Picking up the needles again…

… and I’m feeling some of my sanity restored.  Its been six weeks.  Six weeks of my crafter hiatus.  And I finally picked up the needles last week.  Because even though I’m exhausted and still can’t figure out how to breastfeed and knit simultaneously, when you see a project this cute, you sort of just have to make it.

So I did.

Admittedly, it took me two attempts to knit the crown of the hat to get the length right (man, I sure felt out of practice) but once I did and then slapped on some ears and antlers, I was loving the finished project.

Now, if only Q didn’t scream bloody murder every time I try to wiggle this hat on her head.

The Pattern: Reindeer Antler Baby Beanie

The Yarn: Filatura Di Crosa Zara

The Needles:  US 6 (body) and US 4 (antlers & ears)

The Modifications: I knit the hat to 3.5″ before starting the decrease.  I also knit the antlers separately and then sewed them on once completed.  I felt this was easier than wrestling trying to knit teeny tiny antlers while having the rest of the hat attached.  Especially since most of this hat was knit while trying to simultaneously wrestle a tiny baby to sleep in my arms.

The Verdict:  I’m loving the hat.  Even if Q isn’t…


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3 Responses to Picking up the needles again…

  1. Cerrine says:

    Just in time for Christmas! Such a cute hat. But overshadowed by a gorgeous baby girl! Her facial expression in the second photo kills me! I can feel her pain.

    I started crocheting just last week and am hooked! At first, I thought you crochet as well so I checked out your baby hats page and was so disappointed to see the free patterns were for knitters! But I’ve bought a ton of patterns and put my sewing on hold (:

  2. Spools&Skeins says:

    ohhh, i haven’t tackled crocheting yet!! i’ve wanted to but i feel like i need another craft like i need a hole in my head 😉 so many crafts to try, so little time!! i’ve dreamt of crocheting one of those old school granny square blankets but in some super vibrant, modern colors (like the ones in Erika Knight’s Simple Crochet book – http://www.barnesandnoble.com/listing/2685504743462?cm_mmc=GooglePLA-_-Book-_-Q000000633-_-2685504743462&cm_mmca2=pla&r=1)… what’s your first crochet project going to be??

  3. Cerrine says:

    That’s how I feel about knitting! I just managed to learn all the basic stitches and can’t bring myself to start a new craft. Though I have heard of a knitting/crochet hybrid.. where you use one knitting needle and one crochet hook. Sounded pretty cool to me.

    I made a basic earflap hat for the baby girl and then made this:


    My sister claimed them for her own and I’ve had 6 requests for gifts. And the husband keeps asking for wool beanies.. he bought me yarn in 4 different colors.

    The problem here is that I want to make stuff for me!

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