Monday, December 21, 2009

One skein + one afternoon +one baby = one thousand kisses

one.skein

I have been stealing as many moments as possible in the crochet chair ever since Thanksgiving, and slowly everyone is getting a little layer of love added to their wintry accessories. I need to remind you that I have no real knowledge of what I'm doing when I sit down to crochet anything, and typically just make it up as I go. Maybe everyone feels this way. I think this is why knitting has never stuck with me. It seems less like something you can manipulate like I have been able to get away with when crocheting. My mom has taught me to knit precisely six times and I still haven't gotten comfortable with it. But I do have knit envy, especially when it comes to all those wonderful hand knit socks and lovely sock yarns. I have been using several sock yarns (which I would consider the above) for things that are not socks which feels like a guilty pleasure. All that said, I love a quickie. I fell in love with this skein at my favorite local fabric shop turned local fabric/yarn shop. Yesterday after wrapping up a separate but much longer crochet project, I was in the mood for a itty baby hat.

one.afternoon.hat

All I did was make a rectangle of half-double crochet and threw a few scattered bobbles into the mix as I went - the rectangle width is 1/2 of Roman's head circumference, and the height is twice the height I wanted the hat to be. Once the rectangle was complete, I simply folded in half lengthwise and yarn-sewed the sides together. Then I crocheted a 5 stitch-length ribbing all around the bottom edge (great tut here).

woodsy.pom

Making a pompom at each corner became a must once we tried the hat on young Roman. The yarn is so sweet and woodsy and the rectangle shape of the hat naturally gives you these pokey little ears. So I went with the extra creature addition of pompoms (another great tut for those here with a pompom maker and for those without a pompom maker). I also didn't trim them too neatly so they would look a little scruffy. I encourage scruffiness for baby boys, its who I am.

little.creature.boy

And the result. Well. The cuteness. I can't stand it. Maybe you can stand it. I. Can. Not. Stand. It. And he is doing the Mowgli thing a lot lately instead of knee-crawling which he has yet to really do. I think he might skip real crawling altogether and go straight to walking one day soon.

My little creature.

More warm wearables to be posted soon! But posting this picture reminded me that I need to go and kiss his chubby little face at once. xxxxxxxo~AM

78 comments:

  1. So so so cute... I can't believe you did that in one afternoon xxx

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  2. Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous!

    Could you have better documentation for an afternoon well spent?

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  3. First of all I have to say that I, too, am a crocheter and that hat is the best thing I have ever seen.
    Second, my now 7 yo daughter was also a Mowgli crawler which is how she got the nickname Mowgli for the longest time. I have never seen another baby crawl like that. Love it!!!

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  4. I can't stand it either! I love a kid in a hat and you have to get your fill of cute hats before they get older and suddlenly dislike pom poms!

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  5. It is practically unbearable.
    Do torture us some more ;-)

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  6. So sweet! I want one for my 11month-old! I have always been a non-knitter with "knit envy" too. I try every now and then thinking I've finally crossed over, but only to be disappointed. I should try crochet... :)

    Merry Christmas!

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  7. I love that hat. That totally looks like something I "should" be able to do-- perhaps.

    On a side note, if you ever want to make a post about HOW you work in your studio with a baby, I'm all ears. My almost-1-year-old is putting a SERIOUS damper on my work b/c the whole place feels like a deathtrap (the iron falling on his head is my #1 fear) but he won't stay in any contraptions. I feel you might have some experience with this...

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  8. So cute and those chubby little fingers....my granddaughter is 20 mo and well into the running stage...sigh but she still loves to sit and snuggle..once in a while!

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  9. Very cute, both of them;)

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  11. OK..way to sweet...makes me want another. Well, not really. But it makes me want to hold, snuggle, cuddle and smell the sweet smell of a freshly bathed baby. Oh, the memories!

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  12. adorable! He's doing a really great down dog!

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  13. I can't stand it either!!! That is incredibly adorable...I want to try it too!

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  14. Best baby boy hat ever. Fantastically gorgeous yarn WoW!

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  15. Oh, your boy and your hat are adorable!

