Its amazing that any of us survive

The world looks very different through my eyes as a parent than it did when I didn’t have another little life to care for. I was walking around our back yard last week and and was struck by fear at the sight of little mushrooms everywhere. My girl loves putting everything in her mouth at this point of her life. I thought about trying to protect her from the danger of what is in all likelihood many dangerous objects in our yard. I did some research and found that it is virtually impossible to remove the fungi and that I just have to follow my girl even more closely when she is outdoors. I also learned that some mushrooms that are considered safe for me could be poisonous to young children. Hmm, never realized that.

Just the other day, we were visiting my in-laws and enjoying some cherries off the tree. My 4 year old nephew was being scolded to stay away from the little berry bush and its unsafe fruit. One of the other little boys spouting his knowledge of the subject to my brother-in-law, “The birds can eat the berries and they are fine . . .” This reminded me of my childhood:  I was outside of our church and my mom was inside. We had raspberry bushes at my house, so when I saw a tree with little red berries, I decided to have a few. I was sick to my stomach for the rest of the day. And I think that I was old enough that I should have known better.

I guess that inside of the house is the only safe place . . . not quite. My husband had guests over the other day. They all removed their shoes before entering, yet I found 2 tiny shards of glass on the rug in the family room and one in the kitchen. It is nerve-wracking. I sometimes feel like a crazy mom, trying to protect my baby from all the dangers of the world, but I guess that to some degree being a mom requires a little bit of craziness.

Alyson Sunhat

This little sun hat was designed for my best friend’s new baby girl. While this hat is not pink, it is very girly with lace and floral ribbon. The eyelets on the crown add a bit more femininity, but also help to keep baby’s head cooler. The hat has only been knit in the smallest and the 6-12 month sizes, so if you make a different size, please let me know your thoughts. Thanks. This is my first pattern. I hope that you like it.

Size

0-3 months (3-6 months, 6-12 months, 12-24 months)

Finished measurements

Head circumference: 15 (16.25, 17.5, 18.75) inches

Materials

Lily Sugar’n Cream Confectionary Colors (100% cotton; 710 yds per 400g skein). color: Pistachio. 1 skein for all sizes with tons left over. Note: This yarn shrinks after a trip through the dryer. The pattern is designed a bit long to allow for machine drying.

Rose Garland Ribbon 16 (17, 18.5, 19.5 ) inches. (My ribbon was found at Michael’s, but you can also find it here)

1 16 inch US 6/4mm circular needle

1 set US 6/4mm double pointed needles

6 stitch markers

tapestry needle

Guage:

20 sts/22 rows = 4 inches in stockinette stitch.

Stitch definition:

SK2togPSSO: Slip the next st on the needle purlwise. Knit 2 sts together. Pass the slipped stitch over.

Error: In row 5 of the chart, after the first YO, K2tog (not K1 as indicated on the chart). I will update the chart when I get a chance.

Brim: CO 108 (120, 126, 135). Place marker. Join work and Row 1: K around. Row 2: P around. Rows 3 & 4: K around. Begin working the chart. *Work odd rows of the chart, K 1 (1, 3, 4) repeat from * around. Even rows of chart: K all sts. After completing one repeat of the chart, K around until work measures 2.5 (2.5, 2.75, 3) inches.

Hat body: K one round dec evenly by 0 (3, 0, 0) sts. Next round, *K3tog, YO, K3tog, YO, K3tog repeat from *. 60 (65, 70, 75) sts remain. K evenly for 1.0 (1.0, 1.25, 1.25) inches.

Crown: K 9 (10, 11, 12) SK2togPSSO, YO Place marker 5 times.

Row A: K all sts

Row B: *K to 3 sts before the marker. SK2togPSSO, YO. Repeat from * around.

Repeat Rows A & B until 3 sts remain between st markers. Next row, K all. The next row, SK2togPSSO around. 5 sts remain. Cut the yarn and thread it through the remaining sts. Pull the yarn tight and make a small knot.

Finishing

Weave in all ends. Lace the Rose Garland ribbon through the eyelets at the base of the hat body making sure that the ribbon is very slightly loose. Cut the ribbon to the correct length and tie the ends together on the underside of the hat. Alternatively, machine sew the ribbon ends onto the inside of the hat, with the ends of the ribbon separated by about 0.75 inches. Block the hat to size.

The patterns for the shorts and tank top will follow shortly.

Been a while

In case you’ve missed me, sorry I haven’t updated in a while. Like I said before, we moved into our house. Its still a disaster, but its slowly coming together. There was also some wonderful news: my best friend had a baby girl and her arrival inspired some of my best knitting design. I’ll be sharing that with you in a short while. We also experienced a loss in my family. Finally, I must still plan my sister Lauri’s bridal shower, so life is a little hectic, but I’ll try to be better about updating here. I hope to share those knitting patterns soon. Until then, I work, plan, knit, do math, and must cook dinner for my family.