I’m not really into the whole gender specific business that society thrusts on us these days…. as I’ve told you before, I’ve recently started a summer paper at polytech, and my tutor for this paper is very much involved in opening our eyes to gender roles and how they affect us as individuals in society. So, when I titled this post “boy beanies,” it’s more about me making a big effort to make little hats for boys…. I’m sure you’ll agree that the shops are sadly lacking in cool little boy clothes!
I can kind of understand this…. being a major pink lover and maker of crochet flowers, it is sooooooooooo much more fun to make little gear for little girls, but as I make a lot of little beanies and sell them at my Mum’s shop (in exchange for wool) I am always aware that there are as many boys out there and try to cater for them too!
Enter “bird hat.”
If you’ve been regularly catching up with Raymond and me for a while now, you will have seen a lot of my baby hats (there is a whole category devoted to them in my category cloud now!) as I love making them. They’re instant gratification as they can be finished in a day, and babies have no idea what they’re wearing, so I can make them as fun and colourful as I like! One of my best sellers of all time has been the bird beanie for sure.
To make it, I knit a little beanie, then crochet a little flat bird, I found this pattern in Debbie Stollers stitch’n’bitch Happy Hookers book and it is super easy….
Sew the bird on the hat….
And give it some legs and a beak…..
So back to gender roles…. how are you affected by gender, and how do you affect others? I’d love to hear your musings on the topic….
And the bird beanie is finished…. It sat on my side table, legless, for about a week before I couldn’t take it any more and sewed it’s legs on while I was standing up, so determined I was to get it off my table and into my knitting bag! I love the finished result and fingers crossed it sells soon (despite the weather!) as I’m in need of a vast quantity of wool very soon…. I have an urge to make my first big blanket…. I’ve decided on the way I want it and the colours, now I ust need to get started on the million and one granny squares it will need!
Speaking of granny squares…. I needed to take a break from the second raglan sweater I’ve been finishing and have fun with some colourful granny goodness…. I’ll show you the FO soon!
OK, I’m off! I have far too many places to be today, but had to pop in to say “Hello!!!!!” and “thank you for coming in to visit!” My stats are showing an increase these days and I hope that all of these new visitors are having and fun and colourful time, and that my older friends are too of course!
Are you noticing the days are speeding up a lot? They’re FLASHING by for me, and we’re motoring through December…. how’s all of your Christmas shopping going? I have to admit, I haven’t given it a thought in weeks! Eek!!!
Have a beautiful day,
Lots of love from Alice and Raymond XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX