A Baby Hat A Day

All last week, I set out to knit a baby hat a day. It may seem an odd goal, especially since I don't know any babies, but I like to knit. In the evenings, when the chores are done, mostly, and it's time for sitting with your feet up in front of the TV or relaxing in your favorite chair, making something simple and quick like a baby hat is just the ticket.

I have a pattern memorized, and I have tons of yarn squirreled away, so all I had to do was get to work. After I finished these hats, I began an online search for a charity looking for knitted baby hats. I found charities that wanted money and charities that wanted ball caps autographed by celebrities, but it took me a while to find the group I was looking for. I will be sending this collection of hats in unconventional colors to the Akron Children's Hospital.

With the goal reached, I'm inclined to keep going. Why not, I ask myself. The last thing this house needs is another scarf, and I don't have the attention span for a sweater or blanket, so why not keep making baby hats? I will be using a variation on this pattern instead of the one I have memorized, although I don't care for Red Heart yarn. I'll spell out that variation below

You may have noticed an oddball hat in the top photo. That's from this new pattern, and it looks like this:

Hat Pattern:
Using all-cotton worsted weight yarn on size 8 (US) needles, cast on 57 stitches. Knit 2, Purl 2 to end. Continue ribbing for 1 3/4 inches.

Knit in a stockinette stitch (knit a row/purl a row) for 16 rows.
Next Row (odd): knit 10, knit 2 together, knit 10, knit 2 together to end.
Next Row and all even rows: Purl
Next Row (odd): knit 9, knit 2 together, knit 9, knit 2 together to end.
Continue decreasing until you complete a row knitting 1, knitting 2 together to end.
Purl a row.
Knit 2 together to end. Thread yarn through remaining loops and cinch up tightly. Sew seem.

First handspun project

So much news.... Shiela's wheel is working well, I've produced the first yarn from Mum's friend's sheep's fleece, and I have found a nice project to start.

This hat is one of the patterns in a recent issue of 'The Wheel', Ashford's magazine ( http://www.ashford.co.nz ). it's a real inspiration - I got a copy when I ordered some bits and pieces from the Alpaca Spinner ( http://www.thealpacaspinner.co.uk/ )

I love the statement on this pattern 'Size: to fit average head'. I might need to make mine a bit bigger.

This is my first little sample of yarn from the sheep pictured in an earlier post. My spinning is getting better, it's thinner and more consistent. (I made this first sample on the drop-spindle, but you can see that I've done quite a bit more on the wheel now.)