It’s Child’s Play

After that solar dyeing experiment, I had to look around for a color scheme for that acidy yellow…

I enlisted some of the Girl Child’s toys to model this one as there’s not readily available newborns around here, lol.

The doll is tiny. But you get the idea.

I consider this an acidic yellowy green yarn.  I don’t normally use this color by itself (okay, I use A LOT of lime green and yellow, but it’s not the same…). This color is not the most attractive color on it’s own. But all color is relative. Colors make more sense and seem to place themselves when they’re next to other colors. Is that a brick red or an orangey red? Light or dark? Is it saturated or dull? Put it next to another color, and then you can start making comparisons.

One of my favorite things to do is to take some random aspect from my everyday life and insert something of it into whatever creative piece I’m doing at that moment. And in that same vein, you’ve seen this one before in the background of one of my spindle projects. That bedspread is one of my favorite color schemes. So, I looked into that never-ending stash that I have to bust and found the closest colors to that combination to make this hat and that acid yellow work. I think it came out okay. 🙂

The pattern itself is called The Knotty Baby Hat by Amanda Schwabe. I thought it was pretty cute! But if you don’t have a self-striping yarn like the one in the pattern, it’s a lot of ends to weave in for stripes. Yikes!

What I really liked about it was the edging and the hem though.

Pretty neat trick, huh?  Simple and fun.

On another note, the spinning is done on that sample.

I think I’ve become familiar enough with the Tibetan spindle to be able to complete more projects on it when the urge strikes. I even learned that if I balance it well enough in it’s dish, I can use it like a supported drop spindle! All that is left is to ply it now.

Not bad, says I.


  1. Wait, did you just knit up this doll’s hat? That fiber on the spindle looks fabulous! I can imagine a beautiful man’s knitted hat in those colors.

    p.s. I’ve got a special treat on my blog today. 🙂

    • I started knitting on this yesterday while waiting for the Girl Child to finish her appointment at the hospital. I finished weaving in the ends today. It’s not blocked yet though…It’s sized for a baby so that’s why it’s too big for the doll. We don’t have a doll with a big enough head and I won’t be buying any anytime soon. The Girl Child likes playing with my toys more than her own, lol! Thanks for the compliment on the singles. I can’t wait to get it off the spindle!

      • You work might fast. And meanwhile, back on the ranch, I’ve been knitting this dishcloth slowly, but surely. LOL

  2. So cute! Love the edges, I have never seen anything like that before.

  3. Very cute hat! The edging is really a nice touch.

  4. I love the hat! The edging immediately caught my eye, and you’ve combined those colors wonderfully. Nice spindle, too! So much fun to see what you’re working on. 🙂

    • Thanks! I think the colors work really well together. Wishing I had more of that yellowy green….I only have enough for another small project, I think.

      Isn’t that spindle beautiful?! Sigh. Functional and beautiful. You can’t beat that!

  5. Northern Narratives says:

    I like the colors and the edging. Cute hat 🙂

  6. That hat is cute. The edging is a neat little detail. The colors look nice together.

  7. This is so adorably cute! And one of your project I could actually make! 😉

  8. Gorgeous!!! I luuuuuuuuve your blog – your colours are fantastic and you definitely make me want to try a little harder at knitting! Thank for your comments on my blog and for popping over – so happy that I got to see your too.

  9. I LOVE this colour combination! I think it’s the yellow that makes everything else look so amazing. And I’m so glad you like the pattern. 🙂

  10. njbookworm says:

    Who made you spindle, it is beautiful!

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