    I am a knitter who started out crocheting. Many experienced knitters tried to teach me to knit and I was intimidated and frustrated beyond belief. It wasn't until I sat down with Debbie Stoller's book Stitch and Bitch that it finally 'clicked'. Now, I recommend that book to new knitters and it works like a charm. Also, because I started crocheting I knit with my left hand, despite being right handed, 'european style'. I had to let go of the 'proper' knitting to really get going. Have you tried either of those things?

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  16. Well, I can't stand it either! He is too cute in that hat! Yes -- kiss those sweet little cheeks at once!

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  17. Just darling!!! My baby boy (20 months) came over and starting giggling and saying baby. He likes it too!

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  18. Simple enough I can make one too for my little girl! She's 2 months and of course doesn't have much hair to keep her head warm. Thanks for including the links to the pom poms and the ribbing.

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  19. So adorable - and love the pics! I think he should have a pair of mittens too in that yummy yarn :)

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  20. That is one cute hat Anna Maria and of course Roman is a dear! I'm really loving that yarn also!

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  21. Ach, I could die from the cute! We learned today that #4 will be a girl, and part of me is sad and letting go of the idea of having another little man around to crochet creature hats with bobbly ears for... Yours will do as a vicarious substitute!

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  22. Oh my gosh! That is almost so cute I can't stand it! How adorable.

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  23. HAHA! so adorable. I too am a knitting flunky. Like you, I find crochet to be much more flexible & forgiving. That baby gets cuter every day!

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  24. OMG..He is so cute, with that little face, Adorable!
    I can't stand it too!
    Have a great holiday and Happy new year to you.
    hugs,

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  25. THat hat is too cute, but not as cute as your little guy of course.

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  26. I have knit envy AND crochet envy. I'd love to learn how to crochet as it sounds more like my thing with the "make it up as you go" way of thinking. Can you or your readers recommend a good book or tutorial for learning how to crochet? Thanks a bunch for all your endless inspiration - - - Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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  27. I can't stand it either. He is so stinking cute. Give him some kisses from me.

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  28. SO DARLING!! The HAT and handsome baby Roman too.

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  29. So cute, love the bobbles !

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  30. So VERY sweet!!
    All the best from Denmark :o)

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  31. Wow, what a lovely little hat! - and little boy!

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  32. Isn't he adorable! I've got 8 boys and I think they all must do that Mowgli thing, and it melts me everytime!

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  33. Well I love the yarn colors and the pom poms are a hoot as well as sweet--just like Roman. My daughter went from rolling everywhere to walking. Very little crawling involved! Happy Crocheting.

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  34. That is absolutely way too cute!! Makes me want to grab a crochet hook and whip one up for some wee one...

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  35. Dear Anna,

    Could you please tell us the kind of yarn you used? I want to whip one up pronto.

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  36. I can't stand it either! This makes me want to find the crochet hooks:)

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  37. Nope, he's pretty irresistible. For me it's the chubby little fingers! I am a knitter and have the same relationship with Crochet that you have with knitting, so don't feel bad. Only problem is I don't have anyone to teach me.

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  38. you can't stand it?? I was just thinking that was pretty darn adorable! though it does look like it would more be a prop hat for newborn photography, it's still really cute!

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  39. Casey, when I say I can't stand it, I mean of course how cute he is, and the cuteness overfloweth to the point of not being able to stand it. Naturally :)

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  40. So so cute. My son is doing the mowgli crawl and a little bit of throwing himself along the floor. Very odd, but still cute. And the pompoms are so cutely scruffry on that hat. Tidiness on baby boys? Never won't hear of it. x

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  41. I hear you on the can. not. stand it. I always say the cuteness of my baby girl could power a city!

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  42. Love that little hat and the model! Would love to make one, but not good at *winging it*. Have a granddaughter who would sure look cute in a pink one like this. Makes me want to bring out the crochet hooks. Thanks for sharing!

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  43. Thanks for this! I just taught myself to crochet and am working on a longish project. I can't wait to do some shorter fun projects after Christmas!

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  44. Cut hat! It is almost as cute as the baby!!!

