WIP: Baseball Newborn Hat

I’m still working on that baseball newborn hat… it is proving to be quite the endeavor. I had started out using Lion Brand’s Baby’s First Yarn. It was a chunkier yarn and as I knitted the hat, I really didn’t like how big the stitches looked. So I went over to one of the local yarn shops in my area, Jessica Knits, and bought some Rowan handknit cotton. I am much more satisfied with the smaller stitches. Now, I’m working on the red stitching (red ribbon) to make it look like a baseball. The hat was easy, this red stitching is testing my patience and skill. I find myself having to take breaks and return to it (at least) a few hours later; perhaps it is my complete inexperience with embellishing my work with ribbon, the lack of a pattern to follow, the ribbon itself or a combination of all three. All I know is that I will be so happy to have the red stitching done! If you have any advice on how to make the red stitching easier, please let me know. I’ve been eyeballing where to put the stitches so that it looks as even as possible. I’m trying to stay optimistic. I know the completed hat will be adorable– it’s just the journey getting there that I have to get through. Here’s the progress so far:

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Special Delivery!

Just wrapped up the headbands for the three girls. I mentioned in a previous post that I’ve been reading the e-course “Dream Job” from Red Velvet and so with this customer, I wanted to make a nice impression and wrap the headbands nicely.  I’ve made a few things for other people already and I feel a little guilty that I didn’t take the time to wrap them nicely (then again, I wasn’t planning on trying to make a business out of it at the time). The card has my contact info on the back, with the hopes that she’ll keep the card and be able to refer me to other people and give them my contact info. I haven’t been able to think of a name for my business, so it’ll just have to be “Handmade by Christene” until I think of something better. I’ll be delivering this tomorrow– so excited!

Getting girly

Last Sunday, I received a commission for three crocheted headbands for three little girls. I finished two and am still working on the third one. Admittedly, I was very nervous about making girly headbands since I’m not a big fan of flowers and stuff on my headbands. I looked at all the usual places to find a cute pattern but I didn’t find what I was looking for. The girls the headbands are for are active (what little girls aren’t?)– I didn’t want to make a giant flower headband that’s for show but a practical, yet cute accessory. The girls picked their own colors and gave me an idea of what they wanted. Hopefully, they will enjoy these!

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