• Big Hat Updates

    Sometimes it takes me a while to check things off my piles of to-do lists, but I do get to them eventually. I will cut to the chase. When I first published the designs for my two favorite hats, Samoa and the Best Hat Ever, two years ago, I referred to the braids as “horizontal …

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  • Surviving the Pom Pom

    Reed has asked so many crazy adorable questions lately. I know I am biased, but my kid might be a genius. Reed recently learned how to use the Google Voice app on the cell phone to search for interesting videos. He’s been asking the phone a litany of standard kid questions. Reed will ask: Show …

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  • Ari’s Wish (Finally, Redemption!)

    Hi! My name is Ari. I live down the road from Reed, so he likes to play with my big brother a lot. I don’t mind. I find it fascinating to watch them run around like monkeys, screeching and making all kinds of racket. (Auntie Andrea seems less enthused about all the messes they make.) Reed’s …

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  • Redemption, Vol. 2

    Unsurprisingly, I still haven’t redeemed myself. I thought I was all (well, mostly) in the clear when I finished my last cream colored baby hat…but then the hat was actually a wee bit too small for the neighborhood baby (AKA Baby Hat Model). Of course. I had been cleverly working up these Much Improved baby …

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  • Trintara Hat Pattern Release

    I hate to say it, but it’s pretty much hat knitting season ’round these parts. We’ve had crisp mornings and evenings (some days), shorter days (I haaaate!), and, gasp, the holidays are approaching. Hats are perfect fodder for holiday knitting. Especially this hat. Meet Trintara. It’s knit in Madelinetosh Pashmina Worsted (Sugar Plum colorway), so …

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  • Redemption

    Apparently being sleep deprived when Reed first born was more impacting than I realized. I thought I had it together back in that first year of Never Sleep Ever. But I didn’t. As evidenced by actual written text that I myself typed roughly three years ago, my brain was not at all functional. I just …

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  • All the Reasons I Will Never Win An Olympic Medal

    There are so many reasons why I never win things, Olympic (knitting) medals* in particular. Yes, I practice. I can knit. I do it all the time. Here’s the thing: practice isn’t enough. One must prepare to be a winner. When I finally found myself on the sofa late Friday night ready to watch the …

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  • A Hat, I Think

    I have to be honest here. I am not really a winter hat person. For me, wearing a hat (regardless of season) is an all-day commitment. Vanity isn’t my strongest virtue (frumpy, lumpy me could use a little more vanity, actually), but I have found that wearing a hat does something odd to my hair …

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  • Knitting A Perfect Hat for A Perfect Toddler

    I am shamed to say my toddler child had been zipping about in a too-small hat and was in need of a new hat with proper fit to keep his head smuggled and warm during this dreadful winter weather. It seemed simple enough at the time. Day 1: It’s New Year’s Eve. Decide to knit …

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  • Samoa Hat

    Just when I thought it couldn’t get any better in the Hat Department, it did. At last, the knitting universe is on my side. For the time being. Fingers crossed. I am so pleased to share another new hat pattern with you today. It’s called Samoa. Samoa is a clean, stylish hat featuring an I-cord …

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