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Sheep Baby Bib Pattern

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Well, with one Sarah’s baby shower gifts finished and all posted and another Sarah’s wedding shower gifts finished and in the progress of being posted, I thought I might have a chance to take a break, rest my hands, read a book…you know…relax for a few before moving on to the next project. Nope! Monday morning I got some very exciting news from one of my friends (wouldn’t you guess it…another Sara…this time without the “h”). She’s having a baby! This is all so exciting for me. So many life changing events happening for so many friends, and I’m lucky enough to get to share in all of them. Sara said she’d just completed her first trimester and was ready to tell everyone the good news. She’s due December 22nd, and is supposed to find out whether it’s a boy or girl during the weekend in July Mister and I will be visiting with her and Justin. We’ll get to celebrate with them (and I’ll also know whether to start incorporating pink or blue into my projects)!

Well, I was so excited by the news, I decided to go ahead and start the first little gift, this baby bib. It’s really fairly simple, so I’ll share with you how it’s done.

For the bib base you need:
G (4.25mm) hook
4 ply worsted-weight yarn – color of your choice, I just happened to like the lime with this one. I picked Red Heart brand yarn, since it’s what I had on hand.

The pattern I used for the base comes from the Lion Brand free patterns for a frog bib, but it works just the same here, you’re just only making the bib – not the frog face.


BIB:

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Row 1: 2 sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in each ch across to last ch, 2 sc in last ch – 18 sts.

Row 2: Ch 1, turn, 2 sc in 2nd ch from hook (increase made), sc in each sc across to last sc, 2 sc in last sc – 20 sts at end of row.

Rows 3 and 4: Rep Row 2 – 24 sts at end of Row 4.

Row 5: Ch 1, turn, sc in each st across.

Rows 6-20: Rep Row 5.

Row 21: Ch 2, turn, hdc2tog, hdc in each of next 6 sts, sc in each of next 8 sts, hdc in each of next 6 sts, hdc2tog – 22 sts remaining at end of row.

Row 22: Ch 2, turn, hdc2tog, hdc in each of next 5 sts, sc in each of next 8 sts, hdc in each of next 5 sts, hdc2tog – 20 sts.

Row 23: Ch 2, turn, hdc2tog, hdc in each of next 4 sts, sc in each of next 8 sts, hdc in each of next 4 sts, hdc2tog – 18 sts.

Row 24: Ch 2, turn, hdc2tog, hdc in each of next 3 sts, sc in each of next 8 sts, hdc in each of next 3 sts, hdc2tog – 16 sts.

Work 1 rnd sc evenly spaced around entire outside edge of Bib. Fasten off.

TIES (make 2) From right side, join A with slip st at one upper corner of Bib. Ch 40. Fasten off. Rep on opposite corner.

From here, the options are limitless! Sure, you can do the sheep like mine, or the frog face like the Lion Brand pattern suggests, or even any other design you come up with or find online. These bibs are so quick and simple to make, you can crochet a wide variety of fun colors and designs.

If you like the sheep I used though, then follow this link to the pattern I found to use. Personally, I found it a little unclear and confusing (I’ve never heard a magic circle referred to as a “wa”!), and I really just ended up winging it to come up with a similar shape to what I wanted. I even added the little poofy tail. It may not be perfect, but I can justify it in my head as it will probably one day have spit up on it from a beautiful baby boy or girl.

— My vote is that she’s having a boy 😉 We shall see!

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Progress on Crochet Gifts for Baby Lena!

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Oh lordy, my hands are THROBBING! I’m pretty sure my crochet hooks are out to get me, or maybe my friends are. Unfortunately for me, my two best friends (both named Sarah) are experiencing major life changes in the coming months – one Sarah is tying the knot and the other Sarah is having a baby girl. Both their showers are a week apart in June, so I am desperately crocheting my fingers off. I’ve finished a lot of little projects for the baby, but I’m falling majorly behind on wedding gifts. To take a break from feeling like my hands are about to fall off though, I decided to share a few of the baby projects I’m working on. There are a lot more that need to be done, but -whew- I’ve at least made it this far.

