Friday, August 30, 2013

Fresh


Right now I'm loving:
Fresh homemade pumpkin spice lattes


Fresh cut roses from my climber that smell heavenly


Fresh knits from my needles - Yes! I finished my Harumi sweater vest.


There is something so nice about "fresh" things - especially freshly finished knits.
The yarn: Donegal Tweed - absolutely love Donegal, don't you?
Modifications: none. If I were to do it again I think I would make a smaller size. There is a lot of positive ease in this one. Especially around the hips. Although, perhaps I'll need that after the baby is born! =)

I hope you all have a very lovely Labor Day weekend. My husband keeps teasing me that I'll go into labor on Labor day. I think he would really get a kick out of that - funny guy!

Oh, I bet you want the recipe for the homemade Pumpkin Spice Lattes. Not a problem, here it is:


Thursday, August 29, 2013

Catching up










Hello Dear Friends! It's about time I caught up with you. It was a busy week last week as I geared up for John's 4th birthday. Can you believe it? It was yesterday that he was a wee thing.

So I took the week to soak up his delighted anticipation of being 4 and the first birthday celebration at school - bringing cupcakes and being the star for the day.

I watched his transition from a trike to a bike - oh, my!

I savored the cool days reminding me that fall is coming (this week has been horrible hot - no ventures outside, please).

And I finished a few more knits for baby. Yes, more Puerperium cardigans...I think I'll stop at 3.

I'm finally off of "home rest" and I've begun to manage the house again! It feels so good to be back up and "doing". Now we just wait! =)

Friday, August 16, 2013

Baby's Hospital Hat - Fingering Weight





Notions
US#2 dpns – set of 4
KnitPicks Comfy Fingering or any soft fingering weight yarn – 50g will make 4 hats approx. Each hat takes approximately 12.5 grams.
1 stitch marker
tapestry needle for weaving in ends.

Size
Newborn – circumference 10"; depth 4.75"

 Glossary
ssk – slip 1 st, slip 2nd stitch, knit them together through the back loops
sts – stitches
P – purl
K – knit
I-cord ; *k all stitches, move stitches to the front of the needle, pull yarn tightly* repeat from * until desired length is achieved.

Gauge
7 sts and 10 rows = 1" in stockinette stitch on US #2 needle. Adjust needle size to achieve gauge.



Pattern
Using the long tail cast on method, cast on 70 sts and divide them on three dpns as follows: 24 sts, 23 sts, 23 sts. Join in the round, placing a marker to denote the beginning of the round.
Round 1, 3, 5, 7, 9: P
Round 2, 4, 6, 8, 10: K
Rounds 11 – 29: K
Round 30: *ssk, k8* repeat from * to end of round
Round 31: *ssk, k7* repeat from * to end of round
Round 32: *ssk, k6* repeat from * to end of round
Round 33: *ssk, k5* repeat from * to end of round
Round 34: *ssk, k4* repeat from * to end of round
Round 35: *ssk, k3* repeat from * to end of round
Round 36: *ssk, k2* repeat from * to end of round
Round 37: *ssk, k1* repeat from * to end of round
Round 38: *ssk* repeat from * to end of round (7 sts)
Round 39 – 49: work as for I-cord
Round 50: Bind off all sts and weave in tail.
Tie I-cord top into a knot. Weave in cast-on tail. Wet block lightly. Enjoy!


Hello Friends! 
I thought I should write down my little hospital hat I so enjoy making. This version is for sock or fingering weight yarn and works up to be newborn size (5 - 7lb baby). 

I hope you enjoy and whip a few up for your own babies or friend's babies - there is nothing like a knitted hat. 

happy knitting!
Christina

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Calm










A morning expedition to a farm stand full of delicious, ripe veggies,

rain on roses, 

a new knit fresh off the needles to be stashed for baby,

another little knit (same one) cast on,

trying to rest to keep baby in longer but not really wanting to sit still.

feeling anxious and eager for quiet,

remembering to just breathe and savor the moments of calm.

