I decided to do this year-of-projects with my crafty girlfriends some months ago, and had no real plan for what I would be making. I usually just float along on my project wave, waiting to see what inspiration strikes, and decided that I would treat this project no differently than “real life” (and really, isn’t the point to make this weekly resolution just become real life?)
Whilst packing for Christmas travels I tucked into my crochet bag – on a whim – a hat pattern written out by a friend over two years ago. On Christmas day I sat down to conquer it, and as with a few other past attempts could tell that something wasn’t going as I needed it to be for a kid hat. I furiously texted James for help with the stitch counts of a basic kid hat, which she happily provided. It wasn’t much different than what I was working with already, but the couple little tweaks were all I needed to quickly and easily churn out a hat that night.
The next day my dad was in a car accident, which was followed up by two surgeries in a row, and he is now recovering in a rehab hospital. It could have been much worse, but I think I just exhaled for the first time at about 9 p.m. last night. In that time – fretting in the passenger seat of the car, at home in the evenings, and in hospital waiting rooms, I have churned out six hats.
I made this one for Hazel this week – it’s James’ basic kid hat pattern with added earflaps that seem slightly wonky to me, edging and fringies that I made up as I went and that seem okay? And a pompom from a youtube tutorial. Trimming and then wire-brush-floofing a yarn pompom is weirdly satisfying. I don’t remember what kind of yarn this is, but it’s thick and chunky and I dc-ed the night away with a J hook.
Many more hats to come! They are so quick and fun! I have a few others finished that I’ll post photos of later. I hope that in the course of returning to regular blogging, I will take real photos with a real camera :)
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