Thursday, April 23, 2009  

Knitting? KNITTING!

Thanks to Baby A's habit of cluster-feeding for literally hours at a time, I'm managing to get some knitting done. Specifically, the Rick socks in koigu kpppm. I loved knitting these (even though they were top-down!) and I wore them yesterday. Actually, they aren't my favorite socks to wear - they are a little big around the ankles so they slouch a little bit. It does appear, however, that they don't slouch down into my shoes, so I'm happy. Plus, the fact that I have a pair of socks is a bonus - I just knit these for the entertainment value!

The color in the first picture is a little more true, but Abby couldn't resist a chance to help me model them:

What next? I just placed the order for the yarn for my dad's 2009 christmas fair isle vest, but that won't arrive for a bit (seeing as it's coming from Shetland!), so I've cast on for the Bex socks. I'm still a little skeptical about how they'll fit, but I'm only 6 rows into them, so I can't really judge yet.

So that takes care of the knitting. How's Baby A doing?

She's learning lots of important lessons from Daddy...

... getting all dressed up for Easter Sunday...

... and having a blast in her exersaucer.

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Tuesday, April 14, 2009  

Where Does the Time Go?

I have, indeed, been knitting... but only because Baby A has taken to cluster feeding for several hours each evening. On the one hand, being pinned down on the couch from 6ish-9ish is rather frustrating, and I'm rather tired of eating dinner off of a plate balanced above a nursing baby. On the other hand, she usually makes it until 6 or 7 am ... that's right, SLEEPING THROUGH THE NIGHT!! So in the end, I think the marathon of nursing in the evening is totally worth it!

That's right - knitting... I finished the socks for my neighbor, who promptly went on vacation just before I delivered them. SIGH. She came back yesterday, though, so hopefully I'll run into her soon. These are the Fancy Silk Socks from Knitting Vintage Socks, and they were an entertaining knit. In hindsight, I should have cast on more loosely, but I think they will work. The yarn is some superwash Blue Faced Leicester I originally dyed for S.

After the successful sock knitting adventure, I was at loose ends, as it were... I didn't want to cast on for a big project, because I just didn't have the energy for all of the planning. In fact, I need to get off my butt and start crunching the numbers and ordering the yarn for my dad's 2009 Christmas Fair Isle Vest. Plus, S had treated me to a new sock pattern book that hadn't arrived yet. What to knit?

Bibs, of course!!

Cricket must have been forewarned by her friends... as soon as the bibs came off of the needles, she was nowhere to be found. Luckily, for a chicken strip, Abby is up for any modeling gig! The only change I made to these bibs was to sew velcro on the straps instead of using a button. I find it's a little easier to adjust the fit and to get the bib on a squirming baby with the velcro.

And it was perfect timing - as soon as the bibs were off the needles, my new book arrived, and I cast on the Rick socks from Cookie A's book. So far, I am loving these. Challenging without being too difficult, and really interesting.

I've also been sewing - Baby A outgrew her sleep sacks, and I really didn't want to fork over the $$ for new ones. 2 yards of fleece, 2 zippers, and a lot of "sewing by the seat of your pants" resulted in 2 perfectly functional (and MUCH larger) sleep sacks.

And Baby A herself? She is growing like a weed, and is so much more interactive each day. Here she is helping her Daddy install a new doorknob...

... helping Mommy eat Easter Brunch at Grandma and Grandpa's house...

... showing off her new Easter Bunny from her Oma and Opa...

... and helping Abby train for the synchronized sleeping event by subbing in for Cricket. Abby seems pleased with how well she's doing (for a beginner!)

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