‘Member how I was freaking out about having a girl? How I wasn’t sure I could handle the challenge of raising a small being into an intelligent, confident, motivated, caring woman who knew she could conquer the world if she wished? Yah, well, I still am freaking out. But, the knitting for a girl? Wow, have I won a gold medal in that category.
One of my more recent projects is the baby bonnet hat from Last-Minute Knitted Gifts (just in case you weren’t already aware of this: check the errata for this book, it’s a fabulous book but fraught with errors).
Pink. I know, I have no idea what has gotten in to me. The yarn is the called for yarn, Rowan Kid Classic, in the Sherbet Dip colorway (Shade 850). A new to me yarn and yet another reason to *heart* Rowan yarns. They are damn expensive but I have yet to meet one that I do not like. Knit up on US8’s this is a soft, but not too furry, fabric. A sweater out of this stuff would be a dream.
I have to pick up stitches to knit the garter stitch trim on the bottom – again. Yes, it has already been done once. I picked up too many stitches and it was craptilious. You see, I am a fly by the seat of my pants picker upper. This practice results from the fact that, more often than not, my gauge does not match the patterns. Coupled with plain dumb experience – it’s a pain in the arse to count the number of stitches as you pick up! In this type of situation, where the picked up stitches perpendicular to the stitches already knit, if you pick up one for every two or three you can usually get away with it. Originally, because I have preggers brain and I couldn’t get my hands to listen to my head, I tried 1 for 1. No go. I knew this would happen. Rip and try again.
The trim and tie cord is knit as an attached I-cord. I hate I-cord but have yet to do an attached I-cord so maybe, just maybe, I will be converted! I originally planned to knit the hat all one color because I am a cheap skate and didn’t want to buy a whole skein of yarn for a little itty bitty I-cord. I am having second thoughts, I think the contrast is a nice touch. However, I still think the idea of buying a whole skein just for the trim is plum crazy. Any one have a small amount of Kid Classic in a contrasting color? I could trade you my left over pink for your next hat pattern… I am not sure about amounts – there is about 35″ of 3 stitch I-cord. So what ever you have would be welcome!!