Monthly Archives: November 2008

Coat Coveting

For the most part, when it comes to knitting, I’m a bit of a cheapskate. Sure, I shell out for luxurious yarns, but I really am a “one skein wonder” kind of gal. Sock yarns make a pair of socks per skein, lace-weight goes a long way; I seldom get enough of anything to make a ‘big’ project (sweater, scarf, etc).

Likewise with patterns. Rare enough do I buy magazines or books, let alone shell out for single patterns (in store or online). Especially with more free patterns available online than I could ever knit in my lifetime, it takes a lot to impress me enough to part with my cash.

Sylvi, from the Winter 2008 issue of Twist Collective, may just entice me to pony up for both patterns and a large quantity of yarn. What a fabulous coat! But oh, to have the time to knit it…

Sylvi coat - Twist Collective

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Baby’s first knitwear

M in BSJ
Keeping baby warm in wool.

The Baby Surprise Jacket that no-longer-secret pal Tanya knit for my baby-to-be has been keeping Morgana nice and toasty as the weather turns from fall to early winter. (We’ve had real snow here a few days! Just nothing that sticks.) I’ve also been knitting her a few little hats (you can see one in-progress beside me on the couch!), since baby hats never seem to be made to baby-head size, but I also seem to have a great knack for losing them in the house, so there are no photos! Thank goodness baby things are so small and quick to knit — I think we’ve got a chilly winter ahead, and many things to make up!

She also sported the purple BSJ on her first-ever outing — to the Purple Purl, of course! (Let’s get this one addicted to yarn good and early, shall we?) The Purl celebrated it’s one-year anniversary of opening this past Saturday, and some of us gathered Friday night to wish them a happy birthday, complete with surprise presents!

mom & baby at the Purl
Mom & Baby leave the house for the first time, to sit comfortably amid good friends and colourful yarns!

jen & miko & present
Miko loves the new ball-winder — Jennifer might prefer the bubble wrap! :)

More photos of the baby and the shop’s celebration can be found on my Flickr.

On the whole, we’re all doing really well: settling into new routines and roles, gaining confidence as parents, loving the baby-time, starting to leave the house for errands and fun, and even finding a bit of time to knit!

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Secret Pal 13 questions

I signed up for Secret Pal 13 both because I love getting “good mail” and because I thought perhaps having a commitment (with treats!) would help me get back into the blogging mode postpartum. We’ll see how it goes… For now, here’s the standard intro. questions (Hi, new Secret Pal!!). and this very brief update:

– Baby M. is awesome. I cannot believe how much love can be felt for such a tiny creature, that the heart can swell to encompass this love without displacing all others — I think I am loving Dru, my friends, and our families more than ever, too!
– There is a time-blurr effect happening here (can it really be her 1-week birthday tomorrow?), and I think I’m starting to enjoy this haze. I haven’t left the house since I was in labour, but I love being in our warm little nest.
– I have actually knit something — a baby hat! No photos, though, because I’ve lost it somewhere. It was a bit big anyway, so maybe I’ll try another… There is also an FO (a BSJ) that needs to be photographed, which was finished while I was in prelabour, but it’s way to big to be modeled by M. currently.

And now, on to…
Secret Pal 13 Questions

1. What is/are your favorite yarn/s to knit with? What fibers do you absolutely *not* like?

Love natural animal fibers (wool, silk, alpaca), haven’t had much ‘time’ with natural plant fibers (cotton, bamboo, linen, etc) but would like to try more out, and can’t stand man-made fibers (acry-icky!).

2. What do you use to store your needles/hooks in?
A giant messy bin. Must fix this.

3. How long have you been knitting & how did you learn? Would you consider your skill level to be beginner, intermediate or advanced?
About 6 years now — I consider myself an adventurous intermediate. E.g.: I’m not afraid of lace, but have never attempted intarsia.

4. Do you have an Amazon or other online wish list?
Right here! Note I have sub-divided lists for knitting books & spinning books separate from novels & stufff.
My Amazon.com Wish List

5. What’s your favorite scent?
Citrusy-scents for wash-products, ambers & musks for perfumes (but usually I go for the eco/unscented things…)

6. Do you have a sweet tooth? Favorite candy?

HUGE sweet tooth! Love me some chocolate (dark & organic, even better!). No nut allergies, but not a huge peanut fan.

7. What other crafts or Do-It-Yourself things do you like to do? Do you spin?
I spin on bogh drop-spindles and wheels (have an Ashford Joy). I have the stuff for needle-felting but haven’t palyed with it much. I also sew, craft spindles, and dabble in various other crafts.

8. What kind of music do you like? Can your computer/stereo play MP3s? (if your buddy wants to make you a CD)
I definitely have mp3 capabilities, and love Celtic and folk music, as well as “world fusion” (e.g. Indian-inspired) folk & electronica.

9. What’s your favorite color(s)? Any colors you just can’t stand?

I’ve been on a purple & lime kick of late, but also love burgundies and warm autumnal tones.

10. What is your family situation? Do you have any pets?

Brand New Baby Girl!!! And 2 sweet cats.

11. Do you wear scarves, hats, mittens or ponchos?
Yep — I live in Toronto! You’d have to be crazy not to wear this kind of accessory :)

12. What is/are your favorite item/s to knit?
Smaller projects — socks, mitts, etc. — generally over large ones, but I’m having more success with sweaters these dasy, and usually have one long-term lace project on the needles somewhere.

13. What are you knitting right now?
I’m exploring the new world of “baby knits”! On the needles currently for myself is a February Lady Sweater, though.

14. Do you like to receive handmade gifts?

Love it! I’m greatly appreciative of receiving someone else’s creativity & time.

15. Do you prefer straight or circular needles? Bamboo, aluminum, plastic?
I prefer metal circulars (Addis are the best!) and wooden for straights.

16. Do you own a yarn winder and/or swift?
Swift yes, winder no.

17. How old is your oldest UFO?
A couple of years. I’ve culled the worst offenders, I think.

18. What is your favorite holiday? What winter holiday do you observe?

The winter holiday season is my absolute fave, always has been. I love the colours and lights and excuse to go baking-mad! My household celebrates Yule; it’s Christmas with the parents/in-laws.

19. Is there anything that you collect?

Books of faerie art, primarily coffee-table books of Brian Froud art. And yarn & spinning fliber, of course!!

20. Any books, yarns, needles or patterns out there you are dying to get your hands on? What knitting magazine subscriptions do you have?
I’d love a set of Harmony circs., and there are many knitting books that look interesting but I don’t tend to buy them for myself (see amazon list). I don’t have any subscriptions, but routinely buy Interweave knits and Spin-Off, and usually get the holiday & F/W Vogue Knitting.

21. Are there any new techniques you’d like to learn?

I’d like to get better at colourwork.

22. Are you a sock knitter? What are your foot measurements?
Sure am! Love to knit socks :) I wear a ladies US size 8-9.

23. When is your birthday?
February 1st!

24. Are you on Ravelry? If so, what’s your ID?
“aemmeleia” on Ravelry.

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Morgana Amelia

Our daughter Morgana Amelia was born on Thursday November 6th at 7:07pm, weighing 7lbs 3oz and measuring 52cm. I had a *very* long home labour and eventually needed to transfer to the hospital for delivery, but came home just a few hours after and have been in a happy fog of new-parenthood ever since! I hope to write up a more complete birth story once I’ve recovered my braincells, but for now just know we are all happy, healthy, and utterly entranced with this beautiful new creature.

Morgana - newborn
About 1/2 hour after birth.

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