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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Kindergarten Powerband

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I cried myself to sleep last night, you know that silent cry, so not even your husband knows you are crying? I didn't think that would happen this time around, but who was I kidding, really? I never have dry eyes through a parent teacher conference, I never have dry eyes through a choir concert, hell I barely have dry eyes through dinner most nights, so when I thought I was unaffected by my baby starting Kindergarten today I was really just kidding myself. He didn't know I was sad, nor will he know tomorrow when I don't even get to go inside the school with him. I got teary leaving Simon in his 3rd grade classroom and he barely even wanted me to set foot in the door with him.

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We sprinkled magic dust under his pillow last night to help him peacefully sleep. I always check on my kids before bed, but there was something "right of passage y" about last night. Tomorrow will be the first full day elementary school for both of my kids - under the same roof - without me. They've grown into kids, officially. I know I'll enjoy the change, just as soon as the newness wears off. I feel comforted knowing they are together at school, even if they don't see one another throughout the entire day. I'm comforted knowing they'll watch out for each other on the bus ride home tomorrow afternoon.

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When Simon started Kindergarten he needed a little bit of extra love through the day, or a reminder that I was with him, even when I wasn't right there. My heart was still with him. I stitched up a little cloth heart and we pinned it inside his pants each morning before school, until he didn't need it anymore. My heart wasn't really mine anymore after he was born.

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And I wouldn't have it any other way.

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To make the power band I used Shepard's Wool Yarn, which is probably my favorite yarn ever. I used size 8 dpns. I cast on 32 stitches and passed 8 onto each needle. I k2, p2 the entire way around - changing colors for the different powers that needed to be incorporated into the band and did 3 rows of each color combo. Ta Da - it was done and I am going to be happy to wear it just as soon as Gus doesn't need it anymore.

Double Pom Pom Hat

Baby William really digs his new blanket.

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The hat on the other hand...well that is another story. He looks really peaceful in these photos. This was another project I started this past summer for my baby nephew. I told my sister I could finish it up before I left the Midwest on our summer vacation.

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I didn't end up finishing while we were still there, but it was really shortly after and it gave me something fun to knit when I had some down time while we played at the lake. On the pontoon boat one foggy morn I made a bit of progress.

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When I wasn't too busy adoring these lovebugs.

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They were a little bit tired this foggy morn.

The hat was similar to most of my other ribbed hats. I used some Amy Butler yarn (didn't know she made yarn until our trip to Crafty Planet). It was simple to knit with. I think I used size 5 or 6 circular needles. I decided to just wing the color changes between the blue and brown color. The yarn is a mix of organic wool and organic cotton, so perfect for a brand spankin' new little baby head.

Double Pom Pom Hat

I got the idea to do a double pom pom up top from a hat that my kids had when they were a bit smaller.

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Not a knit hat but a fleece number we got as a gift that I loved. I think I liked the idea of a challenge too, needed to vary my predictable hat just a smidge. I guess my sweater gave me some confidence. I used one of my handy stitch holders while I finished one side and then went back and did all of my decreasing for the other point. I am glad I was putting pom poms on there because I did have some little bits that needed covering. I'm generally quite the perfectionist but when you get right down to it, it just needs to keep the baby head warm.

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Don't you love my creepy model?

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There was a bit of a gap in the middle (between the pom poms) so I ended up sewing that center up just a titch as well, with some yarn of course and it came together just fine. After all of the loose ends were tucked in you couldn't even tell I'd done anything. I think I also realized how I can make it better the next time I attempt a double pom pom on a ribbed hat.

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And Baby William, once again, I cannot wait to snuggle you. Hopefully before you are a month old, if all goes as I wish for it to.

 

 



New Year Knits

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Happy morn of 2011 - I'm still working on some of the same projects into our brand spankin' new year. That baby blanket isn't quite complete - but that baby isn't either - still waiting on her arrival. Grandpa Jeff loved his new Packers Christmas hat & from the photos it looks like I could have made it a bit bigger/longer. Looks like you need to plan a trip to Lambeau.

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We had/have a houseful of family and friends and all that love I keep talking about. We had a wonderful Christmas and we've had a pretty relaxing week...playing with our new treasures and knitting. My boys scored with Santa - man that guy is gracious, not to mention a whole mess of gifts from other family members and full stockings! Shane got me that amazing game I'd discovered about a month ago and although everyone poo pooed the idea of playing it on Christmas day we had everyone in the vicinity entertained after we powered the Wii up. The whole room full of Aunties, Uncles, Grandpas and Grandmas were passing Wii remotes between one another, sometimes arguing about whose turn it was.

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Every character in the game is made from yarn (grossly adorable) and all of the scenery is made from pieces of fabric that you can go behind, between and pull buttons to gather. It is seriously RIGHT up my video game alley!

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Even though you all might be tired of my hats...I've got another ribbed hat I've been working on...and I think it might be my favorite. I started it only a few nights ago, and have made progress amongst our company. In fact the knitting seems to be contagious around here. Grandma Melinda (my mother in law) has been knitting since Christmas night, my sister in law (waiting for the newest babe) has been crocheting, and on Christmas night I had the privilege to teach my sister in law Sarah how to cast on and do the knit stitch.

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Back to that hat - I also drew my little sister's (Melissa's) name for Christmas and she put in an order for a hat to match these mittens. (That I did not knit - but I wish I could say that I had.)

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In the past I've used size 8 16" circular needles to knit my famous ribbed hat. With this particular hat I cast on 88 and k2, p2 the entire way around until I reached the decreasing zone.

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I decided this time I'd like to switch up the top a bit, and make it a little bit more fun. I'm definitely going to do a pom pom again (because I love rainbows more than most things on earth) and I think a rainbow pom pom will be incredible eye candy. I hope my sister doesn't think she looks like Rainbow freakin' Bright when this arrives in her mailbox. As the decrease began I kept my work on my circular needles and k2, p2, k2, p2tog the whole way around.

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I put a place markers when the first round was complete and then I transitioned to double pointed size 8 needles while I k2tog, p2, k2tog,  p1 (the second time around). The third time around I just knit the knits and purled the purls. The next round I k1, p1, k1, and p2tog (the two purls that weren't already purled together). The next time around I k2tog, p2tog. Then I knit the knits and purled the purls over and over again until I thought the hat was looking elf-tastic.

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I finished it off by just k2tog until I only had a few stitches remaining and then I pulled the remaining yarn through. I hid all of the yarn I'd tied together from changing colors so many times. I always just use a crochet hook to weave it all in. No sign of the transitions and I love the way it turned out.

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I used my favorite yarn since I already had such a selection of colors. I only had to add three more colors to the mix to complete this project and now I want to make 10 more of these. The yarn is from Joseph's Coat and it is called Shepard's Wool. It is not superwash wool, but it is so incredibly soft and warm. * Hand wash only Mrs. gift recipient. * Since I ended up adding several inches to the top before closing it off, I got a little bit nervous about the appearance of the top of the hat. Not to be crass but it looked a bit like a striped wool condom attached to a beanie. Nobody wants to walk around with a phallic looking woolen good atop their noggin. Cindy Lou Who might be cool with it I guess, or any of the Whos for that matter. The pom pom addition really sealed the deal for me! I made the pom pom with a houseful of friends last night and a glass of wine nearby.

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So we happily ring in another beautiful year, and I'm grateful for the 2 degree weather today. I can knit all day, play games in our cozy house, and watch Return of the Jedi without an ounce of guilt creeping in. Happy Peaceful New Year to all! Ooh and I can't wait to show off my next project! I'll give you a little hint - it has a tail!

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