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With Christmas just a few days away, things are pretty busy here around Casa Sorella – but I did want to pop in to share a few more Christmas hats with you.  This one is for my adorable nephew Jackson – he is a Jets fan, so now he can show a little team spirit when he watches the game with his Dad.    Instead of the 1×1 rib the pattern calls for on the bottom, I worked a chunky 3×1 rib.  I secured the pom-pom extra well, as he has already ripped the one off of his blue winter hat.  {I love boys.}  I can’t wait to see this on the little meatball’s head!This plain and simple cap is for my son.  He came home from school the other day (he’s 9) and said: “Mom, I can’t wear this Scooby Doo hat to school anymore.  The kids are teasing me – they think Scooby Doo is for babies.”  {Boys are mean.}  So I knit him a hat that nobody could possibly make fun of!  No pom-pom for this fourth-grade boy – way too risky.For Ben’s edge, I worked a 2×1 rib – a few rows in gray and a the rest in the blue, then worked the rest of the pattern as written.  Here are the details:

  • Pattern: Kim’s Hats by Kim Hamlin
  • Source: Last-Minute Knitted Gifts
  • Yarn: Cascade 220 Wool {for Jackson: Green -9430 and White – 8505; for Ben: 8555 – Blue and 8400 – Gray, all 1 skein each}
  • Needles: Size US 9 16″ circulars and set of Size 9 dpns.
  • Size Made: Jackson – toddler/ Ben – child
  • Mods: Jackson – 3×1 rib/ Ben – 2×1 rib

Yesterday, I made Nigella’s Girdlebuster Pie {how awesome is that name?} and some Snickerdoodles for the annual cookie exchange.  Today I will be making 6 lbs. of meatballs and 8 lbs. of sausage and peppers for our Christmas Eve party.  Things can get a little stressful with all the prep-work, so I’ve implemented a  “no complaining” rule for myself – no complaining about anything, not even how tired I am.  I got through yesterday without making one complaint and my hubby said he was very proud.  Thanks Joanna, for the inspiration! ~J

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At my favorite local yarn store, Stitches with Style, I earned a $20 yarn credit for finally filling up my frequent-buyer punch card.  That means free yarn! I went straight for the wool and picked up some skeins of Cascade 220 for a couple of projects in the queue.

This sooty gray is for the Spud & Chloe raglan sweater knit-along…the group is well underway, but surely, they won’t mind a latecomer?  I’ll probably start the project sometime next month, but in case you want to jump in now, the details of the knitalong are here.  It’s hosted by the awesome Susan B. Anderson, so you know everything is going to be well explained!

I also grabbed a skein of the 220 in Navy, because my sweet baby nephew needs a new winter hat for his meatball-sized head.  I’m thinking something with ear-flaps and a pom-pom, paired with some of the gray yarn above.

Of course, I didn’t get all of this yarn for free – but I did earn some punches on my new frequent buyer card!  Don’t you just love (almost) guilt-free additions to your stash?  … ~J

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