Look Who’s Here!

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We welcomed Calvin Cedar into our family on February 6th, 2015.  The build up to his birth was long and somewhat stressful, but once he decided he was ready things went quickly. Calvin was born at home in what was one of the most beautiful, empowering experiences of my life.  Our midwives are my new heroes; I have so much respect for their knowledge, experience, and compassionate care.

We have been tucked safely in the new baby bubble for almost 2 weeks now and are so in love. Sleep deprived and desperately in need of a shower, but very happy indeed.

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Big Sister Georgia is also doing well. She didn’t want to get too close too fast to this new alien baby in our home, and we didn’t push her.  She would cautiously approach him, ask a question or comment on his smell, and be gone.  We’d read a story or share a snack in bed with the sleeping baby, and she’d steal looks here and there.  After a week she was ready to hold him, and hasn’t wanted to stop since!

I’m thrilled that you’re here in our arms, Calvin. Welcome to the family.

One More Sweater

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There’s something about knitting for babies.  The small scale, the sweet details, the softest of the soft yarn.  And the hope.  The dreams and happy thoughts that you knit into each stitch for the baby as you work.  It’s a very special thing.

With that in mind, I hoped to knit one more sweater for our babe before the holidays, birthdays, and dues dates swept us away in a sea of “where did the time go?”.

I chose this yarn because of the colors, pure and simple.  It is also incredibly, unbelievably soft, perfect for baby.  Each stripe was a pleasure to knit as the soft tealy blues eased from light to dark.  In some light, two adjacent colors looked identical.  Then I’d work on the sweater somewhere else, and the line would be so crisp I’d wonder how I ever thought they were the same.  Hmmm.

This wee sweater knit up pretty fast, and now it waits, in the freshly painted and arranged baby room, for its owner to arrive.  A few weeks to go yet, which means there will most likely be more baby knitting.  Oh yes, I think there just might be more baby knitting.

Yarn: Frabjuous Fibers Cheshire Cat gradient set in Down the Rabbit Hole

Pattern: Sock Yarn Sweater (Child’s Version) by Hannah Fettig (my Ravelry notes here)

A New Baby Gift

IMG_8436There’s something about knitting for babies.  They embody the very idea of potential, an idea I closely associate with yarn and knitting.  So when I choose a project for a baby, I take great care in selecting materials that suit the family, a color that matches the mood of the season, and a design that’s both fun to knit and easy to wear.  And while I’m knitting it, I try to think all the good thoughts I can and infuse a little extra love into the piece.

This wee sweater is the perfect quick baby knit.  It uses a small amount of yarn and grows quickly.  There are endless opportunities for personalization, from the color of yarn and buttons you choose, to adding stripes, embroidery, appliqué, and more.

For this project, I couldn’t help but choose one of my favorite colors: yellow! This is a sophisticated, autumnal yellow that I hope the recipient’s mama will appreciate.  I added oval wooden buttons to keep the overall look on the rustic side.

I was able to deliver this wee sweater to my mama friend and her new baby last week.  I think they both loved it, and I can’t wait to see him wearing it. : )

Pattern: Puerperium by Kelly Brooker (see my Ravelry notes here)

Yarn: Madelinetosh DK in Candlewick

What are your go-to knits for babies?  I’m always on the lookout!

FO:: Little Oak

A sweet knit for an even sweeter baby, Little Oak was the perfect project for an autumn baby boy.  I really enjoyed knitting this cardigan, and tried to infuse good thoughts and hopes of restful nights for my friend  and her new baby as I knit each stitch.  This baby will be swathed not only in good vibes, but good yarn, too!  I’m pretty set on the idea that cashmere yarns knit up faster than those without, and so far my theory stands unthwarted.

“Cashmere?!” you gasp.  “For a baby?!”  Yes, for a baby.  But not just any baby.  The baby of a mama whose own mama is a prolific knitter.  This woman knows how to clothe her little ones in the woolens, and I am sure this wee sweater will fare just fine.  And if it doesn’t, that’s okay, too. I had a lot of fun knitting it, and seeing the look on my firend’s face when she unwrapped it was priceless.  I don’t ever even need to see it on the baby.

Okay, that’s a lie.  Maybe just once.

Welcome to the world, bhaiya!

