FO – Blanket Stitch Baby Blanket

Hi All,

I just realized the month of June is almost over and I never got back to you about a couple of projects I talked about in my last OUAS (Once Upon A Sock) post. Today, I’ll share with you a little labor of love.

In March, my (step) Aunt Debbie asked me if I could make a baby blanket in lavender for her son’s soon to be arriving baby girl. She wanted something small that she could use as a baby and then be able to use for her baby dolls as she got a little older. Baby girl was due to be born in the middle of May. I thought that would be plenty of time to make something, so of course I said yes! Plus, I love knitting for babies…what could be better?

I rushed out immediately and picked up some Lavender yarn at JoAnn’s called Red Heart Soft Baby Steps. This stuff is so soft and is perfect for babies, as well as the easy care that new Mama’s appreciate. I spent the next few days searching patterns on Ravelry; but nothing was floating my boat. I finally decided to keep it simple and cast on for a 9 stitch ribbed baby blanket.

It was super easy and mindless knitting; however silly me totally forgot that I was in the midst of packing and moving. D’oh! I got all the way to here (see pic below) by May 9th and realized there was no way in the world I was going to get it finished in time. 😦 If I had gone a little smaller, maybe. But I wasn’t going to rip all that out and start over. I will continue this blanket at another time for another baby girl…I already have one in mind!

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So what to do? I know I can crochet super fast and started looking for quick and easy crochet patterns. One of my very favorite crochet blogs is called Mama in a Stitch and I just so happened to get an email that she had posted a new pattern. Eureka! Why didn’t I think of it sooner? I set about to searching her blog for a baby blanket and as soon as I clicked on the link, I knew it was meant to be.

It’s called the Blanket Stitch Baby Blanket and is her go-to pattern for blankets. I think it might be mine now too! She specifically gives instructions for a baby size blanket and a throw size blanket, but you can use the pattern to make any size you want. She used chunky yarn and I knew that I was using a worsted weight, plus I wanted the size to be a little smaller…more of a stroller blanket instead of a crib blanket.

I decided to use a size I (5.5 mm) hook and I crocheted my foundation chain until I was satisfied with the width I wanted, which was 22 inches (84 stitches) and I was off and running! I crocheted until it was 30 inches long and then crocheted a single chain along the edge to make the border even. For those of you that might be new to crochet or have never heard of this stitch, she has a YouTube tutorial on how to create the stitch.

In between unpacking, working, and all that life holds, I happened to crochet this blanket in 15 days. The little nugget was born on 5/15 (the day before my birthday) and I finished on 5/19. Just in time for Mama and Papa to get settled in while I popped it in the mail. Here are pics of the finished blanket…it was difficult to photograph the color; however it is closest to the one where it is draped over a chair. Mama, Papa and Grandma are super happy with the results 🙂

And here’s baby girl sleeping peacefully under her new blankie.

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I’ll be back soon to share another project I’m working on…also crochet. It is a commissioned project and I need to get moving a little bit quicker.

Until next time, Happy Crocheting (and Knitting!)

 

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FO – Baby Leg Warmers and A Unicorn!

Hi All,

Yes, I’m back again! I’m rushing to try to get you all caught up before the end of the year. Today, I get to share with you some baby leg warmers and a Unicorn Lovey that I worked on for Iris, aka “Baby Rainy”. Some of you may remember the Rainbow Baby Blanket, headbands, footwear and Baby Mitten Socks I made for her. I’m so excited that I also get to share pictures of her with these new items, as I got to see her reaction in person.

First up, the Baby Leg Warmers. They are so freaking adorable! Rainy is very long and most baby pants that fit around her waist are not long enough for her little legs. Therefore, leg warmers to the rescue! The pattern is free and fit her perfectly. They were a really quick project and I need to make more for her so her legs don’t freeze this winter. Here are the details:

Ravelled Here: Essential Leg Warmers by Jemma Helliker

Started / Finished: 9/7/17 ~ 9/9/17

Needles Used: US 6 – 4.0 mm and US 8 – 5.0 mm DPN’s

Yarn Used: Red Heart Gumdrop in the colorway Cherry

How adorable is she? Awww…

Next up is her Unicorn Lovey. Those that follow me on Instagram saw some In Progress pictures of this and were probably wondering what I was making. It almost looked like a little owl face when I combined the horn and eye parts together. This project came about because of the Unicorn Blanket from yesterdays post being too big for Rainy. At least until she’s a teenager 🙂 I knew I wanted to make her something Unicorn and that led me down a rabbit hole, once again, on Ravelry. This is another project in Crochet and I’m so glad I have the skill to pull something like this off.

The blanket part of the lovey went pretty quick, as did crocheting most of the individual pieces. What took the longest? All of the assembly! There were a lot of pieces that had to be put together and lots of sewing involved but she turned out so flipping cute! The pattern was very well written and included photos for the trickier bits. I highly recommend it if you are looking to make something like this.