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  45. I feel the exact same way as you when it comes to knitting. I've been taught 3 times now and it never feels right. But put some fabric in front of me and I am home.

    Merry Christmas!

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  46. Okay, seriously Anna, how in the heck do you have the time to crochet....I want business/parenting lessons from you....I can't find the time to sew enough much less knit and crochet....I miss it! xoxo Shannon

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  47. Love the hat, but the baby is even cuter. Especially with the stripy romper. my very favorite thing for babies to wear. honestly. doesn't everyone find them irresistable with those cute little bottoms wiggling across the floor in those stripes?
    on a side note, I taught myself to knit, then crochet when knitting was too slow, but when I tried knitting after crocheting, I had much better luck. The yarn seemed to know where it should be in my hands better. Don't know where you find the time to do all these wonderful things and be a mom. whew.

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  48. What a sweet boy! I don't blame you for giving him thousands of kisses.

    May I ask what kind of yarn that is?

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  49. Anonymous9:50 PM

    Love the hat, and your son is adorable, BTW!
    www.whatupduck.com

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  50. Korie9:59 PM

    How adorable! And the hat is cute too!

    I love stripey yarn like that. I'll second Mama Llama - what kind of yarn is that?

    I knit and can do basic crochet. I started out with crochet, but had a lot of knit envy too so I taught myself. I have caught the knitting bug lately, totally ignoring my sewing machine and knitting hat after hat. It is so relaxing, plus you have great warm accessories when you are done!

    Happy holidays!

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  51. Wonderful. Cant wait to try it!Thanks for your support of my fledgeling blog! Happy Christmas Linda

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  52. S-t-i-n-k-i-n' cute! I can't stand it either!

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  53. OMIGOSH! That is so cute, yum, yum! be sure and look back at the picture when he gets cranky, haha! Now he needs cute itty bitty leg warmers to match the hat!

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  54. Randi1:56 PM

    My comment about the crawling thing? As a former reading teacher, I would encourage you to teach him to crawl. "They" say there's a direct correlation between the hand/arm-leg/foot coordination of crawling and the ability to read. Never learned the science of it but "they" did all the research and said it was so.

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  55. Randi2:00 PM

    But anyway, he's adorable and so is the hat.

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  56. Adorable! I second the other comments: can you please share what yarn that is? It knit up so beautifully. :-)

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  57. I can't stand it either-- those cheeks!!! Oh MY! And the hat is so darn cute...makes me think "hey, maybe I should have another" Then I come to my senses and hope hope hope that one of my girlfriends will have have one that I can just borrow for the afternoon instead!
    My youngest skipped crawling too-- just scooched around on her butt and then walked at 9 months! Enjoy him.
    xo
    Simone

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  58. Dang cute! What a lovely idea - a rectangular hat. Another reason for me to learn to crochet. (I knit and agree with you that it is less flexible an activity that crochet seems to be.)

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  59. anna the picture of roman in the little hat just makes me smile!i too have envy of the knitters(i started knitting last year).it just takes too long to finish what i start!!merry christmas to you all!!

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  60. Your bLoG is divine! How have I been missing out on it for all this time? Great talent you've got here.
    smiLes
    LiBBy BuTTons

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  61. The hat is adorable. I would love to try your Folkdance quilt, but the link is broken.

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  62. katieq- I've clicked on it, and its working, so not sure what to suggest other than trying again- xo, Anna

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  64. Love it! I'm another knitting flunkie who loves beautiful fibers, and finds crochet much more forgiving, and I spent some time over the holidays escaping into crochet as well. Very relaxing, in an obsessive way!

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  65. That is so cute!

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  66. First off, let me say, I LOVE your blog. Thank you for sharing your creativity and your life!

    I had the exact same problem with knitting...I learned over and over and it just didn't stick. I can practically crochet in my sleep and actually learned so young I don't remember not crocheting. A couple of years ago I decided I was going to knit and master it. I spent about 2 weeks...most of every waking hour...obsessed with getting it. I decided to try something new...the continental method and found all the help I needed here: http://www.knittinghelp.com/videos/knit-stitch. For some reason, it feels like crocheting to me and I don't feel all thumbs.

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