Things that can be yours

Much of my blogging time is being occupied by twin management. Both are beautiful and healthy and breastfeeding very well. (All hail their mother. Nursing twins is an intense job. An intense full-time job. A job so big that someone should really sit beside you for most of your day saying “you’re wonderful” and doing all of the other jobs.) To help keep things going well, I’m sacrificing time at the computer to biking up to the hospital and back each day. I’m sure you all can get behind that. Until then, you are going to have to settle for some random stuff that can be yours.

1. I started with this:


Fleece artist kid mohair sliver. (Interesting note? That word is pronounced “sly-ver”, not “sliv-er” like what you get running on a new deck in bare feet. I discovered this while trying to look informed using the word at a retreat. I was gently corrected.) There are two colourways there that I thought were compatible. I spun them separately,


then plied them together to get this:


About 160m of dk/perhaps heavy fingering mohair two-ply, that I’ve donated to Claudia as a prize for her MS ride. Visit Claudia, make a donation and you could win this, or something else really, really good. Claudia’s aiming for $10 000 this year and she’s almost there.

2. While I was sitting around the hospital, I’ve whipped off a wee cotton hat for Lily.


It’s so cute it about gives me cramps. Now is the part where you all email me for the pattern and I break knitterly hearts by explaining that there isn’t one, and I email you back and say “you could totally fake it” and then you email me back and say “No, no. I’m not that kind of knitter. I can’t fake a hat”, and then I email you back and say “It’s not diffusing a bomb. Try it.” and then you email another note and say “I wouldn’t know where to start.” and then I email you and say “If you dressed yourself you’re smart enough for this” and then I email you the steps below.

(I’m trying to time save by just putting it here. Let me know if you really miss the other parts.)

Step one. Measure the head in question. (Lily’s head is 33cm – 13 inches.)

Step two. Find some yarn in dark green, light green, white and pink. You can look for black if you want to do the seeds. (I will remind you now that there are seedless watermelons.)

Step three. Knit a swatch. (Don’t make that face. Do a tiny one. I did 10 rows of 10 stitches.) Measure your stitches to the inch.

Step four. Multiply the number of stitches to the inch by the number of inches around the victims head. (Use a calculator if you feel woozy when I say multiply.) If you have five stitches to the inch, and the head in question is 15 inches, your math looks like this:

5X15= 75. See? Even a math-phobic like me can do it.)

Step five. Cast on this number if your recipient is a baby (their heads grow fast) or a few less than this number if your recipient is likely to have a stable head size for a while. (Hat’s knit the exact size of the head don’t stay on real well. You want it a wee bit smaller so that it clings a little.)

Step six. Knit around and around, changing colours in the places that it makes sense to, and carry on until the hat is tall enough. (This is always taller than you think.) Lily’s hat is five inches tall. (Don’t unroll the roll brim to measure. It’s not going to unroll on their head.)

Step seven. Decrease in a manner that makes sense to you. Me? I like the tops of hats to swirl, so I decrease every 8 stitches on the first round, seven on the second, six on the third…and so on until I’m knitting two together around.

Step eight. Cut yarn, thread through remaining stitches and fasten off. Duplicate stitch on the seeds, if it charms you.

Step nine. Put it on the head of the victim recipient and giggle a little. (Double sided tape helps with toddlers.)

Step ten. Stop and think how this could totally work for other hats. Feel clever.

155 thoughts on “Things that can be yours

  1. Am I first?
    How cute is that! I must try one. Thank you for the information!
    All Hail Twin Mother! She is my hero!

  2. I love the sliver that you spun! It looks gorgeous!
    Your hat method is how I make most of my hats too. I find it very easy.

  3. The hat is clever! You’re such a great friend. I’m sure mom of twins really appreciates you. Finally, you really do crack me up. Now, I just actually need to read one of your books. I know, I know. Shame on me, but I’ll get around to it. :0)

  4. Thanks for posting the pattern for the awesomely cute hat. Love the tip on how to decrease at the top to create a swirl. My first couple hats looked deformed on top.

  5. I hope Juno was kidding.
    That pattern was so hilarious (and the hat so anerable–Do you read Cute Overload?). Can you insert commentary into ALL my patterns for me so I can at least be entertained while I give myself an aneurism? Thanks.
    P.S. I *AM* kidding.

  6. Hey everyone, Stephanie is sooo correct. I made about 4 hats like this (well, not exactly, I don’t think my 14-yr-old nephew would appreciate a watermelon on his head) for Christmas. It’s quick and easy.

