Making your way in the world today takes everything you’ve got


Pattern: The Perfect Slouch by Tiffany
Yarn: Berroco Cotton Twist Solids (70% cotton, 30% rayon)
Needles: U.S. 7 Zephyr acrylic 32″ circulars (magic loop style)

Cady Gray calls this look “mysterious eyes.” She thinks it’s hilarious when I tell her to turn her head but cut her eyes toward me. Look at her laughing.


She’s wearing the second Perfect Slouch hat I’ve knit. The first one was made last year for a Conway Cradle Care client — a teenage mother that can stay in school thanks to the day care CCC provides for her child. This one is for a girl named Heather. She has just entered her teenage years, and her favorite colors are red and blue — a girl after my own heart. Like all the CASA clients we’re crafting for, she is in the custody of the court, taken away from her parents because of abuse or neglect. As an older child, her chances of being adopted are slim. Her best outcome is to be reunited with her parents — if they are indeed making efforts in that direction.


When I think of the CASA clients we’re knitting for, I think of my daughter. She lucked out in the parenting sweepstakes, as did most of us who’ve grown up with only the normal lumps and bumps of childhood. Doesn’t this hat suit her? Wouldn’t it suit — and be even more meaningful for — someone like Heather?


I love my girl so much. I hope the girl who gets this hat will be loved like that someday.

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2 Comments on “Making your way in the world today takes everything you’ve got”

  1. kathy b Says:

    It is an awesome hat and color. I think I made one of these but made the portion between the top to short……it is beautiful. Great job. She’s adorable…kind of looks Amish in the bonnet sort of way

  2. […] mostly what makes this hat memorable is that it was paired with the Perfect Slouch hat I made for Heather, the first CASA client I knit for. Both hats, both slouchy, both shades of blue. One simple, young, […]

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