This is where I'd usually commence in bitching, probably in ALL CAPS, about how [insert string of expletives here] hot it was due to the freak heat wave striking the heartland of the US. Ironically, I was dreading a work trip to Knoxville, TN this week--their summers are miserably hot and humid--but at temps in the high 80s, it was practically winter coat weather compared to WI. I don't want to gloat, so I'll just say I enjoyed staying in a hotel next to the 1982 World's Fair Sunsphere:
|Knoxville's local wigshop warehouse. It's in much better shape than The Simpsons led me to believe.|
And I've been steadily working on my cotton sweater, though dog knows when I'll get to wear it. I'm just about done with the body; there's been no shaping, so if I stopped right now it would be a (very loose) tube top.
|It's laid out on a bench at the airport: not really sure why it looks like it's a floating ghostly apparition. Maybe it's tired of being a sweater and is trying to go into the light.|
But onto a pressing matter: two of my cousins have recently gotten themselves knocked up. Buns in the respective ovens. Riding the baby train. Their lives are over (JOKING...one of them already has a child so her life was over a while ago). But seriously, they are both lovely ladies expanding their families and I want to mark the occasion with some hand knitting. We're not super close due to the the long distance we live apart--so I'm not thinking a huge project, but I think that a couple of babe hats would be a nice gesture.
Here's the rub: I know absolutely nothing about human spawn. I might as well be another species. Until a few years ago, none of my extended family was of the right age range to have young children--the first time I held a baby was maybe three years ago (I did the thing where you awkwardly hold it straight-armed out in front of you, natch). So I'm all ears for advice...they're both due in the fall, so the wee ones will be 2-4 months-ish during the wintertime. What size are babies heads at that age? Are knitting patterns for babies sized by age? Any suggestions for patterns that you've liked?