the upside is it's quite pleasant in many ways to have no inkling of what is going on in cyber space, and i had so much more time for knitting! for a while now i have been searching for a pattern for a gnome/fairy style hat, something pointy but not outrageously so. i was frustrated with what i was finding both online & in the pattern books at the knitting shop. eventually i ended up modifying a pattern for an adult hat from a book i've had for a long time, "stitch n' bitch nation". the adult hat version has earflaps & i had always thought was unattractive for a grown up. however, for a child it was exactly what i was looking for! i really enjoy working this pattern, which begins at the top on double points.
i am very happy with the results, and i think i can use up a lot of the extra yarns i have that i've never quite known what to do with. the first hat i made for my 5 yr old, whose favorite color is yellow & has been asking me to make her a yellow hat for quite some time. for this one i used spud & chloe outer (in cornsilk), a nice, bulky, but very soft and warm 65% superwash wool/ 35% organic cotton blend.
the green & pink i created specially for my adorable 21 month old niece, fern. i bought the green a few months ago with the intention of making something for her, but hadn't stumbled upon the right pattern. after making the yellow hat, it struck me that the yarn i had purchased for fern would look really neat in this pattern, and it turned out to be probably my favorite had i've made yet. i can't wait to see her in it!