Man, I really dropped the ball on this post, you guys. Sorry about that. As I bitched about last week, I had several freelancing deadlines this week and I just did not get it together in time to post this. Please forgive me! I hate being late on these-- it's really important to me to feel disciplined and like I've got it all under control, but sometimes shit just sneaks up on you. Oh well.
Anyways, I guess it's gift guides season, y'all! I actually love gift guides. They can be so helpful in giving beautiful ideas for extended family and friends that may be a bit trickier to shop for. The only problem is that quite often, a lot of these gifts are a bit outside my price range. I would LOVE to be able to get all my siblings and my parents 100$ gifts each. I love them, they're the best, and they really deserve them. Unfortunately, that's just not realistic. So, in keeping with my Halloween advice, I want to give you guys some cheap and easy holiday gift options for the kids and beauty lovers in your life. Some will be homemade, and some won't! I personally love homemade gifts for the holidays. It takes the gross consumerism out of the holiday and instead is a creative, thoughtful gift for a loved one. And first up, we have a precious knit cap for the baby in your life.
I found the design for this knitted hoot hat over at Babyccino Kids and knew I had to make one for my best baby friend. I just love a baby in a pointed hat, you guys. So when I found this design I was thrilled. You can pick any soft, yet sturdy yarn and use either traditional needles or circular ones. I'm using my Clover size 11 bamboo needles with alpaca wool yarn. I decided to cast on even less than Courtney at Babyccino did, to 55, since I'm making it for a newborn and plan on knitting to about 6 inches. Then you take your yarn needle and stitch up halfway up the back, leaving some yarn hanging for the tie. (See the original post for additional and better instructions.) I think I'll add another piece of yarn and braid the ends.
I absolutely love knitting! As soon as the weather starts to turn, I dust off my needles and make a trip to my local yarn shop. It's such a relaxing way to pass the time, and when I find myself reaching for my iPhone, I try to reach for my knitting instead. I can hold a conversation while I do it, or watch a movie, or listen to a podcast. It's just delightful! My grandma taught my sister and I how to knit in high school, and I've really treasured having this skill. I'm not even THAT great at it, I just really enjoy it. I'm hoping to get good enough to one day make my own socks, but for now it's scarves and hats!