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Why I Lie to my Kids

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With just one short week until Christmas, my Facebook Newsfeed is full of posts about decorating trees, baking cookies, visiting Santa, the oh-so-naughty Elf on a Shelf, videos of kids singing songs about Rudolph, and in contrast, I’m bombarded with numerous articles and blog posts about why some parents choose to not buy into the world of Christmas Make-Believe. Several friends have also posted about the fact that telling their young children about the mythical world of the North Pole and its crazy cast of characters is akin to lying. And they don’t want to lie to their children.

This got me thinking… I lie to my kids Every. Single. Day. Multiple times a day, in fact. I lie to them all kinds of things. When they ask me how I know they were doing something when I wasn’t even looking at them, I tell them that mommies have secret, hidden eyes on the back of their heads. When they ask me how I cleaned the whole house while they were napping, I tell them that I used my Mommy Magic or that some fairies flew into the house while they were asleep to help me. I tell them that restaurants and stores are closed—when they’re not. That the grocery store was all out of ice cream. That they had enough money in their piggy bank to buy their baby sister the stuffed animal she wanted. I lie to them on purpose. And I lie to them WITH purpose.

I do it because I want my children to believe in magic. I want their young lives—untainted by the nastiness and cruelty of the Real World—to BE MAGICAL. I want them to look upon this world we live in in absolute wonder. I want their imaginations to run wild. I want them to believe that the people, places and things they encounter are filled with amazing possibilities. I want them to grow up believing in miracles. I lie to my children not because I want to frighten them into submission or bribe them into behaving like model citizens, lest they end up on Santa’s Naughty List and receive coals for Christmas. I lie to them to make them laugh, to bring joy into their wonderful little worlds.

I lie to my kids because they are tiny little humans who believe. They believe that Mommy can make the hurt go away with her magical kisses. They believe that Daddy is the strongest person in the world who can fix anything and everything. They believe that our family is the happiest and the funnest family in the whole world. They believe that Mommy and Daddy’s bed is The Safest (and Snuggliest and Best) Place on Earth. They believe in amazing and fantastical things as only children can.

I lie to my children because their childhood is brief. Before long, their sweet voices will be tinged with sarcasm and disinterest as they grow older, experience the world, and become more independent. They’ll become jaded, and things like pushing their own kid-sized shopping cart at the grocery store will bore them. Squeezing our family of five onto one couch for movie night will no longer appeal to them. They’ll soon start to roll their eyes at me when I tell them I have eyes on the back of my head…

The magic and fantasy of childhood is limited, and their experiences in this world—the Real World—are unavoidable, inevitable. Soon, the magic of Christmas will fade. They won’t believe in the Tooth Fairy. They will realize that Mommy’s kisses are just plain kisses and don’t actually heal wounds. My children will stop looking up at me, hanging on every word, their eyes round in wonderment, as I weave tall tales for them. But their memories will be there—memories of being enchanted, of sharing their beautiful imaginations with Mommy and Daddy, and of the magic of childhood.

I know that Santa Claus and reindeers and a giant, magical toy factory in the North Pole aren’t what Christmas is all about, but this moment of childhood wonder and belief is brief. They have the rest of their lives to appreciate the meaning and the spirit of Christmas sans jolly, old man in a red suit. But for now, Santa is magical. And magical is good.

My Blissfully Happy, Unprepared Kindergarteners!

My baby boys start kindergarten in just 2 short weeks… Time has flown by, and I can’t believe that we’re already here. Although I have trouble remembering what my life was like before kids, I can remember being overwhelmed with feedings and diaper changes like it was just yesterday. It all happens so quickly.

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A year ago, my husband and I made the decision to not send the boys to preschool. We struggled with the decision, weighing the pros and cons, making lists, reading everything I could find on the real benefits of putting them in school at age 4 rather than at age 5. Plus, the cost of sending two kids to preschool at the same time is nothing to scoff at. When we finally decided to keep them home, the plan was for me to “teach” them the things they would have learned in preschool. At first, the kids and I did a pretty good job. We worked on our numbers and our ABCs… I planned lessons and printed out worksheets, put together craft activities and thought of creative ways for them to learn all the basics.

