Monday, November 21, 2011

Sometimes a PhD isn't enough (FO: Pikku-Pete)

I have 4 (!!) FOs to document in this space over the coming weeks. Shocking I know. So let's start with the smallest shall we?

Recently my brother and his partner adopted a little boy. As I'm sure you'll be seeing more knits made for him in this space...blog, meet Julian.

A couple weeks ago, the call came out that Julian needed some warm hats for being outside. My mom answered the call with this one...

And since I had just bookmarked a new pattern...I had to answer the call with this one...

This pattern has to be one of the most adorable baby hats I've seen and though I was taken aback that a little hat came with 7 pages of pattern, it was addictive and quite fun to knit. I made no modifications to the pattern except to embroider a rainbow rather than a sheep on the hat (and don't look too close at my embroidering skills...or lack thereof). The sheep is darn cute...true. But I think the rainbow is cute too and fitting for this little guy. Full details on its Ravelry project page. (and darn blogger for trying to out-think me again...what's up with changing the orientation of pictures lately?).


Now...the funny part and the reason for the title. When my brother received the hat, he tried it on Julian. I had been concerned that the hat was going to be too small. When I called him from the Fairbanks airport, B reported that it indeed was too small...I was so upset...and a little confused. My friend helped me measure it and it fit the measurements that B had sent me without any stretch added...and this pattern/yarn combo is quite stretchy. So as I'm listening to B explain to me where it was too small, I started wondering if he had put it on right. I sent instructions for care, but didn't think about sending instructions for wear. I mean, my brother has a degree in aeronautical engineering and a PhD in material engineering. And it has a bill for pete's sake.

This is the picture I got showing me it was too small...

Notice anything? Yeah, it's on backwards. Sometimes a PhD is just window-dressing.

Even Julian is saying...come on Dad, something isn't right here!

Luckily, I had a long layover in Seattle on my way back from Alaska and my brother picked me up so I could meet Julian and spend a few hours with them before catching my flight further east. Though blurry (B was taking these with his phone), you can see that the hat fits when put on correctly (actually a tad bit big) and in my opinion, is very cute. And see how much happier Julian is now that his hat is on correctly?


The one thing that doesn't fit are the ties. I made them too short (a problem with not knowing anything about the size of babies heads). B is working on a solution to that problem though which I'm sure he will be successful with. Once tied, I think this hat will be perfect and will last through most of the winter!

Anyone looking for a relatively quick, interesting baby hat, I'd highly recommend Pikku-Pete.

If you are celebrating Thanksgiving this week, I hope you all have a wonderful day with friends and family. If you aren't, I hope your day is just as wonderful! ;) Back next week with another FO.
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Now playing: Mayhem by Imelda May



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15 comments:

Julie said...

congratulations on your beautiful new little nephew! he's such a cutie. And that hat is incredible!! I love the colour, too.

Carrie#K said...

Hello, Julian! He's adorable.

Heh, sometimes a PhD is just window-dressing? LOL! You can send him a baby surprise jacket to assemble next. He's an engineer. It should be intuitive.

Jacey said...

He's such a cute little guy, and I love the name, Julian. His new hat is so fun! And your story of a PhD not counting for much is hilarious. Looking forward to more FOs soon! Have a great week, Rachel!

Adrienne said...

Oh my word, that little guy is going to grow up into a very handsome man someday!

On a side note, I saw this shop the other day on Etsy and immediately thought of you with the antler rings. http://www.etsy.com/shop/mrd74?ref=seller_info

cauchy09 said...

aw, Julian is super cute! congrats!

and most PhDs i know (including myself) are kinda lacking in common sense. heh.

kate said...

I wasn't sure which made me smile more - your title or the pictures of that adorable baby. So dang cute!!!

Ann said...

The hat is great & fits perfectly. It's great to have a baby nephew to knit for.

Rue said...

Fabulous hat! I'll have to try that pattern.

And congratulations to your brother! I have to confess that for a moment I thought you were sharing a very secret FO. But Julian seems a bit too old for that :)

aknitter said...

Great job!! I knew it would fit... tooo funny B couldn't get it on right! Sometime it takes a woman's touch.

melissa said...

well hello julian! aren't you just the cutest little guy!

and goodness rach - that hat takes the cake! i love love love it! and i love the rainbow - you are amazing!!

Kathy said...

Hello cutie pie! Congrats to your brother and his partner! Cute little hat but I'll admit that looks awfully fiddly.

kristieinbc said...

That hat is adorable, and the story about your brother is hilarious! Congrats on your new nephew. I am going to guess that the baby is from Russia. My son-in-law is Russian, and this baby looks like his clone. :-)

Denise | Chez Danisse said...

Such an adorable little guy. Fabulously expressive.

Sarah said...

How did I miss this post - welcome to Julian - and that is a very cute hate :)

Bubblesknits said...

ohmygoodness!!! He's adorable! Please pass along my congratulations. :) Love the hat you made him. As for the funny part...Lord help...LOL. You could have been describing my husband. He can do the most complicated procedures on his patients, but you ask him to do the laundry.....O.o