Like this bunny hat for a chicken.
I saw this pattern a few days before Easter and knew in my heart of hearts I needed to make it for one of my mom's chickens. I sent a photo of the pattern page to my siblings with a joke about making it and they earnestly encouraged me to go for it.
I got so excited that I ran around the office showing co-workers the creation. They were confused, but supportive.
I went home, grabbed some needles and some yarn and got started.
Then I remembered how much I dislike knitting small things. So I ripped back the slippery yarn I had been using and switched to good ol' Red Heart. Stiff, squeaky yarn can be a godsend when knitting small items in the round.
I had trouble making the ears, mostly because I was knitting them in the car on the way to my parents' house on Saturday while Evelyn kept talking in the back seat and I felt like I was pulling my fingers out of the knuckles every time I tried to decrease. Using worsted weight yarn and #3 needles (the pattern calls for #4 but I couldn't find any, and I have a pretty loose gauge) eliminated the need for wire to make the ears stand up, but my hands were killing me. So I didn't finish the hat Saturday.
Then, on Easter: a miracle. I finished the hat. My fingers survived. And I had time to sew on the ears before lunch. I finally showed my mom the hat. Another miracle: she loved it.
|Who could resist the seasonal charm?|
My family is always very sweet about my craft projects, but some of them are a bit....unnecessary. And celebrating the resurrection of our Lord and Savior by sticking a hat on an animal whose head is already plenty covered is a little ridiculous. But Mom was so pumped she ran right out the door to catch a chicken as soon as I showed her the hat.
This is exactly the kind of dumb fun we're into, but we don't normally put so much time and effort into it. But I'm glad I did. It was a fun project, and we all got a kick out of it.
Except for the chicken.
|She's fine now, I promise.|
*A quick note for anyone who wants to try this at home: the pattern was written for a small chicken. If you have large breed chickens, or a chicken with a large comb, consider casting on 28 stitches instead of the recommended 24. Going up a needle size probably wouldn't hurt either.