Making progress…

I hope your Easter weekend was wonderful! It was super relaxing here – besides a last minute decision to clean the carpets! But its done now and we had a lovely clean house for Easter, which is always nice. The kids played outside a ton and we all indulged in lots of sugar and gluten and buttery treats πŸ™‚

I was able to work a little more on my Say Anything cardigan. The sleeve is getting there, but I definitely need to be more consistent on working on it. Can I be honest for a minute? I cast on using my “normal” body measurements at the end of my pregnancy, and right now, my postpartum body is a good deal larger than what it is normally. So the sweater doesn’t look really flattering when I try it on, and it really doesn’t fit the way I wanted it to. So I just don’t have the motivation to finish it other than not having a WIP that’s 95% done. Ah, such is life and perhaps I should just stick with socks or shawls for the time being πŸ™‚

Reading: Still working on The Child Whisperer, about half way through, and enjoying it.

Shop update: I added quite a few new colorways to the shop last week, and they are getting swooped up! This Friday I plan on a shop update with lots of new project bags and hopefully some restocks and new colorways, too.

I hope your week is wonderful!

Linking with Nicole and Ginny.

Review of Baby Knits

This week I’m feeling particularly uninspired with my current knitting projects. I’m still trudging along with the last sleeve of this sweater. It’s DK weight, which usually makes for a speedy-ish knit, but it is going so. slowly. So instead of show you the entire two rows that I knit on the sleeve, I thought I’d do a review of the baby knits I knit up for baby #4. Just as a reference, she was a little over 8 pounds when she was born, so not small, but not huge – about average in my crew of 4.

Summary: All the sweaters I knit except one were too small for her, sleeves, width, everything. So I’d like to focus on the successes. πŸ™‚

Newborn Knot Hat: This was a perfect fit on her 13.5″ head. It only fit for a couple of weeks, as her head grew quickly, but we really didn’t need it with our climate. I didn’t use a pattern, just made it from my own notes, and I’d definitely make it again.

Baby Surprise Jacket: This would fit about a 3-6 months size, in my estimation, with the yarn I used. It was much larger than the other baby knits I made. She hasn’t worn it yet, so I will try and snap a picture when she does wear it.

Milo Bambino #1 and Milo Bambino #2: These both fit great. I used DK weight yarn instead of the fingering suggested, and they both fit for a couple of weeks. If I would have used a really stretchy bind off for the hem, they would have fit even longer. Baby girl really didn’t care to wear them, though, so it ended up being fine.

Hundreds Cardigan: This was a really nice fit, and I loved the Malabrigo silk and merino yarn I used. It has a nice stretch and, like the other projects above, fit for a couple of weeks. The hat was way too small and went to my other girls for doll clothes.

Perfect Fit Newborn Socks: These fit for quite a long time (at least a month and a half!), and stayed on nicely. I was happy that I had them and would definitely make them again.

Kiss Me Romper: This did fit, but she didn’t wear it because the colorway looked light blue and so I gifted it to a friend for her sweet baby boy.

For the sake of clarity, the items that were too small were: Tiny Pants #1 and #2, Cascade, Snug Bug (and the matching hat), and Keams.

Patterns I would still like to try: I’d still like to make her a little cardigan, in a 6-12 month size or so, and also Flax Light. I actually made the Flax Light in women’s size xs for my eldest and also in a baby size for a friend, and they both were wonderful. Maybe once I get my final sweater sleeve knit up… πŸ™‚

Shop update: Friends, thank you so much for the wonderful response to my new little shop. You have been so kind and positive to my new endeavor and it really warmed my heart. So thank you for that! This week I’ve been dyeing and sewing up a storm! I will have lots of new colorways in the shop this Friday, and depending on time, some new project bags, too.

Reading: The Child Whisperer. I was able to borrow it for free through Amazon Prime, and it has been an interesting read. It’s a little redundant, so I have been skimming it, but I have learned a lot about my children’s personalities and how to communicate with them better. It’s really important to me to work at becoming a good communicator and I think this book will help with that.

I may not post later this week, so I will wish you a blessed Holy Week and a wonderful Easter!!

 

Linking with Nicole and Ginny.

