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

 

 

 

New Baby Blanket

Baby Belly

I went into Joseph's Coat, in search of some washable wool - soft enough to be a baby blanket. I had a pattern in mind. I'm not following it exactly, just loosely.  I am knitting every row, to get a beautifully simple garter stitch, and I love how the blanket is turning out. I just visited the Purl Bee and strangely enough this very pattern (in a kit) is featured right now. I wish I could afford one of these kits, but I had to write my own adventure. I bet that Alchemy yarn is completely amazing! I chose something washable (for Mama Lexie's sake) and still soft enough for snuggles and wool for warmth and because I simply love wool. I have always been drawn to natural fibers, but after only a year of knitting I definitely prefer wool over any other fiber. There are some amazing bamboo yarns I've worked with and some blends that I like but if I can get wool, that's what I'm gettin'.

Blue Cascade Yarn

The yarn I chose is just a simple 100% Superwash wool made by Cascade Yarns. In one delightful ball you get 100 grams/3.5 oz. The suggested needle size is a 7. I've been using my dice needles that I got on our incredible beach vacation this past summer, they are actually a size 8. The yarn is made in Peru and really easy/pleasing to work with. I am loving how the blanket is turning out. I don't want to post too many photos of it, as I'd like to reveal the finished product when I'm completely done, with a sweet baby girl wrapped in it. Could be any day now, and that blanket is far from finished! Mama's got her work cut out for her. Somehow I'll squeeze it in with all of the other projects in my pot.

Dice Needles Pumpkin Color

Happy Holidays! Happy Knitting!

Neck Warmer for Granny

Granny's Neck Warmer

So my Grandma turned 85 a couple of weeks ago and although I didn't get that gift mailed in time for her birthday, I wanted to make her something, it was simple and quick but functional and I'm pretty sure I need to make one for myself when the knitting deadlines end. I give myself these crazy deadlines and make knitting feel like a chore rather than fun.

I have several projects started and they are for special (patient) people in my life, and I've even stooped so low as giving my sister-in-law an unfinished gift for her birthday. I had a few other tokens to share with her, but then I put a hat that I started for her with the two yarn cakes right in the gift bag. She asked me "Are you going to teach me to knit?" Nope I just haven't finished your gift, sorry. Tacky? Maybe a little bit. She knows I mean well though, I hope. And, she will get her cap before the snow flies, I think.

I had a skein of Lion Brand Wool Blend Super Chunky Navy Yarn in the good old yarn cubby so I grabbed that for Granny's neck warmer. I have a small collection of buttons, so I ended up finding one that seemed to be a good size and it worked. I love it when that happens. All I did was knit on some gigantic needles size 15 actually - and I took them on the airplane - I wasn't sure that would fly (they won't let you bring a tube of toothpaste on the airplane but I can take metal knitting needles that are the size of my arm on) but I made it through security. It only took me a few flights to finish and I just did a simple garter stitch. Keep it simple sis. I love the way a garter stitch looks anyway, all bumpy and pretty. I don't reckon I even counted when I did my casting on, but I kept right on going until I ran out of yarn and it was the perfect amount. I like making up my own patterns as I go, but I do wish I could read and follow a pattern without a problem. That sweater - oh that sweater.

So I'm off to bed and I'll leave you with a couple more hilarious photos of Granny's neck warmer, (on me - that's not Granny)  it is so awkward to take photos of yourself in a mirror, too bad my three year old can't really use my camera. I already got a sweet thank you from my Grandma and she assured me my gift would keep her Wisconsin-chilled neck warm all winter.

Neck warmer up Neck warmer on mama

Happy Knitting from the dorky Mama!

Fall in the Air

Decrease

So I'm a knitting MACHINE right now. I love it, I'm not doing anything super exciting. Still working on my sweater! My husband asked me last night as I grabbed a new skein of yarn to 'cake up' "What about my pretty sweater?" He was partially being a punk and probably partially wondering when I would be finishing that beast up, it'll be awhile.

Sweater Progress

It still looks like a tiny knit curtain. But it is a really really pretty tiny knit curtain.

I finished up the wedding beanies. I shall send the Wisconsin Badger inspired ribbed hat to Mitchell and the light green and turquoise one to Megan in a little newlywed care package in the morning.

Wisconsin Hat Newlyweds

It is birthday season around here! I sent a hat to my sweet Aunt Karen who just turned 60, which you'd never guess, and she sent me this. Her sweet thank you totally made the hat knit with love worth it! I definitely sent it to the right person.

Thank you

I love this wool yarn rainbow - who doesn't love yarn? and rainbows? Of course since I love that ribbed pattern it is what I do, it is good to do what you love, plus when I'm attempting to knock out a ton of projects I glue myself to simplicity.

Rainbow Hat

The birthday train is still in full force. My mom's birthday present is under construction right now. I've decided to pull out my giant size 15 needles and do a simple garter stitch (co 15) and whip up a quick scarf with some extra chunky wool blend I had stashed away in the yarn cubby.

Garter Scarf Mom's scarf

And finally I recently sent my best friend Nicole a hat that I knit using some yarn I got from Purl Soho, another one I wanted to keep, but of course I have yet to own one of my own hats. This particular hat I cast on 68 stitches and k2 p2 the entire way to the decrease at the top. I used size 10.5 circular needles. Another snug delicious head warmer.

Knit Decrease

Nicola

There is that pretty face I miss so much.

Happy Fall Knitting!