Kindergarten Powerband

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I cried myself to sleep last night, you know that silent cry, so not even your husband knows you are crying? I didn't think that would happen this time around, but who was I kidding, really? I never have dry eyes through a parent teacher conference, I never have dry eyes through a choir concert, hell I barely have dry eyes through dinner most nights, so when I thought I was unaffected by my baby starting Kindergarten today I was really just kidding myself. He didn't know I was sad, nor will he know tomorrow when I don't even get to go inside the school with him. I got teary leaving Simon in his 3rd grade classroom and he barely even wanted me to set foot in the door with him.

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We sprinkled magic dust under his pillow last night to help him peacefully sleep. I always check on my kids before bed, but there was something "right of passage y" about last night. Tomorrow will be the first full day elementary school for both of my kids - under the same roof - without me. They've grown into kids, officially. I know I'll enjoy the change, just as soon as the newness wears off. I feel comforted knowing they are together at school, even if they don't see one another throughout the entire day. I'm comforted knowing they'll watch out for each other on the bus ride home tomorrow afternoon.

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When Simon started Kindergarten he needed a little bit of extra love through the day, or a reminder that I was with him, even when I wasn't right there. My heart was still with him. I stitched up a little cloth heart and we pinned it inside his pants each morning before school, until he didn't need it anymore. My heart wasn't really mine anymore after he was born.

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And I wouldn't have it any other way.

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To make the power band I used Shepard's Wool Yarn, which is probably my favorite yarn ever. I used size 8 dpns. I cast on 32 stitches and passed 8 onto each needle. I k2, p2 the entire way around - changing colors for the different powers that needed to be incorporated into the band and did 3 rows of each color combo. Ta Da - it was done and I am going to be happy to wear it just as soon as Gus doesn't need it anymore.

Baby En Route

I convinced my sister at 41 weeks (today) to drink some castor oil (in hind sight I don't think it took much convincing). She is probably checked into the hospital right now. I got a text about an hour ago saying they were on their way. I texted her 2 hours ago and said "Sup?" and she replied with "Not good" about 5 minutes later. I wasn't sure what that meant but I found out 15 minutes later they were heading to the hospital.

The hugest part of me wishes I wasn't 1300 miles away right now. I get the amazing experience of being present for many births in Montana but seriously debated trying to doula for my sister in spite of our distance. I tried to be there for Clara's birth and that didn't pan out quite as I'd hoped, so I think I learned my lesson. The catch(es) is/are that I have another sister (in-law) in Missoula that is due the 25th of October and I have 2 little boys in school and a husband with a sporadic work schedule. I couldn't really leave my world for an undetermined amount of time to go to my sister's world to be at her birth, even though at this hour after a few glasses of wine my heart is telling me that was a bad decision. I realize she is in good hands and she is made up of the same bits I am so she'll be just fine and probably can feel my love from afar? I hope.

Blanket Bundle

To tie it all in - I've spent the last month dreaming about baby William's arrival and wondering how his story will unfold whilst knitting and knitting and knitting him a precious blanket. Back in the summer Melissa picked out the yarn and held it in her sweet pregnant lap. That lap is not the same size it was then, and that baby is not probably quite as cozy as he was this afternoon. Hopefully his blanket can keep him warm as the fall creeps in.

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Work in Progress

I used a pattern I found called the Forever Baby Blanket and I found out as I neared completion that another Mama I am doula(ing) for is knitting the exact same blanket for her baby due in February. I used Spud and Chloe sweater yarn in place of the yarn the pattern recommended. This particular yarn is a wool/cotton blend and delicious to work with. I used size 8 needles a bit different than the pattern but good for my yarn selection and circular needles as the pattern calls for. I got one skein of yarn that was a different brand (without knowing) and had to order more - this time I chose to order from Jimmy Bean's Wool and I love the outcome of that decision. I loved my experience and would recommend it to anyone that might be wondering where to order yarn from. I got a free pattern when I ordered and got free shipping on my next order.

Back to that blanket...

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I love how simple the pattern is:

Row 1: K3, *sl 1 wyif, k3, repeat from * to end of row.

