Golden Tide Helmet

For those of you that don’t know, I live in a small down in west central Pennsylvania. When I say small, I mean small. I used to think I grew up in a small town, until I moved here. C-ville has two stop lights. Well three if you count the blinky one across town. Definitely a big change from outside of King of Prussia. Man I miss that mall, especially now that it has totally upgraded. Sigh. Now I have to travel an hour to get either to State College or Altoona or work up for the 2.5-3 hour trip to the outlets in Grove City. Woohoo! But life’s not about malls!!

Our tiny town is built around the West Branch of the Susquehanna River! All thanks to the lumber industry back in the day and the family owned company that still has its headquarters right here in C-ville. Since the river cuts the town in half our school mascot is the Golden Tide. Yes it’s a wave. Yes it’s gold. I’m not really sure why but the outfit isn’t really pretty. It reminds me of a Twinkie with a toupee. Anyways….

Luke helps coach our football team. Over the few years we’ve made friends with some of the other coaches and their wives. It was nice all of us girls watching and cheering together. Then one announced she was pregnant. And another. And another. And I switched to drinking bottled water because I did not want what was in the tap. And then they all had a second round of kids. And then some had thirds! So now when we’re at the games there’s a bunch of kids running around and it’s adorable!

You’re probably starting to wonder where I’m going. A couple of those new kiddos happened to be boys and how could I not say no to a football helmet styled hat?! I made the girls hats too but they were just school colors. I wanted my hat to match as close to possible to our helmets. Our colors are black and gold. Go figure being this close to Pittsburgh. But it’s more of a Penguins gold than it is Steelers gold. More of a true gold. And our helmets actually have a special paint that makes them sparkle. They’re so cool looking. So I looked around and found what I thought was the best option, Caron Simply Soft in Autumn Maize.

This yarn is amazing. It’s super soft so perfect for baby’s head. Somehow I’m able to get what seems like a kazillion hats from two skeins. Win-win! Since it’s thinner than Red Heart Super Saver I had to make up a whole new basic beanie. The math is most likely in one of my bajillion notebooks so if I ever make this again, I’ll be posting the pattern up for sure! It’s sized to fit 0-3 months and done with a 4.0mm hook. I wanted the earflaps short and stubby so they looked more like a helmet so I only did 6ish rows and ended with 3ish stitches. I ended it with a surface slip stitched GT on each side.

I think they look pretty darn similar!! This picture credit goes to a player’s mom who takes pictures at all the games. Isn’t she wonderful?! Here Luke is doing his thing and getting the kids excited. I say kids because our kicker is a girl! Woohoo!! She’s pretty awesome too. Here’s to another good season and more helmet hats!

On the Hook:

  • Cat Butt Coasters
  • Messy Bun Beanie
  • Birthday Scarf

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

Baby Flip Flops

These are probably the cutest little shoes I’ve ever made! Who can resist tiny flip flops? A trusted customer showed me a picture of a similar looking flip flop asking if I could make her a pair. So I searched online for something with a pattern. I found a chart that is in what I believe is Russian? It’s not English and that didn’t stop me before! Also, it is a chart so it’s all the symbols which are pretty universal I think and a really good picture tutorial. So pretty simple to follow along.

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I used my trusty 5.00mm hook along with Red Heart Super Saver in Coffee, White, and Perfect Pink. I used Coffee for the bottom sole and White for the top sole. Yes a double sole!! Woohoo! In order to get the needed length of 4.25 inches the first round was done in double crochet and the second and third rounds in single crochet. Everything else I did was the same in the photo tutorial. They’re clear enough that I was able to count the stitches and chains needed. I used some embroidery floss to whip up a couple of flowers and sewed them along the strap. So adorable!

On the Hook:

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

Winnie the Pooh – Amigurumi

This was the last gift for Luke’s cousin but naturally it was completed AFTER baby boy arrived. Speaking of, she had her second baby! Baby Girl arrived the other day and both mommy and baby are healthy ๐Ÿ™‚ Yay! Anyways, I wanted to make a stuffed Pooh for her but I wasn’t happy with what I had made in the past. Mine didn’t look anything like the pattern pictures, he came out really fat so I had to adjust the shirt, and overall I just wasn’t happy. So I sought out a better pattern.

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And I found one!! I used this Winnie the Pooh pattern by Novedades Jenpoali found HERE. But there was a problem. It was in Spanish ๐Ÿ˜ฆ I don’t speak Spanish. Yes I had one marking period of it way back in 6th grade but I didn’t learn crochet terms!! Since I couldn’t find anything else I really liked I took on the task of translating. I found translation charts and sat down. Took me forever but I had got it!! Well, for the most anyways. I couldn’t figure out the black nose bit so I just embroidered that.

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I love him!!! I don’t remember how tall he turned out, definitely a lot taller than the previous! I added some beans in his butt for weight so he won’t tip as easily and so he’d stay sitting easier. The legs were a bit troublesome to attach. Just to make sure they laid flat as he sat. I absolutely love him!! He’s going on the never ending to do list for myself for sure!

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I don’t do this often but I was able to deliver him in person!! Oh it was so awesome! Parents’ and baby’s reactions were priceless! It’s most definitely my favorite part of making these gifts ๐Ÿ™‚ โค

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On the Hook:

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

Monkey Lovey

This last part of the baby shower gift is a two parter. It’s part paid pattern and part my own made up stuff. I was seeing loveys everywhere and needed an excuse to make one. So when better than now, err then? It was my first one so it was a bit daunting. Especially the ones with just a head and arms then the blanket. And with only instructions reading along the lines of “sew arms and head to blanket” I was really put off of making them. What if I didn’t do it right and it didn’t look good? What if they fell off? Doubtful based on all the amigurumis I’ve made over the years. But I really was nervous and scared to make one. So I found this pattern for a Monkey Lovey byย Jackie Ramsdell and decided to give it a shot.

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I used Red Heart Super Saver in Coffee and Buff withย  4.25mm (head) and 5.5mm hooks (blanket). I used the head pattern as written and just changed up eyes and ears. The eyes were supposed to be made in three pieces and sewn on top of eachother but I didn’t want to do that and just made one circle and changed colors each round. The same thing was to be done with the ears but I just changed colors. Looking back I either should have made two pieces (one coffee and one buff) and sewn them together. Or I should have made two pieces (one with both colors and one coffee) and sewn those together. Because the way I did it you’re able to see the color changes from the back. I didn’t even think of that. But I had probably waited til the last minute and was out of time as is.

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Because arms and stuff scared me I just finished with the head. I didn’t want a regular back and forth blanket like the pattern had and instead did a regular granny square that measures 14 x 14 inches. I finished it off with the crab stitch aka reverse single crochet. If you don’t know what that is, I highly recommend looking it up! I love adding it to any size blankets for a super simple edging.

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Overall I think it turned out rather cute ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ll definitely be making more loveys in the future because they are a lot easier than full ami’s (umm hello! less parts to sew together) and they’re just as cute. Maybe one day I’ll conquer adding arms. So far that day hasn’t come yet. Maybe this year??

On the Hook

  • Baby G’s things
  • Bacon and Eggs Scarf
  • Planned Pooling Scarf