  7. That is quite possibly the cutest hat ever. Now I have to go buy pink yarn! Wait, that’s a good excuse for a trip to the LYS…
    I think I need to go do some errands… yeah that’s it… errands.

  8. Gorgeous handspun, darling hat, and twin mom is my hero. (Along with the Harlot, of course.)
    Have you sent Juno an email peppered with the appropriate expletives yet? Bwaaa-hahaha!!!!

  9. How ’bout a Chocolate Marshmallow Cookie (I think they call them ‘Gems’) shaped hat for young Parker?
    Well if you’re going to make ONE of them look silly (and completely adorable) you can’t leave the other one out.
    And thanks for the non-pattern — I’ll be puttig that to work right shortly.

  10. lol. Thanks for the pattern. And thanks for sticking by the mama. I had major problems nursing my 4th child (down syndrome) and needed lots of support, but we prevailed. It was worth it!

  11. Thanks for the inspiration. I was thinking ladybugs for the knitting friend whose baby is due any minute, but I think I have the colors to pull off watermelon in my stash.

  12. That hat is adorable πŸ™‚ But I have a problem. I don’t have yarn in ANY of those colors. Oh well. Looks like a trip to the lys is in order.
    Good luck with those twins! Twins run in my family (great aunt was a twin, dad is a twin, sisters are twins), so I have a very high chance of having at least one set in my lifetime πŸ™‚

  13. Good gracious, that sliver is awesome stuff. I’ve been meaning to contribute to Claudia, and now I have extra motivation.
    The hat is totally cute, but I don’t think I can follow a pattern that complicated. Can you please write me a pattern for a garter-stitch scarf?
    Put down that paperweight! I too am kidding.

  14. The real reason that knitters have babies (or borrow them) is because it is so much fun to knit them silly hats.

  15. I think Parker *so* needs one of those hats with a bird on top… πŸ˜‰

  16. Very cute hat…so what’s Parker’s hat going to be?
    I sure wish I had had someone like you around when we brought home my DD. I still don’t know why these cute little bundles don’t come with good directions (not that I would have read them)!

  17. Hmmm, how did you get my hat pattern? But no matter how many times I knit them, the pulling everything tight at the top looks crappy, so for kids hats, I generally decrease to 3-4 stitches and knit a couple of inches of i-cord, bind off and tie the i-cord in a knot. (Yes I realize that this is the SnB hat, but I’ve never even seen the book.)
    I hadn’t thought of doing the watermelon, but now I see a trip to my LYS for the appropriate colors.

  18. What a cute hat! Thanks for the pattern (I know where you can get wool for socks to match!!!)
    So glad the heat has broken for your rides to the hospital. You’re awesome (and so is that brand-new family).

  19. Cutie watermelon hat! If I saw it on a baby, I’d want to munch on its head.
    …or not.
    Anyhow, send my congratulations to the twins’ mom. I am told that having twins is much like juggling, especially in regards to breastfeeding. I just had the one and she took just about all I had to give that first six weeks. Copius praise to her and may all the Gods of the universe bless her greatly, she’s quite the woman.
    Oh, and the mohair is very purdy. I’ve only just learned to spin. Fear my funky yarn.

  20. What a great friend you are , also a great spinner!!! LOVE that yarn . Just have to know what you are going to knit it into. I’d take up spinning IF I even thought I’d get yarn like that —NOT. Besides my stash in at the “”Sable”” stage . think I better get busy and make a bunch of those adorable little hats and use some of this stash up. I told my niece she
    d be in my will for the stash ONLY IF she finished the mate to a sock she knit last fall and show me proof ha. Me thinks she may even get at it and get it done. Thanks for the pattern and the time you take to keep us all amused. Bet that Mom is tired right out –all the very best to her and her new little ones already. than goodness it cooled off a bit for your bike riding

  21. All of this and you bike to the hospital every day? Wow, I feel like such an underachiever. I’m almost tempted to make plans for mass knitting and exercise. I think I’ll sit quietly and admire the baby pictures and cute hat until it passes.

  22. Stephanie, you should take it as a compliment that I did a little happy knitter dance (people at work looked at me very strangely) just to be in the first 30 people to comment. See? I’ve given up on first, I doubt I’ll ever be first, but there aren’t a hundred comments before me! Yay me!
    That’s an adorable hat. I’m just at the point now where I’m embarking on knitting-without-patterns. Just two days ago, I captured my boyfriend’s foot to measure it (10″ around and 10″ long, can you believe it? I should have measured his feet before asking him to move in). I measured, I swatched (okay, that’s a lie, I grabbed the other pair of socks I’d just made in the same yarn and measured). I even figured out negative ease!
    I feel so proud.

