Some of you may have noticed that the yarn I chose for my second knitting project, a hooded cardigan for our neighbors' great-grandson, was too dark for a baby. True, babies have no choice but wear whatever you put on them, yet this dark chocolate brown didn't seem suited to a little one. See, I have this little rule: I have to use up stashed yarns. It's a yarn-frugal rule dictated both by our small house, and by lack of yarn stores around here. Since I happened to have three balls of yarn - the perfect amount for a baby cardigan - I just had to make the color work.
Good thing I can crochet! To lighten up the dark brown, I made two white bear appliques (using more stashed yarn, naturally). They made the dark brown cardigan look much better. But I still wasn't happy.
So I made a white-brown-beige tassel with a twisted cord, and attached it to the hood.
I'm biased, but I think it's adorable. This is the problem with making little things for little people: you just want to make more and more of them. Fortunately, I do have a lot more yarn in my yarn stash which, my rule states, simply must be used ...