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! ๐Ÿ™‚ (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.

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Diapering Dilemma

I have never had two kids in diapers at the same time. Well, that is mostly true. The Boy was potty trained two months before the Dancing Queen was born, but regressed for a month (a new baby and moving to the other side of the world within two months – what did I expect?). Even though my kids have been spaced fairly closely, two to three years apart, I am thankful that I have always been able to potty train the “old” baby before the “new” baby came along.

So, when I found out that baby number six was on it’s way, I took a long look at the Munchkin. Then I sighed deeply. I don’t feel like potty training. I don’t want to potty train. I don’t like to potty train. ย That is when my old friend, Procrastination, showed up. I started saying things like, “Next month, we will start” and “Soon I will order that little potty” and “Gotta get you potty trained soon, Girlie”.

But, I haven’t lifted a finger. Granted, I have been busy, what with puking my guts out, Christmas time, out of town guests, and birthdays… but those are all really just excuses that good ole’ Procratination keeps providing for me.

You know, I think I could be okay with all of this if she wasn’t growing. You see, she grew out of all of her wool soakers while I was sick. The Man put her in disposables (yuck!) to make it easier on the big girls who were doing all the diaper changing. Then, when I started feeling better, none of her soakers fit – besides the fact that they were all shorties and it is now winter.

Have you ever knit toddler size longies? They are eternal. ETERNAL. Which is weird, because they are still small compared with the other things that I have been knitting. But, they are also boring, and necessary, and must be done quickly. Sigh.

So, last week, I sucked it up and started knitting them. Who am I kidding? I am not going to start potty training anytime soon. I hate (and cannot afford) disposables, and I will be so glad to have new longies to put on my little Girlie.

Boring to knit, perhaps, but way cute! These are heavily modified Picky Pants. (Ravelry Project page)

And then there are these:

Picky Pants agian, but not as modified. (Ravelry Project Page) These are big – three whole balls of Wool of the Andes, or 330 yards (having have always potty trained at this age, this is the first time I have knit toddler size longies, so I am flabbergasted at how much wool it took)!

Diapering dilemma solved – sort of.

For the first time, I will have two babies in diapers at the same time. I think that I am okay with that.

But, you might check back later to watch the total melt down… should be entertaining. ๐Ÿ™‚

Diapering Chloe

When I got pregnant with Chloe, I thought to myself, “Self, you really should make new diapers for this new baby. Emma’s diapers are old and used.” And, I agreed with myself. I even bought fabric for the new diapers. And, if I remember right, I did make newborn sized diapers. But, I got busy and Emma’s diapers really weren’t all that bad, so I put it off. Until now. Well, until last week, when I was hanging out those old diapers and I realized that there were more holes than diapers!

So, yesterday, I began cutting, assembling and sewing a new set of diapers for Chloe. I was pleased to find that I had some already cut out, and further pleased to find that most of the fabric was girly.

I had lots of help. From the kids who “helped use up the scraps” making wash cloths for their dolls, to the lap warmer who watched intently as I sewed.

She was so cute, I couldn’t bear to put her down, even though she made it really hard to sew!

Some thoughts on this project –

There is a reason I have chosen knitting as my hobby. Sewing is loud, messy and tons of work. It is also a commitment. I turn into some crazy sewing fiend once I get it all set up. “I must sew everything that needs to be sewn right now while I have the machine out!” Where as, when knitting, I can set it down and live normally when ever it is required of me to do so.

I used to balk at the high prices of cloth diapers. When I was buying them I spent between $6 and $12 per diaper, depending on brand and style. That seemed to me to be a high price to pay for something that absorbs urine. However, once I started making my own, I totally changed my mind.

Tons of work aside, I still love making and using cloth diapers. I love the way they look on the changing table. I love hanging them on the line to dry. I love knitting the little covers with beautiful wool yarns.

And, I love putting them on my little girl. I feel like a good mom, like I am doing something right.