Yesterday I was knitting a swatch (that’s a practice piece, for you non-knitters who have not already fallen asleep from boredom) and Sam came over, looked at it, and told me to make a hat. I was a little confused, but he was adamant that I make a hat…for him. Sam does not exactly go around asking me to make him stuff, so I kind of lost my mind with excitement. I showed him a couple yarn options and he chose a skein of brown Yarn Pirate wool that was originally intended for a different hat, only I’d changed my mind. I was maybe going to make Grace some woolies with it, but a Sam-requested hat definitely trumps yet another diaper cover.
I wound the yarn into a ball with Sam’s assistance (by which I mean criticism and correction–that boy knows how to wind yarn and I apparently do not) and started knitting.
24 hours later, I had a hat.
In the interim time, I figured out what (might have) brought this on: Sam has been playing Diablo II with his father, and he wanted a “hat” like the leather helmet that the characters start out with. He decided that one could be knitted, and acted accordingly. It does explain why he chose brown over the pretty blue yarn I offered, blue being his usual favorite.
So anyway, I knitted this hat. And I think it looks really good. But Sam has rejected like 90% of the things I’ve made him, so I was worried about giving it to him. I waited until he and Will were busy killing monsters, and I casually said, “Hey Sam, do you want a hat?” And he was like, “Oh yeah! YEAH!” and I handed it to him and he looked at it and put it on his head.
He wore it for about 10 seconds, but he liked it. I am so relieved.