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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Neck Warmer for Granny

Granny's Neck Warmer

So my Grandma turned 85 a couple of weeks ago and although I didn’t get that gift mailed in time for her birthday, I wanted to make her something, it was simple and quick but functional and I’m pretty sure I need to make one for myself when the knitting deadlines end. I give myself these crazy deadlines and make knitting feel like a chore rather than fun.

I have several projects started and they are for special (patient) people in my life, and I’ve even stooped so low as giving my sister-in-law an unfinished gift for her birthday. I had a few other tokens to share with her, but then I put a hat that I started for her with the two yarn cakes right in the gift bag. She asked me “Are you going to teach me to knit?” Nope I just haven’t finished your gift, sorry. Tacky? Maybe a little bit. She knows I mean well though, I hope. And, she will get her cap before the snow flies, I think.

I had a skein of Lion Brand Wool Blend Super Chunky Navy Yarn in the good old yarn cubby so I grabbed that for Granny’s neck warmer. I have a small collection of buttons, so I ended up finding one that seemed to be a good size and it worked. I love it when that happens. All I did was knit on some gigantic needles size 15 actually – and I took them on the airplane – I wasn’t sure that would fly (they won’t let you bring a tube of toothpaste on the airplane but I can take metal knitting needles that are the size of my arm on) but I made it through security. It only took me a few flights to finish and I just did a simple garter stitch. Keep it simple sis. I love the way a garter stitch looks anyway, all bumpy and pretty. I don’t reckon I even counted when I did my casting on, but I kept right on going until I ran out of yarn and it was the perfect amount. I like making up my own patterns as I go, but I do wish I could read and follow a pattern without a problem. That sweater – oh that sweater.

So I’m off to bed and I’ll leave you with a couple more hilarious photos of Granny’s neck warmer, (on me – that’s not Granny)  it is so awkward to take photos of yourself in a mirror, too bad my three year old can’t really use my camera. I already got a sweet thank you from my Grandma and she assured me my gift would keep her Wisconsin-chilled neck warm all winter.

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Happy Knitting from the dorky Mama!

Fall in the Air

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So I’m a knitting MACHINE right now. I love it, I’m not doing anything super exciting. Still working on my sweater! My husband asked me last night as I grabbed a new skein of yarn to ‘cake up’ “What about my pretty sweater?” He was partially being a punk and probably partially wondering when I would be finishing that beast up, it’ll be awhile.

Sweater Progress

It still looks like a tiny knit curtain. But it is a really really pretty tiny knit curtain.

I finished up the wedding beanies. I shall send the Wisconsin Badger inspired ribbed hat to Mitchell and the light green and turquoise one to Megan in a little newlywed care package in the morning.

Wisconsin Hat Newlyweds

It is birthday season around here! I sent a hat to my sweet Aunt Karen who just turned 60, which you’d never guess, and she sent me this. Her sweet thank you totally made the hat knit with love worth it! I definitely sent it to the right person.

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I love this wool yarn rainbow – who doesn’t love yarn? and rainbows? Of course since I love that ribbed pattern it is what I do, it is good to do what you love, plus when I’m attempting to knock out a ton of projects I glue myself to simplicity.

Rainbow Hat

The birthday train is still in full force. My mom’s birthday present is under construction right now. I’ve decided to pull out my giant size 15 needles and do a simple garter stitch (co 15) and whip up a quick scarf with some extra chunky wool blend I had stashed away in the yarn cubby.

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And finally I recently sent my best friend Nicole a hat that I knit using some yarn I got from Purl Soho, another one I wanted to keep, but of course I have yet to own one of my own hats. This particular hat I cast on 68 stitches and k2 p2 the entire way to the decrease at the top. I used size 10.5 circular needles. Another snug delicious head warmer.

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There is that pretty face I miss so much.

Happy Fall Knitting!

