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Knit Aviator Baby Hat

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When my son Huck was born this spring, the Craftzine team bought him this adorable hat from the Ikeasaurus benefit auction, which was raising money for a sick baby named Ike in Austin. It made me happy to think of one baby helping another. And now Huck’s finally big enough to wear it! The hat was knit by the very talented Beth Reyburn and is perfect for cool San Francisco autumn days.
I also got a photo and an update on Ike’s health from his mom, Kari:

Ike-a-saurus is now a rockin’ 13 months old. The trach isn’t slowing him down at all, even as he crawls upstairs and tries to throw himself in the laundry hamper. He enjoys watching So You Think You Can Dance while he learns to walk, silly boy.
He is still at very high risk for dangerous respiratory infections, so we have to be vigilant with our hand sanitizer, and Ike isn’t allowed out of the house, except for doctor’s appointments and walks around the block. We’re very busy teaching him how to chow down on things like high cal/high fat Greek yogurt so that he can pack on some pounds before the spring. If we can get his weight up, he’ll be able to travel to the specialists in Cincinnati for airway reconstruction surgery. Then he’ll finally, finally be trach free.
It’s not easy around here at Chez Ike-a-saurus, but with the support from our friends, family and community, we’re weathering everything surrounded by more love than we could ever comprehend.
Ike is not daunted by any of this, and despite everything, he’s even trying to talk. (Something the doctors told us he would never do with the trach.) Here’s a link to Ike jabbering, and here are some pictures. He’s our sweet boy, and we are stunned every day by how he touches the lives of everyone around him.

Three cheers for charming, brave Ike and his wonderful family and friends! And three cheers for my amazing, thoughtful, big-hearted, crafty coworkers!

10 thoughts on “Knit Aviator Baby Hat

  1. Katie says:

    Hey, I tried the link to Ikeasaurus benefit auction, but it is no longer available. I was wondering if there was a link to more information somewhere else.

  2. Arwen O'Reilly Griffith says:

    I’m so glad you caught that! I fixed the link in the post, but you can also try for more info.

  3. Natalie Zee Drieu says:

    Huck looks adorable in the hat! Thanks also for the update on Ike too.

  4. Jussi says:

    this is exactly the reason why I have free patterns available – I’m so glad it was able to help in a small way, and Huck looks very cute in it!

  5. Lisa says:

    I don’t generally comment on blogs or even usually care if a baby is cute. I came here for the knitting but as I scrolled down I ended up squealing OMG!!! in such a way to make my husband come running to find out what was the matter, only to hear me yell “that baby is so unbelievably cute!!”
    Well the laptop has now been passed around, and the whole family has gushed over that picture of Baby Ike. And it has been determined that he has the best smile ever.

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