I grew up with an abundance of Titas, some who were blood related, and others who were my mom's most favorite girlfriends. My mom and my Titas would gather around together and chat and gossip and cackle at family parties. They talked about everything under the sun, all the while with food and drink in front of them. Mostly drink.
Fast forward two decades and now, I am one. Of those women that is = chatting and gossiping and cackling with the best of 'em. I love my girlfriends, I hold them close to my heart, as close as family. And their children have become part of me too.
And I love being a Tita. Witnessing these babies grow. I hope I get them to smile, or teach them something new. Maybe they'll get to know me as that crazy crafting Tita Tif. The one that talks too much. She's the one that sends us all of those kitschy presents. Ah, would I be proud!
Currently, I have nominated myself a Tita to quite a few children to include one beautiful niece. I wish she lived closer to us, to play and grow up with her cousins, she can even join my children in eating all of my food experiments.
Well, this year, I will be a Tita again. My brother and his wife are expecting their first babe, and friends, am I excited.
Before I sent my bro and sis-in-law their Handmade Holiday presents, I wanted to include a little something for their little peanut. They aren't finding out the baby's gender, so I had to hold back my excitement at diving into the colorful yarn I have here. I opted to knit up an off white yarn I had handy.
Pattern: Gooseberry Hat, knit on sz 3 needles. It called for sz 4, but I was going for a smaller cap.
Yarn: Millamia Sport : color: Fawn. Lovely yarn! super soft merino
It's so little! I couldn't find a bowl to fit under it, so I stuffed it with fabric in order to take pictures! It's such a cute hat, and the i-cord on top of it is, literally, the icing on the cake for me.
It's times like these when living away from family is the toughest! To be able to see my sis-in-law's belly grow, to watch my bro become a dad, and to feel the family grow by another two feet...it is and will continue to be surreal from across the country.
I want my future niece or nephew to always know that Tita Tif will always be there for him/her. So I'm warning you now, J & C, you'll be getting even more handmade stuff from me. :)
Happy Friday everyone! I hope you had a productive week!