acorn hats

Somehow or other, these have survived in a little boy's room for more than 3 months. I am not sure where the nuts went. I was thinking maybe we could save them and make some ornaments...but I feel more like appreciating them as they are. I am feeling a little craft overload — maybe too much pinterest.

baby pine trees

We got our tree last night. I don't really want to decorate it at all, it looks nice just plain in our living room. That's obviously not going to fly with the 3-year old set, though.  I have only just figured out why our trees weren't smelling like anything the last few years — we were picking small trees. I like small trees, but they don't have enough sap to smell like a tree, so we've switched back to the bigger ones.

This is a little clearing with baby pine trees protected by netting.

soft grey cotton

I used to prefer harder wools, because they are elastic, don't split and don't pill — they're easier to work with. But they are also itchy. Besides, it's only cold enough for wool for a few weeks where we live. I've  started really liking cotton and linen yarns.

I've found two cottons that I really like. One is blue sky cotton which is fluffy and thick and the other is Rowan pima cotton, which is smooth and comes in a beautiful palette. This hat is pima cotton in millet. I used one and a half skeins.

Cotton is light — it's nice nice to knit with in the summer, when I have the most free time to knit. I did most of this hat last year on summer vacation. The pattern is for babies: it's the pom-pom cap by Hadley Fierlinger. I thought I had lost the chance to make it in time last year, but I thought I may as well finish it it and maybe give it to another baby. However, I had a nice surprise — it fits my three and a half year old well. I was going to do a big fluffy yellow and orange pom pom that he was excited about. But in the end, he likes it plain and we didn't need the ties either. It keeps his ears warm, but it's very light and not too warm for running around in.

pear tree denim

These were inspired by Amber, who would always wear nice slouchy fingerless gloves with a long ribbed top to staff meetings. I thought that was very clever, so I added 2 extra lengths of ribbing to the top of the long striped handwarmers from the purlbee. I have a lot of 3/4 length sleeves and these keep my wrists warm. And then I can roll down the top ribbing and tuck my fingers in when it is cold (it feels a bit like those skater hoodies with the holes in the cuffs).

These are pear tree merino yarn from australia in a denim colour way. I added in a few extra stitches as I found these knitted up a little small (but I knit tightly).

It took me almost 4 months to make these — I just carry my knitting around and get in a few stitches here and there.