There's this funny little song by Ingrid Michaelson called "the hat" and it's about this guy that she likes and she knitted him a hat to show him how much she cares. A couple of the lines are "I knitted you a hat of blue and gold/to keep your ears warm from the bitter cold/it was my first one and it was too small/it didn't fit you at all/but you wore it just the same".
I wish I had the "first hat" excuse. I knitted Rob a hat for Valentine's Day out of some sock yarn that I've had for years and it's too pretty for my feet. I started, made about 3 inches and Rob tried it on and said it was a bit snug. So I added 16 more stitches and tried again. He said it was still a bit snug when he tried it on when it was around 4" long and I told him that was because it was still on the cable needle and it wouldn't really stretch out until it was farther along. I mean, I added about 3 inches to the "slightly snug" hat- surely that would cover it? (Here it is having a soak before I find something head-sized to block in on)
In better news, I finished my mom's mermaid. She has a head full of hair and is in a big box, headed to Florida. She has no mouth (I tried 3 times and they kept getting worse) but I'm otherwise very pleased. Hopefully my mom (who embroiders- or at least used to) can figure out how to make her a mouth that doesn't look like she's had a stroke (mouth 1 & 2) or look like a blow-up doll (mouth 3). She does at least have eyes and a belly button. Here she is at the Sunday Starbucks knitting group!