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Temptation

Now that I’ve aired all my unfinished objects out in the open… I’d really like to skip most of them.  At least until I’ve knit myself a pair of these.  I’ve become obsessed with knitting a pair of baby booties for Little Sheep.  One that she can really wear.  I did knit her a pair, exactly one year ago today.  I had just found out I was pregnant, but my husband was out-of-town for the weekend.  I had to keep that to myself for 5 DAYS!!!  To keep myself from spilling the beans to passers-by, I knit these.

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I used a multi colored, wool sock yarn I picked up on the fly from Michael’s, and this easy Magic Slippers pattern from Ravelry.

When my husband finally made it home, I presented them to him, to tell him we were pregnant 🙂  Still gives me the warm and fuzzies just thinking about it.

Anyway, Little Sheep never really wore those.  I wanted to keep them in good shape, for a scrap-book or something.  Plus they only really would have fit her in October, which is never a terribly cold month in Southern California.  Of corse now we’re colder than some places back East!  50’s during the day, 30’s at night!  Unheard of!  The Californians are freezing out here!  Little Sheep’s baby socks aren’t cutting it any more, so I think I’ll give into temptation and knit the new booties.  For my daughter’s well-being of corse.

Also, I’ve dyed up some wonderfully pink stuff for my Etsy shop, and I can’t very well sell it when I haven’t tried it out myself now can I?  So the decision is made!  Baby Booties!  Colorway “Stuck-in-Gum Sheep”!

"Stuck-in-Gum Sheep"

“Stuck-in-Gum Sheep”

Consider this a sneak peek into the Lazer Sheep hand dyed collection that will be available later this month.  I’m super excited about it!  Every colorway has its own sheep, with its own little personality 😀  Hopefully I’ll be adding buttons with the individual sheep on them at a later date.  For the time being I just need to finish up a few tiny things on the shop before it’s opened.  Anyone have suggestions for colorways they’d like to see in the future?

 

 

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Internet! a Move, and Typing One Handed

Through many trials and calls to AT&T, I finally have internet!  Internet at our new apartment no less!  Yes, we are officially back in the land of my people, San Diego, and oh how I missed it.

Via a lovely restaurant on Coronado Island

Majority of my family lives here, and we are very lucky to have so much help with Olivia.  Although, right this moment I don’t have this help handy, and thus I am holding the little sheep in one arm, and hunting and pecking with the other.  Whatever works, right?

I have manged some knitting however!  After the baby blanket was finished, I started finishing up all the baby hats I’d started (modeled pictures to come) and working on a headband or two.

After the little sheep debuted, I did have to take five while I recovered and get into the new swing of things.  This was the next project… (I did mine in cotton because it was the only orange I could find (?) and so the rim didn’t roll much)

Cute hat, squirmy baby 🙂
Grumpy Halloween apparently

We also joined the Susan G. Koman Walk for the Cure in memory of her Grammy V.  (My sister made her the shirt <3)  It was amazing, and at 6 weeks postpartum it was exhausting, but totally worth it.  We’re planing on participating again next year 🙂

“Strolling for Grandma”

Now, the race for Christmas knitting starts.  I’ll give you a minute to catch your breath…

So far I’ve got 3 projects started, including his awesome knited moustache,  and at least 4 more to go.  Knitting is far harder one-handed than typing.

How’s everyone else’s holiday knitting going?

The Blankie is Here! (But Still No Little Girl to Wrap in it…)

Ladies and gentlemen, it’s a blankie!

The “yet to be named” baby blanket!

Stats:

~38in X 41in

Knit from 5 balls Pattons Classic Wool, which I hand dyed in my “Fuzzy Navel” colorway , and knit on size 7 circulars

I LOVE how this knit up!  It wound up being bigger than I’d expected, which is great, and used up all but a few yards of the yarn I’d dyed.  I’m not one for self patterning, or predictable yarn, so this was perfect for me!  Just happy splashes of color thrown around 😀

The hearts border the whole blanket, surrounded by garter stitch.  The body is simple stockinette stitch.  Look!  I’ve even got a pattern (such as it is) for you!

