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Preemie Cocoon AKA Sleep Sack

Published July 30, 2015 by Jayashiangel

On my adventure in preemie clothes I decided that I needed to make a sleep sack aka cocoon for the parents. These little sacks can keep baby warm plus you’re not having to try and keep baby wrapped just slide baby in and tada! Perfect every time plus babies love to be swaddled and this is pretty close to that as well. The next part of the challenge was finding a good pattern and getting the right measurements so after lots of searching I found this helpful chart from Bev’s Country Cottage  

Preemie 4-5 LBS NECK TO FEET: 14.25 inches  

The sleep sack I made was 12 inches length & 6.5 inches wide as the sack yarn stretch-ability. I will be making one in newborn size as well for baby to grow into which will measure 15.5″ Length & 9.5 inch” across middle.

I used this pattern basic pattern concept from Cosy Newborn Cocoon from Laura Tegg and I modified just by changing the hook size to a G and yet again I change the stitch from half dc to single to keep baby warmer as well as I worked in the round vs doing joining’s after each row as I prefer no seam line…Thanks for sharing your nice pattern Laura…

20150729_Purple Preemie Sleep Sack 3

20150729_Purple Preemie Sleep Sack

Measurements 12 inches long

20150729_Purple Preemie Sleep Sack 2

Measurements 6.5  inches wide

Crochet Preemie Clothes

Published July 29, 2015 by Jayashiangel

A co-worker recently had a grand baby girl who was born premature who’s weighing in at just 4 tiny little pounds and since I crochet alot of different things for the various co-workers at work I decided I wanted to make some preemie things too..(why not how hard can it be? is what I was thinking I just did newborn baby dresses should be a piece of cake) Well the adventure started this past weekend so I got some patterns from the net God’s Tiny Angels and I want to make sure I give created due because her patterns are easy for me to follow and turn out perfect even when you modify them :O)  I also ended up over at Bev’s Country Cottage to get a sizing chart.. and I also grabbed a Sweater/Shirt pattern from Mariann’s Lazy Daisy Day’s Blog Now it was time to start crocheting and these are a few of the items I just finished up…

3-5 LBS  
NECK TO FEET: 14 1/4″  
WRIST TO WRIST: 12 1/2″
CIRCUMF. OF NECK: 6″ – 7.5″

CHEST: 10″ 
HEAD: 12 1/2″  

FEET: 2 1/2″ – 3″ 
20150725_Purple Bubble Suit Onesie

I first started off making the onesie style of the pattern for the bubble suit Using a G baby Hook as pattern called for various options  (from a C hook to an G Hook) however I was concerned w/ the baby being so tiny and having anything that could possible go baby wrong as in pieces so I changed to a dress and then added some scalloped edging as well as tie string backs so no issue of choking issues plus little baby snaps are super tiny…. Using a G baby Hook as pattern called for I hoped I picked the right size hook and I got started less then 3 hours later mind you I was at work….

20150726_Purple Bubble Suit Dress

20150726_Back Purple Bubble Suit

20150726_Purple Bubble Suit Dress_Measurements

20150726_Purple Bubble Suit Dress_Measurements 2

So I did some internet searches for some premade crochet preemie outfits and 5 inches wide (10 inch chest) and about 8 inch long since if the baby is say around 14 inches from neck to feet sounded right?

20150726_Yellow bubble suit Dress

This one I went up a hook size to an H and it made it just a little bit bigger  and looser but not too big…

20150726_2 size preemie dress

20150726_Pink Bubble Suit Dress

20150729_Multiblue Bubble Dress

20150727_Preemie Sweater Jacket

Quick and Ez Brownie

Published July 23, 2015 by Jayashiangel

Yesterday I decided I wanted brownies but however I wanted to use lots of various ingredients I had on hand aka use stuff up…Oatmeal which can be ground up to yield oat flour, one big jar of coconut oil in place of veggie oil or butter and applesauce as well as cocoa and Carob powder and don’t forget some whole wheat flour. That being said I also wanted a very simple quick mix to keep on hand anytime I want brownies and I found it.. however I had to modify and it was super yummy….

3/4 cup vegetable oil —1/4 and 2 tbsp of coconut oil and applesauce each
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
3 eggs
3/4 cup flour–1/2 cup of white flour and 1/4 cup of homemade oat flour
1/3 cup + 2 1/2 tbsp cocoa–1/3cup  and 1/2 tsbp of cocoa powder and 2 tbsp of carob powder
1/4 tsp + 1/8 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
Followed the rest of the instructions and had to cook it longer almost closer to 1 hour….Super YUMMY!!!! Keeper….Even my picky DD liked it…Thanks for sharing this great recipe…we ate it right after it was out of oven so it was breakable & we used a fork to eat it but think if it sets overnight it will be fine…. Best part is we can make it quickly storing all the dry ingredients in a container until ready to make it…
20150722_Brownies

2nd Baby Sweater Newborn Size

Published July 17, 2015 by Jayashiangel

I was trying to make another baby sweater using thinner 3 ply yarn and the same I hook however as you can see it’s too small for a 12 month old baby. It is closer to a newborn measured against a newborn onesie…

Sweater Hook Guide for me

Bernat Baby or 3 ply thin yarn I hook for Newborn Size

Bernat Baby or 3 ply thin yarn  J hook for 9-12 month Size

Red Heart Super Saver and I hook= 9-12 month Size

20150717_White Newborn Sweater

The sweaters below show the difference in size from the white newborn to the 12 month size green one….

