The baby looked like this:

And so the counter looked like this:

I wanted to make a ribbon flower to accessorize the green baby aviatrix hat – my thinking was that I could make a flower, put a buttonhole in it, and then the yellow button for the strap could be the flower center. I liked this tutorial, and bought a woodburning tool on Amazon for $11 to cut and heat seal the ribbons. It took me several days to work up the gumption to use the tool and make the cuts. The whole thing seemed sort of … flammable. But in the end it was an easy five minute project, even if the ribbon fringe on the tool occasionally smoked a bit. The cuts turned out so nicely! I used a dime as a cutting guide for the larger ribbon and a washer for the smaller ribbon. Great new hobby?

Unfortunately, the buttonhole idea was a non-starter. I tried it two ways – once on the sewing machine, and once by just searing it with the woodburning tool, and both times it was gappy and ruined the shape of the flower. So then I tried just sewing the strap onto the hat, and adding the flower and button as accessories.

Better, but the flower is too low to look proportional, so I’m going to have to move it up an inch and a half, or maybe make a different, knit flower instead.

As is, it isn’t quite there yet. Colors are great, but execution is lacking. Luckily, the hat is still too big, so I have a while to mull. We’re almost to pumpkin hat season, then this and the turquoise flower hat can share time in December unless I knit something more seasonal?

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