After a knitting slump, I am back. I decided that the little green baby cardi needed a matching little green hat. This decision was also influenced by the fact that I have never knit a hat before – baby or otherwise. So I scoured Ravelry (of course!) and found a “fruit hat” pattern that was simply, but still completely adorable. I did not knit it as a fruit – just solid green – but it was super easy and totally adorable.
I really did love the pattern, but some things became very clear to me through knitting it. First, I started on DPNs instead of a circular (I have cheap, very unflexible ones that were NOT working for this). This led to some “stretched out” stockinette where the DPNs were meeting in the beginning. Hardly noticeable, but I could tell. Secondly, I became acutely aware that 7″ (I think) DPNs are much too long for working with only 6 total stitches toward the end. I wonder of they make some smaller DPNs just for things like i-cords and such. Must research that one. Lastly, my decreases look pretty good (all K2Tog), but again, when you get to the top of the crown, there are some spaces in there from having to wrangle the DPNs around one another. Overall, the hat was a success. I will be knitting some of the fruit variety for some babies this Christmas (this only took about 4 hours to make in total).
On a funny note, the DH and I were discussing what sorts of parents we would be last night and I told him I was excited. He said, “yeah, about the fun stuff. You don’t think about the hard stuff.” To which I replied, “What do you mean? Diapers and stuff?” He says, “No, discipline, money, all that crap. Ugh, I am dreading that part.”
Trying to bring some perspective, I proceed with, “What, do you want our children to be perfect angels all the time so you only have to be their buddy?” He follows with, “Is that really too much to ask?”
I about fell out the bed when he said that. It was so sweet and funny at the same time. I wonder how many other parents feel the same way.