Thursday, January 13, 2011

A Camel Hat

     When Arden saw Sam's new hat he shouted out, "a helmet."  I'd been putzing on Sam's hat since before Christmas, but Arden would have none of that.  Minutes after the last yarn end had been woven in, Arden announced he was going to look for yarn.  He came back from the yarn baskets with a blue and green sock yarn, so I sent him back to bring the whole basket.  We settled on the combination of this green and gray, the brand's a mystery.  All day he kept commanding, "Mom, work on my hat."  Of course I didn't mind complying.  We tried to talk him into using green only on the brim, but he liked it, called it camel-flage, and that settled it.  I finished up that camouflage hat in a day (No, it's not "so Arkansas."  First, we're not from here.  Second, we don't hunt.  Bryan's only interest in the outdoors lies on the soccer field and whether the sun shines or the wind blows during practice), but a mother's knitting is never done.  Kara was already in line for a hat of her own, so that's what I've been doing today.  Kara's hat, which reminds me of a beehive and isn't exactly what I envisioned when I started out, still needs ear flaps.   I use Kim's hat pattern from Last-Minute Knitted Gifts, which provides a nice reliable starting point for all kinds of different hats.  And I can't feel bad about knitting with the yarn on hand!

A glimpse of our normal school day supplies - timers, Legos, copywork

     It's always satisfying to make something with your own hands.

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