What knitter can resist casting on a super-cute baby hat - even with no particular baby in mind at the time? I know I sure can't, and with the release of Holiday Hats for Babies: Caps, Berets & Beanies to Knit for Every Occasion, my to-knit list just got even longer.
The first thing that grabbed my attention with Holiday Hats for Babies, besides that adorable pouty face on the cover, was the fact that this is a book full of patterns for all holidays... not just the "major" ones. Heck, not even just the sub-major ones. Arbor Day Cap, anyone?
The 25 patterns in Holiday Hats for Babies are divided into four seasonal sections:
Winter is Wonderful - covering Christmas, Hanukkah, all things snowy, Valentine's Day and St. Patty's Day (note to the editors: the Mother's Day "Cup of Love Hat" pattern in this section clearly missed it's proper location)
Spring Has Sprung - covering all things flowery, plus April Fool's Day, Easter, Mother's Day (a second offering apart from the misplaced hat noted above) and Father's Day
Summer and Other Celebrations - covering 4th of July and birthday celebrations
Fabulous Fall - covering Arbor Day, Halloween and leaf-peeping
Of course, if you know me, you know I went straight to the Fabulous Fall section. The "Leaf Peeper Cap" is simply adorable and the "Witch's Hat" is a must for any little lady in your life.
Other patterns that really stood out to me include the "Peppermint Candy Cap," a sweet treat for Valentine's Day and beyond, the "Spring Has Sprung Hat," complete with pink roses on the top, and the "Fourth of July Top Hat," which proudly shows off your tiny-tot's patriotic side.
Whether you are a beginner or advanced knitter, the patterns in Holiday Hats for Babies are for you. Whether you want to try out new skills, or cast on what you would consider a "mindless" knit, each project has clear instructions and beautiful color photos to guide you through.
About the Author: Debby Ware is an author, designer and life-long knitter who has been crafting baby clothing for more than 20 years. She owns and operates Debby Ware Knitwares, an online shop devoted to fun and charming knit kits. Debby resides in Edgartown, Massachusetts.
Disclaimer: Taunton Press sent a copy of Holiday Hats for Babies to Lapdog Creationsfor review purposes. I was not compensated for this review. All opinions expressed in the review are my own.
In case anyone missed it, Tut turned 11 on Saturday. For those of you who did miss it, here's his King Tut "whhaaaaattttt??!!!" face especially for you.
Or maybe that face was for me when he found out that the new toy I ordered for him didn't make it in time. Okay, so I might not have ordered it until Thursday... oops. It was a good thing one of our favorite local shops was having a customer appreciation event... and our friends from Casey Jones Bones were there... and the humans wanted to stop by and say hello.
He sure thought he was king something when we got there. All the attention, and he got to go in the store and sniff around. He was too preoccupied to pick out a toy, however, so Mama did the honors (and forgot to snap a pic). A HuggleHounds Mr. Candy Corn was the winner.
I may not have ordered the other toy in time, but I did order the more important birthday component on time... the cake! And, it was cheeseburger flavor! Score double points for Mama!
Bad doggie mama moment #101 - I haven't had a chance to download pictures off of my camera yet, so instead of shots with his siblings, you just get these slightly blurry phone pics of the birthday boy himself (which I'm quite sure he doesn't mind).
I think my baby boy had a wonderful 11th celebration, don't you?
Most dogs love car rides. Some even love going for a ride to visit their awesome vet.
Then there's Sophie.
While she has certainly gotten better over the years, Sophie is not a fan of car rides, strangers, or going to visit the vet. The drool starts flowing as soon as we get in the car.
Apparently someone taught her to close her eyes and make a wish. I think she's secretly mumbling "there's no place like home, there's no place like home" in this shot.
Daddy's little Princess had an unplanned visit to the vet last weekend to be checked out for a UTI. Dr. C was off, so we had to see another vet. Both she and her tech thought Sophie was just the sweetest little thing ever, even with her drooling and doing all things possible to avoid looking at them.
While they were checking Sophie out, they decided we might as well express her glands while we were there. Now, unlike Dr. C who does the little procedure herself in the exam room (and doesn't charge us an extra $30, but that's a story for another day), they took her out back. Sophie wasn't thrilled and showed her displeasure by, ah-hum, giving the girls a little poopsie for good measure. Now, the tech played the "accident" off pretty nicely, but Sophie clearly was quite proud of her "I'll show you" mischief and gloated for the rest of our time there.
To recap, the left is "before" she pooped on the tech and the right is "after."