20150717_Size difference

My first crocheted baby sweater

Published July 16, 2015 by Jayashiangel

Lets me tell you about the journey to create this pattern. I started the same way  on the big WWW.  Trying to find a one piece no sewing pattern was the next challenge. Then it was trying out 3 or 4 pattern only to not get the middle to close (touch) it was touching at the top and then it would be like 3 inches apart from after where it touched to the bottom well that was not going to work for keeping a baby warm..

Well I finally found the perfect simple baby sweater pattern

The next part was to increase the size of the baby pattern which since I have been crocheting baby things I have noticed if I go up from an H to an I I get the right size for a 9-12 month baby so that is what I did..

I also wanted to be able to use red heart super saver yarn as I have lots on hand and in my scrap stash too (see baby sweaters from scraps in the future shhhhhhh!!!!!)

20150714_Yoke of Sweater

This is the Yoke/Starting part of the baby sweater

20150714_Yoke of Sweater front

As you can see here the front right and front left sides match in the center

20150714_Sweater Sleeves

This is how it will look after you complete the row to create the sleeves (arm holes).

20150715_Short and Long Sleeve

After completing the body and the sleeve (arm holes) you have to decide if you want it  be sleeveless to create a vest—>Short Sleeves for dresses or summer time  or nice long sleeves to keep baby warm in the winter time

20150715_Long Sleeves Completed

I wanted a nice long sleeve sweater to keep baby warm…

However I see lots of decorating options as well so lets talk about those too

Vest- You could add little pockets for a little boys style vest pattern or applique little things to sew on by hand…

Short Sleeve – I am thinking about ruffly style sleeves

Long Sleeves- could be made in different colors so say black sweater with red sleeves this would be perfect also if gift giving for people who have babies that are into sport you could pick the colors of the parent’s fave sport team and use those colors when making.

For me however I just see lots of baby sweaters in the future :O) perfect to pair with a nice little baby dress/bloomers and you guessed it a baby sweater either short or long sleeved…

White Baby Shrug

Published July 10, 2015 by Jayashiangel

After making a child size shrug I wanted to make one for the baby to go with the various baby outfits I had been making to keep baby warm in the AC rooms…I used this pattern and modified increased it based on baby size measurement.

Base chain of 84 w/ a I hook the switched to a H hook

25 inches in length

5 inches wide

4 inches stitched up from each end of the wrist…

20150709_Completed Shrug

20150709_Baby Shrug Measurement

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20150709_Close up of Sleeves

Crockpot Steel Cut Oatmeal

Published July 9, 2015 by Jayashiangel

Let’s talk about making the crockpot oatmeal recipe and options.
Basic Recipe
1 cup of dry steel cut oatmeal
3 cups of water—if you like creamier oatmeal add more water I usually will add 4 cups.
4 Quart Crock-pot ,I tend to use my larger 6 Quart since I usually do a double batch cook once and freeze leftover.

Grab you crockpot and grease it w/ spray oil. Dump all ingredients in crockpot and turn on high for 3 hours. Then turn off and allow to cool. If it gets too thick for you add extra water to get texture you prefer. The fill up containers and freeze.

Today I had some dehydrated apples that I would normally add to the oatmeal after reheating in the microwave before eating and then I got the idea to just add extra water 1 cup to rehydrate the apples in the crockpot when I made a batch of steel cut oatmeal to freeze.
This is my quick and the go breakfast for me at work. I have to get up and go to work very early around 130 AM. So the first thing I do grab my 2 cup glass measuring cup and boil 2 cups of water (or enough to fill thermos) then cap to heat thermos.
Then I grab which ever type of steel cut oatmeal I have already premade on my days off in my crockpot and nuke it in the micro add some milk/sugar and heat more to heat up the milk. Then dump out the boiled water from thermos and replace w/ steel cut oatmeal cap and take with me to work. Do to my work schedule it may be close to 5-6 AM before I get a chance to have breakfast and it has been hot every time. Sometimes super hot :O)

Here is some pictures :O)

20150709_Time

Dehydrated Apples

Dehydrated Apples

Using scissors diced up the apples to the size you prefer remember they will expand.

Using scissors diced up the apples to the size you prefer remember they will expand.

1 cup of Steel Cut Oatmeal

1 cup of Steel Cut Oatmeal

Grease and fill crockpot

Grease and fill crockpot

3 cups of water

3 cups of water

Old Crock-pot  cover  with lid and turn on HIGH

Old Crock-pot cover with lid and turn on HIGH

Cook for 2:45 hrs then turn off the crockpot

Allow to cool, then stir to mix up then measure out 1/2 cups into container and freeze

Allow to cool, then stir to mix up then measure out 1/2 cups into container and freeze

This is Peach Steel Cut Oatmeal ready to eat.

This is Peach Steel Cut Oatmeal ready to eat.

Thermos-add boiling water recap allow to set for 10 mins. Nuke Oatmeal and dump out the water and add the hot oatmeal and take w/ on the go

Thermos-add boiling water recap allow to set for 10 mins. Nuke Steel Cut Oatmeal and dump out the water and add the hot oatmeal and take w/ on the go