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book + chocolate + a bubble bath = my idea of a good time!

book + chocolate + a bubble bath = my idea of a good time!

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I was craving a page turner and an addictive knit, and I sure got what I asked for!

Last week I could not put down these rainbow leg warmers.  Each stripe knit up so quickly, that it was easy to say “oh, I’ll just keep knitting till I finish the next stripe.”  And on and on until I’d knit a pair of leg warmers in a week.  I may have been motivated to finish them while G was also captivated by them; she kept wanting to try them on and asking me when they would be done.  Such a rare, sweet response to my knitting!  My hands have been feeling a little sore since these came off the needles, so I probably overdid it with my enthusiasm.  Looks like I’ll need to cast on a new project in some thicker wool. You know, to rest my hands.

I heard about this book on a podcast, and was lucky enough to find it right away at our used book store.  Such a deal!  Part mystery, part ghost story, this suspenseful novel spans decades and characters, and had me instantly captivated. I can’t wait to see how all their tales weave together and what the ending brings.  I’ve been taking it into the bath with me, and going to bed even earlier to read it.  Last night I definitely stayed up past my bedtime, I was so hooked!

Warning: a child dies and the mother grieves intensely, which isn’t for everyone.  I’m not sure if it’s the writing or my pregnancy hormones (likely both), but it can be a bit of a tear-jerker.

Reading: The Winter People by Jennifer McMahon

Knitting: Rainbow Legwarmies, my own pattern. Ravelry notes here.

Rainbow Stripes

Since little PB started crawling, I have watched her amble confidently through her surroundings.  Wood, carpet, grass, or tile, nothing seems to faze her.  I couldn’t help but notice the redness on her knees after a crawling adventure, and you know how mothers worry.  Surely 7 months is too early to worry about scabby knees and bruises?  I had seen some babies wearing BabyLegs, and knew I could knit something similar.  A quick search through patterns on Ravelry turned up several options, and I cast on a pair almost immediately.  This kid needed knee protection, stat!

  • Pattern: Baby Leggings by Ruth Bendig, Ravelled here
  • Yarn: Clekheaten Bambino Merino in 2157 and 1102
  • Needles: US 2 1/2 / 3.0 mm
  • Mods: Stripes, 1/4″ longer ribbing.

The pattern knit up in a flash (about 3 knitting sessions for me) and was fun to see grow.  Anything with color changes or stripes is gratification enough to keep knitting in order to see what will happen next.  I thought these 2-row stripes would be more bold, but the variegated yarn had enough red in it that it blended with the solid in patches.  I was happy to find a use for this yarn, a gift from the thoughtful and talented HekiKnits in Australia.  It is very soft and knit up beautifully into a nice even fabric.

The length of this pattern is perfect for my little chicken drumsticks, but the diameter at the thigh end is a little big.  If I were to knit another pair anytime soon, I would probably cast on fewer stitches so they fit more snugly on the thigh.  As it stands now, they are too loose to really stay pulled up above the thigh.  As soon as PB starts crawling, they sag down below her knees, rendering them pointless but still cute in a Flashdance sort of way.

And just because I can’t resist, here’s a little baby booty: