WIPs. “Works In Progress.” I really do have some!
I’ve been knitting, a little. The double-knitting “potholder” swatch from EZ’s Almanac has made me definitely want to knit up a baby-blanket in this technique. So yay, I’ve officially started the Miko Challenge!
I’ve also got most of a Koolhaus hat worked up for my Yukon-dwelling brother, but ran out of yarn 1 pattern repeat before the crown, boo. Do I buy another skein (Berocco’s Ultra Alpaca, pretty awesome) or fake it with some basic black merino?
Many false starts on other hats for myself have been made, and frogged, and tried again, and frogged again. I think I’ve given up for now, but will hopefully get a hat or two for my own head when I work up some of the EZ patterns.
And there’s been genuine spinning! I finally broke out the Joy wheel, and have spun up some lovely Enchanted Knoll batts in “Chai” (a decent, if ‘wobbly’ 2-ply) and some CopperPot Woolies batts in an indigo/blue/orange colourway called “Summer Iris” or something like that (DK/worsted singles, yay me!). It’s been fun getting back to spinning, and I think I need to make more time to sit in front of the wheel.
Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to find my digital camera since we moved (in January, arrgh), so photographic evidence of all these things I’ve been working on has been nil. *sigh*
But I can leave you with one photo of another project I’ve been working on lately…
Baby #2, due sometime in August. Better get knitting on “some baby’s things” from the Almanac!
An all-new issue of Knitty is out!!
I’m loving the wide variety of cardigan patterns (while I usually dislike bobbles, Surface has me quite intrigued), and am pretty sure that a Poinsettia neckwarmer will be coming to my needles soon.
One pattern might seem a bit silly to some, but you’ve got to admit the model’s pretty cute!
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 leave the house for the first time, to sit comfortably amid good friends and colourful yarns!
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!
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.
About 1/2 hour after birth.
Filed under baby, pregnancy
I am a very lucky mother-to-be.
Amidst the craziness and generosity of the baby shower my SIL organized for me last weekend, there was one gift in particular that stood out. This gift was not even wrapped, just a large cardboard box full of hand-me-downs. Not usually something to get excited about, right?
Yet this box contained but one thing: three children’s worth of cloth diapers, for all stages!
Now, probably many of you are wondering why this is so exciting. Well, go look up the price of a single cloth diaper online real quick, and then consider the fact that there are 74 diapers in the above picture.
We knew cloth would be the right choice for us, having seen the math comparing yearly outlay of disposables vs. cloth (not to mention environmental and heath bonuses). It’s obvious that cloth are cheaper, but the down side to them is a large initial purchase. And that, for us, has now been effectively completely removed!
Oh, there was also an equal stash of vinyl covers/diaper wraps, too…
Sure, I probably will end up buying a few more tiny-sized diapers (there are far more medium and large ones in the new stash than smalls). And I much prefer the idea of wool soakers and longies to the plastic pants. But the thing of it is, these are now choices, not needs, and for that I am very grateful!
So, anyone got a favorite wool diaper-cover knitting pattern?
Filed under baby, rambling