Bunny Tails – Take Two

I was organizing my craft room the other day when I re-discovered a tote chock full of the pom-pom or bunny tail yarn. It’s basically been calling my name ever since, so I decided to finally put it to use and make another blanket.

Years ago, literally, I found an awesome pattern for making a baby blanket on the diagonal – which looks super cute with the pom poms – but I couldn’t find it anywhere! I thought I had downloaded it to my computer, then realized that was my computer with the exploded battery so it was all but lost on the interwebs. Then I remembered that I linked to it on my blog, so searched for that post and voila’, back in business. Was kind of cool finding my blog on Google search results too. First page, might I add. Probably why that’s one of my most popular blog posts, ever.

I am pretty sure that blanket was my first attempt at knitting anything other than a scarf and I almost quit a dozen times. I clearly remember it taking forever and being very frustrated, the movements and circular needles felt foreign, having learned to crochet first. I actually didn’t pick up knitting needles for another four years after finishing the blanket (and now I love both knitting and crocheting, but that’s a post for another day).

That blanket was my favorite to use for so long! The poms made it super thick and warm, perfect for our Winter spent in Washington. And it made an amazing pack and play “padded sheet” for a while there when he was transitioning to napping on his own – something that didn’t last for long! And best of all, it held up to machine washing and drying, although any I keep for myself in the future will be air dried, for sure.

So here’s what I have so far on the new one. I am one and a half skeins into a six skein blanket, which is more than the pattern calls for, but I wanted a very generous sized blanket. It’s super easy, really. Casting on the first stitch was the most difficult part, and I definitely encourage you to use Youtube to see how others have done it if you don’t have much knitting experience.

Anyway, back to knitting now. This blanket will make it into my Etsy shop in the next couple of days, but for now, the kiddo is feeling unwell with a fever for the second day in a row and this momma’s got a cup of coffee calling her name. Last night’s insomnia-induced 1am bedtime is not treating me very well today. Thank you, hormones and anxiety and life, thank you very much.

Love,

Michelle

I’m back! Kinda.

Hi!

I’ve been gone for much longer than I intended.. but for a very good reason! Decided to re-open my craft shop, CrochetBabyHats on Etsy. Need to think of a new name, because I’ve expanded my inventory beyond baby hats. I am not also making crocheted headbands for mom and baby, crocheted hats for moms (and dads) as well as my newest creation, knotted nursing necklaces!

CollageNecklaceI am loving the ability to be creative every day!

And I’ve decided to do a give away just for my blog readers! I’m just starting up again.. so all orders placed now through 9/7 will be entered into a drawing for a $15 credit to my shop. Just leave a comment mentioning this blog post at check out.

I have so many other things to update on.. including Elliott’s tongue tie surgery, which went well! …but those will be saved for a day I’m not up to my elbows in fabric scraps and yarn.

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Bunny Tail Blanket

I knew I had fallen behind on writing about the bunny tail blanket that I knitted for Elliott, but I didn’t realize how far behind I had gotten. It’s been almost a year since I came home with the yarn, searched Google for a tutorial and got to work. At first I was waiting to wash it before I wrote a review on the tutorial, because I was legitimately concerned it would come unraveled in the wash or that the yarn would melt in the dryer. And then…having a spirited/high needs newborn took over and it totally spaced my mind. I eventually did figure out the circular knitting needles, and actually enjoyed making this pom pom blanket, thanks to this Ravelry tutorial.

So here we are, eleven months later… This is a well-loved blanket. It was so cuddly, soft and warm after its first wash and is still just as soft at least a dozen washes later. It has held up against being pulled on, drooled and spit up on. It was used as a lining for his pack n play for a few months, and held up to being washed every few days. I know some will find the pictures I post controversial, because you “aren’t supposed to put blankets in the bed with baby.” Believe me, I know! I was one of those moms who said that there would be NOTHING in the bed, but then you have a baby that needs to feel secure or he wakes up every 30 minutes and you adapt. He’s done well so far, and now that he’s in his crib, the only blanket he has is at waist level and is kicked off before it’s pulled up to his face, but I digress…

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Can we all just say “awwwww..” He was so small here and this blanket was perfect for keeping him warm. (He’s giving Grandma a look here. Haha)
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Being put down in the same blanket he was cuddled in was the only way to get him to sleep on his own the first two months if he wasn’t swaddled at the time.
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Most common use for the blanket. Made the pack and play so soft and he did sleep better when it was acting as a “sheet.”

If I had any reason, (like when my sisters have babies of their own) I would make another one of these blankets any day! It took a few hours to make, but the end result is definitely worth it. Mine is a bit larger than the tutorial size, because I used about six balls of yarn, instead of the four it requires. I was also a bit thrown off when first working with the yarn, because you can only knit in the spaces between the poms. Youtube has many video tutorials showing how to work with the pom pom yarn and once you’ve got that technique down, it’s easy work! The end result is a thick, warm blanket perfect for any little snuggle bug. :)

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Pen Shop

This weekend I will have the chance to work on something creative! It feels like forever since I’ve been able to have enough time to dedicate to a project. I can’t remember the last time I crocheted something. I last used my serger to make baby wipes, last year. And the last time I used my sewing machine since before the bumble butt was born, it was to sew uniform patches on. Super exciting stuff.

My dad has a pen making shop in the backyard, a hobby he picked up while spending time in Japan during his last deployment in the Navy. His pens are aboard the USS America, the John C Stennis (and not only in the hands of my sailor) and they are at the Pentagon. Yes, that Pentagon.

If you would like to check out his Etsy shop, Write4YourLife, I set up for him, these pens make fabulous gifts and are completely customizable.

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The bullet style clicky pen he made for me.

They look really good, huh? This one is acrylic but he also makes them in many other materials: a variety of woods, including dual and tri-tones, water buffalo horn and the center of a corn of cob.

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