Baby hats

Two friends of mine just had their first babies. One friend is someone I was close to in high school, saw a lot in early grad school (he lived in the same town where I was in school), and fell out of touch with for several years. We’ve recently resumed contact, and when I learned that he and his wife were expecting their first baby this month, I knew I just had to knit a hat for them. Their daughter arrived last week, and I knit the little red strawberry cap for her in one three-hour stretch; it will go out in the mail this week.

p1185811hatsftf.jpgThe other friend is someone I met in Oregon many years ago. A little over a year ago I made hats for her and her husband as wedding gifts (and apparently they still get a lot of wear—hooray!). Their first child, a little girl, was born just over a week ago. Not long before that, I sent them a sweater and hat for the baby: a simple boatneck and rolled-brim hat, both from Debbie Bliss and both done in Rowan All-Seasons Cotton left over from Sylvia’s first Wallaby—and both, unfortunately, unphotographed before I packed them up. As soon as I’d heard that little Orla had arrived, I just had to knit her another hat. The pink raspberry hat is for her, and I knit it in a not-newborn size, so she’ll have something to grow into.

Both hats were done in Lamb’s Pride worsted on the bottom, and Knit Picks Wool of the Andes worsted on the top. Lamb’s Pride is the very first yarn I ever knit with (and I did three garter-stitch scarves in a row with it), and I’d almost forgotten how much I love this yarn. Once I knit through my stash, I may just have to plan a project in Lamb’s Pride…

7 Responses to “Baby hats”

  1. Chrison 26 Jan 2009 at 9:47 am

    What adorable hats!!

  2. Deborahon 26 Jan 2009 at 10:28 am

    Oh my gosh! Those hats are super adorable!!! Love them. If I ever have a baby they will be on my list of must have’s.

  3. Shannahon 26 Jan 2009 at 12:29 pm

    Darling, darling! I hope they’ll send you pictures of the little ones in the hats…!

  4. Imperatrixon 26 Jan 2009 at 6:36 pm

    Very cute hats!

    My experience with Lamb’s Pride is that it is itchy, itchy, itchy! The hat I made myself is almost unwearable. But I admit that since it was a hat I didn’t “block” it. Would a rinse in water perhaps get rid of those itchies?

  5. ariannaon 26 Jan 2009 at 6:41 pm

    Wait, what? You’re going to KNIT THROUGH YOUR STASH?? Yeah, I saw how you tried to slip that in there unnoticed…but as a fellow knitter with an unbustable stash, I TOTALLY took note! ;) I’m impressed if you’re anywhere CLOSE to doing so, because…I certainly am NOT! :)

    p.s. Love the hats!!

  6. bethon 26 Jan 2009 at 11:17 pm

    Nice hats. How about showing a photo or inventory of your stash. I’m so curious!

  7. Katie Jon 27 Jan 2009 at 12:14 am