Last Friday, on her way out the door, Zoe told me she'd like a new hat. At the time, she was wearing a sweater and hat on their third seasons, for better or worse. I'm calling the felted pompom on the hat she'd grabbed, worse.
We all know wearing of handknits should always be rewarded with more handknits. I asked her what hat she'd like. "The kind that makes my head look like a strawberry" was the reply.
A couple of weeks earlier, she'd seen me clean out a box of old patterns, including a printed Ann Norling for fruit hats, circa before I had kids. Zoe's got opinions about clothing, and she thought they were All That.
I didn't think she'd stick with the concept for two weeks but she did. Fruit hats?! So, of course I made her a strawberry hat. Wouldn't you? I thought so! Ironically, after all this time, I misplaced the printed pattern we'd found two weeks ago. I used this one, instead. That's Cashmerino Aran for the red and green yarns, and some leftover Malabrigo Rios close enough to black for the seeds. (all machine washable--see felted pompom, above) . Whenever I had spare minutes last weekend I worked on it and by Sunday night it was done. It reminded me how much I love knitting hats. Since this is a season of getting all warm and cozy, I might be making quite a few. Just not all fruit themed.
Meanwhile, this one has seen daily action this week, which hasn't even been chilly.
Kid's got good taste--it really is kind of cute. I just remembered I should show her when I made her baby head into a pumpkin.