Reading: Call the Nurse and  The Ally of Love and Yellow Jasmines

Knitting: Puerperium in a soft blue stripe for baby and Harumi in yellow for me

Joining with Ginny & the Yarn Along


Tuesday, August 13, 2013

The First Day







The first day of preschool. Oh my, where has time gone?

Do you remember your first day of preschool? I don't remember my first day but I remember the little preschool I went to - Little Lambs. I remember the toys and the songs and the laughter - the sheer fun of being around other little kids my age. I remember finger painting and the smocks we wore. I remember sitting cross legged in line for the bathroom. I remember singing, "pickin' up pawpaws, put them in the basket" as we picked up our toys in preparation for story time. I remember my little friend at preschool. I remember the kind voice of the teacher but not her name. Oh, childhood. It is so fleeting and so sweet.

Perhaps he'll learn to sit still for a picture in preschool - what do you think? =) (Na... not a chance!) =)

Friday, August 9, 2013

Nesting








For weeks I fretted and worried about getting everything ready for baby. Friends and family from out of town took time away on the weekends (when JK could help with the heavy lifting) and so I had to wait. And then I got put on bed rest. Talk about seriously wanting to melt down! Instead of melting down a miracle happened - isn't that how life sometimes goes? The way we least expect it!

This past Saturday JK moved the guest room into my yarn room, set up the baby room in the old guest room and set up the guest room in the yarn room. Now there is a baby corner in our bedroom, a baby room and a baby corner in the playroom.

This past week my mother added a mural to the wall of the baby room - isn't it lovely? And we have plans to do one for John in his room. We're thinking a scene of the beach, pier and light house at South Haven since it's his favorite spot right now ... and appropriate since his little toddler bed is a boat. I'll have to let you all know how it goes!

And... my sister and my mom shopped, chopped and cooked meals for the freezer using these recipes. Oh, what a glorious feeling it is to have the freezer filled and the baby room ready. So much preparation for one little baby. It really is astounding isn't it? But worth it all.


Thursday, August 8, 2013

Days of Color












Our days have slowed down and fallen into a gentle rhythm here at the "incubator" house as my sister so lovingly called it when she popped in the door yesterday.

We play, we talk, we laugh, we nap, we paint on the back deck (I knit - I can't paint), then mom cooks a delicious dinner and we rest.

Slow days and yet packed with goodness and memories. John is as happy as can be with Grandma in the house. His favorite thing to do is to "wake" grandma - poor grandma.

A couple of cotton hospital caps for baby have been made with this lovely cotton yarn (pattern is my own - I'll have to share it soon). Another sweater is on the needles for baby - this one to be precise.

Monday, August 5, 2013

Receiving










Well, it's week 1 of "couch potato rest" as my Ob has called it. Due to several days of spotting and cramping I've been ordered to take it really, really easy. For some reason, friends, I find it harder to receive than to give help? Why is that? I'm trying instead to focus on being a good incubator for this little wee one inside. My job has changed for the next few weeks - I need to be a good little duck sitting on her egg ( After all, I don't want to be  Jemima Puddle Duck and be called "a bad sitter") =)

As a result of the "couch potato rest" (don't you love these modern terms for bed rest?) I  have been blessed with the arrival of my mom in our home - we've been laughing and talking and making memories. I love waking up from a nap to find her on the back deck with her watercolors spread out and her sketchbook being filled with ideas. I've been treated to her wonderful cooking and I've basked in her encouragement! Oh, thank goodness for mothers! Aren't they wonderful!

Another result of being confined to resting is... I've gotten some projects finished for the baby. Susan B Anderson's lovely BIG giraffe and Amy Gaines owl from Little Knitted Creatures

And so we'll see what the next week or so holds - one day at a time...just one day at a time. Thank goodness that's all we are required to do!

happy knitting, friends!