I was browsing through the very eclectic, one of a kind store called “Target”, looking for a winter hat for Willow, when I came upon this adorable black and white polka dot hat. The price wasn’t outrageous. It matched Willow’s winter coat. It was just so precious.
But I didn’t buy the hat.
Because I am really stubborn. Because I knew I could make a hat like that; therefore, I couldn’t bring myself to buy it.
As you can see, I finished it.
I have what some may call an “addiction” to yarning–whether crocheting or knitting, although I prefer knitting (nose up to the air). I find a ridiculously, adorable; yet equally difficult pattern on ravelry and I dive in like a pregnant woman into Ben and Jerry’s, I just can’t stop (I can only say that from experience).
But there is really something mesmerizing about making things with your hands. To have a vision, to work for hours towards that vision, and see that scarf or artwork as a completed piece is really fulfilling. Therapeutic even.
My Oma–dutch for grandma– God rest her soul, was not only one of the sweetest people I have known but was a pretty mean crafter. Watching her knit was liking watching sprinters in the Olympics, your jaw dropped just from the utter speed with which she could move those needles. She taught me to knit and crochet at a young age but I never completed the project she had me start, and the well learned lesson became long forgotten by the time I went to college. And it was at this time that something inside me craved to learn to knit. So did I call up Oma? Nope. Youtube taught me everything I know. What a shame. In my life I have spent hours upon hours and movies upon movies either knitting or crocheting.
Now that I have a little toddler– did I mention Willow’s walking– I am forced to indulge my addiction in moderation. But that is the nice thing about making things for babies, it’s much faster making a tiny baby hat than a hat for some big, melon-headed adult.
I found this pattern on ravelry and added my own polka dot pattern. It will fit a child in in sizes 12 and 18 months. I knitted on size 8, bamboo, circular needles. The yarns I used can be found at Joann’s Fabric. The blue is Martha Stewart Crafts Roving Wool Yarn in Sea glass blue and the black is Lion Brand Vanna’s Glamour Yarn in Onyx. I doubled the black yarn as it is much thinner than the blue. You can download the pattern I used to make this hat for free here.
May the work of your hands bring you much joy and fulfillment throughout the year.
Keeping Willow by Stacy Feyer-Salo is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.