boy. i think.

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I finished my second Boy Hat (you know, the one I thought might have to be a girl hat), and I am pretty sure this will work. It is just under 8 inches long (thus, a bit long on me), and the boy in question does not have big hair like I do. The hat is blocking flat right now, rather than in a stretched condition, because I don’t want the ribbing to stretch out too much.  I did give it a few friendly tugs for length. Blocking is still a complete (and magical) mystery to me. Fingers crossed!

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As you can see here, I did run out of wool. My photography skills leave something to be desired here; the color I used for the very top is actually a slightly lighter shade of green — something akin to a celery heather, if you will. I am satisfied with how this turned out, though after I bound off, I realized that the bulk of the hat is superwash, and that teensy circle up top is not. No matter: the boy who will be wearing this will likely never wash it…

I know there’s been a lot of dog here lately, but I can’t help it. He’s so damn cute. Exhibit A:

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On an unrelated point, I’m feeling pretty good about myself today because I cleaned out (read: scrubbed drawers and shelves) my fridge AND removed leftover soups and black beans frozen at least 12 months ago from my freezer. February cleaning has begun.

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same rules apply, champ. nothing to see here.

I really enjoyed making this hat — Malabrigo is particularly squishy in this k4,p4 rib pattern, and the way the decreases are incorporated into the ribbing so that the rib columns narrow to nothing looks fantastic. (Pattern: The Boy Hat. Yarn: Malabrigo Merino Worsted. Needles: US 7.) Here is a picture of the hat unstretched.

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Now take a look at it on my head (a bit smaller than that of its intended recipient):

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Apologies for the awkward camera angles. I love this hat. I might need one.

if your name is champ, and you want to be surprised, mark this item as read and continue on with your day.

Seriously. I figured that since you know I am making you a hat, I can post about it here, but on the off chance that you do not want to be aware of my progress on it until it has arrived, I am giving you the option to walk away. You’ll have another moment to think about it, because this morning’s sunrise was quite red, and I managed to hold the dog’s leash in one hand and the camera in the other. (These efforts yielded one non-blurry photo.)

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Alright. Make up your mind, Champ.

Decided?

Good.

So, one of my favorite people who lives far, far away is due for a knitted item, and he has requested a hat. I’ve been looking at patterns on Ravelry for a few weeks now, and yesterday I settled on the boy hat (ravelry link). The pattern is for a 23 inch head, give or take, and the boy in question has a 23.6 inch noggin circumference. Perfect! I particularly like the way the decreases are incorporated into the pattern. I’m using a green/blue colorway of Malabrigo, and I love the way the colors are showing up in the ribbing.

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Have a great Wednesday!