  23. Oh my heavens. Just looking at that hat makes me want to have another baby, just so I can knit stuff for her. However, with my luck I’d get another boy, and they are not nearly so fun to knit for (no pink. I love pink.)

  24. HOORAY FOR NURSING MOM! I am in awe that she is nursing twins — tell her that she is just amazing and wonderful for doing that.
    The hat is precious! πŸ™‚

  25. Very Cute hat – I did that same patterning for baby socks – started at the cuffs with the dark green, then into the light green then white then the pink (no seeds – I hate floats on baby socks, their piggies always get caught). I wish I had taken a picture, but it was BDC – before digital camera – and I gave them away about a year ago.
    Twin’s Mom is lucky to have a friend like you – one baby is tough enough – two at once? Wow.

  26. My best friend’s daughter has just had gorgeous twin girls (is also nursing-I agree with the All Hail)weighing, omigod 6lbs 10 ozs each!!! I’ve done the necessary baby blankets, but after seeing this hat, I know that they absolutely have to have one (OK two). Thanks for idea and pattern.

  27. Great Hat and instructions! And really, thanks for taking the time from your much too busy schedule to blog almost every day; it brings a smile to my face. Even if I don’t find the time to knit every day, I can get my “knit fix” by reading it.

  28. I applaud the nursing of the twins!
    Also, you could, you know, tell people to buy your latest book if they want to have the general rules about the hats. I’m just sayin’, is all. Perhaps you are shy–I’ll tell everyone: Buy Knitting Rules! It has the sock recipe and basic hat stuff and it’s funny. There aren’t a ton of patterns, but it really does give you the basics so that you could play around with making your own *even if you think that you aren’t that kind of knitter*. Also, for a knitting book, it’s pretty reasonably priced.

  29. Victim — I love that! I’ve never thought of my friends and family as knitting victims, but I will from now on.
    The hat is adorable. Too bad I don’t have an appropriate victim for it, although the cat did cross my mind. Think double-sided tape will work for a cat, too?

  30. I’m going to add to your directions. I know, I can hardly believe the gall myself!!! But the thing is that hat swatches never work if you knit them flat. Okay okay, ALMOST never. So use a DPN (or if you hate them so much, a circular, but you’ll regret it) for your swatch, slide all 10 of your stitches over at the end of every row, drape your yarn real loosey goosey across the back and knit again. Like an i-cord, but not at all because you don’t want your knitting to curl up.
    I won’t admit to you how long it took me to figure out that my gauge really is a lot different in the round (or in garter stitch) than in flat st st.

  31. The new Mommy must be so glad to have a friend like you! Breast-feeding one was all-consuming enough, she must be a godess! πŸ™‚
    The hat, fabulous!
    The steps to make one myself, awesome! I didn’t know how to get the swirl thing happening. Thanks for the info!

  32. 1. Hooray for brave, amazing, woderful Super Twins Mom.
    2. Oooo, I want to make one of those hats for the niece-by-love.
    3. Gorgeous yarn, where do you get the time?
    4. Don’t forget that Super Twins Mom deserves a break every now and then.

  33. Alternate method for people who really hate swatches. Cast on 6 stitches and join into a circle (you need dpns). Knit into front and back of each stitch (12 stitches). knit one round even. increase evenly 6 times (or whatever pleases you but if you use a different number start with something that means your total is divisible by that number) in the next round. knit one round even. Keep increasing every 2nd round until it is big enough for the recipient (try it on them if you want to avoid finding a measuring tape, though I’d advise putting the stitches on waste yarn). Knit even until it is big enough. cast off.
    This method is also good if you don’t know if you have enough yarn for an adult hat because you can stop at kid size if it is looking really iffy.

  34. OMG the yarn is the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen in my life. Your creations inspire me to spin- although I have no idea how to even start. Simply BEAUTIFUL.

  35. I just finished spinning and plying some Fleece Artist sliver in green and I like it very much. (thanks for the pronunciation key, too, I had no idea)
    The baby hat is the cutest thing!

  36. The watermelon-slice looks edible! Some white seeds at the very top of the hat would look nice too but really, this is adorable as is.

