January 13, 2011
January 12, 2011
Meet my new favorite cold weather outfit, the Shroom hat and scarf combo made with 4 skeins of Big Merino from Fleece Artist:
I’ve been wearing these, especially the scarf, a lot already now that the temperature has dropped down to a decent -20 oC. The hat is a pattern from Knitty , Shroom, which I’ve modified a little bit for the different yarn. I’ve achieved the extra slouchiness by increasing 6 stitches after the 4 inches of ribbing, and going up from 5.5 mm needles to 8 mm needles. The hat takes 1 skein, and I used almost 3 skeins in the scarf, which Iwanted to go twice around my neck. It hangs down to the ground on either side when not wrapped up. I used the same stitch pattern as the hat, but knit flat instead of in the round. I pulled each end in by starting and stopping the scarf with 4 rows of ribbing on the 5.5 mm needle. I wanted a ton of fringe, as fringe is really, really awesome, so I made sure to cut all the yarn before finishing the scarf in order to get maximum fringe, and maximum scarf length. Have I mentioned how much I love the scarf? I really wanted a chunky scarf this winter, and I think I pulled it off. Plus I’m really, really warm.
January 8, 2011
I have been working away on other projects, and finishing some as well. I’ve been slow to get photographs of everything, given our limited sunshine, and other obstacles, perceived or real. I did finish up a tam:
This is the butterfly tam pattern from Vogue Knitting Fall 2009 issue. It is not the best match of yarn and pattern, as the beautiful butterfly texture is obscured by the teal and white colours. However this yarn is a mix of mohair and wool, from a local farm and I just love it. Its soft, and yet has such a heavy feel to it, it is simply luxurious. I had looked for the farm this summer at the Stampede, but they weren’t there this year, and their website isn’t very helpful. Sometimes I regret yarn purchases, but when something is as rare and precious as this skein, I don’t regret it at all. I love the dye job, such nice soft colours.
January 5, 2011
I couldn’t sleep on the evening of January 2, and had my first big “holy crap we’re not ready for the baby yet” moment. The next day we got to work and accomplished a lot of the “must do” items like putting together the bags to take to the hospital etc. I also became incredibly anxious that I hadn’t finished off the green layette which is still missing the booties and mitts. I’m happier now the second bootie is almost finished, and then I’ll start on the mitts. Whew, that made me feel much better. I mean, what kind of mother will I be if my little girl has to leave the hospital without booties and mitts to match her bonnet and jacket?
I’m also busy finishing off her sheep outfit (because every little baby needs one obviously) and her little green overalls with feet. Oh the cuteness almost kills me every time I pull these out to work on them.
After these are done the plan is to amuse myself on small items such as little hats, soakers and socks until Baby Girl makes her way into the world! I officially have 3 weeks left, but I don’t think she is going to wait that long. I continue to work, but am taking Wednesdays off now to go to the Doctors and have a nice nap. My thoughts on work belong in a different posting, as while I’m looking forward to taking time off, the first time I’ve taken a huge stretch of time off since I started working at age 15, I’m also very involved with my job right now. So many things are just starting to take off there, and I want to be around to keep them going. I know once I’m home with a new baby I won’t be so worried, but right now it is hard.
January 3, 2011
I’ve gotten a few projects finished, and continue to work on more, both major and minor. I felt like I had a lot of time left, but it seems to have slipped away! Why does that always seem to happen? Finished items:
A Sweet Norwegian hat, a baby surprise jacket, a garter stitch yoke jacket, and a February baby jacket. The latter I had made previously, but got some cute heart buttons on it finally the other day. The garter stitch yoke jacket just has crochet loops for the buttons, I had a small length of yarn left over in which to finish up. I do love the colourway however, it’s so cute.
January 1, 2011
I’ve had a really good year, so many dreams have come true. I’ve also been overwhelmed with gratitude to friends and family for how much we’ve received this year, in love, friendship, advice, and help for the new baby. Calgary is a wonderful city we’ve discovered, filled with people who are more than willing to pass along their baby items they no longer need. It is a huge help for us, who aren’t even sure what we need, and are so grateful to receive items for free, rather than having to buy something Baby Girl will only use for a short time. Buying new items for a baby just doesn’t make much sense to me, except for those few things that absolutely have to be new. We even managed to buy her cloth diapers from the consignment area of a store, and they are perfectly serviceable!
My brother and Sister in law have been particularly generous, giving us a crib, changing table, and so many other items from when their kids were little babies. I really can’t believe they kept so many things, even baby toys. I remember my SIL getting so many of these items at her first baby shower. But she kept an even greater treasure trove, all the little sweaters and outfits made for the girls over the years, including two I made! I’ve got them all hung up in the closet upstairs now, ready to grace another little girl with the love of her Mum, Grandmother, Aunties, and other relatives.
These are the two that I had made, the green one will fit a 1-2 year old, so I hope we get a lot of use out of it either next year or the following winter. The blue one will hopefully be good to use next winter. I love the thought that what I made for my nieces is now going to be used by my daughter.
I feel very lucky, overwhelmed, and grateful for the kindness of family, friends, and friends of friends who have helped out my Baby Girl already.
I’ve got the blacked eyed peas on the stove, getting ready to become some good luck New Years Day Hoppin’ John, some banana pudding being assembled, and a few other dishes that are along the lines of my southern cookin’ theme that I do every time this year. I’ve added in a new one for kicks whose main ingredients are pineapple chunks, cheddar cheese, and ritz crackers. I’m not sure how it’s going to turn out (wonderful or terrible I’m thinking) but I just couldn’t resist its southern charm. Happy New Year to everyone!