Working weekends

Yes, we did have the baby here this weekend – and yes, it was fabulous – but I did work, just like I do most weekends.  I never spend hours at it, just one or two right around dawn, in this case before the baby was even awake, and mostly I edited what I wrote last week.  Still, I had a sense of accomplishment.  That’s a nice way to start the day.

Practially speaking, this kind of schedule works for me.  For one thing, I’m up early anyway, and with everyone else asleep, it’s not like I have company.  For another, if I didn’t get up, I’d lie in bed thinking of my book anyway – and, for a third, this intimacy is good.  When I’m away from my characters even for the weekend, it takes a while to get back into the mindset.  Conversely, if those characters stay with me, even for only an hour a day, Monday morning writing is a snap.

Another neat thing?  Babies nap.  No, I didn’t write while Evie napped.  I knitted – crocheted, actually, though I hadn’t planned it quite this way.  Remember in my last blog, how I showed you the hats I made for Evie and her friend?  The more I looked, the more I believed that the orange one with the multi-colored rose was wrong.  The orange one needed an orange rose.  So I made an orange rose.

Of course, I then found myself with a multi-colored rose that had no hat, and what choice did I have but to make a hat for it?

I actually ran out of dark pink yarn, hence the light pink brim, but it works.  If you have any doubt, take a look at this.

Seconds after we took this picture, she pulled the hat down over her eyes and looked out at me through the holes.  I thought I’d die.

BTW, I takes two hours max to crochet a hat like this.  For those of you who’ve asked for the pattern, I’ll post it later this week.  Don’t crochet?  I gotta tell you, for a hat like this it’s worth learning.

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  1. Barbara Baker on November 13, 2011 at 5:45 pm

    Gorgeous, both Evie and the crochet. Makes me want to begin something. Haven’t crocheted in quite sometime. Thanks for posting your hand crafted items.

  2. Brigid Ventimiglia on November 13, 2011 at 5:58 pm

    Barbara, the hats are so pretty….and that baby is just precious!! How did you learn to crochet?? I would love to, but have never attempted it, and don’t sew…not the “craftiest” person out there~ You did a great job!

    • Barbara Delinsky on November 13, 2011 at 6:16 pm

      I learned to crochet from a book (really!) though there are tons of online videos now to demonstrate. It is truly simple — only one needle to worry about, rather than the two in knitting. That said, knitting is still my craft of choice.

  3. Elaine Matuszak on November 13, 2011 at 7:01 pm

    I will keep an eye out for the pattern. I have a baby granddaughter and I know she will look so cute in a hat like that. Your granddaughter is a doll and a great model for the hat. She is really sweet.

  4. mary g on November 13, 2011 at 8:47 pm

    I love those adorable hats AND that precious grandbaby of yours! She is a treasure. I haven’t crocheted since my now grown men were babies. I have been mostly sewing and knitting (Thanks to you,Barbara! ;-), and have just completed a quilt block exchange with 34 other women from all over the US,,BUT…after seeing those sweet little hats, I’m ready to relearn how to crochet again!

  5. Carol J. Garvin on November 13, 2011 at 11:14 pm

    What an adorable baby AND delightful hat! It almost makes me wish my six-week-old great-grandson was a girl so I could make one for him. 😉

  6. Kathleen O'Donnell on November 14, 2011 at 10:08 am

    What an absolute cutie. That hat is adorable. I could never get the hang of knitting or crocheting. I am sure years from now her mother is going to take that hat out of a box of baby things she saved for her own grandchild. Things like this have to be passed down. I think there is an unwritten law somewhere …
    Enjoy her.

  7. Melissa on November 14, 2011 at 5:41 pm

    Oh, adorable baby, gorgeous hat!!

  8. Kathryn in Montreal on November 14, 2011 at 9:03 pm

    The hats are gorgeous and thanks for agreeing to share the pattern (roses included?). Evie is adorable, what a great grin! And the hat is just perfect on her!

  9. Shirley Helm on December 12, 2011 at 5:27 pm

    These hats are adorable and so is Evie.

  10. Karen Lange on January 4, 2012 at 4:16 pm

    Your little grand-daughter is adorable! The hats you made her are so cute and similar to those I made my grand-daughter (now 9) when she was a wee one! Enjoy these special times with her!

  11. Dolores Boule on January 18, 2012 at 6:21 pm

    Gorgeous Baby and Adorable Hat, Barbara–thanks for sharing both and pattern later

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