But after a while, I got frustrated with trying to keep my then 19 month old occupied long enough for us to make it through just one letter. A couple days would go by without me “teaching” them anything (it seemed), and I would feel guilty about it, and we’d try again to get through the letters and numbers we missed so we’d be back on track. It was a vicious cycle of frustration and guilt. Our daily lessons became more of a chore than anything else, but my friends whose kids were in preschool were already learning how to read, and my Facebook Newsfeed was full of posts about friends’ preschoolers who were academically doing so much more than my kids. Mom guilt can be unbearable.

Then I read this amazing blog post about what a 4 year old should know:

So here, I offer my list of what a 4 year old should know.

* She should know that she is loved wholly and unconditionally, all of the time.
* He should know that he is safe and he should know how to keep himself safe in public, with others, and in varied situations. He should know that he can trust his instincts about people and that he never has to do something that doesn’t feel right, no matter who is asking. He should know his personal rights and that his family will back them up.
* She should know how to laugh, act silly, be goofy and use her imagination. She should know that it is always okay to paint the sky orange and give cats 6 legs.
* He should know his own interests and be encouraged to follow them. If he couldn’t care less about learning his numbers, his parents should realize he’ll learn them accidentally soon enough and let him immerse himself instead in rocket ships, drawing, dinosaurs or playing in the mud.
* She should know that the world is magical and that so is she. She should know that she’s wonderful, brilliant, creative, compassionate and marvelous. She should know that it’s just as worthy to spend the day outside making daisy chains, mud pies and fairy houses as it is to practice phonics. Scratch that– way more worthy.

I remember feeling the guilt and stress and pressure of parenting lifting off my shoulders. All of the things I wanted for my children–right here–put into words and published by another mom. I wasn’t alone in all this!

So I stopped spending my evenings after putting the kids to bed planning out lessons and scouring the internet for teaching resources, and we stopped trying to force ABC and counting lessons while trying to prevent my daughter from eating paper and crayons and scribbling on the walls. Instead, we visited parks and playgrounds, went to museums and play parks with friends, took swim lessons and started martial arts classes. Over the past year, the boys have gone fishing and digging for clams. They’ve fed animals at petting zoos and ran around like lunatics at playgrounds. They’ve practiced riding their big boy bicycles and created masterpieces with play-dough. Their vocabulary (both Korean and English) has improved dramatically. They’ve spent time with friends and relatives and had regular lunch dates with Daddy. We attended story time at our local library and became involved in a weekly playgroup. The boys both hosted and attended their very first sleepovers. We caught tadpoles and found newly hatched baby birds inside an old mailbox. We baked cupcakes for our neighbors, took homemade cookies to Daddy’s office. They learned how to wash dishes and make their own beds (sort of), and we built forts and dressed up in full costume for epic lightsaber battles in the living room. It’s been a year of making memories with my too-quickly-growing children.

When we registered the boys for kindergarten, we were given a list of things kindergarteners SHOULD know before starting school. I scanned the list and realized that my boys are apparently completely unprepared for kindergarten because The List didn’t care that my boys learned about gravity at the Rolling Ball Museum or that they visited a working farm on the Korean countryside and saw how vegetables are harvested and prepared for sale. The List didn’t ask whether or not they understood how coal was made and used to heat homes in Korea or how clay is glazed and fired before it can be used. The List didn’t mention anything about how much they know about the lives of people like Abraham Lincoln and Amelia Earhart and Henri Matisse from books read to them before bedtime. The List didn’t know my children at all.

Our children’s experiences and memories and all the things they’ve learned along the way don’t fit on any single list. And amazingly–somehow–over the past year as we adventured through Seoul, this Type-A, always over-prepared, plan-ahead-obsessed mama has learned to let go. I tossed The List in the trash can. My boys are HAPPY. And that’s enough for now.

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Kids Craft Ideas

**This is a page that I’ve imported from my Preschool Adventures in Seoul blog–now a part of the jkwdesigns site!**
I’ll be posting more about kids’ crafts, but this was way easier than making individual blog posts for each of these activities! Lazy importing… 😉
I’m a strong believer in the idea that LEARNING is not all about sitting at a desk and reading and writing (although that’s definitely important!), especially for younger children. We spend a lot of time doing non-book-based learning activities. Check it out!

Making dinosaurs out of paper cut-outs. I just cut some half-circles, squares and triangles out of card stock. The boys glued them onto a sheet of scrapbook paper and decorated with markers.

