Chinese New Year was last week, and it is not the Year of the Rabbit. I will be the first to admit that I know nothing about the Chinese Zodiac, and have no idea what it means. But apparently those born in the year of the rabbit are gentle, sensitive, modest, and merciful and have strong memory. They like to communicate with others in a humorous manner. They cannot bear dull life, so they are good at creating romantic or interesting spice. Rykert was also born in the Year of the Rabbit. I, on the other hand, was born in the Year of the Horse.
Our baby is due on April 15, and Easter is the weekend thereafter. I know that the due date is a just an estimate and it's quite possible that the baby could come days or weeks before or days or weeks after. But regardless, baby will, in all likelihood, be here around the time of Cadbury Creme Eggs. So, I thought it was important that she have a bunny hat.
My first attempt turned out bigger than I wanted. I used Spud & Chloe Sweater (color: Ice Cream) leftover from an earlier project and size US 9 needles. The pattern is from Itty Bitty Hats, but is also available for free here (click on "Download the Book of Patterns"). So when you ignore the gauge of the pattern and just start knitting, the hat will, not surprisingly, turn out quite a bit larger than anticipated. But that's ok, because at some point our baby will be this size or I can gift it to someone else. But I still needed a bunny hat, so I set out again.
I'm still not sure if this is the appropriate size for a newborn since babies come in all sizes, but it's closer than the first try, I think. For this one, I used Sublime Baby Cashmere Merino Silk (75% extra fine merino wool, 20% silk, 5% cashmere). And the results are very soft, and I will definitely be using this yarn again. Soon.