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I had the great idea to use my waterproof heating pad to accelerate the drying of some felted slippers I made made for Edda.
But there is one member of our family that cannot leave a warm heating pad alone.
And this is his disappointed “you mean I’m not allowed to sleep on it?” face.
The slippers are from the pattern “Crocheted Felt Slippers for Children #CH-32” from Fiber trends. I’m in the process of sewing some handmade leather soles on them so she can wear them. Photos of that to come (I hope.) The pink yarn that is threaded through the holes in the top of the slipper is temporary; it was only there to keep the holes from closing up during felting. It has since been replaced by cute, crocheted ties in matching wool yarn.
Unrelated note: today is my due date! But no baby has arrived yet… I feel like it will be soon, but then what does that mean?
So… I got the coolest book: Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day. It’s really a neat approach to bread making and so far it has worked well. I baked my first loaf yesterday.
The baking part of the process requires that you heat a pan of water in the oven along with your pizza stone on which you’re going to bake the bread. I put a fairly sturdy glass tart pan with about 1.5 cups of water in it into the oven along with the pizza stone and heated the oven to 450 degrees. When the oven had heated up, I decided to check and make sure that there was still enough water in the dish. I pulled the rack out…. and the dish EXPLODED. I don’t mean it broke and fell apart, it really blew up all over the place and scared me to death. Water went all over… glass all over…. huge mess….. etc. I still baked some bread, though, and it was great.
Later on, I washed our bed sheets. I do that fairly frequently with no ill effects. This time, I somehow managed to wrap Ryan’s new book up in the sheets and wash it, too. The book completely dissolved except for the plastic laminating sheets from the front and back covers and the spine with a chunk of wet paper stuck to it. I felt so bad telling him about it… he had been eagerly awaiting its arrival from Amazon and had barely begun reading it.
After all this, I realized that little Edda had come down with an ear infection (Actually, I suspected but wasn’t sure. A trip to the doc this morning confirmed that she has indeed gotten her first ear infection.) I seems that these things really do happen in threes. I’m a little nervous about today as when we got home from the doctor’s office and picking up Edda’s prescription, I discovered that Oliver had had explosive diarrhea in his crate. (We have to crate him when we leave the house because he gets nutty and destroys stuff.) If ya’ll think about it, pray for me today….
Sorry, this wasn’t mean to be such a whiney post. I’m actually in a pretty good mood in spite of it all. It sorta feels like I’m in some kid of comedy movie…. I’m just trying to laugh at it. Hey, what else can you do? I finished the sweater I blogged about last time and I’m hoping to post some photos soon. I really love it… it turned out exactly as I had hoped it would!
It’s true! I have been knitting a whole lot these days. I just don’t seem to finish anything. In spite of this phenomenon, I do have two projects to present to you.
The new baby’s Christmas stocking (unblocked still). I had so much leftover Plymouth Encore from all the other stockings I’ve made that I was able to make this one entirely from scraps.
Edda’s winter sweater in Patons Classic Wool (Aran Tweed) using the Knitting Pure and Simple pattern #214 (baby pullover).
The sweater has been completed since yesterday when I took the photo but I haven’t had a chance to take a new photo. Edda was very excited when I showed it to her “all done” and wanted to wear it right away. Sorry, little bear, it’s just too hot for a wool sweater right now.
Edda’s language skills are growing in leaps and bounds these days… much like her feet. I’ve bought three pairs of shoes for her this summer. Just for grins, because I have lots of them, here’s a photo of Edda and Oliver snuggling on the couch watching Winnie the Pooh.
I’ve been making things that I can’t blog about recently, hence the lack of new posts. I’ve been making them really slowly because I’m busy and knitting time is scarce. But soon I will be finished and the blogging can commence!
We are going to have an ultrasound in one week to find out if we are having a boy or a girl. I had really better finish this Christmas knitting because as soon as I know what colors to use I’m going to be knitting up a storm of baby things!
Until next time, I leave you a photo of Oliver digging that I find very cute.
…To bring you summery weather!
I’m actually still knitting, but not much because there’s a lot of outside fun to be had around here. I couldn’t resist snapping some photos of this cuteness. The bandana is to keep her little scalp from getting burned because her hair is still a bit too thin to protect it.
There hasn’t been a ton of knitting going on during the last two weeks. Actually, there hasn’t been much of anything going on besides lots of diaper changing and nursing and lying around dazed and exhausted. In spite of all the trouble, I’m finding motherhood extremely exhilarating. I think my baby is the loveliest ever. Pardon me while a share a few of my favorite photos.
Edda and Oliver having some bonding time.
Edda wearing her socks that I made.
Edda and her daddy taking a nap after we came home from the hospital.
Edda wearing her viking hat.
Napping with the cozy pinwheel blanket. (That has been the most-used FO so far!)
Ok. Sorry for the picture overload… We’ve pretty much been taking pictures continuously since the birth. Edda was born on Thursday, January 22nd after a grueling 25 and a half hours of labor. We had decided to have a natural birth, but after 20 hours or so, I started having serious second thoughts about that decision. Fortunately Ryan, my Mom and my labor coach were there to help me get through the last five hours without getting an epidural. I’m really glad I stuck with my decision. Even though it was the hardest thing I’ve ever done, I wouldn’t change it. Ryan was really awesome through the whole thing and I feel like the experience really brought us closer together. Tomorrow Edda will be two weeks old and I’m feeling almost back to normal. (except for some unfortunate stitches. ugh.) She is such a little bundle of cuteness.
As far as knitting goes, I finished some ankle socks in Panda Cotton (Trail Mix colorway) and I’m now working on some socks in a turquoise, brown and gray colorway of Austermann Step. I also made a pair of fingerless mittens for my sister, Olivia.
Next time I post I will hopefully have some sewing to show off! I turned 21 on January 29th and I bought a cool new sewing book with some birthday money. (This book. It is very inspiring.)
I finally finished the pinwheel baby blanket that I’ve been working on FOREVER. It got so huge near the end that I was having to pull and tug it around the cable. (ugh) It was so worth the trouble, though, because it is soo snuggly and warm and cute. It’s the perfect newborn size, too! I used Knit Picks’ Swish DK and a size 4 needle.
Sorry the light is sorta bad in this picture. I have yet to block it and take a proper photo.
I also finished some of my secret Christmas knitting. (ravelry link) The recipient doesn’t have ravelry (non-knitter *sigh*) so I feel safe including the link. I also finished two more Christmas stockings. (Yes, I’ve been knitting a lot more than I should. My homework suffers.)
There’s a ton of wip’s going on right now, too, but I don’t feel like blogging about all that right now. I do want to be better about updating this blog in the future, though.
I haven’t been so good about blogging lately. This is likely because I have been very absorbed in some Top Secret Christmas Knitting. I could probably post about it here, but I’m a bit nervous about it since I think the recipients know about this blog. (Not sure if they read it, though. Hm.) You guys that have ravelry can see what I’m talking about in my projects.
His name is Oliver and he is a miniature dachshund. He keeps my lap cozy while I knit.
You may be wondering what happened to my kitten that I mentioned before. Well….. Milo didn’t exactly work out for us. We discovered that we are both allergic. In addition, he was about give Ritz a nervous breakdown from the constant teasing. My parents took Milo back and he lives quite happily on their farm as an outside cat. I think Ryan and I will always be “dog people.”
One more thing before I go: tomorrow we are supposed to find out the sex of our baby. I’m so excited I can’t stand it! (by the way, they told me my due date is January 12th instead of sometime in February like we thought.)