|This hat is shown unblocked. Irregularities should|
even out with washing and blocking.
College recommendation letters. An application for a grant for international travel. A PowerPoint presentation on my recent visit to another high school in our state. Lessons. Feedback on student essays. At this point in time, my creative juices—at least in the writing region of my psyche—are a bit dried up. I have, however, spent the last week or so designing and knitting up a cute Santa hat. This hat, with its 14-inch circumference at the base, will fit a baby from roughly three months to one year of age.
The designing and knitting project went rather smoothly. I’m finally getting a handle on the math of decreasing and increasing in the round. (The whole experience of envisioning a simple design and executing it from scratch has added to the humility I experience when I see all of the creative, intricate knitting patterns designed and displayed by other bloggers).
|Adding rows of plain knitting between the decrease rows |
lengthens the top of the hat, causing a pointed effect.
|This woolly Filatura di Crosa |
Lupo yarn is perfect for the ball
I hope some folks do find some use for my pattern, however simple it is. I called it the Highlands Baby Santa hat after a town in the North Carolina mountains because the alpaca makes it warm and cozy enough to wear in northern climes. Click here to access the PDF pattern.
In addition to my baby steps at designing patterns, I’ve also been engaged in a woodworking project—creating drop spindles in preparation for a visit from Ivy of Pumpkin Spins, who is going to come to a meeting of the Fiber Arts Club at the school where I teach and demonstrate spinning with a top whorl spindle. I ordered a whole slew of birch dowels, toy wheels, and cup hooks and spent last weekend sawing, hammering, gluing, and screwing in hooks.I brought the dowels to school yesterday and enlisted the help of some students in sanding the spindles. Aside from one student’s having to wear an eye patch after the sanding, the project seems to be going well. (The student wears contact lenses and ended up with some sawdust in her eye. She’s patchless today, though, so I hope the irritation has cleared up.)
|Here is a view of my drop spindles, which still need much more sanding and then a coat of varnish.|