Cold, snowy days are when I get itchy fingers to knit. My mum was a master knitter. She would knit these complicated Norwegian sweaters & mittens, and design her own patterns. Her workmanship was impeccable. I have knitted a few sweaters, and, of course, the staple socks, mittens and scarves, but I don't have my mum's patience. I prefer knitting projects that are relatively simple, sometimes silly and/or tiny. I knit this hat for Jules, my daughter, pictured when she was 3. (She's almost 14 now!) As you can see, her hat had kitty cat ears; my hat was red and had devil horns. As I knit these, I kept giggling to myself because I had to keep trying on the hats to figure out exactly where to position the ears or horns. You can find the pattern of the "adults-only devil hat" and "official kittyville hat" in Debbie Stoller's book Stitch 'N Bitch: The Knitter's Handbook. A year later, when Jules' love of playing with babies and having tea parties was at its peak, I knit her a plate of cupcakes. I had so much fun trying to find soft, yummy yarn for frosting, and sequins, beads & buttons for sprinkles. This clever pattern came from Leigh Radford's One Skein: 30 Quick Projects to Knit and Crochet. I've always liked tiny things. When I first saw these adorable wine bottle toppers in The Sundance Catalog, I just knew I had to make them as part of a hostess gift. If I do knit something more commonplace, I like to adorn it with a trinket or small bauble, such as the small pewter flower button on these fingerless gloves. And finally, I LOVE to knit baby hats. They take only a few hours to make and they're so fun to give as presents. I especially like the umbilical cord newborn baby hat (below in blue & pink) from The Stitch n' Bitch: The Knitter's Handbook mentioned above. The knitted baby hat is one of my staple baby gifts along with Mrs. Mustard's Baby Faces book by Jane Wattenberg. The book folds out like an accordion; on the one side, the babies are happy and smiling. On the other side, the babies are sad and crying. I have yet to meet a baby who doesn't like this book!