  37. Hi — I am so happy… we just (I mean moments ago) had fiber optic cable installed… I’m no longer on dial-up… it feels so light, so breezy…
    What a delicious post… yarn + hat – very, very cute (seems I read a pattern like this before… was it in Knitting Rules? hmmm… everyone should have this book – really good!)
    My favorite made-up hat pattern is co 80 stitches, k2,p2 til it covers the ears, change color and change to k3, p2 at the same time, continue until it is long enough, p2 together at all the purls, k a round plain, then a round of slip 2 together as if to k2t, k1, pass 2 slip stitches over, p1, then throw in anothe plain round, then as above until you feel like switching to just knit decreases as above every round… cute swirl w/a touch of lace.
    I’m off to flit through the internet with the greatest of speed!

  38. I too applaud, no; make that cheer, the nursing of twins, not to mention the birthing. I wish you had been around when I had mine! (they were 8 weeks prem and took a while to get the concept of nursing).
    Lily’s hat is the cutest. Do we get to see Parker’s tomorrow?

  39. The watermelon is fabulous! It reminds me of my childhood and the Richard Scarrey books, where the charaters would, more often than not, end up eating watermelon (I have no idea why) πŸ™‚

  40. The watermelon hat is fabulous! It reminds me of my childhood and the Richard Scarrey books, where the charaters would, more often than not, end up eating watermelon (I have no idea why) πŸ™‚

  41. Hee Hee – Juno cracks me up. I must say, eventually, I will take up spinning and it will be ALL your fault. Quit making it look so fun and enticing.

  42. I loved what you said about the nursing of twins so much that I passed it on to my sister-in-law, who is currently nursing her own. She thought it was great and sent it along to her cousin, who also nursed twins.

  43. Too cute!! Thanks for the hat recipe. And I’m glad I’m already in on the Claudia thing – your yarn looks yummy.

  44. You are a true and wonderful friend for biking anywhere, much less back, in the weather we’ve had here this week. Darling hat. Can’t wait to see what you make for Parker.

  45. Awwwwww . . . my mom makes strawberry hats, but this is so much cuter!!! (I remember asking for a lemon hat when I was five, despite the fact that I despised yellow at the time).

  46. Oh. My. Goodness. That is such a cute hat. Another thing I must make (someday!) Thanks for posting the pattern!

  47. Very cute hat, indeed. I’ve got a recipient or two lined up for one of those. I’ll have to cast on, too.
    I think you missed the step in the e-mail dance for directions where the e-mailer just asks you to knit the dang thing for them & you reply back with some witty “get a life” comment.

  48. Seedless watermelons still have seeds in them – they usually are whitish and soft and immature like, not like the hard dark brown/black ones. However, you can usually eat the watermelon and if you come across a seed in your mouth, you can eat it.
    Cathy, from the land of watermelon and peanut trees, and grits fields. Always be careful sitting underneath a watermelon tree….

  49. Twins must be doing great if you’re able to get some spinning and knitting done. Good job. Healthy kids are a blessing.
    I love that stuff you spun. If I wanted to find some like it…. where would I look? And I think the Chocolate Marshmallow cookie idea is a good one.

  50. That is exactly the conversation we would have had via email. Thx for saving everyone the trouble. And, yes, the hat is absolutely delicious — can’t wait to make one.

  51. The yarn is gorgeous. I am getting closer and closer to ordering some spinning supplies, something I’ve never done.
    Glad to hear the twins are in good hands. My mom nursed twins (actually I thought she commented on the entry with the sock on the twin-filled abdomen, but I checked and it wasn’t her!) and I know she had a lot of help!

  52. My dyslexia kicked in, I read that as “silver” instead of “sliver”. It’s pretty no matter what it’s called, though.
    And I think I know a friend in need of a watermelon hat. Her birthday’s at the end of this month. And she is just the type of 31 year old to wear a watermelon on her head. πŸ™‚

  53. Stephanie, I made a hat just like that last year for a cousin. It is sooo cute. For the rest of you knitters that feel it is dificult, it is not. I figured out the pattern when I had been knitting for only 4 months. Just try it. I used lion baby soft for mine. It worked just great. Try it. πŸ™‚
    Oh, and if you want a variation, knit the green inside out, then switch back to regular. [ie- purl in green, and go back to knitting for the rest.] Finally, if you are not dpn talented, it works well in flat needles with a seam up the back too.

  54. Goodness–now I’ll have to knit a had for my greatgranddaughter! (And I hope the baby due in August is a girl, so I can knit TWO!

