June 01, 2010


Today was our baby's three month birthday.
Which means we made her a year ago, tee hee.
This year I made socks instead of a baby...

Or did I...

I do find myself often thinking that I'd like to just go ahead and aim for the second one now, to get all the infant years done at once.  If life starts to get too cushy, I am not sure I'll want to go back to the beginning.

But I'm also not sure I want to take care of a baby while I'm pregnant.

I'm definitely sure that I don't have much say in the matter though, and we'll flip another heads whenever a heads comes along...

In the meantime, making us matching socks keeps me happy.

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March 11, 2010

20,000 LEAGUES!

Nearly three years ago, I had the idea to take this photo.  I finally got to take it...and Baby couldn't have posed better if she were an actor!  Well done, Baby.  Way to make Mommy's dreams come true.

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January 17, 2010


I honestly used to think that knitting was the perfect activity for being pregnant.  I imagined resting my hands on my belly and having a nice little shelf to work on.

Yeah, not so much.

I can't really sit up straight anymore without the baby shoving upwards into my lungs, or getting heartburn, or just feeling like I'm being scrunched to death.  I can't find a good position for knitting.

Crochet works though, since it's one-handed and I can kinda do it in a Cleopatra side-lying pose.  So when I have the energy for anything, it's mostly been crochet.

I wanted to make a pig.  I found the perfect cute pattern.  I started said pig and discovered he was gonna be about as big as a tennis ball.  Cute, but not really what I envisioned for my child to cuddle.  I want to try to size him up with some really fat yarn and see if that works.

I also managed to finally finish some lapghans I started ages ago for the VA hospital.  My crafting group teased me because every week I would show up, not having made any progress since the week before.  Slow going, but they're done, and just in time.

The second one is a lovely pattern found here.

I've also worked on some gifts for other people, but those can't be revealed until later...

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December 13, 2009


I finally started having the energy to hold needles for longer than 20 minutes, so I finished three baby sweaters for my very own baby recently.  This is my favorite one:

And I know I swore that I wasn't going to do any knitting for anyone else's babies once I was concentrating on my own, but I can't stick with that and have a few things up my sleeve for two other gals.

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September 30, 2009


I was so touched to see that WifeUnit and her husband brought the little ewok I made to watch over their new son in the hospital.  And that the ewok donned a hazmat suit to join baby in his incubator.

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September 29, 2009


I got my first homemade baby gift the other day.  The Girl made an adorable baby sweater, one with a kangaroo pouch!  So cute.  And right around the same day, MaryIndiana sent a little kangaroo.  And, voila...

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September 14, 2009


I can finally post a photo of a recent baby gift.  WifeUnit's husband is a Star Wars nut, and I have decided that I really get a kick out of making baby presents that are geared towards the dads.  So when I learned they were having another baby, I went searching teh internets for a good pattern.

I'm a novice crocheter, but Lucy's pattern wasn't too hard to follow.  I just had a hard time with the face fur: I made two heads and a couple different faces until I got the one I liked.

Maybe when the kid is older...this hat?

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July 29, 2009


If I had the energy, I'd be knitting my kid a kangaroo to go with the rest of the menagerie.

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July 20, 2009


Stacy commissioned a baby blanket for her son a while back, and she put up pics of him with it.  I sure hope he likes it!  It looked so small while I was making it and so big now next to a little boy...

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July 03, 2009


My local crafting group has been making patriotic lapghans for the VA hospital.  These are my contributions.

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May 27, 2009


I realized my dream job yesterday.  The yarn section at my work just got renovated, so I was hanging new signs, project sheets, and yarn swatches.  Hanging in front of the yarn is a sample of knitting so that customers can test what the yarn looks and feels like, something like this:

I had the thought that someone has to make all these little 4"x4" samples.  How fun would that be?  Dream job.

(I realize they're probably made by machine.  Humor me here.)

I also realized that my dream job is decidedly NOT to take all those little squares and sew them together into a big blanket.

Last November, our store collected rectangles for Warm-Up America.  It was then my job to single crochet all 56 rectangles together.  It took me forever to find the motivation, but the final product is pretty neat.

But definitely not my dream job.  I'll make the squares all day long, but someone else can do the finishing.

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April 27, 2009


When I visited CaliValleyGirl, we discovered that we both love peas.  Neither of us knew this about the other before.  So when I found this pattern, I just had to make them for her.

She said her son loves playing with them.  I think they turned out really cute.

(And learning this new blog system is gonna be the death of me.  It took me forever to figure out how to upload this pic.)

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March 23, 2009


This bag has been sitting handle-less for, oh, two years. I finally sewed the handles on today.


Made with Patons SWS from this pattern.

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March 18, 2009


The Unliberaled Woman commissioned a baby sweater for her niece. I used the Bernat Baby Jacquards yarn and think it ended up pretty cute. And, to toot my own horn, look at how well the patterns on the two fronts match up!


And then she paid me an outrageous sum of money for the little sweater, which was super nice. I want her to hire me to knit for her whole family; she pays way better than my current job.

Check out her blog, whydonjcha. She's feisty.

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February 28, 2009


Remember the gender-less baby I was knitting for? The sweater and blanket got finished and delivered.


The buttons are little puppy faces. I think it turned out really cute.

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January 22, 2009


In knitting news, I have been shirking my vow to knit two rows per day on the aran. I am still working on the second sock. I have been commissioned to make a baby sweater for a friend. I am making a child's chemo cap, which is horribly depressing.

But I want to push everything aside and start on this immediately.


I am in love with that sweater.

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January 16, 2009



Sock knitters will notice that the colorways on the two socks match up exactly, which gives me so much joy.

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January 08, 2009


OK, so here's where knitting and government meet:

The new Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act – passed hastily to bar poisonous foreign products – also will require millions of American homecrafters to have each of their products tested at huge cost, ranging from $500 to $4000 per product – including their old stock which was manufactured before this law had even been thought up.

So government tried to do a good thing by banning lead toys from China and those beads that turned into the date-rape drug. But they derp-ed it up and forgot to exclude those of us who make baby things from home.

We in the group I belong to are unsure how this affects us. We do not receive monetary donations and we do not sell our items. But we better not be legally barred from making our preemie donations to the local hospitals because of some stupidly worded law. And I don't want people selling on Etsy or Ebay to be affected either.

Kuhr says all the homecrafters of the US 'will become criminals from February 10 if they continue to sell their homemade stock without the required certificate of compliance to prove that it had been tested for dangerous contents such as lead'.

From now on, while I'm knitting my preemie caps, I will be saying in a Beavis voice, "Breakin' the law, breakin' the law."

But seriously folks, we're running out of time before the law takes effect. I plan to make a complaint, and if you are a crafter, I would urge you to do the same.

Formal complaints against this act must be lodged before January 20 2009 Comments must be labeled: Section 102 Mandatory Third-Party Testing of Component Parts'. Lodge complaints to email Sec102ComponentPartsTesting@cpsc.gov

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January 07, 2009


I'm getting better at the aran pattern; at this point, I am even able to listen to music and sing along whilst knitting. No TV though. But tomorrow night is the Fedex Bowl, and I think I can aran during football.


Don't worry; 2009 won't only be knitblogging.

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January 01, 2009


Some more photos of recent projects. These are some of the little mitten ornaments I made this year. These two were for The Girl, who was the one who sent me that awesome bracelet, and my mother.


And these are juggling balls I made for my friend. I love how they turned out. Who woulda thought of writing a pattern for juggling balls?


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