I bought these painting sets from Woot! for $2.50/ea. Each set came with 4 tubes of paint, a paintbrush and a 10×10 canvas with an outline of Lightning McQueen on it. At that price, I purchased 12 of them, and once the boys were done painting and had long forgotten about these projects, I re-used the canvases to make a 9 panel “painting” for my dining room! A win-win for all of us.

Easter eggs dyed with food coloring! And yes, the colors came out this vibrant! The kids colored on a few of them with crayon–the wax is supposed to prevent the dye from soaking into eggshell–but they didn’t work out too well. Nevertheless, the boys had fun dyeing the eggs and mixing colors!

We love painting! (More canvases from Woot!)

Play-doh can keep my kids busy for hours. This is Lincoln building Lightning McQueen out of Play-doh.

One of the greatest things that Korea has to offer is their scrumptious strawberries. Let the kids cover them in chocolate, and well… You become the Greatest Mom Ever!

Play-doh Optimus Prime.

Stuck at home in the sweltering summer heat? Fill some large kitchen bowls with water!

More painting fun! When we moved into our apartment, there were rolls and rolls of unused wallpaper that our realtor said he would have picked up. No one ever picked it up, so we’ve been using it as painting paper. It’s great–big enough to cover the entire table area and thick enough that the paint doesn’t soak through!

Macaroni is not just for eating!

And what about gummy letters? Only let your kids eat the candy they can spell with. 😉

Build a pirate ship out of a cardboard box.

Give your kids a dime for each pair of socks they match up. Kids love money. 😉

Our Thanksgiving tree! I cut the tree out of construction paper (several sheets taped together) and had the kids help cut the leaves. Every morning in November, they told me something that they were thankful for, I wrote it on the leaf, and they taped it up to the tree! We have floor to ceiling windows in our dining room, so it worked out well for us. Another idea would be to find a large tree branch, stick it in a vase and have kids put the leaves on the branches.

Made with cut up socks and rubber bands. Filled with rice. Messy, but cute!

Yaho Kids’ Sand Cafe (Ichon)

This week’s adventuring took us to the Yaho Kid’s Cafe, which I read about on the site Korea Ye! (a must-read for foreigners in Korea!). I don’t know if it’s the toxic smog or the fact that it’s been a pretty action-packed couple of weeks with my husband being out of town for work and the kids’ birthdays, but I wasn’t feeling very motivated to venture out into the city. So we stuck close to home, parked at a friends’ house and made our way over to the Yaho Sand Cafe.

I knew that the place was relatively small, but our group of 12 kids and 6 moms was a bit much for this cute little kids’ cafe. I’m pretty sure that the staff–two young women–were completely overwhelmed and perhaps even a bit frightened by our mass entrance into the small space.

The space is split into a small cafe area (with 3-4 tables for moms to sit, relax, drink coffee, eat lunch) and a play area. The bottom level of the play area is a large sandbox, and there’s a lofted section above it with toys. There are some great photos of the space on the Korea Ye! site, so please have a look. Unfortunately, I didn’t get very many photos while I was there today.

Lofted Play Area

When kids enter the sandbox area, staff quickly rushes over to dress the kids in overalls and a pair of boots to help keep the sand out of their clothes. Even my finicky, likes-things-just-the-way-he-likes-things-son was willing to put the overalls and boots on, and there was minimal complaining from him about the feeling of gritty sand on his feet as we were getting ready to go (I call this a win!).

The staff was very attentive of the children, particularly the younger 1-2 year olds, and another win: all of the beverages the moms ordered were fabulously tasty. It states on their menu (and yes, they will offer you an English version) that all of their food and drinks are made on-site, and my kids gobbled up a plate of chicken nuggets and mini-hot dogs.

The cafe is geared toward toddler and preschool aged children, and although my 5 year olds had a lot of fun, I definitely think this is a place that my daughter and I will frequent once the boys go to school in the fall.

The pricing is comparable to most other kids’ cafes. It’s 6,000KRW for the first hour and 10,000KRW for 2 hours. Also, the adult/parent is required to purchase a drink (some kids’ cafes charge 4,000-5,000KRW for the parents, which includes a “free” drink, so it’s all the same). The staff just keeps track of your food and drink orders, and you pay up at the end as you leave. Also, something wonderful that I didn’t know: you can drop your kids off there and run errands, go to the dentist (UPenn Ivy Dental is just one block over), go to dinner (there are plenty of great restaurants in the area)… The drop off fee is a bit higher–20,000KRW for 2 hours, and of course, you can pre-order food for your kid(s) when you drop them off, but it’s convenient with so many shops, businesses and restaurants nearby, and your kids are guaranteed to have a great time!

