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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Express yourself

I've been working on a sweet little pattern in secret, and I'm really excited to share a little bit with you.  You may recall my obsession with the Incognito Cowl from Knitty.  I even knit one for each of the boys but they found the yarn too itchy and I had to rip them back.  It was a sad sad day for all concerned, but I digress.  I remember thinking "you know what would be awesome?...a matching hat with eyebrows!"  Then I got off the computer and went to do something, never following up on that sweet, sweet idea.  Every time I'd scroll through Ravelry and come across one of those cowls, I'd remember my idea, and then get up to go make lunch. 

Finally, the day came that I could stand it no longer!  I contacted the designer of the Sweetest Cowl In The World, told her about my idea, and asked her blessing to move forward on my own design (because it was clearly inspired by her original work, and frankly it's more polite to ask first).  She graciously agreed and I cast on IMMEDIATELY.  I sketched eyebrow charts and embroidered hats, and striped, and decreased, and ripped back, and started over again.  I knit hats for 10 straight days.  Everyone in my house now owns a hat with eyebrows on it.  It was so much fun.  I've got five different eyebrow motifs to choose from, and one (a reject from one of my four attempts at the perfect 'angry eyebrow') is sure to be a popular selection (think reality t.v., and New Jersey, lol).

My original plan was to submit this design to Knitty so these patterns could live happily ever after, together under the watchful eye of Amy (the super-sweet editor).  But then I thought about it and realized that I just couldn't wait and I really wanted to release them sooner than that.  And I put the baby hat on an actual baby and took a picture and I really wanted to show everyone how hilarious it all is...so I've decided to release this independently.  Testing starts this week.  I hope to wrap it up by December 1st and have this pattern out in time for last minute gift ideas, lol. 

So with that in mind, I give you... The Angry Baby

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