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My camera was very opposed to this exact color of red. I had to mess around with the saturation a little; hopefully it looks close to right. Anyway… Yay! I have finally seen for myself what this Wollmeise craze is all about. I have to say, I don’t really understand it. It’s nice yarn, but I definitely still like Cherry Tree Hill Supersock the best. It’s been my favorite sock yarn for a very long time.
There is also a new nightgown for Edda. I used this pattern, but left out the sleeve elastic. The fabric was some kind of stretch knit material that I found in my mom’s fabric bin. She’s wearing a 5T in this dress now! That’s the largest size. She has had so many of these dresses in the last 3 and a half years… It’s sad that we’ll have to move on to a more “big girl” style.
She had to take a milk break halfway through our photo shoot.
Maybe a new purse is in order. You know, now that she’s a big girl and all.
I’ve also been working on a new winter sweater for Walter. It’s almost done!
(Edited to add: I found out that there are more sizes for the “sweet little dress” patttern now! That makes things a little emotionally easier for me.)
Click to download! Also available on my “Free Patterns” page.
I started a pair of purple variegated socks using a pattern called “Scylla.” I have no idea how to pronounce it as I’ve been too lazy to look it up on wikipedia.
Anyway, the pattern is super-addictive and really easy to remember. I love it. I keep thinking “Ok, I really have to get up now and do _____ riiiight after I finish this one section….” I could barely tear myself away long enough to take a photo and post it here.
The yarn is Knit Picks Stroll Multi in “Pansy,” a good, sturdy comfy standby of a yarn. I keep some in my stash at all times.
I have been making these lovely socks (a Christmas present for someone whose name shall not be revealed) for some time now. They have been my “waiting socks,” the ones I knit when I just need something to do with my hands. The pattern is “Mock Croc Socks” from Knitpicks. I’ve made it once before and it’s great.
So, anyway, I had this strange dream last night that was about to start turning the heel on the second sock when I had to set it down for a minute. While I was gone, some stranger walked up and CUT the foot off the first sock, leaving just the cuff. Needless to say, I was infuriated and spent the rest of the dream hunting the evil person that destroyed my sock. When I awoke I was still kind of mad. But the socks are safe and all is well.
Some other goings-on around here (click for the bigger size):
Baby knitting for the new baby… You can tell I’m hoping for a boy!
Easter knitting for Edda
Doughnut making (and eating, let’s not forget eating. mmmmm.)
Whew. I think I covered most of it. There’s been sewing, but I’ll have to show that off later. I hope you all had a lovely Easter! I know we did. (Although my crazy brain and me forgot to take a picture of Edda in her Easter dress that my mom lovingly sewed for her!)
Next time, recipes!
I’m actually separated from the computer from which I usually do all my blogging, so I can’t post any photos. The lack of posts is not an indicator of lack of knitting, however. I have been knitting up a veritable storm, but sort of secretly. As soon as I can get to my photos, I will begin to share some of my goings-on with you.
Hey, I do have a few photos on flickr that I forgot about:
some homemade jam and a ballband dishcloth as a birthday gift for my grandmother
and some lovely, delicious socks for myself.
Meet my new excuse for never blogging anymore. She’s sweet, but she keeps me busy! When I get a spare moment, blogging is just not that high on my list. I would rather just knit. My knitting has been pretty boring to blog about anyway, since my sleep-deprived brain can only handle very simple things right now. I did finish a pair of purple socks for my mom that have been hanging around for months. I also started working on a blankie for a friend’s baby. I’m not sure if she reads this blog, so I won’t get into specifics. It’s on ravelry, if you’re interested. The yarn I’m using is Knit Picks “Comfy Sport.” I highly recommend it. It’s very soft and not very splitty. The colors are lovely, too.
I made some “Christine’s Baby Booties” for Edda out of some leftover cherry tree hill sock yarn and they have been the best ever at keeping her feet warm. She can wiggle her way out of any sock or bootie on the planet except these. If you ever make them, don’t leave out the tie. The tie is the key to the staying-on-ness. They look pretty darn cute, too!
Here are some recent photos of Edda in handknits:
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’ve been sewing a lot recently. A few weeks ago all the flannel at Hancock Fabrics was 50% off so I bought some.
And I made…. burp cloths. Glamorous, I know. They are really cute burp cloths, though. I wanted to practice sewing and I thought they would be an easy practice project. (Those are tiny, cute mushrooms on the printed flannel!)
My stomach has reached a most uncomfortably large size. I’m really ready to have the baby now. Fortunately, the end is near: my due date is Monday. It can’t be long now. I’ve found that it is really hard to take a decent picture of one’s stomach that is isn’t terribly embarassing, but I want to document it so I won’t forget. I’m not sure if i’ll believe it was actually as big as it is after it is gone… This picture is sort of ok, but I’m still only posting the smaller size.
Not much going on knitting-wise except a pair of socks in panda cotton. I thought I would hate the yarn as it is a cotton-based sock yarn and I vowed never to knit with one of those, but I’m actually enjoying it a lot! I think the elastic in the yarn makes all the difference in the world. Maybe they won’t be so warm that I can only wear them in the dead of winter… South Carolina needs to be a little bit colder.