Experimental Ear Flap Baby Hat

I just finished knitting a baby hat with ear flaps using self striping sock yarn. It is adapted from an adult size pattern with a few minor modifications.

The brim is garter stitch and is joined with a stockinette top knit in the round. Super easy and very little finishing. You could sew a bow or flower to the brim for a more girly hat.

This will be the ideal hat for donating to a local hospital. The one I made would easily fit a large newborn to several month old infant. I am going to try for a little smaller size that would be suitable for a premature infant. NICU nurses (and parents) like the tiny sizes as they are especially useful for keeping baby warm once the warmers are turned off and baby is transitioning to room temperature.

The original pattern can be found on Ravelry as “1898 Hat”. This pattern has a double layer brim to keep your ears toasty. I did not do that as I felt that was too much bulk for a baby, unless you live in a colder climate than I do!

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The Big Question

A question for the ages… Finish my WIP (work in progress)? Or start the cashmere lace shawl with the new yarn?

I am quite sure I have enough UFOs (unfinished objects) but the new yarn is calling my name!

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Cashmere On A Cone

Look what I found in the mailbox today: Beautiful and soft cashmere silk blend yarn in pale grey. All the way from the UK.

I am excited and have started working on a lace pattern for a shawl. This may be one of those projects that takes me all year!

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Christmas Roses

I can only guess that it is a combination of all the rain and the cooler temperatures that causes my roses to bloom in the winter.

Whatever it may be, I love having roses for Christmas!

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Off The Needles

My hap shawl is off the needles and ready for blocking. Yay!

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Raining In Texas

Flooding and rain in Texas for three days now. We have received just over 7 inches at our house so far. It should let up by tomorrow.

In the meantime, knitting. What could be better than being all warm and cozy, holding beautiful wool in my hands, listening to rain on the tin roof?

I had been working on my Shetland lace shawl but put it down to start a Gudrun Johnston designed hap shawl in navy, greens, cream and tan.

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Actual Snow

We woke up to a good four inches of real snow in north Texas this morning.
And the snowshoes are in Colorado …

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But don’t let the fluffy powder fool you, there is a solid inch of ice underneath, making driving (or walking) treacherous.

Snowy day knitting, a sock yarn cowl:

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