The sun melts the chill from our lives
Pattern: Chain Chomp Hat by Knitting Ninja
Yarn: NaturallyCaron.com Country (25% merino, 75% acrylic), colorways Black and Silver Service; Berroco Comfort (acrylic and nylon), colorway White
Needles: U.S. 9 Harmony wood Options 24″ circular, magic-loop style
Pattern: Official Kitty62 Hat by Kitty Schmidt
Yarn: Berroco Comfort (acrylic and nylon), colorway White
Needles: U.S. 7 Harmony wood Options 24″ circular, magic-loop style
His sister got Archer a Mario Kart lunchbox for his birthday, because above all else Archer loves Mario. Her brother got Cady Gray a Hello Kitty lunchbox for her birthday, because above all else Cady Gray loves Hello Kitty. Their mother knit them both hats that celebrate their above-all-else loves: a Chain Chomp hat for Archer, a Hello Kitty hat for Cady Gray. And she rejoiced that the internet gave her such marvels to emulate and give to her children.
The main part of the chomper is light worsted weight held double; the chain is five-stitch I-cord; the teeth are white worsted-weight held single, left over from Cady Gray’s hat; the eyes are felt circles sewn on. When Archer pulled it out of the gift bag, he said, “It’s a hat.” I said, “Do you know anything that looks like that, with teeth and a broken chain?” With a smile slowly spreading over his face, he said, “It’s a Chain Chomper.”
I was so taken by ridiculousknit’s version on Ravelry — it’s even her Ravatar — that I copied it, with her kind help. The eyes and nose are buttons; the whiskers are half-assed embroidery; the bow is leftover Plymouth Encore from her Drive-Thru sweater, knit into a long rectangle which is folded, wrapped with a smaller rectangle, and sewn down. The pom-poms are the same yarn done up with Clover’s absolutely magical little pom-pom maker in one of the medium sizes. I knew Cady Gray would adore this hat, and she didn’t take it off for the rest of the day.
This is precisely the picture I’ve been looking forward to ever since the beginning of the month, when I started working on these hats. It’s the image I’ve had in my head right down to the last toothy smile. No need to thank me, kids — I’ll thank you, instead, for making my dream of birthday happiness come true.