  55. I must focus on that wonderful, wonderful mother bringing such beautiful babies into this world and now providing with the best(breastfeeding) that only a mother can give!! HIP HIP HOORAY! Not to mention her great taste in hat makers.

  56. And Parker would be getting, what type of hat? Y’know you HAVE to make something just as adorable for him. Hmmmmmmm, that’s going to be tough to do considering how adorable the watermelon is.

  57. What a cute hat! Thanks for the directions. I’m a new knitter, just graduated from garter stitch scarves, and the proprietor of my favorite yarn store told me that hats should be my next obsession.
    Would Parker like a watermelon, in blue? Genetically enhanced, I think.
    Love and kisses to all moms of twins.

  58. Cute, cute hat; nice, nice yarn. I donated to Claudia’s bike trip a while back. How do you know I’m on the list of donors?? I want that yarn!!!!

  59. Parker needs a hat also. A like things matching, so a deeper red watermelon hat would be perfect. Please, not a marshmalow cookie hat or a bird on top hat. I have not seen these hats but they sound like gag gifts for grown ups to me. He is a baby, boy baby, needs an equally adorable hat. vj

  60. I’d be guessing that looking after twins is not a very easy job. The new mum is probably going to feel like a milk cow for a while.
    Love the hat (with instructions!)(I need a hat like that!) and the newly spun sly-ver.

  61. Cute hat! What are you going to make for Parker?
    The yarn is beautiful. It makes me wish that I liked mohair better.
    As for mispronouncing sliver, when I taught my daughter to spin when she was 8, she insisted on pronouncing the term for the lumps in her yarn as slugs instead of slubs. At 34 she stills insists that they look like slugs to her.

  62. I’m going to Claudia’s to try for a chance at your handspun! Lovely hat for a lovely baby, thank you for sharing the pattern.

  63. I agree, breastfeeding twins, you should not have to do anything else. There ought to be a law (can you tell I had twins).
    And the hat thing, I am only a knitter with a little k, not the BIG K. But once in awhile I stick my toe in the BIG K to see how deep it is!

  64. I wasn’t going to post but Vicki’s remark about slugs completely cracked me up. I’ll have to work that into my knitting somehow since I don’t spin. And speaking of spinning (on bikes and wheels) – I donated to Claudia right after your first post about her without the temptation of your beautiful yarn, but that doesn’t mean I wouldn’t love to have it…and that twin mother is really, really lucky to have a friend like you, Stephanie.

  65. Adorable hat. My now 5yo wore an adorable cotton pumpkin hat (she was born in mid-Oct and had the hand-me-down Halloween costume to match) for most of her first year. Her Opal Ladybug sock yarn just came from Angel Yarns. Maybe she’d like a hat to match. I nursed all 7 of mine, but never had two at once. All Hail Twin-Mom!!!

  66. Hello! I’ve made apple hats for teachers’ babies, blueberry hats for little boys, peaches (with fuzzy yarn!) strawberries, raspberries, watermelons….a different color yarn, a different fruit…I just put a little brown stem on top and leaves (where appropriate!) They’re quick and fun and definitely not hard.

  67. you rock for your spinning pretties.
    you rock for your hat and the thinking ahead that brings you to just slap those instructions right on out there.
    but mostly you rock for bringing to light the hero that is the nursing mom – and double that for she that nurses double.

  68. “Ooh! Look Ma’! A strawberry!”, so said my daughter looking over my shoulder. Now she wants one. πŸ™‚

  69. Wow – thanks for the watermelon recipe.
    (she said gently)
    I just thought you should know
    (ducking her head and shuffling her toe)
    that it’s “defused” not “diffused.”
    Thanks for the education on “sly-ver” instead of a splinter.
    And you tell that momma she rocks big time. Can Parker have the outside of the watermelon as a hat? All stripey in different greens with a vine on top?

  70. Such a cute hat! Edibly cute.
    Everything about that homespun looks gorgeous- sliver to plies to yarn. Beautiful!

  71. Your handspun is beautiful. Riding your bike to the hospital, knitting beautiful gifts and being there for new moms & babes – you are a great friend indeed!

  72. I am a total lurker, but I just had to post today after a conversation with my 4 year old. I called him over to look at the hat. He has a strawberry hat that he loves and he LOVES watermelon (can eat it by the pound, or two or three).
    Me: look isn’t that cute?!
    Him: Watermelon hat! Is it for Rosie (our 10 month old)?
    Me: No it’s for a baby we don’t know.
    Him: And they left it in the bushes?

