Hearts and skulls

An old high school friend put the call out on Facebook the other day…

His lovely daughter, Arabella, is celebrating her eighth birthday in the age of COVID. As our province is still being cautious (and rightly so, we’re still averaging between 300 and 400 new cases each day), large gatherings of five or more people are still not permitted. That means no birthday party for poor Arabella.

So my friend asked his facebook friends and family, if we were available this Sunday between 2 and 4, would we mind driving by and giving his lovely girl a birthday honk to make her day feel special?

How can you say no to that? Especially as they are only about a 10 minute drive from our house.


Dave has the Great White Whale out for the summer, so we’re going to put the top down and cruise on by in style. He probably won’t let me decorate it, but still, I think it will be a bit of a thrill for the family.

We are going to stop just long enough to give the birthday girl a present too. So my needles have been clicking furiously.


Arabella loves purple and skulls, so I pulled the chart from this pattern. I’m working it up into a fingering weight beanie – because no one wants a heavy wool hat in summer! I’m using some Alley Cat that Rowan dyed (Lavender for luck), and some leftover Twinkle in Coal. Fun fact – this friend is actually my brother’s best friend from high school, so it’s kind of neat that my brother’s daughter made the yarn that is being used in the hat for his best friend’s daughter!

Anyway, as you can see, I’ve got a floofy little taskmasker watching my every move, so I better get back to it… there’s only a few days left to finish!

12 thoughts on “Hearts and skulls

  1. Araignee

    What fun! A car parade. Folks here are putting up HUGE personalized birthday displays in their yard. I have no idea where they got them but they are spectacular and fun to see on our car outings.


  2. Friends had an outdoor baby shower; one could drive by, or walk up and maintain safe distance.
    This was the first time I’ve been out and about since March, and it was fabulous to see my dear friends. I hope I win the prize for guessing the date, weight, length, and sex of the baby!


  3. Shirley Elliott

    What a wonderful way to help celebrate Arabella’s birthday. That vehicle – OMG – needs no decoration – just the top down and you guys smiling. Love the beanie you are making and the story involved with the yarn. Hope the weather is perfect on Sunday.


  4. We’ve been doing lots of birthday and anniversary parades for friends for the past couple of months. I just reuse the car decorations over and over! It’s lots of fun and at least you get to see people you know and wave from a distance. That hat will be wonderful and I’m sure much loved.


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