Oh, and one other tidbit–you can park in the Hangang Mansion Apartment complex just behind Yaho Cafe. Let them know that you’re going to Yaho Cafe, they’ll give you a yellow slip of paper to put in your windshield, and just let the staff at Yaho Cafe know that you’ve parked and they’ll give you a ticket that allows you to park for free. No time limit.

All in all, we had a great time. I don’t do kids’ cafes often since it gets rather pricey with 3 kids who also want to eat everything they see, but it was a great experience, and I’ll definitely be taking my littlest one there again. And probably taking advantage of the kid drop off service. 🙂

Yaho Kids’ Sand Cafe is open weekdays from 11am to 8pm and Saturday from 10am to 8pm. Closed Sundays. It’s within walking distance of Ichon station (exit 4), and a quick and easy drive from Yongsan Visitor Gate (Gate 13). From Exit 4 of Ichon station, walk straight ahead 2 blocks, passing Hangaram Apartments. At the main street, Yaho Cafe is across the street to the left.

Unfortunately, I forgot to grab a business card, so I don’t have the address (I’ll update here when I can get it), but here’s the address for UPenn Ivy Dental, which is just one block over.

Seoul-si, Yongsan-gu, Ichon-dong, 300-26

Yaho Cafe is on the 2nd floor.

Amazing Riding Kids Park

**UPDATE (13 Nov 2014): The Amazing Kids Park is now CLOSED. 🙁
**UPDATE: The Amazing Riding Kids Park is now the AMAZING KIDS PARK (minus the riding). It’s still at the same location, same prices, same times. Just the name has changed!
I’m always on the look-out for fun places to take my kids that aren’t too far away since I have a close-to-debilitating aversion to driving in Seoul, so when I came across the “Amazing Riding Kids Park” on a discount ticket website (ticketmonster.co.kr) and found that it was only about 15 minutes away–I immediately made plans to go with a few friends and their kids!The general premise of the large indoor playground is “riding” (it’s not just a clever grammatically confused name!), and there are a number of things for kids to ride–race cars, tricycles, bumper cars, motorized animals, trains… But according to the photos I saw online, there was also plenty for my almost 24 month old daughter to do–a ball pit with slides, trampolines, a bounce house as well as a separate toddler playroom.So our adventure to the Amazing Riding Kids Park begins…

Getting to the parking lot of TechnoMart was challenge #1. The building (which also houses an Emart and a CGV movie theater) is on the “wrong” side of the road since we approached it from the north. My hopelessly inefficient GPS took us on some crazy side-streets and strange traffic circles, but despite the detours, we all arrived in with our sanity intact, parked the car and began our quest for the 6th floor.

Challenge #2: Getting to the 6th floor where the Amazing Riding Kids Park is located. We parked right outside the elevator lobby, so one would think that we could simply press a button, get on the elevator, press another button and arrive on the 6th floor. Not in Korea! 😉 Two of the four elevators didn’t work, and when one of them finally arrived, 4 adults and 5 children piled into the elevator, looked for the button to the 6th floor, couldn’t find it, got off, asked a janitor who was standing nearby, and he directed us to another elevator lobby because apparently, those elevators only serviced certain floors–the 6th floor not included. Next, instead of finding the other elevator lobby, we ended up in Emart where we located an elevator that specifically stated it went up to the 6th floor (there was actually a chart above the 2 elevators–one said it went to the 6th floor, the other did not). We got in, found the button for the 6th floor. Pressed it. Pressed it again. Went up to the 1st floor. Pressed 6 again. Went back down to B1. Got off the elevator. Asked an Emart employee. Found out that the elevators are on a timer and because the Amazing Riding Kids Park doesn’t open until 10:30am, the elevators won’t go to the 6th floor until 10:30. Looked at my watch. 10:29am. 30 seconds later, got back on the elevator. Pressed 6. Success! The children even cheered.

We got to the entrance and since I had reserved tickets in advance, it was all smooth sailing from there! We were given plastic bags to put our shoes and coats in, and the lobby area is lined with lockers to store your things (with a non-refundable 500KRW coin). Strollers also have to be left out in the lobby.

