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March 2013

How-To: Finish your preemie baby hats

How-To's / March 28, 2013

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Easy Baby Hat – Rolled Brim


Preemie (newborn, baby, toddler) to fit

11 (12-13, 14-15, 16-17)” head circumference.

Instructions are given for the smallest

size, with larger sizes in parentheses.

When one number is given, it applies to

all sizes.



In St st, 24 sts and 34 rows = 4″ (row

gauge not crucial)



Width: 10½ (12, 13½, 15)”

Length: 5½ (6, 6½, 7)”, with brim

rolled up.


Special Abbreviations

CO: Cast on

Dec: Decrease

K: Knit

K2tog: Knit 2 together

Pm: Place marker

Rem: Remaining

Rep: Repeat

Rnd(s): Round(s)

St(s): Stitch(es)

St st: Stockinette stitch



With circular needle, CO 63 (72, 81, 90)

sts, pm and join in rnd, being careful

not to twist sts. Work even in St st (knit

every rnd) until piece measures 4½ (5,

5½, 6)” from cast on edge.

Next Rnd (dec): *K7, k2tog, rep from * 7

(8, 9, 10) times. [56 (64, 72, 80) sts]

Knit 2 rnds even.

Next Rnd (dec): *K6, k2tog, rep from * 7

(8, 9, 10) times. [49 (56, 63, 70) sts]

Knit 2 rnds even.

Next Rnd (dec): *K5, k2tog, rep from * 7

(8, 9, 10) times. [42 (48, 54, 60) sts]

Knit 1 rnd even.

Next Rnd (dec): *K4, k2tog, rep from * 7

(8, 9, 10) times. [35 (40, 45, 50) sts]

Knit 1 rnd even.

Next Rnd (dec): *K3, k2tog, rep from * 7

(8, 9, 10) times. [28 (32, 36, 40) sts]

Knit 1 rnd even.

Next Rnd (dec): *K2, k2tog, rep from * 7

(8, 9, 10) times. [21 (24, 27, 30) sts]

Knit 1 rnd even.

Next Rnd (dec): *K1, k2tog, rep from * 7

(8, 9, 10) times. [14 (16, 18, 20) sts]

Knit 1 rnd even.

Next Rnd (dec): *K2tog, rep from * 7 (8,

9, 10) times. [7 (8, 9, 10) sts]



Break yarn leaving 10″. Using tapestry

needle, thread through rem sts twice,

pull snug and secure. Weave in loose



Embellish as you wish. Gently block.

Magician Travis, Visits Kids in Pediatrics

Performances / March 26, 2013

February 22, 2013


Soul’s Palette Arts and Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children are excited to have Travis Barlock joining us once a months for magic performances. Travis likes doing group shows as well as working  with patients in theirs rooms. When he is working one-on-one with teens and preteens, Travis likes to follow his show with a mini magic lesson. The patient picks one of the tricks and Travis shows them how it’s done.

It is very exciting how much his magic shows depend on the iterations of the pediatric patients. The kids feel very special when they become part of the show. In addition to involving the patients in his show, Travis has an awesome ability to engage the whole room including nurses and care takers.


 March 29, 2013


I want to post some photos from March 29th. Travis put on a fun group magic performance and had the special opportunity to work with several patients one-on-one. We were thrilled to have so many enthusiastic patients and family members participating in the fun! :)



Upcoming: Healing Arts Performance Series

Performances / March 22, 2013

Storytelling with Pam Faro
Thursday, March 28th, 2:00 to 3:00p.m.


Since 1988, Colorado storyteller Pam Faro has earned her living by offering
top-quality storytelling performances, workshops and retreats throughout
the US and internationally. Pam’s performances include stories with warmth,
humor and power, from the true story of her great uncle who was on the
Titanic, to worldwide folktales, and Spanish and English traditional tales.
Pam also teaches workshops on presentation, writing, and storytelling skills.

Made possible by:

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Duct Tape Rose Pen How-To

How-To's / March 19, 2013

Step One: Measure the tape and cut the petals.

Cut 24-35 strips of duct tape for the petals.  each strip of duct tape should be measured and cut 2 inches long. The flowers petals can be any color of duct tape or multiple different colors.


Step Two: folding the petals.

Take one 2inch strip, sticky side up and fold down one corner so that you are left with an “L” of stick.


Step Three: Forming the flower

Cut a small square of duct tape and cover the end of the pen to create the center  of the flower. Then, take your first petal and wrap it around the end of the pen. Continue to wrap each petal so the points are staggered.

Step-5 Step-6

Step Four: Making the stem

Measure a strip or green tape the size needed to cover  the pen from the cap to the base of the flower. Wrap the strip of green tape around the pen.

Step Five: Finishing touches

Cut a half inch piece of green duct tape (or what ever color you used for the stem. Then cut that into 4 equal squares. Stick the squares to the base of the flower evenly spacing the points.

How-To: Zentangle

How-To's / March 12, 2013

Zentangles are structured and contained doodles. The Zentangle technique is easy-to-learn, relaxing, and fun for many ages and abilities. This art form increases focus and creativity, provides artistic satisfaction, and an increased sense of personal well being.

Here are five easy steps to get started!

1. Draw a border outlining the shape of your zentangle. It is very common to use a square shape. (You can also try a free hand scribble or a animal outline.)


2. Draw strings. Strings are lines that divide the shape into individual sections.


3. Fill one section with a repetitive pattern. Don’t spend too much time planning the pattern, just draw.


4. Repeat with each section. Change the pattern with each section.


5. Add color or shading as desired.


Here are a few other Zentangle ideas we found on google.


Ventriloquist, Mark Hellerstein

Performances / March 1, 2013


Mark brings a smile to pediatric patients today when he performed in patient rooms. Performances are possible through a grant received from the Rocky Mountain Children’s Foundation.

Mark became passionate about ventriloquism the moment he checked Paul Winchell’s book out from the library when he was ten years old. Mark discovered that the art encompasses virtually all aspects of performance: writing, acting, comedy, storytelling, singing, music, staging and even physical art itself (making figures and props). Although Mark didn’t make ventriloquism his primary career, the skills he learned (passion, discipline, creativity, speaking in groups, memorization, thinking on my feet) were critical in helping him achieve heights he never dreamed possible. Mark was named one of the most talented ventriloquists in the world over the last 15 years by Valentine Vox, THE definitive authority on the history of ventriloquism and ventriloquists and author of I Can See Your Lips Moving: The History and Art of Ventriloquism.