I must have slept badly last night because my back is stiff and giving me grief. I took some ibuprofen first and gave it time to work. It took the edge off but after doing some deep cleaning on my bedroom and a start on the living room, I had to take a tramadol. I gave up on the deep cleaning and decided today would be a knitting day instead.
I'm nearly done with the 12th baby hat and almost halfway done on the blanket. And Lent hasn't even begun yet. Actually my goal was to have 40 hats and 2 baby blankets done by Easter so I guess Lent isn't going to be the spiritual discipline I thought it might. I also started the book I was going to read because I got impatient. It's interesting so far: Christ of the Celts by J. Philip Newell. I think it will be a very good read no matter the season. It seems to be about unity. I'll know more as I get into it.
I haven't refined the baby hat pattern but here are the bare bones with some suggestions:
baby sport yarn (I didn't weigh it to see how many ounces but it doesn't take a lot...a tennis ball sized skein would be more than enough
size 4 double pointed needles
gauge is about 6 sts per inch...since it's stretchy and since baby's heads vary in size, gauge isn't critical
cast on 80 sts, join without twisting
knit 1, purl 1 around for about an inch
I usually purl a row for decoration before switching to stockinette but you can do whatever you like with it.
Switch to stockinette and knit for about 3 inches...again not critical
place marker after every 10 sts
row 1:(k2tog, k to last 2 sts before marker, slip 2 as if to knit, k these 2 sts together) around
row 2. knit around
repeat rows 1 & 2 until you have 2 sts between markers, k2tog around
cut off about 10 inches of yarn, thread darning needle and thread through remaining sts a few times
weave in ends
I don't know if there are mistakes in the pattern. Later on I'll try to refine it with pictures and some variations but for now I thought I'd share it.
Especially since I've got nothing today. LOL
Sitting here at the desk is a bit painful (I'll be fine tomorrow, I'm sure) so...