I've been busy throwing my time away with swaps. Stalking and crafting and brainstorming are just sucking my brain dry, and all the energy I have left is for work. At work I create myriads of lists of swap-possibilities. I just want to get some mail - is that so bad?
Before swaps, there were purple baby hats.
Those are the ten purple baby hats that I knitted and crocheted for the Period of Purple Crying Click-Along at the Rose Tree Fiber Shop in Ames. I was a purple-hat-making machine! Unfortunately, not a picture-taking machine, but there's only so much you can do with limited skills and bad lighting.
Hat the first:
The Little Knight Hat, right off the Click-Along website. Twisted rib, somewhat absurdly tight gauge (fault mine), tiny hat. Red Heart Super Saver, "Lavender" colorway. Garnered lots of "Awwwww!"s.
Hat the second:
The plum or eggplant hat, better known as the Berry Baby Hat. This one came out somewhat more on the oversized size. I used RHSS, "Amethyst" and "Spring Green"
Hat the third:
Luuk hat the first. Verrrry tiny. Very mindless knitting. RHSS "Lavender"
Hat the fourth:
. . . had a model! Gabriella Rose, daughter of good friends Carlin and Angel. About six weeks old. Ridiculous amount of hair. Looked a bit like Miss Cleo in this wee little crocheted butterfly beanie - Olivia's Butterfly. It's meant to be worn with the butterfly over one eyebrow for a jaunty, cloche-like look, but with the butterfly centered over the forehead, it looks like a wee turban, especially on a dark-haired little gypsy babe. Red Heart Sport, "Purple." I left off a few increases and rows to make it infant-sized, came out very tiny indeed.
Hat the fifth:
Rosa Villosa. I went out on a limb for this one after all that easy crochet and used sock yarn for this one. Lion Brand Sock-Ease, "Grape Soda" colorway, to be precise. The stem is in Zitron Trekking XXL, "Wicked Green." This hat was too adorable for words, and worked up much more quickly than I expected given the much finer yarn and tiny little needles.
Hat the sixth:
Luuk hat the second. After a failed first attempt, finally managed to read the directions correctly and make the 0-3 month size instead of the newborn size (which on my needles turns out more of a preemie size). RHSS, "Amethyst"
Hat the seventh:
Ashen hat. Love the moss-stitch brim. Another one in RHSS "Lavender."
Hat the eighth:
Otis Baby Hat. RHSS "Lavender" again. I had a lot of false starts with this one - I think ribbing would have worked better for the brim than the garter stitch did - even using smaller needles for the brim didn't solve the warping issue that you can kind of see here. I love the big fat cables, though.
Hat the ninth:
One more quick crocheted hat, Flower Hat/Photo Prop, in Red Heart Sport, "Purple," and Caron Simply Soft Brites, "Limelight." Very cute, came out enormous.
Hat the tenth:
Baby Tart. This one took the longest - I started it shortly after I began the first hat, and finished it at the Click-Along. The bobbles were murder - all that purling! It went much more smoothly once I slowed down and concentrated on knitting loosely. Unspeakably adorable result, sadly difficult to get a good picture of. Caron Simply soft in "Plum Perfect" and "Bone."