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The slippers originally started out as my first ever attempt at booties. If you couldn’t tell, it failed miserably, but I salvaged it into a somewhat acceptable pair of buttoned slippers. I’m not sure what it was, whether I just wasn’t reading the pattern correctly or the yarn wasn’t cooperating, but I could at least repeat the mistake twice to make a matching pair.

 

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This is the first headband I’ve made to match the slippers. I’d still like to make another one with possibly turquoise and white flowers.

The headband is all double crochets 8 wide using I believe the 5.5mm hook.
The white flower:

chain 4, slip stitch to first chain to create your magic circle

chain 3 and slip stitch inside ring – repeat x4

slip stitch into first petal round, chain 3, 3 dc, chain 3, slip stitch into same petal round

slip stitch into next petal round, chain 3, 3 dc, chain 3, slip stitch into same petal round, repeat until you have five petals. slip stitch to close.

with regular needle and thread, sew button onto center of flower

with yarn needle connected to the tail of the white yarn, sew the flower onto the headband.

 

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Here’s the baby sized version of my rose headband that you can find out how to do from my other post, Easy Crochet Headband w/ Flower. Still no booties to go with this one, as I have yet to figure out my mistake on the last pair. Hopefully, I’ll get the hang of booties soon.

 

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Here’s the completed winter weight baby blanket made with chunky yarn. It’s so soft and warm, but took so much yarn to make! By the last few rounds, it was taking a whole skein just to get through one round. Therefore, I made it a little smaller than I would have liked.

 

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Lastly, here’s a work still in progress. I started this summer weight blanket before we found out Sarah was having a girl, and I tried to make it gender neutral but still bright, fun colors. I really like the purple, turquoise, and white together, but it worries me she might not find it gender neutral enough. Oh well, it’s almost complete! I found a pattern for a crochet unicorn baby toy I’d like to do in these colors as well, but I doubt I’ll have time to squeeze that one in.

I guess it’s probably about time for some aspirin, compression gloves, and back to work for me. These gifts aren’t going to make themselves (but oh how I wish!)

 

Our Hippie Dippie Easter

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–Otis says Happy Easter in his adorable Easter bow tie–

You should see the amount of projects piling up around here, finished and unfinished. There are so many special events happening all at once. One friend has a birthday next week and really wants one of the Secret Compartment Wooden Book Boxes. Another friend’s wedding shower is coming up in just a couple short months, and I’ve already had to go back to the drawing board on my gift because I’d be ashamed to show you all what an epic crochet fail I had (twice). Then i have another friend who recently found out she’s about to have a baby girl (so exciting!), which means dozens of baby projects (I already have two blankets in progress). So many projects, so little time!

When Easter rolled around, it was nice to take a day off to do something different for a change. For the first year ever, my family didn’t do the mad dash cleaning and cooking spree. Instead, we packed up some finger foods and sandwich goodies, and we were off to the lake for an Easter picnic. Mister and myself made these excellent “Pig Skins” – potato boats with pulled pork inside. Delicious! (I apologize for iPod photos here, I didn’t pull out my fantastic camera until the picnic, and by then the pig skins were gobbled up!)

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We all went on a hike around the lake with my little niece toting all of her bug catching equipment I’d picked out for her family Easter basket – the one that doesn’t come from the bunny. As excited as she was to wave around her little net and try to catch butterflies, she wasn’t nearly as excited when we spotted this millipede creeping through the leaves.

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I am pretty proud of her though. When we had hiked for awhile and everyone else wanted to turn back, she wanted to keep on exploring. She is just too cute.

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When we got home, Mister and I figured the weather was still perfect enough for a little tie dye extravaganza. We filled up the bottles, tied up some shirts, and set to work! It’s been almost a year since our last Hippie Tie Dye Adventure.

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Here’s Mister hard at work on a splatter painted shirt:

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Even the paper towels we used to clean up the mess looked neat and psychedelic, so we dried them out to reuse later in some project.