With all our stuff put away, we made our way into an absolute wonderland of Fun Stuff for Kids!

The best part was, we virtually had the entire place to ourselves the whole time we were there (from 10:30am to 1pm). There were a handful of other children and parents, but mostly, our kids ran free, rode everything multiple times and didn’t have to wait in line. My kids don’t do well with large crowds, so this really was perfect for them.

Each of the “rides” have attendants that help kids onto the various vehicles, strap them in, and help in case they get stuck or if there’s a mini traffic jam of little people. All of the children had a wonderful time. And all of the adults joined in on the fun at one point or another!

The BEST bumper cars ever! They’re inflatable tubes that move in all directions AND spin around in circles!
Miniature African “safari” train ride
Rides for toddlers in the Toddler Room
A mini-Lexus on the “Race Track”
Motorized stuffed animals? Yes, please!

They also have a set of trampolines that are clearly marked for separate ages–a small one for ages 0-3, a medium one for ages 4-7, and a larger one for ages 7-11. The ball pit was also a huge hit.

There’s also a sizable cafe area for parents to sit and relax. They serve drinks, coffee, and snacks as well as a few meal options (ddukbokki, noodles, spaghetti, udon, etc.). Drinks ranged from about 1,000KRW for bottled water to 2,500KRW for juice, and food ranged from 2,500KRW for a hot dog to 8,000KRW for spaghetti. Like most kid cafes, outside food and drinks are not allowed.
And if all that’s not enough to entertain your children for hours, there were also a couple of Xbox Kinects that children amazingly have the ability to figure out, despite not being able to read any of the directions.
After 2 and a half hours of play, we decided to venture out and look for some real food. With all the excitement and the running around, our children were apparently STARVING. The staff told us to go to the food court on B1 (there are also restaurants on the 10th floor), but I’m definitely glad we went to the food court. With such a big group, the options were amazing at the food court, AND the ever-elusive high chairs were available in abundance!
All in all, a wonderful place to take the kids. Just look at these happy faces!
We’ll definitely be going back!
Pricing:
Children: 16,000KRW (under 24 month FREE – must show proof of age)
Adults: 8,000KRW
*No time limit*
Address:
Seoul-si, Guro-gu, Guro-dong, 3-25 Shindorim TechnoMart 6th floor
Parking: Garage parking available. 3 hours free with validation, 1,000KRW for each additional hour
Subway:
Shindorim Station, Lines 1 and 2, exit directly into the TechnoMart complex (follow signs for Technomart)
Hours:
Weekdays – 10:30am to 6:00pm (last entry at 5:00pm)
Weekends – 10:30am to 8:00pm (last entry at 5:00pm)
Phone: 02.2111.6004
Payment: Cash and credit card accepted

20 Questions – A Birthday Interview

All 3 of my kids were born in the month of February. Within a day of each other. 12 hours if I want to be silly about it. The twins were born on February 17, and my daughter was born February 18, 3 years later. This means that right after the holidays, birthday party planning must begin. Last year, we had recently moved to Korea and the boys hadn’t made any friends yet, and because it was Penelope’s first birthday (dol), we didn’t have a party for the boys. If you’ve read my post about Miss Penny Penny’s first birthday party, you’d know why I didn’t have the time or energy to do anything for my big boys!

One thing that I did make time for was writing down the boys’ responses to 20 questions I put together for their birthday interview. I typed it up quickly in a Word document and honestly, forgot about it. With their 5th birthday approaching, I finally got around to designing what will eventually be pages in a book. And since I have the template prepared, I can just change the age and type in the answers every year.

I wanted the design of the page to be something timeless so that when I ask the children the same questions when they’re 18 years old, the page won’t look childish. Plus, my design aesthetic is very simple, clean and modern, so really…I guess it’s all about me! Haha!

Here’s the final product! I’ll be making up a printable version as well in various colors that will be available for download (when I can figure out how to do that!).

lincoln 20 questions charlie 20 questions

Digging myself out!

In the past few days, I’ve managed to dig myself out from beneath the mass of boxes, packing paper, damaged furniture, sweat and tears that a move the the other side of the world with three children under the age of 4 inevitably brings with it. Our house still needs a lot of work, but it’s now our home, which after two months of travel and living out of hotels–I couldn’t be happier.

