Baby Knitting



Well I now know I can blather on about my cute little person-to-be without you all running shrieking for the nearest hill begging for mercy and relief from the baby madness. You may regret being quite so encouraging soon; we’re not half way yet and once it arrives I feel I may turn into one of ‘those’ Mummyshee hee, I just typed Mummy and meant me – that’s so wonderfully weird!!

Anyway, to answer Rachel’s question, the handspun is mine, all mine. It’s far too precious to use for someone who grows, and who may not even be appropriately dressed in pink. Perhaps after I’ve knitted something for me, and if the little bear turns out to be an Ursula she could have a hat…. or perhaps that won’t be necessary – I’ve been knitting:

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I bought Itty Bitty Hats one lunchtime a few weeks ago, and the girls and I spent a happy remainder of our hour flicking through the pages and picking out our favourites. I now have a very clear idea of what they would each like to wear themselves should I ever feel inclined to size up a few of them, but when we reached this pattern they all stopped, burst out laughing and made me promise to knit it.

It’s not just that the hat is incredibly cute and the sort of thing that only a little baby could really carry off (although S wants to give it a go if I’d knit one in her size), but it somehow resonated with a group of girls who have watched me steadily work through and return to my olives and pineapple for lunch phase.
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These are obviously pimento stuffed olives (that’s what the other loose red dots are) whereas my palate has tended towards mixed olives with feta, or (today’s lunch) a pot of pitted green Spanish olives just on their own (note to Mum: I also ate a salad with rice, split peas, chick peas, rocket, blueberries and mango, a small bread roll and an apple; it wasn’t just olives I promise).

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The back is similarly spotty and I even overcame my inherent avoidance of crochet to add the edging, although I haven’t quite mastered a seamless join.

My absolute favourite part though has to be the tassels. I’m going to have to knit a whole load more hats in this style just to add funky tassels – gosh what a trauma and penance that’s going to be.

So, the specs: It’s the Olive You hat from Itty Bitty Hats by Susan B Anderson. The cream is Cashsoft Baby DK in Horseradish, the green is leftover Gooseberry Rooster Almerino DK, and just when I thought I was about to get a food related hat knit entirely from yarn with foodie colours, I discovered that the red, which is Extra fine Merino DK, is called Blood. Hmm, perhaps not so appetising.

Now all I have to do is figure out a Licorice Allsort hat (with appropriate tassels of course) and we’ll have all the cravings covered. Actually, that gives me an idea …

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  • Caroline M 08/04/2010 at 10:15 pm

    There’s a Knitty hat of similar shape, I knitted dozens of them one year. Just for you I looked it up – “Pink Lady”. It has much bigger tassels though.

    I am reminded of Olive the other reindeer for some reason..

  • mandycharlie 08/04/2010 at 10:23 pm

    As long as you talk about knitting and quilting ‘occasionally’ all will be forgiven.

    Love the hat, its very cute. I like that shape too and I have a massive head..

    I forgot to mention your spinning yesterday, it is gorgeous, I hope you find the right pattern for it.

  • Rachel 09/04/2010 at 2:10 am

    Oh! Too freakin’ cute! Although I beg to differ…I would totally wear that hat. Though you are right I guess in that the majority of the planet wouldn’t think I ‘pulled it off’, but really, that’s meaningless in my world!

    So happy to hear your hand-spun is all yours!

  • Stasher 09/04/2010 at 6:26 pm

    As I have heard that today I am a grandma, you can go on and on and on about your cravings and your hopes, as it is so nice for you to include us in your excitement in your Mum to be state, and hope you find time for your blog when you are mum. You certainly packed in several of your 5 a day in your lunch.