I never finished (and still have not) the blanket that I started while pregnant with A. Perhaps on the next child (next? ha!). At some point, well, specifically in March of 2004 I wanted to make her something. Really I wanted to make a doll, but I was having trouble finding a crocheted doll pattern that I liked the look of — I’ve been more comfortable, generally speaking, with crochet than with knitting. I found bears and bunnies and other such things. And then I found this snake.
When I was a kid I always wanted a big ol’ toy snake, one I could wrap around myself and wear like some sort of (slightly demented) scarf. I think I read a little story in a kids’ magazine that started it all. Anyway, I even made one for myself at one point, out of old socks. It was quite long, spotted (I drew on spots with a sharpie) and very poorly sewn, but I do think the head was fairly well done, the face had a lot of personality.
ANYWAY. So I ended up making this snake for my sweet little girl. (It seems to me that I tried to involve her in the choosing process, but she was only 18 months old at the time, so it was limited.) I bought the variegated rainbow yarn at Walmart, and a package of buttons for eyes, and it only took me a couple days of steady work to finish it — very easy pattern. I think I altered it a slight bit, around the neck area, just a couple differences in the decreases/increases, but I don’t really remember… it was two years ago after all (gasp! two years?!).
We called it the Rainbow Kissy Snake, because A would carry it around and make it kiss everyone and everything.