Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Lots of baby boys being born lately... at one time I used to think that girls were the "fun" ones to make things for but, really, I think I was just being small-minded. Boys have an awful lot of cuteness potential themselves, it turns out.
Two babies born recently were born to more label-conscious ladies. They might not appreciate handmade gifts as much as storebought ones so I set my cheapskate tendencies aside for a moment and went searching for gifts they might like. But the cheapskate in me can only be pushed aside so far...and a strict budget prevents anything excessive anyway. How happy was I, then, when I discovered at Old Navy these adorable little monkey sleepers on sale for less than $5.00 a piece!
I snatched up two of them (seriously, how cute are they?!?) and then immediately envisioned monkey hats to go with them. Ravelry, of course, never disappoints.
Honestly, who cares if the mothers appreciate the handmade hats or not?
They were MADE to be together.
While I was stitching them up, Andrew came by and lamented the fact that his handmade hat has been long since outgrown and passed on to his little(r) brother, and it occurred to me how profane it is for one of my children not to have a handmade hat to keep them warm when they have a mother who is perfectly capable of making one for them.
Then I did something I have never thought to do before. I dug up a few (like fifteen!) patterns on ravelry and gave the Panda his own choice as to which he would like. (Why have I never done this before?) He chose this one. (The pattern is excellent except it doesn't write out the color changes-so you have to choose your own stripe pattern.)
And the colors? He chose the ones already on the table.
So very pragmatic.