Row 2: K1, *sl 1 wyif, k3, repeat from * to last 2 stitches, sl 1 wyif, k1.

And that is basically it. Over the course of the last month I took this blanket with me to Simon's second grade orientation, watched/helped Gus learn to ride a two-wheel bike, sat on the front porch swinging chair and watched fall come, watched storms roll in, watched the wind blow, went to prenatals, watched about 8 horror movies (it is horror movie month at our house), hung out with baby Sloane, spent hours talking to family on our regular Friday night family night, knit on the beach in the sunshine, all the while wondering about William (Baby Bill).


William Jeffery is here! He came while I puttered away on the keys. I will probably just post some photos and call it a night.

Just got this photo to 'send out to the world'.

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Happy Birthday Baby Will - born on the sweetest Great Grandma's birthday on earth. That will make Grandma Eleanor smile!

The kicker is the blanket arrived today on their doorstep. Maybe he really was waiting for his blanket from his Auntie.

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.

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Happy Holidays! Happy Knitting!

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Hat Brim

Gone are the days of me apologizing for how long it has been since my last blog post. I just decided I don't need to start each post off by apologizing. And, I'm not going to apologize for making hat after hat after hat after hat, because I like making hats. I definitely am going to dabble in some other projects this fall/winter, but hats are the "gift" of the year (or possibly several years). If you are special to me, and you haven't gotten a knitted hat yet, you can probably expect one at some point in your life. Don't hold your breath, and you can pretend to be surprised when you get it, and maybe you honestly will be, since the majority of you aren't reading "Mama Loves Knitting" in your spare time, someday you will (might) be gifted a hat.

Knitting Bud Lollipop

So, we traveled a LOT this summer. I know the last post was a knitting sesh on my lap and I was torn between knitting and reading the novel that everyone and their grandmother read over the course of the past year. The novel won, but I finally finished the hat (photos coming soonish hopefully modeled on the head of the recipient), so the next trip we took was to my little brother's wedding in Indianapolis. The knitting was the easier option since we had our kids along for the ride(s), no reading could be accomplished, well with the exception of My Father's Dragon which might be the best book ever (to read to your 6 year old).

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My family and I made my brother and his wife a pretty amazing quilt for their wedding gift, so...

Mitch's Quilt

I wasn't sure I needed to get another gift, so I decided I'd KNIT SOME HATS for them. Mitchell told me he didn't have a favorite color, which works out swimmingly for the above pictured quilt that he was the recipient of, but didn't work out so well when I was attempting to choose a couple of Shepherd's Wool colors at Joseph's Coat the day before we flew away from Missoula. He did tell me that Megan (his bride) likes greens and blues so I chose two colors that I thought looked fun together and I've been wanting to keep that ribbed hat for myself ever since I started it.

I plugged away on the plane after starting at least 3 times from the beginning because I cannot count when I sit next to my three year old. I plugged away while we sat in our big house surrounded by my family and all kinds of cozy. I didn't knit as much as I thought I might, as euchre was much more important, but I got a good start on Megan's hat.

Simon Spelling Spelling/Knitting

I plugged away on the way home whilst Simon spelled. This Mama Knitted! And since I got home from our trip, I've finished that hat and started Mitchell's that will be Ivory and Christmas Red Shepard's Wool, I guess you get the colors of your Alma Mater if you don't specify a fave. I am using size 8 circular needles, 16". For Megan's hat I cast on more stitches than I did for the boys' ribbed hats, even though now that I think about it, her head is probably not any bigger than Simon's melon. I cast on 80 stitches for Simon and Gus and for Megan I did 96, I think? And, I did a horrible job of decreasing up top, I'm a little bit out of practice. Don't worry though I'll be back in the swing soon.

I've also been plugging away on that sweater. I re-fell in love with that project last night while watching a movie. I also discovered while knitting Megan's hat that I can knit and watch a sub-titled movie, yep, pretty bad-ass, for a rookie. It is true that knitting is much more desirable when the weather gets colder. I have a lot of projects up my sleeve now I just need some cold weather and movies, with or without subtitles.