My decision to start crocheting again  coincided nicely with our plans to attend a the first birthday party of a member of Rob's family.
I'd sort of been wanting to make a cute little hat with ears, but since the furry hat-wearer in my family  already has them, I hadn't really had a chance until this birthday party.
Rob's family members are Chicago Bears (and Illini) fans, so when I saw this pattern for a child's hat with bear ears , I thought it would be fun to make one in Bears colors. Bears colors, bear ears, get it?
I started by using the pattern I linked to above (it's on the blog Micah Makes ), and then got really confused when I followed the directions and made what looked like a hat for a Barbie.
My mom then helpfully pointed out I made an ear meant to go with the author's Versatile Earflap Hat Pattern.  (Imagine that, I skimmed through the directions before I started crocheting. I'm telling myself I would have figured it out eventually.)
I soon decided to make a navy blue hat with orange ears for the birthday boy, and an orange hat with navy ears for his big sister. I made him the toddler size and her the child size - she's almost 3, so it might be a little big for a while.
Anyhow, the hats were easy to make, although because I'm still re-figuring out this crochet thing, I had a few false starts and had to begin again. I also had to start over on attaching the ears - my first attempts put them too high on top of the hats and they looked like orange and blue bullfrogs.
But once I got the ears right, I thought the hats turned out really cute. Who can resist a little kid with bear ears?
I swear, this will not turn into an all-crochet blog (I can imagine several of you yawning at your monitors right now), but these hats turned out so well I couldn't resist sharing.
Photo is mine, and yes, the hats are displayed on our dog treat cannister and a flashlight. Pretty sure the recipients parents' wouldn't want us to model them on our cat and dog.