Nemo Hat

Whenever I hear of someone having a baby my immediate reaction (besides the obvious first thought of ‘oh wow congratulations this is an amazing thing I’m so happy for you guys!’) is ‘what am I going to make?’ Sometimes it’s very easy and ideas just start pouring. Perfect example is winter babies. Whip them up a hat or two, some of those baby mittens, maybe a pair of socks if I feel up to those. I just have to come up with a color or theme. Other times I have to think for what seems like ages. Especially if it’s for a friend that I thought I knew until I started thinking and then realize ‘jeez after knowing this couple for X years I know nothing‘ Well at least I feel that way sometimes. That kind of happened with this gift.

So we met E and S at one of L’s infamous parties because they’re neighbors. Now we see them basically every time we’re at L’s and Luke talks to S pretty regularly. Particularly thanks to a mobile game that I will not be getting into. Seriously, don’t start me on that. But they announced they were having a baby girl and WOOHOO! In the summer ….. What do I make a summer baby?? Yea I just made a bunch of baby sandals but do newborns really keep things on their feet?

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Then someone (probably Luke, darn his good ideas) suggested just making a bigger hat to wear in the fall. Brilliant! Now the issue was what kind of hat do I make?? I asked S if there was anything E really liked and he told me about Nemo. Perfect! So then I was on the hunt for a pattern. And I found one! Thanks to Pinterest I found Natasha’s Crochet Clownfish Hat. This would be great to use for all the fishy pieces. Then I needed a hat base. In walked Leah. Well she sent me a Facebook message because she lives very far away. She needed people to test her new Basic Beanie! I signed up for the Infant Basic Beanie and fell in looooove. Met her gauge perfect, the beanies always work up the perfect size every time, and it’s a lot less headache because I don’t have to make my own anymore!! It’s now my go to beanie. I’ve made 11 of the infant sizes since August 2015. Did I mention her basic beanie includes all sizes from preemie through large adult?? Seriously love this woman.

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I decided to go with the 3-6 months size, a 4.25mm hook, and Red Heart Super Saver in Pumpkin, Black and White. I worked the beanie as is with no issues. I worked up the details as written with the only ‘issue’ being in the Tail Fin where it says to TURN. After reading some comments what she means is Turn and continue working in the back of the original chain. Other than that little bit of confusion I had no problems! Woohoo!! End result is an adorable clownfish aka Nemo beanie. I mean, how cute is little baby E in her hat??

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Now I just need to think of something for their second child, a spring baby…….

On the Hook:

  • Baby G’s things
  • Birthday Scarf
  • Bacon and Eggs Scarf

Swirling Leaves Wine Cozy

I love this wine bottle cozy!! I’ve made up my own in the past with some worsted weight held two strands together to create a bulky yarn so that it would be more sturdy. This one was done in a sport weight so definitely not sturdy but the way this is worked up it doesn’t need to be because it clings to the bottle! Just another thing to love about Leah’s patterns, which are amazing by the way if you didn’t already know. I’m able to meet her gauge with no to little issues and her patterns are always very well written and explained 🙂 This pattern is also written for a 750mL and 1.5L bottle. Find her free pattern HERE

For this cozy I used a 4.25mm hook and Vanna’s Glamour in Platinum. I had so much of it left over from the Knight’s Helmet and it’s the perfect yarn to use this as a gift. The gray color is nice but the sparkle is great! This design is being added to my wedding/hostess/housewarming gift lineup! Can’t wait to see what else she comes up with!

This was completed as a test for Creative Threads by Leah

On the Hook:

  • Baby G’s things
  • Bacon and Eggs Scarf
  • Baby T’s things

Winnie the Pooh

Last Friday something very important happened to an old friend of mine. He turned 90!! I know you’re all probably thinking “But Jess, you’re only 28. How do you have a 90 year old friend?” That question is very simple to answer. Because my friend is the one and only Winnie the Pooh!

On October 14, 1926 Winnie the Pooh was published. He was already around for 60ish years and had several books, comics, movies, and a TV show before we were introduced.

I was given a stuffed Pooh on my baptism when I was a month and one day old. He was also my very first stuffed bear! Believe it or not my first stuffed anything was a bunny. Ever since that day he has never left my side. He was my favorite growing up. We had lots of play time (including tea parties) and he’s helped me through some scary nights and sick times. I also took him to college with me!! He’s never left my side in all these years. So I was very sad this morning when I found out he had a big birthday and I had no idea!!

As you all know I test patterns for Creative Threads by Leah. Back in June I tested her adult basic beanie pattern (not released yet – will add link when it is). I decided since I don’t make many things for myself I was going to make something awesome. I settled on a Pooh look. Surprising right?? I don’t like sharing photos of unreleased patterns but I really wanted to to celebrate my excitement and Leah said I could!! So here’s my hat!!

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I ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT!!! And now that it’s cool out I can finally wear it and I can’t wait!! I hope to eventually make a Piglet and Tigger themed ones as well. Look for those in the next couple years hahah

So now I’m going to go watch one of my favorite movies (and you should too) to celebrate my favorite silly ol bear’s birthday!!

Flip flops

Last weekend we celebrated one of my closest friend’s 7th annual 21st birthdays! Yes we’re that cool. I didn’t realize how close her birthday really was and I was working on other projects that I completely forgot to make her anything!! Scary because I don’t remember the last time I had to go out an buy a present. But then I remembered!! Leah has a flip flop cup cozy and my friend L LOVES flip flops. She’s worn them in the winter and snow and everything. So I thought this would be perfect!!

After sitting down for maybe an hour tops I had a gift!! I used Leah’s pattern that can be found HERE and a couple of shades of Red Heart Super Saver. To meet her stitch width gauge I need to use a 5.5mm hook and then add on a bunch of rows because mine aren’t high enough. I made this using sc to fit a can. Oh did I mention this is a FREE pattern?! I love all of her cup cozies because they’re all super adorable and really fast to whip up. Like I said. An hour tops.

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New Tester :)

So, semi-big news. I’m a new tester for Sick ‘Lil Monkeys!! Kelly works with Leah so it was easy to also help her. She’s a big grapher so I’m helping to test her graphs and patterns to use with them.

That being said. Kelly has a new FREE pattern for fingerless gloves that is able to fit any 16×16 graph into them! Works perfect with Leah’s cup cozy graphs. I used her Addy drink sleeve when making mine 🙂

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