George's sister, Tanya, had a baby girl recently. She lives in Russia, so it will be awhile before (if ever) I meet her and little Alice. But I knit Alice a hat.
This is the Heart Hat (Ravelry) from Elizabeth Zimmermann's Knitting Workshop. Such a wonderful book, as all of EZ's books are. I used some Rowan Wool Cotton from my stash, in "Rich" and "Hiss." The colors remind me of those funny little Valentine's chocolates, that always taste like chalk but have pretty red and pink foil wrappers. Do you remember those? Do they still make them?
The garter stitch heart is an ingenious adaptation of a mitered square. You turn a mitered corner for the tip, and do some fancy short-row magic (not really. if it were "fancy," it wouldn't be EZ, but it is genius!) to create the two little heart "bumps," et VOILA! A sweet heart! Then, pick up stitches in the garter "ridges" all the way around the heart to knit the bonnet part.
I love the texture of garter stitch. Nubbly and squishy and stretchy. Such a sweet hat. I should pop it in the mail so it gets to Alice before she's too big to wear it.
In shop news: I have a big update of Fondant Merino DK coming up next week. The new colors, in sweater quantities. Isn't mustard big this season? How about Roasted Garlic? ;)