Shoulds and dids

I should be working on the finishing touches for another little horse. Or a pair of socks that is making rather slow progress, being for a grownup male instead of a child. Or a stocking for a rather new little boy who went his first Christmas without an auntie-made stocking.

But instead, when I wasn’t looking, this little hat just sort of crocheted itself and found it’s way onto a little girl’s head.

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It’s the Women’s Peaked Hat that was featured as the January challenge over at The Crochet Crowd, and it’s a fabulously easy little pattern despite its looks.

I like projects that require very little time and even less thought, especially when they are portable enough to bring with you to the dentist’s office.

The socks are a little less portable, given that I’m knitting them on a set of 5 DPNs and am not following a strict pattern exactly, which means there is a certain amount of calculating and measuring and thinking at each step of the way.

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Horses and stockings are not terribly portable even at the best of times (and the dentist’s office is not at all a ‘best of times’ sort of situation). But a little crochet hat? Small enough to stuff in my purse, simple enough to not need to bring a pattern with me, and with only 1 live stitch at a time there is no risk of disaster should I lose my hook in transit.

And now, home again, I have a horse that’s finally finished and ready for a little person to love.

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