boy. i think.


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!


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:


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.


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.


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


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.)


Alright. Make up your mind, Champ.



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.


Have a great Wednesday!