Thursday, December 08, 2005

A Tale of Two Hats.

The cookies are baked

The tree is decorated, the cards are written and stamped....

On to more Christmas knitting.

The request: Via a phone call from 4 yr old Christopher. After drilling him with questions...do you want a pom pom...colour...ear flaps...etc...he requests this:

A blue hat. Nothing sticking out...nothing else. Flames on it and a five and another five. Then he said something about a race car.
So this weekend I knit this:


I really like the flames on this one. I made them smaller and the repeats were more often. I did a big hem on it to keep his ears warm. Now the "55" I did in intarsia. Yeah, I know nothing about this...but I do know that it is nearly impossible to do in the round. Don't ask...I don't really like it. I ripped it three times and this is it.



I am hoping some blocking will fix it. And I axed the race car...but put a lovely black stripe around the top signifying a race track (well, I was really running out of blue and had some black to use up!)

Request #2 actually from the mother....CK. Lukas' hat. She said black with some flaps. She likes the Tom Hat but not as long on the ear flaps. So I based it on that. Top down in the same yarn.



I added some garter stitch rows randomly to add texture.



I am loving the way the flaps flip out. I wonder if I should block it? It stretches to fit (perfect on my head) and looks cute on my 3 yr old as well. Definitely a one size fits all.
Should I add braids...twists...icords...something to the flaps? Or just leave them?

11 comments:

grumperina said...

I want to be in your family for the holidays! The beautiful cookies, and all the wonderful gifts - I don't know how you do it!

Colleen said...

Don't block the hat, and tell us more about the pattern details. It's very, very cute.

Stephanie said...

I love both hats. You're just soooo talented. I'm with Grumperina - can I be in your family? I vote for leaving the earflaps as it - they're really cute how they are. And, your intarsia looks lovely - he's 4! He won't know the difference anyway.

allison said...

I want those cookies! They look so yummy! The hats look great, too!

Angela said...

Those cookies look yummy! And I love the flames on the 55 hat as well. Can you also adopt me? =)

Anna said...

Ohhh, such talent! You did a great job of putting together the entire request, even the racetrack. Amazing!

Purly Whites said...

Leave them, they are all perfect! Your family is so lucky!

Laura said...

I am such a Christmas slacker this year. I'm not knitting gifts at all, I haven't even thought about cookies or cards, and the tree isn't up yet either. Your lovely cookies and gifts are putting me in the holiday mood, though! Tomorrow is another day!

Lolly said...

You are so far ahead of me... I haven't started my cards yet! Good for you, C!

I LOVE the hats - you are really making some lovely hand knits for the family.

Bonnie said...

Both hats are very cool. I like the irregularly spaced garter stitch rows. They really make the hat!

diana said...

Gorgeous cookies and gifts for the holidays!! And I think that the hat looks great as is.