat?”
So now I’m on Mission Baby Knits.
Here’s the thing… I love knitting baby items. They’re so cute and sweet and small – and we all know small means super-fast knits. I’m all for super-fast knits. There’s something so rewarding in starting a project one evening during an episode of Top Gear, and binding off the next night while your boyfriend watches Ultimate Fighter. (Ok, I admit, I’m completely hooked on it, too.)
But I’m wary about knitting baby things for people I don’t know, because I refuse to knit them in traditional baby colors. I think pastels, pale pinks, and dainty blues are way too frail and frilly. I create adorable tiny knits with bold, bright, saturated color choices.
So, friend-of-my-friend-who-is-having-a-baby, I hope you don’t mind, but I’m not creating anything with pale pink and lilac. It will be tiny, and cute, and oh-so-soft, but definitely not “baby” colored, and I hope you love it.
My initial plan was to knit up Cisco using a style more like Jared Flood and Ravelry user Saradenbo. I also needed their notes to translate the original pattern from English to Actually-Understandable-English. Sheesh! The plan was to use this beautiful little skein of Baby Llama that I’ve had in my stash for years, and do the outline in this leftover taupe wool skein that I’ve long since lost the label for.
Alas, that did not work out. It seems that I do not have enough Baby Llama yarn to make the adorable Cisco hat, so instead, I’m making 2 hats, and getting rid of even more yarn in my stash!
I’ve always been in love with these Baby Berry Hats, but I don’t want to make the whole hat green, and I don’t have enough of another bright color that’s soft enough for a baby hat. So instead I’m going to use the Baby Berry pattern as a start, and create my own kind of Acorn hat using this dark brown Ella Rae yarn to start, then transitioning to the random taupe wool yarn close to the top, and finally doing the I-cord and a leaf in Baby Llama green.
Then I found the Forest Pixie Hat, and remembered that I have a tiny bit of beautiful Angora blend yarn, leftover from my mom’s Christmas gift (which I never photographed, actually…). I’m using the violet Angora blend for the ribbed end, chin strap, and as a garter outline around the entire hat. Then I’m using the dark brown Ella Rae for the rest of the hat.
All of these yarns are so deliciously soft! I can’t wait to give these little knits to my friend, who will happily ship them to his friend, who will hopefully send back pictures of her new baby in soft, brightly colored, hand-knit hats. :)