Over the past few months, I've gotten to knit for my cousin's new baby boy. You've seen the sleep sack and Amanda Hat that I so lovingly made him, and I was so excited to get pictures of him in it! Baby J.J. is so sweet and I just am so excited to get these pictures.
ISN'T HE PRECIOUS???
But as much as I've enjoyed knitting for this handsome guy, I am so excited that I've been knitting for girls recently. The flowers, intricate patterns and just all around adorableness is amazing. Today at work we had a baby shower for two of my coworkers. They're both having baby girls (any day now!) so I have been working the past two weeks on knitting hats for them.
I used the Vintage Sweet pattern which is free on ravelry. I have to admit, I was a little intimidated at first. Almost all flower embellishments are crocheted, and that is a skill I do not have. I've never done ear flaps or the twisty cord and reading the instructions made me wary. After the base ribbing, the hat pattern is lovely. It's complicated enough to hold my interest, but not so difficult that I get stressed out. I sincerely enjoyed this pattern and I can't remember the last time I really felt this lovingly about a knitting pattern. Typically, I never make two of the same thing in a row. I get sick of it and after casting off one I dread doing it all over again. That was so not the case with this precious hat. I made two of these, but only have a picture of the one. The other is exactly the same, but with a pink hat and white embellishments.
These hats were a big hit at the baby shower. Everyone fawned over them and couldn't believe that I made them. I even had a few people approach me about knitting for them or their children! It is so nice when my work is appreciated. Knitters always catch a lot of criticism for being an "old lady" hobby, but it's moments like this that make me truly proud of my skills.