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All in all, I think the shirts turned out pretty cool. Wish mine had had a little less white, but Mister wrapped them a little too tight. I won’t even show you our epic  fail at tie dyeing the big fluffy robes I’d wanted to dye then embroider. Needless to say, those will need to be redone. The shirts however are ready to be worn in all their hippie glory.

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Hope your Easter was as much fun as ours! Oh, and here’s a peek at the Easter basket I made for Mister. You can never go wrong with wine 😉

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Our Visit to Hocking Hills

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Our Visit to Hocking Hills

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Last weekend, Mister, Otis, and I took off for the day to visit some of Mister’s family and let them meet our adorably furry bundle of joy. We had planned on the possibility of getting to visit Hocking Hills State Park since we were so near, but the weather didn’t act like it was going to allow it. Finally, after the last big storm blew through, the sun came out in all its glory and the doplar didn’t show anything else coming near us. We packed up the puppy, and we all took off down the road. I was especially excited since this would be my first visit to Hocking Hills after hearing so much about it. I was used to hiking at Lake Vesuvius near home, and the only time I’ve experienced hiking and caves together was the almost yearly field trip we’d take in elementary school to Carter Caves. Hocking doesn’t have the same kinds of caves though, with only one “true” cave – the Rock House – which we didn’t get a chance to visit. These are recess caves, carved out through many years of glaciers and erosion. They are full of these beautiful naturnal waterfalls, sandstone beaches, and history.

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We got to visit Old Man’s Cave and Ash Cave during the few hours we were visiting the park. Ash cave is the easier walk, and is even wheelchair accessible, but I really enjoyed all of the twists and turns of Old Man’s Cave. Around every corner was a new waterfall, and I went absolutely crazy with the camera. Here’s Mister and I at what I believe are the Upper Falls of Old Man’s Cave:

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There’s really so much to explore, but do be careful…there are very few handrails and plenty of slippery cliffs. Here’s Tamie and Rob investigating in a rather slippery spot:

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Tamie is even working on a children’s book that is set in Hocking Hills and includes several of the park’s geographical features and native plants and wildlife. It’s an adorable tale that I can’t wait to see published!

In between the two caves we visited, we got to stop by the park’s bird conservatory, home to a gorgeous great horned owl and a one-winged red tailed hawk (hoping we can go back and learn his story!). The owl kept his eyes on our little Otis the whole time, making him rather nervous to get too close, but I think we got the perfect shots of both feathered friends.

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Ash Cave has one of the most breathtaking waterfalls of the park, and the cave floor feels much like a beach, a quality Otis rather enjoyed. He left his little paw prints everywhere he could.

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Otis was such a trooper all day and barely ever had to be carried. He climbed rocks, walked across fallen trees, and ended the day a muddy mess. He definitely slept the entire way home without a single complaint.

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It really was a wonderful visit, and I only wish we had been able to stay longer and explore more. I’m certain we’ll be heading back soon though. Plenty more to see! I thought it was fitting though that we ended our visit by playing our hiking game of finding hearts formed in nature (our last visit to Lake Vesuvius had us finding heart shaped mushrooms and heart shaped rock openings). At the end of our visit to Hocking Hills, we spotted this heart formation. Until next time…   😉

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Could this day get any better? Oh yes, it Can(on)!

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I couldn’t help it. I finally sprang for a DSLR camera. I’ve dreamed of owning a digital Canon Rebel since the days that I was using my 35mm Rebel. I just never really had an excuse to go out and blow a paycheck on one of these babies, but finally the time has come! I could resist no longer, and I purchased my Canon Digital Rebel T3 online last night. I waited patiently (yeah, right) for my email notification that it was available for pickup, and could barely wait to get home to test her out. It is everything I have ever dreamed it would be and an absolute joy to use. Expect some lovely photos for the blog from now on!
I knew this day was going to be a good one. Mister and I received our tickets to Rock of Ages in the mail. I received my Sookie Stackhouse companion from Amazon today. My mother treated me to “deluxe” pedicures for us both. Then finally, it came time for me to go pick up my new child – my Canon. Perfection. At least, I think it is…Jenks though, wouldn’t agree. She’s a little tired of me testing out all the new camera functions with her as my model.

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