Ravelled Here: Unicorn / Pony Lovey Security Blanket by Joni Memmott / BriAbby (paid pattern)

Started / Finished: 10/14/17 ~ 10/23/17

Hook Sizes: 3.5 mm (E), 4.0 mm (G), 5.0 mm (H)

Yarn Used: Caron Simply Soft in the colorways Grape, Snow Sparkle, White, Blue Mint, Black and Times Square

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Until next time, Happy Knitting / Crocheting!

Grief Plus an FO and a WIP

Hi All!

I’ve been in a serious funk lately. It’s so weird to me that all of the family I physically grew up with are now gone. Grief comes in waves, ebbing and flowing, during this time of year and my mind has been full of memories and wishes for just one more moment of time with all of us together. My Mom (63) passed away in August 2014, my little sister Veronica (44) in October 2015 and my little brother Chuck (44) in June of this year. This is one of the last pictures that I have with all four of us together, taken in November of 2013.

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Plus, I’ve lost three of my four fur babies in the last two years due to age related illnesses as well as several friends 😦 So, while I’ve been busy knitting and crocheting, I haven’t really had the urge to talk about it…plus, I’ve been jumping from project to project, kind of like my mind, and have only finished a few things. Here’s one of them…plus a WIP.

I present to you the Sockhead Hat III. Yes, this was my third time making it. I think I’ve said before that this project is something that may be constantly on my needles as it is the perfect take a long project and super easy to pick up and put down. It’s also easily customizable for different head sizes.

Hat number 3 was on my needles for a long time; however it’s so worth it. I used a skein of sock yarn that I received from my Yarnbox Sock Club and I highly recommend it for the softness and utter feeling of luxury while knitting with it. It’s made of 80% Wool – Merino and 20% Manufactured Fibers – Nylon / Polyamide. It got even softer after blocking it. Here are the details.

Ravelled Here: Sockhead Slouch Hat III

Needles: US 3 (3.25 mm) 16 inch circulars / DPNs

Yarn: Forbidden Woolery Glutton Sock in the color Alchemy (used 70 grams)

Started / Finished: 9/26/16 – 7/18/17

Modifications: Cast on with 136 stitches.

I can’t wait to pop this on my head to keep warm this winter. Plus, how could you not love this delicious color?

In addition, I have started another one in Worsted Weight. I had purchased four skeins of Malabrigo Rios in the colorway Arco Iris and only two of the four matched. This skein was so different from the others that I knew I had to use it for something on its own.

To tell the truth, it should have been done by now because it is moving so fast. I’ve just been concentrating on other WIPs instead and this one sits in my SUV, waiting for me to go to the doctor or be a passenger 🙂 But that’s okay. It’s not like I’m on a timeline for it and my knitting is not the boss of me. Here’s an In Progress pic. I’m just a little further along than this now and need to decide when I’m going to start the decreases to ensure I have enough yarn.

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I hope things are good for you! I’ve got some exciting projects coming up and I can’t wait to tell you more about them. Until next time, Happy Knitting!

FO ~ Shell Stitch Baby Headbands

Hi All,

How many times can I start the beginning sentence for this blog? Apparently 20 times. Okay…enough of that. Let’s get on with it.

Baby Rainy is going to be one styling little chickadee when she is born. In addition to her Rainbow Honeycomb Blanket, she’s got some awesome new headbands to wear. The first headband I made for her was the Tulip Stitch Headband, which I blogged about last month. I wanted to create a couple more that had flowers attached and came upon this YouTube video for a Shell Stitch Baby Headband with Flower.

You know I immediately had to pull out my scrap yarn and crochet hooks to try this. There is no written pattern; however it’s easily pulled together just by watching the video. This makes it perfect for those that don’t know how to read a crochet pattern. I wish I could write it out for you; however the designer has it written out for sale in her Etsy store.

The first one I made, I measured until I had approximately 13.5 inches (leaving 1/2 inch for stretch factor) to fit a newborns 14 inch head. I decided to make it in all white, allowing it to go with multiple outfits. It used about 12 grams of the Caron Simply Soft Snow Sparkle yarn that I used to make Rainy’s blanket, along with a 3.75 mm (F) crochet hook.

The second one, I kept the white headband and made the flower red. I increased the size to 15 inches and decided to leave the ends hanging so Mama can tie them together and it will last longer. It used approximately 7 grams of Caron Simply Soft Snow Sparkle yarn for the headband part and 5 grams of Caron Simply Soft Harvest Red yarn for the flower.

They turned out super cute and Mama (and me) are excited to see them modeled on sweet Rainy’s head! Only 23 more days until her due date! (You can click on the images below to make them larger.)

Until next time, Happy Knitting (and Crochet)!

Dear Mom…I miss you…love you more

How can two years have already passed since you left this world? I still remember making that very difficult decision, to let you decide that you were ready to go. I wanted to try everything to save you; however you were so tired of being in pain and were ready to be with Grandma and all who have passed on before. I remember sitting with you in that hospice room, surrounded with love by family and last visits from friends. I remember telling you over and over that it was okay to let go and that I would be okay. I remember holding your hand with Ashley and counting down your breaths each minute. I remember losing it so very badly when you took your last breath and then telling you that I was not okay and wanted you back. I remember the support from family and friends as we laid you to rest. I remember having to get back to the business of living without you.