*This is my first pattern written for the public, and I’m the only one who’s tested it.  Please let me know if anything is unclear or needs to be fixed.  Thanks!*  (click to make big!)

Heart pattern

The key was sadly lost in translation, but if you use your imagination a little bit I think this will work for now…

Odd number rows = Right Side, Even number rows = Wrong Side

Blank = Knit

O = Yarn Over

\ = Knit Knit Stitch

/ = Knit 2 Together

— = Purl

Cast on 162 stitches

Knit the heart repeat 6 times across what will be the bottom of your blanket.  

When you have a completed row of hearts along the bottom, start the next repeat, but only with one heart on each end of the blanket.  Stockinette stitch (knit right side, purl wrong side) should be between the hearts to create the large solid body of the blanket.

On the 7’th vertical repeat of the heart, do just like you did with the first repeat and create hearts all along the top of the blanket.

Bind off loosely.

I think this would be lovely in a solid color yarn as well…  I’ll worry about trying that maybe after holiday knitting (need to start that NOW!).

For the time being, I’m going to work on a few little things for the little one we’re very anxiously waiting for around here.  Maybe some headbands, Ooo! or a cute little pumpkin hat for Halloween 😀

In the mean time, I guess the blankie will just have to wait for its recipient to show up in her own sweet time.  After all, she’s not late yet.  She’s still got 5 more days before she becomes her mother and is perpetually late 😉

The Blankie is Nearly Complete!

I have finally bound off on the baby blanket!  It’s hanging out in the sink getting a good wash before I lay it out and
(once it’s dry) weave in all the ends.

Baby blanket taking a swim!

Other than that it’s been pretty quiet around here lately.  I caught a cold somewhere and decided to bring it home and share it with my lovely husband (oops!).  Now I’m just hoping that we can kick this thing in the butt before I go into labor.  To that effect, we’ve all been getting as much rest as possible the last few days.

Linus swears this is comfy

Ivy thinks the new rocking chair is just for her

Hank has a cushy retirement

Leah was a little miffed that I disturbed her nap

The hubby + beagle combo, always irresistible

Pictures of an actually finished blanket, and hopefully a free pattern for it should be up in the next day or two… you know… if baby doesn’t decided to interrupt things 😉

All Caught Up! (For Now…)

Well, I’m plugging along on the baby blanket.  I am not a fast knitter by any means, and my dumb wrist (although getting better, yay!) isn’t helping me be any faster.  I haven’t decided yet just how long I want to make the blanket, but I’m about half way in either case.

Baby Blanket and Duffy 🙂

Here it is posed with a gift from a co-worker of mine, Duffy, in the bassinet we are going to use until we move to a larger apartment after the baby comes.

I’m loving how the yarn is knitting up!  Now might be a good time to confess that I can’t stand self striping or self patterning yarn.  Too predictable in my opinion.  I love how randomly this is knitting up, and yet it’s somehow evenly balanced throughout the blanket.  It looks like I’m going to have to dye up another two skeins before all is said and done.  I’m 37 weeks today, and little girl sheep could show up at any time really, so I’m trying to spend all my free time knitting on the blanket.

Fortunately, free time I now have!  Saturday was my last day working for the Mouse for now.  I’m going to miss it, especially my co-workers, but in all honesty I’m hoping to stay home with my little girl (dying yarn???) if at all possible.  It was a fun job while it lasted, and I’d love to work for them again, but family is first, and I’m having a hard time imagining handing over my little girl to a stranger for part of her days just so I can go sit at a desk.  I guess only time will tell how that one will play out.

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Another big milestone… I finally finished off, AND gifted my friends their wedding blanket!

The Happy Couple ❤

Arn’t they sweet!  I was lucky enough to have both of them at my baby shower in San Diego last week.

