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auburnchick
11-16-2009, 12:37 AM
Another project magically jumped on and off of my needles in the span of three days.

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This is the Warm Stripings Hat from the January 2008 issue of Creative Knitting.

My daughter's friend called me earlier last week, and we had the following conversation…

“Mrs. AuburnChick, I know what you can get me for my birthday.”

“Oh? I didn’t know I was getting you anything, but pray tell, dear Friend of Chicky, what would you like?”

“I want a hat with ear flaps and fuzzy things on the ends.”

I immediately thought of the Warm Stripings pattern because I made it a year and a half ago for another one of my daughter's friends.

Now, I tend to be a monogamous knitter; however, the holiday season has thrown major wrenches into my normally organized life. I keep coming up with new projects to work on with short deadlines (the request for this hat had a due date of mid-December).

And yet, after purchasing the yarn last week while on the way to Chicky’s soccer game, I couldn’t wait to cast on!

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The yarn is an acrylic blend and deceptively soft. It comes in 100g skeins, but I only needed 90g to finish the hat. I probably could have gotten away with 85g if I had not knit the i-cord for the top, which I wound up not using.

Folks…this is the perfect project if you’re looking for something fast and easy. I knocked this out between Friday and Sunday evenings.

Chicky called her friend and invited her to stop by the house after youth.

I was a little concerned that she would like it because Chicky didn’t exactly give me the feedback I was looking for when I was finishing it up.

After listening to a couple of Chicky’s comments, I decided to do a quick revamp and added the pom poms on the ends and the one on the top.

Chicky’s friend came over, and I was a nervous wreck (as I always am when gifting knit items).

No worries though, as you can see from her face (permission to post granted by her mom)…

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She said she doesn't do hats well. I think she's pulling this one off perfectly!

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See the pom pom on top?

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I think she likes the hat.

mks22300
11-16-2009, 12:41 AM
I think you're right about her liking the hat! It is so cute and I just love the colors!!

auburnchick
11-16-2009, 12:46 AM
Thank you! When I made the first hat, I ordered the yarn in the pattern. I have a really hard time substituting yarn.

This go-round, I didn't want to wait for an order to arrive, so the shop owner helped me select this yarn.

I was surprised to discover that it was self-striping! I really should have gotten a picture of the top...meant to and forgot. The striping is GORGEOUS with the increases. It gets hidden a bit with the ribbing pattern.

The yarn is also stretchy. I should have gone down two needle sizes but didn't realize just how stretchy it was until I was almost done with it. Oh well. If she's having a big hair day, it will still fit! LOL

Slim
11-16-2009, 08:35 AM
The hat is adorable, and the model is really cute too.

domiknitrix
11-16-2009, 09:23 AM
TOO CUTE!!! Oh and yes she loves it and she should!!

WandaT
11-16-2009, 10:58 AM
It turned out wonderful!! Love the story too. No need to be nervous about this gift. Looks like she LOVED it!

margz3
11-16-2009, 11:07 AM
What a great hat! I think the smile on her face says it all :)

ArtLady1981
11-18-2009, 07:46 PM
Oh this hat is adorable! Love all the photos, too!
From the looks of her big smile, she's as happy as can be!

You're the best, Nathalie! :hug:

tilllie
11-20-2009, 12:19 AM
Great story! the color is really pretty and the giftee seems quite happy. Great job!