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I can’t believe C has been a part of our family for almost for months now. Yet, it also seems like he’s been here forever.  He’s a generally happy baby, but when he’s not happy he is really Not. Happy.

When he’s getting ready to really cry, the corners of his mouth turn down and his chin waggles. It is exactly like in a cartoon, except it is for real. That’s really the only time that H doesn’t like having a baby brother.

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C is an expert at rolling over, just like his brother. And just like his brother, he seems to forget that he can roll both ways. So if he is tired of being on his tummy, he really just needs to remember he can roll himself onto his back.

We’re still co-sleeping. It’s working out wonderfully.  And, unlike H, I think it is going to last awhile beyond the four month mark. C is a very attached baby. He loves to be held by Mama. He’s getting used to the sling, and I can’t wait to use it more often (right now we are in the middle of a very large heatwave and wearing a silk brocade sling in 105 degree weather is so not appealing).

C quirks-

He has a very sweaty head.

He will try to nurse everything. Last night I gave him a kiss and he tried to nurse my mouth- weird!

He is a very touchy baby. He likes to caress me while he nurses and pets my cheek when we talk.

He goes from happy to crying like a banshee in a fraction of a second.

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And on a crafting note- this was a soaker I made about a month before he was born. I dyed the fiber (cormo/kid mohair from Juniper Moon Farms), spun up a heavy worsted yarn, and knit it up using my own soaker pattern.  Aside from needing another lanolin filled bath it is great.

 

 

 

 

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Adding more little things to the house.

First, a February Baby Sweater. I knit this with Wollmeise 80/20 in Lila Ludmilla.  The yarn felt a lot like cotton string when I was knitting it, but it seems to have softened greatly with washing.  I really love the way it turned out.
Feb. Baby Sweater
And a gratuitous close up of the lace pattern:
Feb. Baby Sweater

Then a little baby hat appeared out of nowhere. (Seriously, I cast on something to take with me to the second part of the hat class I was teaching, and by the time I got home it was ready for the decreases.)
baby hat
With the matching pants:
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And here are some little baby socks from a few weeks ago. It’s my own pattern, and I think I’ll work up a mini-collection to offer as a pattern set.
Baby socks

Finally, a not so little thing. Meet the Button Up Hat. The pattern is available for purchase.
Button Up Hat

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Little things

Between my new niece, and our upcoming little guy, I’ve been nesting a bit lately.  First, I knit this little hat:

mini button hat

It’s Malabrigo worsted and my own pattern.  I think it’s pretty cute, but really aren’t all baby hats just adorable.  I mean, they are so tiny.

Then there is this little girl sweater:

Cascade Sweater

The pattern is Cascade, from Petite Purls.  I added a ruffle to the bottom and used garter stitch at the collar and cuffs.  If I were to knit is again, I’d probably add a little more length to the body.  The yarn is from Yarn Pirate (it’s Veruca on Organic Merino).

Then I knit a little pair of longies.  They seem so, so laughably small when you put them up against H’s longies.  I knit them with the new Knitpicks Chroma.

Newborn longies

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I have  a new pattern out in the winter issue of Petite Purls!

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I have this goal to knit a new sweater every fall/winter for H (and his brother next year).  The first one was the Child’s Placket-Neck Pullover, the second was Henry’s Sweater, and Oliver is this year’s ‘winner’.

My pregnant brain had a really hard time focusing on anything for awhile, so the top down construction was really handy for saving my sanity.  It’s sized from 6m-16, so if I ever want to take a designing out, then I have a backup for awhile.  Plus, I think it would look awesome all in one color, with just a center stripe, or with contrasting collar/cuffs/zipper band.

I’m also insanely happy with the pictures my friend Katie took.  It was over 80 the day we did the photoshoot, so it was really a challenge to get the photos to look like winter.  Another stumbling block was Henry’s case of the sniffles.  But, none of that comes out in the photos.

Ravel it!

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I meant to publish this on 11/27, but I guess I never hit the button.  Oh well…

Meet Link:
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“A beguiling blend of visual interest and ease of knitting, Link features matched cables and an easy, in-the-round construction. The almost seamless tunic can be layered over a light shirt, or worn alone, as the yarn is simply scrumptious. It is sized to be close fitting, so be sure to choose the next size up if you want a roomier fit.” It’s available in sizes 6 months, 12m, 18m, 2, 4, 6.”

Purchase through Three Irish Girls.  Favorite, queue, or comment on Ravelry.

My original idea pretty closely matches the finished product, but as always, there seem to be a few differences between my brain and the finished product.  I still want to make something that’s more in line with my original vision, but I couldn’t be more happy with how the sweater turned out.  I’m especially pleased with the notched neckline, since H has a large head and I hate stretching sweaters over his noggin.

 

 

 

 

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Woohoo, I have a new pattern in Petite Purls!!

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H watched two different shows both featuring rocket ships in a really short period of time, and then all he could talk about was rocket ships, going to the moon, and outer space. So, because I’m the kind of knitter who takes an idea and runs with it (or I’m crazy), I decided he needed a cuddly rocket ship friend.

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This was the final iteration. Yes it is big, but it is super cuddly. I have stolen it for my bed on more than one occasion. I think it is pretty awesome, but I’m a little biased. It’s nice to finally be able to show something I’ve been knitting.

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My friend Katie took all the pictures you see here. I tried, but failed miserably, which of course meant taking our love seat outside not once, but twice. In 95 degree heat. Because I’m crazy. All that said, I hope you make a rocket friend of your own! Up, up, and away!

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FO: Milk Infant Top

Milk Sweater

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Pattern: Milk Infant Top by Brandy Fortune.  I found this to be a thoroughly enjoyable pattern.  It works up quickly, even in a fine gauge yarn.  Plus, I think it would make a good addition to a baby wardrobe because it is lightweight, but still warm.

Yarn: Cherry Tree Hill Supersock Merino in Wisteria.  I love the color of the yarn, but this was a flawed skein.  I did contact the manufacturer and they sent me a replacement, but I couldn’t throw away yarn if I could help it.  It is a bit slubby, but the gauge and the stockinette stitch help to even it out a bit.

Details: This was the first time in a long time I have attempted to crochet something.  It was extremely slow going for me, out of the six days it took me to start and finish this project, two were just crochet.  Once I figured out what I was doing it was better, but I’m happy to stick with plain knitting for most things!
Milk Sweater

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