So here’s the bit where I glower at you and tell you you should be blocking things.
All that generally means is ‘toss it a sink full of cool water (kitten supervisor is optional), let it soak for half an hour, squeeze out the excess water, smooth it out, and let it dry.’ If you happen to have a bowl or a balloon or a wig stand or something head shaped, let it dry on that. But if not, just letting it dry flat is better than not blocking it at all.
But for this one, you’ll notice I did something a bit strange. I ran a bit of scrap yarn through all the little speckle dots before I threw this in the sink. The goal was to help them be nice and tidy and uniform, and it totally works. I left the scrap yarn in while the hat soaked and dried, and the wee nubbins were much more even when it was dry.
Those yarns will come right out now that it’s dry. And then the hat will be all done and ready for a proper showing off.
So that thing where babies have small(ish) heads? Yeah, well it makes for quick knitting.
This went from swatch to cast on to finished over something like two or three knitting sessions. Which is fair, because from what I’ve heard, babies outgrow knitted stuff at an alarming rate.
But now, I’m going to go weave in the ends (there are rather a lot) and block this (yes, block everything, even baby stuff, just hush and do it, it’s worth it). And then I will come back and show it off properly!
Someone I know (very definitely not me, seriously, no, do not even ask, that’s super weird to ask and you should totally know better, you will get a whole lecture if you make it weird) is currently producing a baby. And that means I get to make some truly absurd baby hats.
Because babies are helpless little meatloafs at first, and the reward for putting up with their never ending stream of noise and bodily fluids is that you get to put ludicrous stuff on their heads. At least that’s my theory.
So I will wrap its tiny little head in tiny little hats and revel in how cute it is (and in how I get all the cute baby pictures with absolutely none of the baby responsibilities) and all will be right with the world.