  73. That is the most adorable baby hat I’ve ever seen!! Cheers!
    And congrats on twins! I have two kids two years apart and that’s hard enough, I can only imagine how difficult yet fun twins might be!
    I will have to attempt the watermelon hat! (And thank you for the measurements info, that will help me with other patterns as well since my baby seems to have a humungous head!)

  74. Holy cracker jacks you knit quick. Your done with a project and I’m still reading the pattern. Do you know what its like to realize you have no talent doing something you love. sorta like a one arm paper hanger only I’m an Occupational Therapist who knits. Love the pics and the knitting. Hope the twin family is doing great and your family as well.

  75. Can I just say. . . Damn! that’s a cute hat. I hope the twins are feeling fine. I know nursing totally stressed me out until I “got it.” Good for mom. She’s lucky to have a supportive friend who also “knows stuff” about lactation.
    I’m back to begging. Please tour in Wisconsin. Pretty please with fleece on top:-)

  76. This is my 1st time on this blog (just read Knitting Rules and got the web address). I’ll start by giving my congrats. Very exciting! I’m a grandma of a 1 1/2 yr old and he is really the reason I started knitting. I’m having a blast. I do have a question and not sure if you are able to answer (as in does this thing allow you to answer questions and do you have the time). The chapter in your book on shawls gave really great directions for knitting a round shawl. What has got me going though is trying to figure out where I will put my head. Method 3 has you going back and pulling the yarn you started with to close the gap. What am I missing? I am relatively new to this and sometime need help w/directions so I’m feeling a little dumb. I did really like the book. I’d laugh out loud on the train. πŸ™‚ Also, I now want to try everything in your book so it was very motivating and exciting. Thank you, thank you. I’m gonna have to get back to the book store and read your other stuff. You’re great!

  77. The hat is cute, the handspun is gorgeous, but I must admit, I am just in awe of the nursing mother of twins! I remember those first few days post partum when I didn’t think I’d ever get the hang of nursing one infant, I can’t even imagine juggling two. I know the nursing thing will become routine for her soon enough, but for now, yes yes yes, she needs everyone telling her she is a superhero, even people who have never met her and only know about her through your blog!

  78. As soon as I discovered I was carrying twins, I crashed the local Mothers of Multiples meeting, sat down next to a complete stranger, introduced myself, and asked if I was still going to be able to breastfeed, now that it was twins. “Oh yes,” she assured me, “I nursed two of my quads while rocking the other two with my feet, then switched.” She wasn’t kidding! I was awed, and humbled, and considered nursing my girls a breeze whenever I thought of her!

  79. Not only is the yarn very pretty but the hat is adorable. I could totally make that!
    Also, congratulate mom BIG TIME. She deserves it.

  80. Your spinning is beautiful! I’m looking at my wheel right now wondering if it can produce such results as well (I think I need a class). I love the inside out watermelon hat, and I thought the idea above to make the outside of a watermelon for Parker sounded pretty good too!
    Congratulations to Mom!!! I was barely able to latch on one at a time, two would have made me cry! She is a Goddess!

  81. Cute hat. And anyone who supports a nursing mother (esp. w/ twins) should be supported.
    Love the spinning, I am trying to get the hang of the wheel still. Can’t seem to get it even yet. Those colors are great together.

  82. I am the grandmother of twins and they love the hats and socks and such that have come their while I learn to knit.

  83. The “sliver” thing happened to me, too.
    It’s somehow comforting to realize that you were not, in fact, born omniscient all subjects relating to fiber and its manipulation. Gives hope to the rest of us.
    Love the hat. Am thinking of making one for me. Expressive of my fruity nature, don’tcha know.

  84. Hee! A melon for Lily’s melon! I am utterly transported and making keening noises over that hat.

  85. The twins’ mom should totally be told all day long how awesome she is! Many kudos to her! I totally will endure Harlot withdrawal is support of twinage! Ride on.

  86. Hey, Steph, I just wanted to tell you that I once skeined a couple of balls of sock yarn onto the swift together in such a way that I could divide it into three sections after, and then dyed each section with Koolaid (“That’s not to drink; that’s DYE”, said my then-five-year-old) and then it was a total tangle that, when unsnarled, balled (excuse me!) and knit into socks, came out in Fibonacci stripes. And THEN! got holes faster than any socks ever. So I wonder if you have anything to say about darning.
    Also, I hope that your grnyrn debacle will be a help to me – I have been finishing a zig-zag jacket for over a month now, as one issue after another becomes apparent. First it was the length of the zipper (which I bought in Paris, Ontario at the cool old-lady linen shop, while visiting my niece), then the alignment of lines AT the zipper, then the length of the sleeves, then the pulling-in of the collar, and then the latest is where, on the hem, the triangle decreases down to nothing and then I cast off and then it curls. So I am thinking that if I do a bit of ribbing down there, it will behave. So you see.
    Best wishes for the upcoming season. I have 2 girls of my own – why are five 17 – 21 year olds sleeping late and wanting food???

