The Boy Helps Prepare for The Baby

The bassinet is (finally) ready for the Baby, thanks to The Boy.

This boy is so handy to have around.

We worked together, but he did all the lifting, squatting and other hard-to-do-when-your-belly-is-the-size-of-a-watermelon type of activities.

When we were done, I bragged on him like crazy (you know, like I am doing right now…)

And, now, all we need is a woolie and we are set.

Oh, dear! What am I going to do for the next two or three weeks?

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This Moment – Photo Shoot

A Friday ritual inspired by SouleMama. A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.

Except this time I am gonna cheat, use some words, and share three pictures. 

The Dancing Queen wanted to help me photograph my February Sweater for the blog earlier this week. Then the Princess wanted to hang on me a bit. So, here are my favorites from that photo shoot with my little girls.

Happy Weekending!

More Befitting Knitting…

… for a woman of my gestational status.

Newborn soakers loosely based on the Picky Pants pattern
from the top: mystery brown yarn (must have some alpaca in it); KnitPicks Merino Style Hawk; KnitPicks Merino Style Hollyberry; Miss Priss Mary Walker Phillips

See that last one? Recognize the lovely yarn?

I love it even more now that it did that beautiful stripey thing on this pair of soakers! 🙂 (I don’t know why the drawstring is off center except to say that I finished these very late last night…)

It really is a mystery why I put off knitting newborn soakers. They are easy, super-fast, instant gratification projects.

Now, I should be set as far as newborn goes, especially if this baby is a girl. Look what I saved from the Munchkin’s newborn days:

Now I guess I will start knitting smalls. Or finish another WIP. (Hey! I am down to five!) We shall see what mood hits me the next time I sit down to knit.

Be Prepared

Ever find yourself in a situation like this?

There you sit, comfortable and happy, in your favorite chair, or curled up on the couch, or perhaps outside enjoying the spring sunshine. You are knitting away on some wooly goodness, when you realize that you need to measure your work, but where did you leave that measuring tape? There might be one in the couch… or on the night stand… or under the kitchen table…. or perhaps the kids have them all upstairs in their toy boxes… Alas, you know not where.

Then you realize further that even if you can, indeed, find a measuring tape it could conceivably lead to a search for scissors, or a needle, or maybe some stitch markers….

That is when you decide that you really are very comfortable. So, instead of getting up and turning the house upside-down to find the needed items, you quietly set your knitting aside,  loosing valuable knitting time as you sit comfortably with idle hands.

This happens to me. All. The. Time.

So, I decided to get organized. I decided it was time to be prepared.

I spent a few months collecting various things and throwing them into a drawer. The plan was to make some notions pouches to match the project bags I made recently. However, since I would rather knit than sew, those pouches still aren’t made and I am finding myself wishing I would just get it together, pouches or no.

Here is what I accomplished, once I gave up on the matching pouches dream (one kit is in a ziplock bag for now).

There are five kits and each contains:

  • scissors
  • tape measure
  • tapestry needles in at least 3 sizes
  • stitch markers – brass rings, locking and a couple of fun/fancy ones
  • pen and post-it notes
  • safety pins
  • stitch holder (or extra large safety pin)
  • row counter
  • crochet hook

So, now, when I am ready to cast on a new project, I choose a bag, toss in needles, pattern and yarn. Then I grab a notions kit and I can sit anywhere I want and knit indefinitely without having to get up and search for a stitch marker.

Five kits. Hmmmm. I probably need to make a few more. When was the last time I only had five WIPs? 

A February Sweater in May

Here it is – the February Fitted Sweater in Miss Priss Mary Walker Phillips

It is obviously not a maternity sweater, but by the time it is cold enough to wear it, I won’t be “maternity” any more…

I love the way the colors worked out. In less light, it almost looks black, but in the sun the colors just pop out.

Maternity or no, it is so cozy!

Three things about this sweater

1. The swatch lied – it did not grow when blocked. The sweater, however, did grow. Big. Good thing I am a big woman.

2. This yarn is scrumptious. It is everything a yarn should be – soft, squishy, bouncy, cozy, beautiful and wooly. I love, love, love this yarn. Plus, because it comes in such generous skeins, I was able to make this sweater with less than 4 balls! That means this sweater cost me less than $72 to knit. Amazing. And, it gets better. I bought 6 thinking I would need 6…. So I have over 2 skeins of this lovely, fabulous yarn still in the stash. Wooohoo!

3. This pattern, while easy to memorize and theoretically a “quick knit”, was a little confusing, and then plain boring. I wouldn’t knit it again… but I sure do look forward to wearing this beautiful sweater next winter. I have a feeling it will be one of my favorites. 🙂

Oh, and did I say that I love this yarn?

More details and info on my Ravelry project page.