Everybody knows that babies grow quickly… and yet it still strikes me HOW quickly. It seems that I am constantly sorting the clothes out that the little monster has outgrown after wearing them only a few times. The latest one was his little snowflake toque. While it fit perfectly for the first few weeks, it now doesn’t cover his ears any more.
So, this time he got a navy colored one. And I went for two simple red stripes rather than another fancy pattern since he’s only going to wear it for another three months or so… 😛
As I always have a hard time finding Christmas gifts for my parents, this year I decided to knit them toques, so they would be well equipped for their next visit here in Canada. My mom got some Norwegian snowflakes, similar to the ones I chose for Paul and Timo, and I even managed to finish her toque about a week before Christmas. I had some small hopes that it would still arrive in Germany in time, but it didn’t get there until yesterday…
In the meantime, my Dad’s toque was also finished. As I didn’t want to make them run around in partner look, he got some black and green zigzags.
I hope they like their new toques and don’t mind the little delay! 😉
The big monster also got a new warm toque last week, I just didn’t get a chance to upload the pictures earlier…
A few weeks ago, I had found some orange micro fleece that perfectly matches the lining of Yannick’s winter jacket and since I didn’t make it to dress him up for Halloween this year, I decided to make him a monster toque at least. His dad and grandma were a bit concerned about the horns at first, but after they saw its friendly smile they now like it, too. And so does Yannick, I think… 😉
We have had our first snow here in Ottawa two days ago… It has still been mild and fortunately, the rain washed it all away quickly, but it was enough to make me decide to knit a little winter toque while waiting for the new family member.
In order to figure out a design, I looked at my yarn stash and the toques that I made last year… and almost immediately decided to make one to match Daddy’s grey and green snowflake toque. So here it is – I just finished it! 🙂
I could only fit a small part of the snowflake pattern into the newborn dimensions, but I think it still looks really nice. And of course, I had to scale Daddy’s massive pompom down quite a bit!
So little monster, we’re ready, please don’t make us wait too much longer! 😉
UPDATE (5 Nov 2016):
The toque has been worn for the first time yesterday! And I think it did a great job keeping a pair of tiny little ears nice and warm. 🙂 It was not a real winter day yet, but the wind was quite cool, and at least I now know that it fits and that we are ready for the real frost!
On Friday it was the first cooler day here in Ottawa this year. Not really cold, but enough to protect the monster’s ears while at the playground. But when I put his beloved grey Hamburg toque on, I noticed that it has gotten quite a bit tighter since he last wore it in spring and bearly covered his ears…
So I made him a slightly bigger one today while he was napping, copying the shape of the grey toque. And once again, I really apprechiated my new walking foot. It made it so nice and easy to sew the knit fabric, even to line up the stripes along the side seam. I really like the navy and yellow stripes and they go really well with almost all of his clothes. It is only a light jersey toque for fall though, once the really frosty days start, we’ll have to find or make a warmer one!
We tried to get a nice picture of the monster and his new toque at the playground today, but he was not cooperating. I tried again after we came home, but he wouldn’t keep it on for even 2 seconds… 😉
UPDATE (26 Sep 2016):
I was luckier today, so here we go! And he even kept it on the entire time! And even better: we got some compliments from another mom for “this adorable toque” – that totally made my day! 🙂
I have a new toque! Living in Canada you’d think I have plenty of them, but while I have tons of scarves I actually only have one toque and that one is pretty worn out and definitely ready for retirement.
Initially I wanted it to match these mittens and was already half way done, but for some reason the broken seed stitch turned out really wide, making the toque way too big for my head. So, change of plans, some unravelling and a few squirrels – and here it is! I was also considering a pompom like Paul’s, but then decided against it because I wanted the little white diamonds at the top to stay visible.
Good thing there’s enough winter left with plenty of opportunities to wear it! 😛
I proudly present my first knitting project in a grownup size! Hope Paul likes the pompom – at least he can’t complain that it is too small… 😛
Now I need a little break from knitting I think! I know I already said that after the baby slippers and then made three toques… But this time, my next crafts project will be in a different discipline for sure!
Because I liked the onion-like shape of this toque so much (and because 1.5 ft of snow that fell over the past few days make it impossible to ignore the fact that winter has eventually come…) I decided to knit another toque – for Yannick this time. And since I just learned how to make braids I went for an all braided design. I’m in real awe for people who make whole sweaters like this – my hands were crampy enough after this small project 😛
Can’t wait to put the toque onto Yannick’s head for our next stroll and to admire my little gnome! 🙂
UPDATE: I actually could not wait, but tried it on right after Yannick’s afternoon nap…
Today I finally finished this little pointed toque… and am another step closer to my knitting career 😛
It is on its way to Germany now but unfortunately won’t get there in time for Christmas. But there’ll be more cold days this winter for sure, so I hope it’ll do a great job keeping Max’s ears warm!