  87. I’ve been a lurker for a long time, and I just enjoy your blog so much.
    Today, why write? Because I breastfed twins for a loooonnng time. Start-up can be intense, but so worth it! It gets much easier once you hit a rhythm. I promise.
    So, hurray to her from ether-me!
    And the watermelon hat…so, so cute. Gotta try that.

  88. what fabulous yarn and what a freakin’ cool hat. i have a niece due in just days and although she’s already got a lovely blankie awaiting her arrival, i’m going to have to try and do a hat too!
    i am so jealous of your time with the twins! i love tiny little babies. they smell so good and they are so sweet. and thank god there is some support system out there for breastfeeding moms. i always got the deal where i got to feed a newborn while taking care of mom/mil, so i’m enormously happy that there is someone out there who gets how it’s supposed to be.

  89. What an adorable hat and gorgeous yarn! Not that I need yarn to make me donate for MS – I lost an aunt to complications from MS, lupus, and lymphodema. I wish Claudia the best of luck! And thanks for the hat pattern, I must make one!

  90. Great hat. The suggestions for other hats for parker are good too. Any other melon would work. Do you have any cantelope, kiwi, or mango colored yarn in the stash? OK, that was a stupid question…like you wouldn’t have any color of the rainbow in there!
    All our love and support to the Mom, and to her wonderful friend. Yes, you.

  91. I called my mother into the room … and she loved Lily’s hat! And I love it too, I can’t wait to knit one!
    Thanks for your instructions — now I can finally make my neice *her* hat!

  92. Thanks for the comments on nursing twins! I nursed mine for 13 months after the cranky lactation consultant told me I could not do it. It was literally draining, but was one of the most rewarding and wonderful things I’ve ever done in my life! As always loved the knitting and spinning content too! :o)

  93. Love the hat! Makes me want to rush out and borrow a baby to make one for! Somehow I can’t see my eight year old going for it . . .

  94. How about an orange hat for the boy?
    And thanks, I seriously didn’t know they have seedless watermelon, too!

  95. The yarn is beautiful! The hat is SWEET! And Mom is Wonder Woman for breastfeeding twins. My SIL breastfed her twins (while working as a flight attendant no less!). Breastfeeding is hard with one, with two….a herculean task.

  96. OH MY GAWD! i read step seven and the sky opened up and angels SANG! i have adored, fawned, coveted the swirly tops without ever knowing how it was done! HOW FREAKING EASY!
    thank you, yarn harlot. thank you!

  97. Now, why aren’t all patterns that hilarious? And soo adjustable.
    Cute hat.

  98. Love your sense of directions and the notion of getting more out of a moment…a day… and a life! Makes a person almost want to drp the key board for needdle and directions as fun as your to give a tiny hat a try… Thanks for the inspiration to jump at a problem in a new way, sti back and laugh and try things that are new and adventurous. It won’t be knitting but I sense it will bring a new adventure into my often too busy world… all because I stopped by yours…
    Brain Based Business

  99. V cute hat and even cuter instructions – is it possible to love someone in a “knitterly” way?

  100. ok. this is like the bestest cutest hat ever, obviously. and there are no small children around.
    oh yes. many thanks!

  101. The hat is omigawad cute, Stephanie. And you are a good, good friend. The twins are glorious. Your beautiful sweaters will showcase them like the jewels they are. πŸ™‚ And I love the yarn – yeowza!

  102. I wish you had been with me when I had my triplettes…just the encouraging words would have been wonderful. I do miss the ‘other part'[although we have never emailed]can we do it just for laughs and giggles.

  103. Love Lily’s hat, wish I’d had one when my DD was that size! Now for Parker…how about a cantaloupe hat? Tan, green and melon orange? Just to keep things in the family, ya know. And loud applause to twin mom for breastfeeding both of ’em – I nursed all mine, but if the first one had been twins there might not have been anything left for the other two to work with. I swear that child was part barracuda. Go Mom! and Go Steph! for being such a great friend.

