I almost stopped knitting in May. Finally, after a tumultuous year dealing with job hunting, family balance, and monetary issues, I have a new job. I started just after Labor Day. What an omen! I’m now an infant photographer.
Homage to those volunteers who knit infant hats for hospital newborns. I’ve seen some very nice ones lately in the hospital nursery.
As my paychecks come in, I’ve still not purchased any new yarny goodness. I think with my three lifetimes of SABLE, it is not necessary; AND with the multiple projects on the needles, it would be even more insane.
Over the month of November, I knit infant hats again for Save The Children, my fave non-profit. I got some fun into the plain jane pattern just because. Used up a lot of my lingering acrylics and fun yarns and they’re headed out to babies in need. It was a great impetus to get started again.
Finding time is now my issue. Making time is not hard but something else falls by the wayside in response to a fiber respite. I’m relearning balance with my new job and it’s been interesting. The baby birth rate boomed this Fall due to snowstorms last winter and the economy (you’ll just have to speculate as I did). Those reasons are the best I could come up with, and the nursery says Christmas won’t even slow down.
Thanks to those of you who’ve purchased my one and only pattern. I also had pics of some hats in a new Annie Modesitt book: 1000 Hats. Still have to order my copy though. Not one to deny multitasking, I have a fingerless glove project that is written but not formatted, so stay tuned. Just don’t hold your breath! It’s still crazy around here.
~Best to All and Happy Holly-Days!!! ♥
Yes, I know Thanksgiving is over but the spirit of giving of ourselves should never stop.
Case in point is the wonderful slideshow link following. . . My friend Sue is the owner of Lovely Yarns in Hampden in Baltimore City. She’s had the shop for several years and it’s a wonderful place to visit, sit & knit, or just hang out. Her clientele and friends decided to knit 500 hats and give them away! The recipient is a local school each year. Here’s the slide show: http://www.flickr.com/photos/500hatproject/show/
I did not participate – Just had to share and brag up my friend! Last year, I did knit several infant hats for Save the Children’s “Knit One Save One” campaign. It was fast, easy, used up stash, and very fulfilling. http://www.savethechildren.org/newsroom/2009/caps-KOSO.html
teeny beenies for newborns around the world
Thinking about doing something can give you warm fuzzies, but actually doing it, gives them to someone else! ♥
Knit on dudes & dudettes! ~antsinthepantsAnne™
Noveau Intarsia Baby Cap
At least, according to the email I received from Annie Modesitt, I am ‘IN’ her new 1000 Fabulous Hats book! It’s being compiled to be published as we speak. I entered several pillbox style knitted baby/kiddo caps that I”d knitted over the years.
The one here is brand spankin’ new and I designed it ‘specially for this. Because I could. 😉
It’s unblocked and a rushed photo session to meed the summer deadline, but it’s still a fine cotton hat.
I’m getting the pattern written up and kinks out of it so you can make it too. It will be my second for sale here and on Ravelry.com so stay tuned. I’m excited!!!
Any suggestions on a pattern price? I was thinking $4 or $5 as a download, but would love to hear some input. Hey, it’s only my second pattern for sale, and other than my own research on other patterns for sale, those of you who may be interested could help me out! Comments welcomed.
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Just kidding. An old German song I learned in 2nd grade.
Here are the hats I entered . . . . . . the pics are not professional and quickly staged, so pardon me for that. The deadline was fast and furious. 😉
And now, I’ll be singing in German all day too. It’s called guerilla song plants. heeeee. Let me know if you caught it too. . . .
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Got a personal (well group mail) message from Annie Modesitt because we’re ‘Friends’ on Ravelry.com. She’s modeknit there. She is leading a contest and request for submissions for http://1000fabulousknithats.com/ and is looking for photos of inspired designs, original designs, and pictures of anyone else’s designs that were done well. The deadline is July 1 though. I’m going to re-photo my baby hats but my kids are too big now. If you see a crazed redhead lurking after babies, you’ll know it’s me. heeeeeee! Also working on a new design, so this is my chance for publication in a book! So Cool. You never know when a knitter will make your day. ;D
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This is progress! I’m getting through a petal pattern by Ysolda called Rose Red. Of course, I’m calling mine Rose Black. Can you see why? It’s a commission that I said I would do for a friend. I’m not a beret person and she is – big time! She also said she’d like it in black but she cannot define the stitches as well without color, so thus the request. It’s a pretty pattern. I am also designing some fingerless mitts to be knit in the same yarn to match. They are designed, and one is complete. I just need to finish the other, write up the pattern for posting, and finish this beret to send. Not too much to ask one would think. . . . . after 5 months. Eeeeeek.
The best news off the needles – pun intended – is that my clapotis is DONE!!!! I have some casual pics but forgot to have my hubby take one with my wedding guest attire. Maybe I’ll have to pose again in the correct clothing. Maybe not. . . . It was a beach wedding and very windy! The clap took from Jan 1 to May 14 – with weaving in of ends and steam blocking on May 16. I’ll consider the earlier date the final. 😉
Now, to boogie through this beret and on to finish the large size of the Infinity Peacocks Moebius Wrap that I’ve been promising. I have one excited pattern purchaser who is busy knitting away and will update me with her progress. I’d love to hear from any others, as I will diligently post any findings on the errata page here.
BTW, I’m a fast knitter when not encumbered by LIFE! It’s been a busy Spring with schools, events, surprises, and involvement in several venues. I hope to balance out by June. Only time will tell. . . . . . . . and on to round 31.
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Here’s a find! I made this in 1993 after my daughter was born. It’s from a simple pillbox hat pattern (which I have yet to relocate) but I tweaked it with some of my own made up colorwork. All cotton and so tiny.
My daughter turned 16 today. She headed out the door in a new tiara (she wanted) and heels and peglegged jeans. All while carrying her gearbag for lacross, her backpack, and her purse.
She put her hand into the hat last night and could not believe how small her head had been. Hard for me to believe too. But a nice warm memory that knitting has blessed on me.