Even though it’s been two years, I still haven’t been able to watch the video of you telling me that you love me, over and over. I remember it being a game between us. Me: I love you. You: I love you too. Me: I love you more. You: No, I love you more. Me: I love you even more. You: I love you to the moon and back. It was our special way of saying hello and good-bye each time we were together.

So much has happened in that time and I still want to pick up the phone, send you a Card, visit with you and talk…laugh, cry…do the things we used to do. I see little messages from time to time and that comforts me. I love finding old cards and letters because they make me feel close to you. I still dream about you and am able to talk to you that way and send prayers to you in heaven. I know that you still watch over me, making sure I’m okay. And I want you to know that I am okay. I take things day by day and it gets easier with time. It’s special occasions that are the hardest. I dread Mother’s Day every year…I get so emotional. The day you passed, your birthday, Thanksgiving, Christmas…all have emotional attachments that I am learning to live with and try to remember you with happy thoughts…always wishing you were still here.

So with that, I want you to know that I miss you, Mom! I love you more. I love you all the way to Heaven and know that you are saying it back to me. I love you to the moon and back.

Love You…Love You Too

I awoke on Sunday morning with 29 missed calls. 19 from my little sisters phone and 10 from numbers I didn’t recognize. I knew something bad had happened and didn’t want to face it. I got up at 5:50 am, fed my cat and dogs, made a pot of coffee and ate a banana. I settled down in my office chair and called my sister’s phone first, thinking that something had happened to one of my brothers or one of her kids. Instead, I got her daughter, my niece, Kayla who had the task of informing me that my sister had died in her sleep anywhere between 2-3 am.

My sister had texted me on Saturday and asked to borrow some money. Her last text to me was “Thanks sis. This should be the last time I need help. Love you.” I replied “Love you too.” Who knew that it really would be the last time she would ever need my help? I’m absolutely heartbroken.

We were mending our relationship due to stupid, idiotic stuff that some siblings go through. We were in the best place ever since we were kids and I moved away. I’m heartbroken for her four kids who have to now go through the grief we went through last year with my Mom: Ashley, Kayla, Danny and Charlie. I’m heartbroken for her grandchildren who she will not get to see grow up: Stacy, Xavier, Halo, Rhea and Athena. I’m heartbroken that she will never get to mend her relationship with my Dad, who loved her with all his heart. We all think we have time to heal wounds; but you never know when your time will come.

I’m heartbroken because things were looking up for her and she was in the happiest time of her life. She had finally found someone who treated her like a queen. She was about to get a settlement for pain and suffering and wanted to buy a house so she wouldn’t have to worry about where she was going live ever again. No more roaming and a safe haven for her and any of her kids / grandchildren who needed her help.

I am happy that she is no longer in pain. I’m happy that she gets to see my Mom, Grandma and all that have gone before us in heaven. I’m still absolutely heartbroken.

RIP Veronica Sue Bryant Lyons Hackney (11/4/1970-10/25/2015) Fly high little sister. You will always be loved and missed. We now have another angel watching over us and I’m still absolutely heartbroken.

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The last picture I have of the two of us together at my Mom’s funeral in August 2014.

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One of the last pics of us with our Mom.

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Kayla, Charlie, Veronica, Danny, Ashley…she loved these kids with all her heart.

Dear Mom – RIP

Dear Mom,

I can’t believe it has been one year since you passed away. I’ve been through all the stages of grief and find myself going back and forth between some of them. It’s gotten a little easier; however, I miss you like crazy. I still cry, but I also laugh when I think about you and remember the good times. I want to call you and tell you about things that are happening in my life. I want to visit you and give you hugs and kisses. I want to knit you scarves and blankets to keep you warm. I know that you are looking down and watching over us. I’m also sure you know all these things; however, it’s so hard not having you here physically.

There have been many first anniversaries during this time. Your first birthday in heaven (I still have your card and present), my annual visit to Indiana for Thanksgiving, the joy of finding or making special Christmas presents for you, ringing in the New Year and making that call every year, the first Mother’s Day without you – oh, that was so very hard, getting a card from you on my birthday…everything. And now it is the first anniversary of you being gone.

I still haven’t been able to watch the video of you that I took where you tell me you love me over and over again. I hope that I’ll be able to soon. Right now, just thinking about it makes me cry. I hope you are happy being with Grandma, Grandpa, your sister and brother who passed before their time, as well as a myriad of other relatives I’m sure you were overjoyed to see again. Maybe you are throwing a little party to celebrate. I like to think you are. I can’t wait to see you again and until then, just know that I love you to the moon and back. Big kisses and hugs!

From 8/10/2014

Around 2:25am, my Mom passed very peacefully and now is in heaven, rejoicing from being no longer in pain. She loved to laugh, tease, and was such a joy in my life, as well as to anyone who met her. Intellectually, I know that she is in a much better place and I am so happy that she is finally at peace. Emotionally, my heart is breaking. My cousin told me that the moment she passed, the skies opened up and poured rain for a few moments. Heaven welcomed another angel today. Sandra Louise Asher Bryant Brandt, 10-19-1950 – 8-10-2014. RIP to the most beautiful woman in the world. You will be missed forever.

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