  104. You’re awesome!
    Mama of twins is awesome!
    The hat is awesome! (I usually make strawberries but I love the idea of watermelon…and great tip with the double sided tape)
    I’m so in awe…

  105. I always giggle a little when trying stuff on my victims… truly is the most satisfying part…

  106. My DH has been in hospital for the last month. I am home for a few days to take care of some business. Anyway, last time I came home a few days I got package from a secret knitter pal that contained “The Secret Life of a Knitter” along with other treasures. People looked at me funny when I fell down laughing in the elevator over the blue dbl pt and rental car….still makes me chuckle!
    I wasn’t able to nurse my oldest, but did nurse my midle child for six months. I was single mom alone with the youngest, had no support, so ended up not able to nurse him. Every nursing mother deserves hero-dom! And nursing twins….well those moms deserve a parade, and a daily parade as well! Kudos to the new mom!!!
    My youngest son, now 15, says Parker needs an “outside of the watermelon” hat. I personally think a Lime hat would be in order. The “rind” could be a darker lime yarn, the “sections” could be easily done in a lighter lime and a lemon-lime yarns. As far ideas for how…it’s pre-first pot of coffee and your lucky I haven’t cussed in this post yet!

  107. The yarn, the hat, the nursing of twins — all wonderful! I’m a firm believer in babies wearing cute/funny hats so that everyone they meet is smiling at them and they think the world is a happy place….

  108. Hey Steph-just picked up the new book and I am loving it! You are totally developing as a (big-time fancy-pants book) author, and your writing just keeps getting funnier! Keep it up!

  109. Juno made me laugh.
    I bfed my tow kids tandemly for a bit. Wow, the hormone surge from double bfing tried to take me down in a terrible throat grip a few times. It was amazingly intense. Therefore, the bfing twin mom gets my admiration. I might send her a little Reiki too, I sure could have used it.

  110. Yum yum mohair!
    My very best wishes to the breastfeeding mom. Tell her I THINK SHE IS AWESOME! For me, nursing one child was wonderful but intense; I can’t imagine breastfeeding twins.

  111. Ok perfect.. .now you have given us slow knitters the keys…lol my granddaughter will be overloaded w/ hats… why do you make it seem so simple but some book(not all… yours especially are excluded) make it seem so complex? Thanks for all the enjoyment- give Mom hugs & congrats.. and the twins a soft kiss….

  112. Brilliant tutorial. I keep trying to explain this to my sister– hats are easy. Socks are hard. Finishing a sweater– now that takes gumption.

  113. Totally adorable hat! I second a lime or “outside” of the watermelon hat for Parker.
    Must go check stash for pink…hmmmmm
    Kudos to the Breastfeeding Mom. I breastfed my daughter and one hungry infant can be frightening to behold… Two?…My thoughts and prayers to her.
    My sister had the twins in our family. It was supposed to be me but I dodged that little family gene. Tee Hee.

  114. My sister has a set of twins and I was, and still am, amazed at her mothering talents.
    This is my first comment on your blog, but I read it all the time and have also read your books, love ’em. I’ve been knitting, crocheting, sewing, you name it, since I was a kid (7 or 8), and it’s only recent (thanks to the internet)that I’m finding others out there that love it as much as I do. Who would have guess there were so many knitters in the world?
    Great hat!

  115. See now, this is just why I adore you. I wish you were my sister… I mean, I love my sister, but it would be swell if you were our sister, too. Either way, thanks for amusing and indulging us.

  116. hi, can you tell me that size needles you used for that cute watermelon hat? i read the thing 2 times to see if you said before i asked. *grin*
    thank you.

  117. Love the hat. thanks for the directions…you understand your readers well! I’ll be tossing the stash sometime later today to see if I have any similar colors!
    Your mother must be very proud of you! You are a saintly person a\k\a a knitterly saint-like person. OK, I’ll stop; I know such compliments would embarrass me.
    P.S.: thanks for clearing up my confusion about sliver(s); I’ve often wondered why fiber people couldn’t seem to spell silver correctly!

  118. The twin-mama has so MUCH to be proud of!
    And if more twin-mamas had somebody to sit beside them several hours a day to tell them they’re wonderful and do all the other stuff, the world would be a much happier place. Yay you!

  119. Stephanie, I thought you might be interested in seeing my watermelon hat; it’s not really based on yours, except to the extent that your post inspired me to get off my duff and go get out the yarn I’d bought to make it long ago, but of course all watermelon hats are going to look somewhat similar. Mine is here:

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