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

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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Feeling Crafty

 

Can you see my boppy slipcover, crochet baby blanket and at least two baby hats here? No?.. Well then, I better get to work! Haha. Just when I think I am finally caught up with craft projects, I go to Joanns and Michaels and stock up on more supplies.

I can’t wait to make our baby boy a super fuzzy and warm baby blanket with the “bunny tail”  yarn on the far right. I had gone to Michaels to look for some silk flowers to put in a vase in our bedroom, but instead walked out with six balls of yarn! My stash is slowly growing out of a second storage basket. I may have a problem. :)

I looked on Etsy for pattern ideas for that fluffy yarn and found one made on a diagonal that looked 10x more awesome than any of the other ones I saw.. What I don’t understand is how they can afford to be so cheap! I bought enough for a standard sized baby blanket and it was close to $35 just for the yarn, and I see people selling the completed blankets for less than $30.. They must buy in bulk. I almost thought of messaging a few sellers and asking! And I may still do that. I’m sure there’s not that large of a market for them, I’m just curious as to how they do it.

Another random Etsy note is that I mailed one of my reindeer hats to Spain today! SPAIN! Wasn’t my first international shipment, but the first was to Canada, which doesn’t really count because there’s just a border between us and them! I was really interested to see how much it would cost using the same ‘ol padded envelope I use for all my shipments and it was $7.68. Interesting.

I think that’s enough random-ness for one post! Will mention that I am 27 weeks pregnant today and just booked my 3D/4D ultrasound for Oct 9th!! Three weeks and a day until I see our baby boy’s cute little face! :)