Here’s a close up of the heart detail…

Since I was late in getting the blanket to them in the first place (their wedding was on Aug 12, my shower, the 26th.  Oops!), and since I was IN the wedding, I used a ribbon from my bridesmaid bouquet to thread through the heart.  I think it was just the touch the blanket needed.  It turned out super cuddly and squishy, and I’m so happy they liked it 🙂

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Well, that’s me getting caught up.  I keep thinking about knitting myself a nice slouchy sweater for Fall, after the blanket is done, and probably after my little girl decides to show up.  What are you all working on, or daydreaming about working on as the case may be?

 

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Time For Spinning!!!

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So, this whole pregnancy/no sleep thing is finally getting to me.  My body hurts from tossing and turning all night.  So I figured this would be the perfect time to sit bolt upright in a hard, straight-backed chair and do some spinning!  *har!*

But yes, that is the plan, as I have finished the Swirl Hat for the soon-to-be little one.  (Note to self: when the next row calls for knitting 3 stitches together, knit more loosely.)

I have hopes of going all Yarn Harlot and setting aside one day a week to practice spinning, which I am still very new at.  So new that I’m only using a drop spindle, and have not yet invested in a wheel.

I found the spindle on Etsy (some sellers have really great starter kits), and purchased a full pound of undyed wool at The Village Spinning and Weaving in Solvang, CA on a short road trip my husband and I took in December last year.  A few months later I managed to dye it, using the Kool-Aid method (super easy and leaves the wool smelling like fruit!).  Finally, I’m getting around to spinning it.  Slowly but surely.

Progress will probably not be so quick as I have a full week working for The Mouse, and what I really should be doing is working on the wedding blanket whenever it’s cool enough to do so.  I will stick to my plan to spin at least one day a week, though who knows what day that will be.

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Baby Stuff

This is my current assortment of baby items for my little girl.

To the far left we have not just my first hat for her, but also my first hand spun yarn!!!  I got a lovely drop spindle kit from a seller on Etsy.com (I so wish that I had written down the name of that seller *facepalm*) that included a small bag of lovely alpaca roving.  Given that it was a sampler size bag, there wasn’t much yarn to be had from it, so I took it to the store with me and found thread in a perfectly matching off white and plied the two together.  It turned out to be just enough for a tiny little baby hat!  Pattern was just a simple 2×2 rib stitch.  Hopefully it will fit her for a while since the rib stitch is so nice and stretch.

The middle hat is what little progress I’ve made on my Swirl Hat.  It’s hard to knit tiny like that when you’re in and out of town, and have a migraine for 3 days straight 😛

On the far right is one of the Two Lace Baby Hats done up in a mystery white acrylic yarn I had sitting around from a failed blankie attempt for a friend of mine.  Very fun and quick knit.

At the top of the picture is the first pair of booties I ever knit.  I used Magic Slippers, and some random colored Pattons sock yarn I purchased the day I found out I was pregnant.  My husband was out of town at the time, and I wanted him to be the first to know, problem was he wasn’t going to be home again for 5 more days!!!  I couldn’t handle the suspense, I needed something to keep my hands busy.  Through much trial and error, I knit up 3 of these little booties (the first was scrapped because EW!).  The second my husband got home I gave him a bag with the slippers inside and told him he had to open it before anything else!  He pulled the slippers out, looked at them for a second, then turned to me with a shocked look and just said, “Really?!”  It was perfect, we were both so excited!  I hope I can remember his face like that for the rest of my life, priceless.

I’m still currently working on a semi-custom blankie design for the little jelly bean.  I think I have the yarn I want to use, and I’m fairly sure I know what colors I’m going to dye it, but that will be a post all it’s own.  For now I think I’ll try to finish that Swirl Hat…

Once the real laptop (using the iPad as a last ditch effort) is up and running, I swear the picture will be turned the right way.