Big thanks to Caro over at splityarn -- very thoughtful, and very much appreciated -- the bean will love it! If you all haven't checked out what Caro's up to lately, definitely swing by. She always has some fun project in the works -- have you see her shorty Jaywalkers (Jan. 18 post)? LOVE THEM!
I'm almost done with the bean booties as well. Just need to whip out some icord, and we're done.
They still seem small to me, but we'll just have to wait and see, yes?
And thanks for the birthday greeting e-mails and comments -- it was a great weekend. My guy has been traveling a lot for work lately, so just spending the day with him was an extra special treat, very relaxing and totally low key. And the cake was excellent, in case you were wondering,... :)
Yay!! It's almost the weekend, my man is back from traveling tonight, and it's my birthday tomorrow! Happy Birthday to me! I will eat yummy cake, heartburn be damned!, and it will be GOOD.
Question for your knitters with baby experience out there.
Do these booties seem too small to you? That's a quarter in the pic for scale. They seem AWFULLY small to me, but babies are rather small all over,... am I right? But this small??
And I ordered the pattern book (Dale of Norway #110) and yarn for this happy little sweater yesterday:
Cute, huh? Maybe I can replace the snowflakes with the skull motif from Adrian's pirate beanie. Or not. We'll see how it goes. But I do know that it'll go great with the black onesies I bought on eBay last week (at the most special request of my husband). So no more ruminations on baby stuff -- it's now officially off the list!
Do you ever feel like you have knitting ADD? It seems as though lately I've been jumping from one project to the other -- not actually WORKING on a project -- just thinking / researching on them -- to the extent that I haven't actually done any actual knitting with sticks and string for almost a week! Gah. I could blame it on the preggo lady hormones, but that seems way too easy. Here's what been on my knitting mind / driving me to knitting distraction:
Baby sweaters / socks / booties: Since we aren't going to find out the gender of the bean beforehand, I've been on the hunt for gender neutral baby patterns and corresponding yarn. Rebecca? Maybe. Filatura di Crosa? Uh-huh. Oh yeah,... how about Dale of Norway?? Now that's what I'm talkin' about!
Knitting bag / Circular needle case: I have a design in my head and all the necessary fixins ready to roll, because, REALLY, I don't have enough accoutrements in which to house all my half-finished projects,...
Man knitting: Socks and Na Craga -- both on the needles.
Something for me!: I have no new knitwear for Stitches -- how sad is that? As I'm not exactly my normal size, does knitting a sweater for myself really make sense? Do I hear resounding "NOs!!" all around?
I could have much much worse dilemmas, I know, but there you have it -- my knitting life. Today, anyway,... :)
Pattern: We Call Them Pirates, courtesy of Hello Yarn Yarn: Dale Heilo, 1 skein each of black and natural for the hat; 1 skein of Baby Cashmerino in black for the lining Needles: Size 3 Addi Turbos for the hat, Size 1 Addis for the lining
Fun project! I was able to practice my very rusty, two-handed fair isle technique, as well as improve my ability to follow charted instructions. Following the chart really threw me at the onset, as the main color is charted in white (where I was using black yarn), and the contrasting color charted in black (where I was using white yarn!). Can you see how a girl could get a little confused? It's amazing how your brain adapts, however, and by the second set of skull repeats, the whole white box = black yarn, black box = white yarn discrepancy wasn't even an issue.
I also didn't have any experience using live stitches, rather than a cast off/on edge, when finishing a hem -- in this case, the soft, inner lining of the hat. I was a bit confused on how to make it work, but think I came up with a good approach.
I split the live stitches between two circular needles, then steamed the hem flat. I then pinned the hem into place, and commenced the sewing up!
Sweet! It was difficult to keep a perfectly straight hem edge due to how the second strand of yarn is weaved on the wrong side (yep, I'm a weaver, not a floater!) but overall, it worked like a charm.
Yay!! The Husband loves it, and I may have to modify the pattern a bit to make a Bean-sized one, just as Amy predicted.
My parents were in the area yesterday, so we did a little lunch and shopping.
Baby bean clothes are so cute! I managed to keep my mom reined in pretty effectively, though she INSISTED that babies MUST have their very own ducky hooded towels with matching washcloths. Huh? Like there's something wrong with the towels and washcloths I already own? But I acquiesced. So as soon as the husband and I pick out the carseat / stroller system, and I get motivated to buy/knit some baby socks, beanies and a couple of cardigan sweaters, I think we're good to go with the baby essentials -- yay! One of my goals is to keep the influx of baby stuff to a minimum, so I'm not planning on having any showers -- I've put the kibosh on two very gracious offers so far -- as we'd much rather invite everyone over after the baby comes for an open house / come meet the Bean party. Doesn't that sound like more fun that playing shower games,... hhmmmm? :)
The last thing I need is more yarn, which is why I waited until the very last day of the Knitting Arts New Year's sale to check out the action. You know, thinking that all the good stuff would be picked over? Well,... pretty much, but I managed to find some stuff to buy anyways:
That would be the Rebecca Babies magazine I've been on the hunt for FOREVER, one skein of Helen's Lace in the Tuscany colorway, and some Lamb's Pride for another pair of felted clogs.
The We Call Them Pirates beanie is almost done -- I cast off the main portion of the hat, and now am working away on the inner lining. Maybe a pic of the first FO of the year tomorrow? We'll see,...
The Husband and I took the last two weeks off (decadent, decadent) to visit both his family in Utah, and my family up in northern Northern California. Our "official" first holiday together as a married, knocked up unit was wonderful, and having the time off to hang out and travel was spectacular.
Utah was gorgeous. My Man's parents just retired this year to southern Utah, so it was my first visit seeing them, their new digs and the surround desert environs.
We then headed north through the torrential downpours, landslides and floods up to my parents', just in time for the "New Year's Storm of 2006," and subsequent power outage. Not super unusual weather for the area, but definitely worse than normal. We did manage, however, to FINALLY sort through the wedding pictures (yep,... six months later) and get the album sorted.
It took a couple of days, but it's off the list!
We also picked up a the new chair we ordered on our last trip up to see my parents.
It's a Puff chair, and boy, is it comfy! Perfect for curling up and doing a little knitting.
And speaking of knitting, I started the We Call Them Pirates hats for my man. Fun fun pattern. My fair isle skills are a bit rusty, to say the least, but as long as it ends up fitting, we'll both be happy campers.
And lastly, here's the ONLY baby-related gift we received over the holidays.
How freaking cute is this doggie? I can hardly stand it, it's so cute.
Speaking of the baby, things are going well so far, knock wood. We're 27 weeks into it, so almost to the third trimester! The nausea finally subsided a couple of weeks ago (yea!!), but the funny taste in my mouth after eating just won't go away (ggrrr). My back is achy, and being on my feet for too long tends to bring the Braxton-Hicks contractions on, so exercise has been a challenge. Hopefully the preggo lady yoga class I'm attending tomorrow will help out. The coolest thing, however, is how active the Bean has become over the past few weeks. I'm talking non-stop (at least that how it seems) kickin', flippin' and pokin'. As I'm typing right now, even. April 3rd really is just around the corner.