A Snake for Roman Bryce

This little nugget entered our world on January 20, 2013. I love him.

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P.S. He isn't my baby, he is my nephew, Roman Bryce Hickey.

He waited to arrive until the very day I finished putting the button eyes on his gift (surely that is what he was waiting for).

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I got this pattern from a book I needed to have, when I saw this very snake, on the cover. It didn't call for the same yarn I used, but I had some 220 Superwash made by Cascade Yarns on hand (in a rainbow of colors) and figured it would be just as fabulous. It was.

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I followed the pattern exactly to shape the head and the end of the snake but lost track a lot in the middle stripe section. I knit on size 5 or 6 dpns although I could've just used regular knitting needles, since I wasn't knitting in circles. I was thinking I'd like to knit in the round but I ended up just stitching it closed, as the pattern stated.

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Here is the finished 'bod' and I was already pretty in love with it. He was all one piece so I just had to stitch his belly closed. He was a pretty simple project. I love knitting toys, especially striped toys.

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long as my leg

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Lexie had called me to let me know she was in labor, so I made sure I had my necessities packed (in my doula bag) before I headed off to bed. I was in bed for about 5 minutes before I got the call to head to their house. It made me happy I was going to be able to bring this fella along with me.

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Notice the snake protecting the corgi, Papa and that badass laboring Mama.

I think Boo Boo was happy too. The snake for baby Roman was a good morning distraction (for a big sis) at 7am when she woke up to a laboring Mama.

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4 Months Old

Sloane's Blanket
And her auntie FINALLY got her blankie done. Sheesh.

I suppose this post will be more a photo gallery than anything else. This is what Sloane looks like today, she's not much of a newbie anymore, but at least she's not 5.

Little Baloney

So the time line goes a little something like this...

Sloane came into our big world on January 3rd and this is about where I was in the garter stitch process when her Mama Lexie went into labor. You'll notice in the final product there are a couple of crocheted hearts in the purple section that has some special meaning. You see, I had the very special privilege of being Lexie and Colin's birth doula and of course I brought my knitting along. I always do, and good thing I did, it was a long one.

Finally got to Purple

I dropped my stitches a few times during Lexie's labor. A couple of them got flipped over and unfortunately my yarn selection isn't terribly forgiving. I used 100% Superwash Wool made by Cascade Yarns. If you want to see the very beginning of this process (only the blue yarn and a sweet pregnant belly) feel free to go back in time.

This was our first Ladies night (with our newest lady) at Sloane's abode. New Mama Lexie, Auntie Sarah, Sloane, Mia (the big sister) and I. We did some knitting, crocheting, baby snuggling/smelling and celebrated with a bottle of wine.

Ladies Night Big Sister

I think I did something like 140+ stitches across each and every row and it wasn't a quick knit. It was definitely worth it though for the sweetest little peach.

I drank a lot of martinis and watched a lot of movies during the long winter while working on this project.

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I knit while I babysat my sweet little 2 month old niece. She spent a lot of time around her 'work in progress'.

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Some of it awake, much of it asleep.

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Getting bigger by the day. Both of them.

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Shiny needles, must get them.

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Until we just had the finishing touches. The finishing touches were no quick task. I crocheted 4 hearts and stitched them on both sides of the blanket to cover the contraction bumps. The knitting would fall off of my needles every once in a while when I was needed to hold hair back, massage Lexie's back or legs or cover her with a blanket or cool her with a damp cloth, or sway back and forth in the living room. Or lay on the bed in the bedroom beside her. I couldn't predict when the timing was good to start another row of purple. I 'purpled' through the entire labor. And I lost my work a lot! It showed the most in these two spots, so I decided how fitting to put some hearts there. To make those flaws have a bit more meaning, well, and to hide them.

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Finished

The Hearts

I think Sloane likes her blanket and it is nice and big and I envision her on it in the backyard on the grass...so spring better start heating up! Mama Lexie took some sweet photos of the wee one and her big puppy sister Mia and her new blankie, and holy smokes, it is all adorable.

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New Sweater – Knit in the Round

New Sweater

I'm starting another sweater, I tore out the sweater for my sweet husband - that will be a project for later...

I started my sweater a few days ago and pulled the entire thing out last night. I decided on a hoodie of sorts. I didn't want to deal with a zipper though, so I'm knitting a pullover hoodie. The pattern I picked I found on Ravelry. The sweater is called the Weekend Hoodie, unfortunately not a free pattern, but one that looked pretty much spot on. I love having a hood on my sweaters, it is a definite bonus on windy/chilly spring days. I decided to start with a sweater for myself, maybe that is  selfish, but I haven't made a single thing for myself yet so I suppose it is high time!

I ran into problems right from the get-go, you'd think after all of the knitting in the round I do, I would have it figured out, but I definitely didn't! The second row was the reason for pulling my entire sweater apart. When I say entire sweater - I was on row 12 ish...so not really that far, but when you cast on 220 stitches it feels like a LOT. I started over after figuring this out....

Flat Knitting:

  • garter: knit every row
  • stockinette: knit 1 row, purl 1 row
  • reverse stockinette: purl 1 row, knit 1 row

Round Knitting:

  • garter: knit 1 round, purl 1 round - this is where I went wrong. I was just knitting, knitting, knitting...not making a very appealing bottom to my sweater.
  • stockinette: knit knit knit every row
  • reverse stockinette: purl purl purl

I mean, it makes perfect sense when you think really hard about it, problem is I wasn't thinking very hard about it.

Before I sign off I should tell you about my delicious yarn choice. I keep going back and forth between whether or not I like it enough to wear that sweater as much as I ought to once it is complete. I think today I'm pretty into it. It is a Cascade Yarn - Lana Bambu. It is 79% Wool and 21% Viscose from Bamboo.

I'm taking a sweater class to complete this project. I cast on 220 stitches on my brand spankin' new Addi needles (size 6) and I've moved onto the Addi lace needles (sharper points) in size 7 and I'm going for it. The pattern is knit rows 1-3, p3, k1 on row 4 and start over knitting again. I think the pattern will be pretty fun when it gets taller, I'll keep you posted.

Oh and I'm going to make a video of how to switch to a new ball of yarn as soon as I need to do so. If you missed the ball winder and swift video and you feel like throwing up, you should check it out.

Happy Knitting!