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New Traditions

I’m often inspired by the activities I see over at Soule Mama. Fore some time now, I’ve been a fan of her new-hat-for-the-solstice tradition, and I thought we’d try something like that this year.

Now, we don’t officially celebrate the solstice, but there are lots of other winter happenings, and here in Wisconsin we definitely wear hats! So this year, we’re all getting new–mama-made, of course–hats for our annual day-after-Thanksgiving-Christmas-tree-cutting expedition.

Here’s Finn’s hat, all ready to be worn!
This is the Gnomey Child’s Hat, which is available on Ravelry for free! I’ve been wanting to make this hat for so long, but the idea of using circular needles had me frightened–why, I don’t know! They’re awesome! Much easier than double points, I think.

I used a beautiful yarn that I found at Coolclimates on Etsy. The yarn just screamed gnomey hat, and it’s terribly difficult to ignore screaming yarn.

My only complaint–and it’s really not such a big deal–is that the yarn thickness varied quite a bit. For this hat pattern, it really didn’t matter, because the stockinette stitch really hides the variation well, but it’s very noticeable on the inside of the hat.

Oh, I can’t wait for the day after Thanksgiving (for so, so many reasons, actually)! I’ll post my hat when I get around to finishing it (maybe starting it would be good, too). Dadoo’s (that’s what Finn calls him–but not really, because he can’t talk) hat will remain a surprise (I hope!) until the day.


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