Alpaca Wool Project

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I’ve been dying to put this photo up…this is Julie…she got a special scarf from me for Christmas. It was pretty much my first time buying really amazing yarn. I used a beautifully soft alpaca wool charcoal colored yarn as well as a variegated yarn that was quite spendy (also wool) and didn’t come with quite as much. I somehow made it last through the entire scarf though and like usual kind of made up my own pattern. It is a checkerboard of sorts just longer pieces. It isn’t an incredibly long scarf but it fits around a neck no prob. It was a quick project as that alpaca wool was chunky. The exact name of the yarn is Misti Alpaca 100% Baby Alpaca – Made in Peru, I picked it up at Loopy and I really liked working with it. I actually used fairly large needles again. I chose size 15 needles for this project. I cannot find the label for the other yarn that I used, but it was really beautiful – not chunky – so the color is very subtle in the scarf. It added some reds, grays and a hint of black (which I think is probably Julie’s favorite color – at least that she wears often).

I actually made another scarf – that I still haven’t gifted but I used the same two kinds of wool just in different dye lots. I chose a lilac Misti Alpaca yarn and a variegated wool yarn on a very different color spectrum, springy colors. I really like the way it came out but I haven’t decided who to give it to just yet. I did a seeded rib stitch for the lilac scarf. The pattern was really simple – this is the first time I sort of used one. Row 1 (right side): Purl 1, *knit 3, purl 1; repeat from * to end. Row 2 (wrong side): Knit 2, purl 1, *knit 3, purl 1; repeat from * to last 2 stitches, knit 2. Repeat rows one and two for seeded rib. I guess I used a variation of this each time I made a ribbed scarf but just didn’t happen to be following a pattern any of the other times. I forgot until I unrolled the scarf just now that I put some fringe on the ends too. Ah knitting! How I love thee! Oh and I think I used those same size 15 needles? I can’t quite remember though. Oh and that beautiful yarn photo from the ‘Yarn Choices’ post was the variegated yarn I used in this second alpaca scarf.

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Happy Knitting!

Knitting Lesson

I was fortunate enough to be present one evening at a friend’s house (only about 1 month after I learned to knit) to help teach an 8 year old to knit. I have attempted to teach Simon (my 5 year old) to crochet and each time it has ended in tears so maybe 8 is a better age to teach such things.

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Alice picked it up right away. She was patient and really focused and I feel really lucky that I got to teach her. Her Mama was teaching her 8 year old friend that was spending the night – and it just so happened that I got to help Alice. It was really fun and super pleasing to leave their house that night knowing that she had it (we just did knitting no purling quite yet). She was pretty into it also. The next day (or maybe two days later) when I saw her she had made some serious progress on a project. I lent her my giant size 15 needles and some variegated acrylic yarn I had in my closet and she was proud to show what she’d accomplished. I will definitely be teaching my kids to knit (when they are a little bit older).

A project I’d just completed that I happened to have with me (to show Alice) was this checkerboard scarf. It is almost the same thing that I made for Nicole (posted a couple of days ago). I just used some variegated acrylic yarn I had on hand. This is a close up of the checkered detail. And a photo of how I like to “wrap” a scarf as a gift. It is so pretty just by itself so why not take some of your tail (leftover from casting on) and tie it in a bow around your creation?

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Happy Knitting!

My First Knit Scarf

My First Knitted Scarf

This is the first project I attempted, or maybe it was the second – it was a couple of months ago so I’ll just post a photo of the other one tomorrow. I decided to start with a simple garter stitch so this whole thing is knitted – definitely not perfect but hey for a first time what can you expect. I used a chunky yarn – a wool blend and put it together with a variegated yarn for a prettier effect. So my sweet husband ended up getting this for Christmas – simply because I knew he wouldn’t be too critical of my handiwork (or lack there of). So it’ll keep his neck toasty warm through the winter months.

My biggest suggestion to anyone that wants to knit is patience and to get big needles (I think I used size 15 needles for this project) and chunky yarn after you have your knit and purl mastered and whip something out in just a few hours – it is really pleasing to finish a project! It’ll give you the bug to keep knitting (apparently non-stop!)

Happy Knitting!