4 Months Old

Sloane's Blanket
And her auntie FINALLY got her blankie done. Sheesh.

I suppose this post will be more a photo gallery than anything else. This is what Sloane looks like today, she's not much of a newbie anymore, but at least she's not 5.

Little Baloney

So the time line goes a little something like this...

Sloane came into our big world on January 3rd and this is about where I was in the garter stitch process when her Mama Lexie went into labor. You'll notice in the final product there are a couple of crocheted hearts in the purple section that has some special meaning. You see, I had the very special privilege of being Lexie and Colin's birth doula and of course I brought my knitting along. I always do, and good thing I did, it was a long one.

Finally got to Purple

I dropped my stitches a few times during Lexie's labor. A couple of them got flipped over and unfortunately my yarn selection isn't terribly forgiving. I used 100% Superwash Wool made by Cascade Yarns. If you want to see the very beginning of this process (only the blue yarn and a sweet pregnant belly) feel free to go back in time.

This was our first Ladies night (with our newest lady) at Sloane's abode. New Mama Lexie, Auntie Sarah, Sloane, Mia (the big sister) and I. We did some knitting, crocheting, baby snuggling/smelling and celebrated with a bottle of wine.

Ladies Night Big Sister

I think I did something like 140+ stitches across each and every row and it wasn't a quick knit. It was definitely worth it though for the sweetest little peach.

I drank a lot of martinis and watched a lot of movies during the long winter while working on this project.

Martini and Some Knits

I knit while I babysat my sweet little 2 month old niece. She spent a lot of time around her 'work in progress'.

Babysitting Awake Sloane Sleepy Sloane

Some of it awake, much of it asleep.

knitting auntie

Getting bigger by the day. Both of them.

Sloane

Shiny needles, must get them.

Get Needles Baby Blanket

Until we just had the finishing touches. The finishing touches were no quick task. I crocheted 4 hearts and stitched them on both sides of the blanket to cover the contraction bumps. The knitting would fall off of my needles every once in a while when I was needed to hold hair back, massage Lexie's back or legs or cover her with a blanket or cool her with a damp cloth, or sway back and forth in the living room. Or lay on the bed in the bedroom beside her. I couldn't predict when the timing was good to start another row of purple. I 'purpled' through the entire labor. And I lost my work a lot! It showed the most in these two spots, so I decided how fitting to put some hearts there. To make those flaws have a bit more meaning, well, and to hide them.

Heart

Hearts Heart

Finished

The Hearts

I think Sloane likes her blanket and it is nice and big and I envision her on it in the backyard on the grass...so spring better start heating up! Mama Lexie took some sweet photos of the wee one and her big puppy sister Mia and her new blankie, and holy smokes, it is all adorable.

Sloane and Mia

 

 

 

Finished Blanket

close up

Finally finished up the blanket...and it is en route to Madison to sweet little Clara. I started crocheting her one back in June before she was born, but once I learned how to knit, I decided that crocheting was for the birds - well not really - but knitting this up was a lot quicker for me. I still really like crocheting too and luckily there are many projects where these two abilities go hand in hand. I used size 11 needles and this yarn was pretty chunky and it all came together pretty quickly when I would actually sit down and work on it. I mostly knit the entire thing but did a few rows here and there where I would knit two, purl two (k2, p2) just to add a little bit of variation.

So my blanket ended when my variegated yarn ran out. It ended up being really soft and actually a pretty perfect size for just a lap blanket, but great for a cuddle blanket for a wee one. It was pretty much square when I was done.

square

And of course we had to test it out before sending it. Hopefully little Miss Clara will pose in a photo for us that I'll post as soon as she gets her gift. Since I'm sure you're all dying to see her sweet little face again, I know I am!

Testers Serious Testers

My little testers seemed to be fans of the cozy blankie - that's always a good sign. So onto other projects, next my plan is a bag/satchel of some sort.

I have a fun new book that I just got called Head to Toe Knits by Zoe Mellor and there are several projects in there I plan to attempt.

I'll dive into my yarn cubby to find the perfect yarn and I'm kind of thinking I might do a felted variation of something, I've been dying to knit and felt something, so I think that's my plan.

Folded Treasure

Still working on this...whenever I get a wild hair. And someday I'll finish at least this one! Who knows if I'll ever make two - no just teasin' I will!

sockie sock

Happy Knitting! Pull up a hammock and knit in the sunshine, who says you can't knit in the summer?

Knitting Chickens

Chicken Birthday

Today is a special day at our house. Exactly one year ago today we went to the post office and picked up a box filled with 25 peeping chicks. We nurtured our baby chicks to 6 week old gawky weirdos in our bathroom in a refrigerator box and then moved them to their new coop outside in our backyard. We didn't keep all 25 of them, just 5. Today we are celebrating Compsognathus, Octopus Pie, Fire, Boingy and Captain Dan's first birthday. They are little egg laying machines and so much fun. In lieu of the celebration I thought I'd knit up a handful of chickens, so I got one done. I have all kinds of yucky old acrylic yarn laying around that I got for like 50 cents a skein a while back, so maybe in 10 years if I keep knitting little stuffed animals I'll have it all used up. I just have to keep creating one creature a day. My intention was to knit a chicken that resembled each chicken we have but I only got Fire (our yellow chicken) done in time for the celebration.

So I used size 4 double pointed needles, simply because I don't have just regular size 4 needles. The pattern I was sort of following was in my book Knitted Animals - which has a wide assortment of beautiful little knitted animals in it. Luckily there are three chickens to choose from. I started off with yarn that was too big though so I just went out on a limb. I worked in stockinette stitch, so knitting the entire time. I think I cast on 16 and then knitted until I thought it looked close to square. I folded the creation into a triangle and sewed the two sides together and stuffed the baby bird right from the bottom point and sewed closed.

Chicken Start

I then used another piece of this acrylic yarn and sewed it around the body to create the dip in the chicken's back. I also stitched a bit of beak on using some orange acrylic yarn (I have every color of this stuff you can imagine!).

Beak

starting to look chicken-like

Then I crocheted a bit of red acrylic yarn to create the comb. I didn't really know what I was doing, just "winged" it. It ended up looking enough like a comb that I was happy with it. Oh and I used some black yarn (the really heavy stuff - good for buttons) to make the little eyes. It by no means is a perfect bird but it made my kids happy. Maybe by Easter I'll have more to fill their little baskets. That's my goal. It is all about setting little goals for myself, that's how things get done with five chickens, two kids, a toy store and an oil business (just to mention a few things).

Making Corn Cake

Gus and Chick

Ooh we even had time to make some corn cake for breakfast for the chickens (they shared with us too). Look at that happy little knitted chicken.

Birthday Ring

Who knew a knitted chicken could lay so many eggs! Happy Birthday and Happy Knitting!

Corn Cake Eat