My continuing adventures in knitting for our local NICU, creating special holiday hats (and more!) for our little Littles in celebration of the major holidays and for their parents to take home as souvenirs.
I know it's the new year but I'm still sort of missing Christmas so I decideed to take a little journey through Christmas hats of the past. One of the great things about any general patterns is how customizable it can be for the recipient and to keep the knitter from being bored. The first two pics are bigger versions of the Santa hat pattern in my book, Warm Hats for Wee Noggins...and the last pic is of preemie hats of the same pattern.
Even though I call it a "Santa hat" it's really simple stocking hat that's great for all winter long.
The first photo is of a hat I made as a Christmas present for a friend. I simply freehanded some colorplay patterns and change of hues in blue. I love the effecft of the the white overlaying the blue hue changes. I'm really looking forward to exploring the same concept in more colors thise year.
The photo below is easy-peasy no work pre-dyed striping yarn that provides all the color changes in itself. These hats were again, simply a bigger version of the same pattern, made for my adorable elementary school aged neighbor kiddoes, Samuel and Lauren.
The last pic is of a variety of yarns made for our NICU, different colors for different little Little personalities--something for everyone!
Little Maddox, who is almost a year old now, modeling his first punkin' hat I knitted him.
It's my favorite time of year--fall! I love the days as they get cooler (we have our front door open), and the sent of leaves and smoke in the air that is all so uniquely this season. This also begins the knitting frenzy of fall through Superbowl in the NICU. This year I hope I get to participate. I'm having gall bladder surgery next week so I haven't been feeling like knitting much. Well, actually, the spirit is willing but the body is weak right now.
I'm trying to pump myself up by going through pictures of pumpkin hats past. Using different yarns and slightly different colors, each of these are made from the same pattern, the one found in my book Warm Hats for Wee Noggins. I love this pattern, so easy to dress up or down and the perfect fit for now through Thanksgiving.
I'm thrilled to announce--"My book is here!" Wow, that is a unique and peculiar feeling to hold a published work in your hand and see your name in print. It's both gut-tingling and humbling at the same time.
I only wish my Mom and Nannie had been with me to see it. I think they both would have enjoyed seeing it and being a part of this whole project. But not to dwell on loss, thank you to EVERYONE who is a part of this project directly or by encouraging me in the mania of the last four years of baby-hat-designing!
The book should be available after September 1, 2011 anywhere Leisure Arts craft books are sold (Hobby Lobby, Michael's, Jo-Ann Fabrics, etc). If it is not in stock, please ask at their service desk for it by name/my name/publisher and I'm sure they can easily bring it into stock.
Keeping babies warm is so important to their health! That's why Glenna Anderson Muse designed these knit hats for babies in the hospital where she works as a respiratory therapist. So that every baby can have a cozy cap, the sweet patterns are written for three sizes of preemies and three sizes of term babies (newborn, 3-6 months, and 12 months). Each of the 19 designs uses medium weight yarn and is based on one of four basic hat styles: Basic Paper Bag Hat, Basic Jester, Basic Beanie, and Basic Cone. Seasonal looks include bunny ears, springy curls, patriotic stripes, and Halloween and Christmas characters, but the hats look just as adorable without a holiday theme. Each design is an opportunity to make gifts of love for the babies who need them!
Gene aka The Hubby Who makes suggestions, appreciates my efforts, and who said when seeing the turkey butt hat for the first time "You are so perverse. Those poor babies don't know what they've gotten in to." But he laughed while he said it so I think it was a compliment.