Friday, January 1, 2010

for preschoolers at Pine Ridge Reservation

These hats and mittens were made for preschoolers at the Pine Ridge Reservation. Unemployment and poverty on the reservation is very high, it's tremendously cold in winter (9o F on New Year's Day), and many of these little children have long walks down remote trails to get to their school bus stops on the main roads.

The hats are my own design - the earflap hats are variations on my earlier pattern (with corrections posted!) and the others use the same basic shape until you get to the earflap part and instead have 4 rows of ribbing (FPDC/BPDC). The mitten pattern is from "Bev's Marvelous Mittens". (The quilt was made by my MIL).

This is the last of the Lion Brand Kool Wool in my stash. It's a bulky gauge yarn, so all the items used an "H" hook. It is very nice to work with, I am sorry Lion isn't making anything equivalent to it these days.

[BTW I realized while taking the pix that the light blue hat needed a navy blue pompom. I had enough scrap to replace it before packing the box .]