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Saturday, September 02, 2006
Luggy Bonnets and Asian Stationery

Lately, I've been fantasizing about baby knits. I'm craving something fast and colorful and I haven't been satisfied by the dragging ON-AND-ON of my Tulip sweater (which I've decided may be a gift for my mom - after I add sleeves). My gaze keeps wandering to the pile of DK yarns I have set aside to knit this:

Almost Famous Luggy Bonnets from Weekend Knitting

My wonderful mother-in-law is the most prolific knitter I know - she just churns out beautiful project after beautiful project and she knows how to make sense of any knitting mess I can make. She's the person who taught me how to pick up all kinds of crazy dropped stitches. She's also super-generous (with an astonishing stash) and gave me a pile of yarns I could use for the adorable Luggy Bonnets. Neither of us can wait to see her adorable grandchildren wearing matching star-studded hats.

A word about nomanclature: for the purpose of selling the hats to the 4-year-old, I never refer to these beauties as Luggy Bonnets, instead I'm calling them MATCHING SNOWBORDING HATS! and I'm planning to add long sherpa-hat style I-cords with tassels to each earflap. Also, maybe I'll put a pompon on another I-cord at the top. Is that a bit too much?

This is just SO MUCH FUN. I can't remember a more fun project. I love all the colors and all the constant changes. Also it's so small. I had the hat you see here in mind for the littlest of the kiddos. And after three short days, I'm almost done...

As it turned out, It's too big for the little kid and too small for the big kid. A bit of a let down after my 3 days of happy Luggy creation. As you can see, It almost fits the big boy and with a bit of blocking might fit him well, but it lacks the promised purple stars that he requires of his bonnet. I still need to crochet around edges and add tassels and then I think it will become a gift to someone deserving and wonderful who will appreciate it (green stars and all).

It was so quick and lovely to make that I'll enjoy whippin' out two more for my little snowboarders. This time I'll use yarns that are closer in gauge so my stars won't be so puckery.

In other things-I've-made news, the big kiddo and I went for a mommy-date to the pottery painting place and I painted a pretty flower on a little dish for my oldest friend who is visiting this week from Savannah.

This picture was snapped just before the baby tried with all his might to fling the pretty dish to the floor.

The painting was loads of fun and I loved digging into my stash of pretty asian stationery to find the sweet paper you see here. It was found at Kinokuniya Bookstore on our recent trip to Seattle. Everyone should go there and buy beautiful stationery and pens, followed by a gigantic bubble tea at Uwajimaya.
Oh it's super cute!
Great job!
I love that Weekend Knitting book. The hat looks great!
I love the hat and the colors.
Wow, so cute. I've read a lot of comments on the sizing. Notably that they come out larger than expected despite being spot on for gauge. I just bought the yarn for this project last night. I can't wait to cast on!
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