FO: Secret Baby Sweater

We’re home!  It was wonderful to get away, spend good time with family, and just relax into a daily rhythm revolving around fun.  Today is catch-up day around here: laundry, sorting through mail, errands, chores, and blogging, of course!

This project has been done for a while, but I wanted to keep it a secret until I could present it in person.  As soon as I saw these colors together, I knew the little cardigan was destined for my sister’s new baby and got knitting right away. Then it was all about waiting: waiting for my little niece to be born, then waiting to make the trip to Idaho to see her for the first time.  The wait is over, and it was all worth it.

Of course, I knit the sweater to fit baby M this fall and winter, so no photos of a cute sweater on the cute baby; we’ll all have to wait a few months for those!

This sweater was a fun knit, though a bit fiddly (isn’t that true of most tiny projects involving more than one color?). Early on I realized there would be about 10,000 ends to weave in, so I took care to weave some of them in batches so the finishing didn’t seem as daunting.

The yarn was heavenly to work with. It was smooth and bouncy, and the colors were delicious. I really love this yarn and am already looking for an excuse to buy more. The good news is that after knitting up the sweater kit, there was quite a bit of yarn leftover. I made the bunny nuggets and still have enough to make a wee hat, I’m sure.


When sifting through my stash in search of the right buttons, I was delighted to find these sweet little pressed flowers. They match perfectly! The only problem was I had just 2 buttons; after a heart-pounding trip to the craft store, I happily found another card of 2 buttons and was set.

All in all, an extremely cute project. And the sweater’s okay too. ; )

Out & About

Peaceful Baby was seen around town this past weekend sporting a colorful hand-knit, mama-made sweater.

She really seemed to enjoy wearing it.  It almost looks like she’s dreaming of more knit sweaters…

I know I am!

As with any project, it is immensely satisfying to see the finished product being put to good use.

Especially one made months ago when I was only dreaming of the day I would meet this little one.

Now she’s here and wearing that very sweater!  Amazing…

What dreams are you knitting up?

Kickstart Cardi

You know that feeling when you spend the whole day excited that it’s Friday, making plans for how you will spend your weekend, only to find out at some point that it’s really only Thursday?

Or what if you were a little kid and you thought surely that family vacation to Disneyworld was happening this week, only to discover that it’s next month?  How long is a month when you’re 7?  It might as well be years.

That is sort of how I’m feeling today.  My due date was 4 days ago.  And if one more well-intentioned person tells me that babies come when they’re good and ready, to enjoy this quiet time together, or how they were 3 weeks late with their first baby, I’m going to lose it.  Ditto for the “have you tried eating ____? I had that the night before I went into labor and it did the trick!”  If I went into labor right now, I would have to say it was the leftover macaroni and cheese I had for lunch that did the trick, and that can’t possibly be true.  Right?

In any case, I started a baby sweater last weekend to help take the edge off all this waiting and anticipation business.  It certainly worked, as long as I was knitting.  It’s amazing how zoned out you can get when focusing on that simple task of looping yarn over needles.

  • Pattern: Super-Natural Stripes by fawn pea (Ravelled here)
  • Yarn: Bernat Cotton Tots (cream) one skein, Jamie’s Rainbow Yarn from Rhinebeck, 40 yards?
  • Needles: US 7/4.5 mm and US 5/3.75 mm and maybe some size 6s as well
  • Mods: There were several.  The major two are that I only used two colors and made the sweater with short sleeves.  This wasn’t the plan, but as I was running low on the cream-colored yarn Sweetie suggested I just make the sleeves short.  Perfect solution, especially since this is a (mostly) cotton sweater.  I also added another color repeat at the cuffs of the sleeves and the hem of the sweater to use up more of the gorgeous angora/merino hand spun yarn. Then I bound off the button band with the larger needles; am sort of wishing I would have used the larger needles on the whole band as it pulls up a little bit.

I know what you’re thinking: she mixed a wool blend with cotton?!  Craft store cotton?  But something about these 2 yarns together with the pattern just worked.  All three are slightly rustic and imperfect, and I am really pleased with the finished effect.

Now I’m working on using up the rest of that fun pink and green yarn to make Tubey from Wooly Wormhead.  Any other suggestions for quick knits to help pass the time?