When my mom was here at the beginning of October, we took her to what I jokingly referred to as crafter's row. Rosemont Garden has a bead shop, a gift shop, a random vintage/antique shop and Rebelle (fiber shop). We visited the different shops with Q in tow.
ReBelle is friendly to the breastfeeding set, so there was a bit of a break there and I wanted to buy a skein of yarn to make a baby hat. My last hat was a bit too small for even Q's newborn head, and while he has a few hats, none in his size were hand knits.
I bought a single skein of Koigu, which I had never worked with. There just weren't a lot of shops in the Boston area that sold it. Heck, I'm not sure any of my old local shops sold it. Even if they had sold it, I'm sure it wouldn't have done as well for me, because I gravitate towards yarns with descriptive color names. Color numbers are just not nearly as interesting.
Koigu KPPPM in P812 is a golden yellow with bits of blue and other colors. It took me about a week to knit the hat, using stolen bits of time. It then took me about 2 weeks to block the hat. It is a little big now, but promises to grow as Q grows.
The pattern is Cable Baby (rav link), a simple cabled rib. There are instructions in the pattern to add or remove a repeat to make a bigger/smaller hat, but I made the basic size.
At ReBelle, I also bought a small bottle of unscented Euculan. I don't like it quite as much as my bottle of Soak, but I haven't managed to unearth that in the process of unpacking. If you find it, please let me know (it's probably in the bottom of one of my yarn boxes). Otherwise, I might order it online when I run out again. Soak is awesome stuff.
Sleepy baby in a cute little cabled hat. I know he will grow into it. We can already see his growth. Each time we put him in one of his onesies, we can see how he is filling it out differently from the last time he wore it.
I have a lot of knitting and cross-stitch I want to do, so I think my posts are going to increase once I grow another pair of arms to do all of the things. Happy knitting all!