After some really cold days the weather has flipped into warm again. But I am refusing to be fooled. I have finally looked at my calendar and see that whoever is in charge of planing our year did not forget to include November and December in our itinerary.
I do not know what the end of October means to you. To me it means that it is time to figure out which hats still fit. Some will not. You would think that with seven kids after knitting and crocheting hats for at least 10 years I would have plenty. Ideally I would just need to make two each year and the rest will be “passed down”. Not in this house. My kids do not let go of their knitting artifacts. As DD #3 says – “Mine”.
So I get to practice my negotiating skills. Like this:
– OK, this hat is too small for you now, do you think it would look good on “X”?
– It fits.
– Look, you grew, it is so nice! (Smile, smile, smile!)
– I like it!
– That is nice, but it does not fit! (Breath in, smile!)
– It is mine!
– Would you like a new hat? (Smile is very thin by this time).
– OK, but I want this one too. You keep it.
From that time on, I get the privilege of guarding the outgrown hat from any attempts by younger siblings to put it on. I also get to knit lots of new hats.
Lucky me, after all popularity has it’s price.
P.S. The free PDF pattern for this hat is available for download from chickenstitches.com.