First up - action shots of the hats!
Sunflower Tam by Norah Gaughan - Knitting Nature
Dream In Color Classy - Cool Fire for my Princess and Visual Purple for the Pixie, approximately 40-45 grams/hat
Needles - Addi Turbo US 6 and 7, old metal double points US 7
Princess - November 23 - 25, 2008
Pixie - November 24 - 26, 2008
No modifications as the pattern was perfect as is!
Even better - the Christmas Sweaters!
Addi Turbo - 3.0 mm (US 2.5)
May 24 - December 24, 2008
notes: I made the largest size, to be sure of a good fit. For the body I eliminated the seams and worked it in the round up to the sleeve shaping and then back and forth to the top. I would like to have done the same with the sleeves, but the rather unique shoulder construction made that impossible. I do like the cross-over shoulders, but they are much more appropriate for a smaller child. Had I to do it over again, I would have done a more standard neckline. I also wouldn't have let it languish on the needles so long!
Addi Turbos - US 6
November 27 - December 12, 2008
Mods: I dropped the needle size to a 6, which is what is recommended for the yarn, in order to make an adult sized sweater fit a child. I then chose to work with the XS size (not the smallest size available) - in lengths appropriate to a child - in order to make it big enough to last for a couple of years. I did blindfold the Princess once to try it on to check the fit. She thought it was hilarious, and I knew the sweater would fit that way!