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Friday, January 19, 2007

Welcome Baby Julian!

Pattern: Adapted from Hats that Fit by Nancy Lindberg
Source: Hats that Fit pattern leaflet
Yarn: Araucania Atacama, 100% Alpaca shade 502 (aqua/turquoise) part of 1 ball
Needles: US 6 straights

Modifications: I used the formula in the Hats that Fit pattern to determine an approximate number of cast on stitches and I followed it's suggestions for the depth of the hat. Thereafter, I departed from the pattern. I used a simple 3/2 rib so that it would be really stretchy and I decreased gradually and carefully to maintain the ribs. I knit it flat and seamed it because I couldn't find appropriate circulars. I added a cute little tassel.

Unstretched, the hat is teeny, tiny. Without the cuff, it was a perfect fit for the almost one and a half year old, with plenty of stretch leftover. The four and a half year old could wear it comfortably, except it wasn't deep enough to cover his ears.

I sent my KMKS package out on Tuesday the 16th - r
ight on schedule. It's heading all the way to Cambridge, England so I hope it gets there in a reasonable period of time. I am hoping that my pal still doesn't know who I am and it is therefore safe to share these pics of the package I sent.

The bag was inspired by this one. I used interfacing to give it lots of body and I lined it with fabric from a super-soft felted lambswool sweater. I was mostly happy with the result. My only complaint are the smallish openings at the top. They make it impossible to pass anything larger than a tennis ball into the bag. The overall size of the bag is small, so I'm hoping that small openings will not cause her much heartache. I think I'll make a much larger one for myself.

Here's a peek at the whole package. This was especially fun because my giftee lives overseas and was hoping to get some American loot. I sent lots of regional goodies.

On the other end of the swap, I've had the nicest correspondence with my gifter. She has been extra gracious and sweet in all her messages and I'm looking so forward to my package! Thanks in advance for your thoughtfulness "Knittingsurprise"!

So far, a really rewarding first swap experience.

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I want that bag!!! Everything is amazing that you sent. And that baby hat is adorable!
Wow, that bag--I love the fabric and the felted lining is such a good idea! The hat's cute too!
Love the hat and the bag!! A knitting friend of mine always says that every baby deserves something knitted in really great wool that required hand-washing!!!
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