A new hat

p1189060lyrahat.jpgIt took some thinking, but I finally found a good project for one of the skeins of yarn Sylvia gave me for Christmas: I made a hat for her. It’s more like a bonnet, actually (and that’s what we’ve been calling it), and it’s similar to one wore by the character Lyra in the recent film The Golden Compass.

I haven’t seen that movie yet (I’ll probably wait until the DVD is out for that one), but I’ve long loved Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy. Lyra is a fabulous personality—so full of fire and determination and cleverness. Sometimes Sylvia reminds me of her a bit. And of Arya Stark. Especially in the willfulness department. (Has anyone else realized that two-year-olds are master tautologists? “I don’t want to do X because I don’t want to!”)

Sylvia wore her new hat Friday morning to our weekly playgroup meeting, and when I was asked where I found the pattern, I honestly couldn’t remember anything beyond “online somewhere.” (Isn’t that where we find pretty much everything these days?) But I’ve now tracked it down. The pattern is available at Froggie Meanie, at Marmalade, and on the Lion Brand website. All of those patterns are free, and they include both child and adult sizing. I am thinking about making one for myself, too. After all, I’ve got another skein of thick yarn that Sylvia gave me…and what else am I going to do with size 19 needles, anyway?

5 Responses to “A new hat”

  1. Chrison 20 Jan 2008 at 1:23 pm

    How cute!!

  2. Katie Jon 20 Jan 2008 at 10:56 pm

    Thanks Marsha. I’m going to make one of those for the girl and one for me or a friend.

  3. ariannaon 21 Jan 2008 at 11:36 am

    She looks adorable! What a fantastic way to use that yarn – especially if you make one for yourself, as well. Everything would come full circle – and I’m sure it would mean a ton to Sylvia that she was able to give you a present that you were able to use to make something you could have in common. How wonderfully sweet. :)

  4. Marshaon 21 Jan 2008 at 9:51 pm

    This hat was a lot of fun to make. I think that everyone who knows how to knit ought to make—and wear!—one. Can’t you see it now? An army of handknit Jiffy bonnets!

  5. Laurenon 23 Jan 2008 at 1:41 pm

    It looks wonderful on her. Jane Austen would be proud.