With the new house in its various states of unpacking chaos, I haven’t really had a chance to work on much. I did find time, however, to design a new hat, cowl and fingerless mitt trio. I still have a few finishing touches to put on the pattern, but here are some photos of my handiwork!
I’m really excited for this pattern to go live, mostly because I haven’t had a chance to put anything new up in a while. I’ve had so many ideas swirling around in my head and not enough time to really dedicate to it.
Also, in the early phases of pattern writing is a hat I worked on with leftover yarn for Miss Penelope. Penny really needed a hat that she couldn’t pull off because she pulled a hat off while on my back in the Ergo. It’s so sad to lose something that you spent so much time making. Anyway, Penny can’ t just have any little hat. It needed to be extra cute to match the ridiculously cute hats her brothers go out in! 😉 So I worked on this bunny hat, and I worked especially hard to get these ears to stand up.
It still needs so work, but I’m hoping to have it all worked out in the next couple of weeks.
And finally… I managed to get my new sewing machine out of the box, and best of all… I actually sewed something!
It’s just a tiny little thing for Penny, but it’s a start. And I’m happy to say that I made it out of a pillowcase. I now have all these new ideas for how to use old sheets and clothes that the kids have grown out of. If only I could sew better. 😉
Anyway, I suppose it’s time to call it a night. There’s a load of laundry to fold, and my bedtime is fast approaching…

Cute Giraffe Hat

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Cute Giraffe Hat (just click the link!)
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Enjoy!

Materials:

Worsted weight yarn in appropriate colors
(golden yellow, tan, brown)
Size 8, 16″ circular needles
Size 8 double pointed needles
Tapestry needle
1 stitch marker
5 mm crochet hook (optional)
Makes sizes: 6-9 mo (1-2 y, 2-3 y)
Gauge: 17 st x 24 rows = 4 in. in stockinette stitch
Hat:
CO 56 (64, 72)
Place stitch marker and join in the round, being careful not to twist stitches.
Work in stockinette stitch until work measures 3.25 (4, 4.5 in).
Begin decreases:
Round 1: *K5 (6, 7), k2tog. Repeat from * around. [48 (56, 64) sts]
Round 2: knit
Round 3: *K4 (5, 6), k2tog. Repeat from * around. [40 (48, 56) sts]
Round 4: knit
Round 5: *K3 (4, 5), k2tog. Repeat from * around. [32 (40, 48) sts]
Round 6: knit
Round 7: *K2 (3, 4), k2tog. Repeat from * around. [24 (32, 40) sts]
Round 8: knit
Round 9: *K1 (2, 3), k2tog. Repeat from * around. [16 (24, 32) sts]
Round 10: knit
For 6-9 mo size, k2tog around (8 sts). For 1-2 y and 2-3 y sizes: continue with decreasing pattern until 8 sts remain.
Break yarn, and using a tapestry needle, thread tail through remaining 8 sts. Pull tight.
Ears (make 2):
CO 6 stitches
Row 1: knit
Row 2 and all even rows: purl
Row 3: k1, kfb, k2, kfb, k1 (8 st)
Row 5: k1, kfb, k4, kfb, k1 (10 st)
Row 7: k1, kfb, k6, kfb, k1 (12 st)
Row 9: knit
Row 11: k4, ssk, k2tog, k4 (10 st)
Row 13: k3, ssk, k2tog, k3 (8 st)
Row 15: k2, ssk, k2tog, k2 (6 st)
Row 17: k1, ssk, k2tog, k1 (4 st)
Row 19: ssk, k2tog (2 st)
Break yarn and using a tapestry needle, thread the tail through the remaining 2 stitches.
Antennae (make 2):
CO 5 on dpn
With 5 stitches, make i-cord until length is approximately 1.5 inches.
Break yarn, and using a tapestry needle, thread the tail through the 5 stitches. Pull tight.
Assembling the hat:
Sew ears and antennae onto the hat.
Using the appropriate color, create giraffe spots on the hat using duplicate stitch. I prefer the duplicate stitch in this instance because the spots are relatively small and intarsia in the round is rather annoying. Plus, I think it’s nice to see the main color peak through.Optional:
Pick up stitches along the brim with a 5.0mm crochet hook and single crochet around.
Weave in ends.