UPDATE: I got around to the pattern for the "Ruffled Rose" I made for this hat. You can find it here in my Etsy Shop.
It's always interesting to see what floats to the top of the list. There is of course always a list of things to make and do, but it never remains in the same order for long. Take this hat for instance. I had seen the Mia pattern a couple weeks ago and thought it was really darling, but I've been trying to avoid the lure of multiple smaller projects like this in favor of bigger things, such as sweaters for my girls. But then we scheduled an extended family photo shoot outdoors and I thought Tess really needed this hat to keep her little ears warm! Seriously, how cute is this hat?!
This is the Mia Earflap Hat, which I found through The Jilted Ballerina, who, by the way, has an amazing number of video tutorials for various crochet projects. The flower is my own design. I wanted a full, slightly extravagant bloom because the texture of the hat is so rich. So I came up with this ruffled rose. Very fun I think. Makes me think of a few other applications for it.
The yarn is Bernat Cottontots in Country Red, which looks more like deep pink to me. It was perfect for this project--very soft and great definition for all the texture.
So I'm not sure which I favor: finally crossing something off my long list or bumping something spontaneous to the top. This hat was a fun surprise. We'll see how the family photos turn out. It was certainly hat weather!