Hello! and Lots of Yarn

Hello friends! It’s been a while since I’ve written here. Our sweet baby girl loves to be held, so I find myself holding her and cuddling and turning a blind eye to other commitments… πŸ™‚

My ENTIRE family was here visiting for a couple of weeks, and we were fortunate enough to spend a week of that time on the island of Kaua’i. My husband, the girls, and I went last year and it was a really wonderful time, so we were excited to go back and visit. I was particularly excited to find some beautiful hand dyed yarn there, in a little shop on the North Shore called Hanalei Strings. They carry beautiful handmade ‘ukuleles and other instruments, in addition to their yarn. My first purchase was a gorgeous skein of fingering weight yarn, and the next day I went back and purchased three skeins of DK weight in a grey – green colorway. I’m hoping to make a shawl or pair of socks from the fingering weight, and maybe a sweater in the DK weight. My kids are always asking for sweaters, and so I think it will be enough yardage for a toddler-sized sweater. (Unfortunately, I forgot to bring my camera, so all I have to share are pictures of yarn!)

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Speaking of yarn… I have some exciting news! I took up my yarn dyeing again, and have listed some of my creations in my new Etsy shop called Pineapple Yarn! I love, LOVE color, and in years past, I’ve dyed yarn to specific colorways when I couldn’t find exactly what I wanted. Well, I’ve really been wanting to take it up again, and so I took the plunge and opened up a shop to show them off! I’ve also added some project bags, because if you’re like me, you always need another project bag… So if you have a minute, I’d love to hear what you think about it – I love constructive criticism! πŸ™‚

Well that’s about it for now. Baby girl is almost three months old, and I’m starting to feel back to my normal self. My main knitting project is the Say Anything cardigan. I’m using Madelinetosh Tosh Merino DK, a single ply yarn, in Grasshopper, and I’ve started on the second sleeve. I can’t wait to wear it!

Linking with Nicole and Ginny.

Latest finished projects, and plans

It’s been about a month since our sweet little girl made her debut, and consequently, it’s been a month of little sleep, little knitting, but lots of cuddles and snuggles! I was able to finish up two projects that I’ve been working on, something to be proud of considering it’s been quite a busy month!

I started the Reyna shawl on my due date for my midwife. From past experience I knew that I would go well past my due date, so this was a nice, sort of mindless knit that was very satisfying. I used Malabrigo Sock in Arco Iris, which I picked up on a whim and I loved for this project.

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I also finished this Spiral Cowl. I have an unofficial resolution for 2016 to knit gifts throughout the year, for both birthdays and Christmas. So the cowl is not for me, of course, but for my sister for Christmas. I used Malabrigo Silky Merino in Spring Water, and both the feel of the yarn and the color are simply gorgeous.

And of course, I’ve been thinking of my future knitting projects. I ended up frogging Little Ancolie because the more I knit, the more it didn’t look like my eldest daughter. So I’ve decided to pair the beautiful Pashmina yarn with Flax Light. I’m really looking forward to that project. I also think I’m going to use the same pattern to make a baby sweater for my littlest one. It’s actually been slightly chilly here in the mornings (low 70s – the horror!!) and it would be nice for her to have a lightweight pullover. Since most of her baby sweaters were too small, I’m going to size up significantly this time.

Well the baby is calling – I hope to update here more often as she settles in, and I’m not as sleep deprived. πŸ™‚

 

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She’s finally here!

imageAfter a lot of waiting, and a lot of patience, our baby girl is finally here. She was born about a week ago, during a very fast labor and delivery. She is an absolute delight and fits into our family perfectly! The only thing that is not a good fit are all but one of the baby sweaters I knit for her. You would think by the fourth child that I would know how big my babies are, but I guess that’s not the case! I’d like to do a future post addressing the fit and usefulness of all the baby knits I’ve worked on in the past year, not only for your own reference, but also to help my forgetful self in the future! For right now, though, I’m taking it easy, snuggling with my sweet baby girl, and working on this Reyna shawl.

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Slowing down…

My little world has been slowing down, little by little, as baby time approaches. I’ve still been knitting, but mostly updating my Ravelry page instead of here. I’d love for you to check it out and see my latest projects! Here are my latest finished items and works in progress:

Snug Bug – I hope to make a couple of colorful newborn sweaters before the little one makes his/her appearance. I love colorful knits, but it has made me a little sick to look at such saturated colors for the majority of my pregnancy. So I’m playing catch up with my planned knits! This was made with Malabrigo Merino Worsted in Lettuce and it is wonderfully soft.

Beekeeper’s Tank – I had planned on making this for a while, but the yarn I wanted was way too saturated and colorful to work on for a while. But I was able to finish it, and I really love it! It is in one of my favorite colorways, Big Sur, by Madelinetosh. I’m hoping it fits after I have the baby, though I’m thinking I will have to reknit the neck opening so it isn’t so small (which isn’t a big deal – it’s a simple garter stitch finish).

Hitchhiker – This was a fun knit and I LOVE the colors! I used yarn by Madelinetosh in Coquette, Tart, Torchere, and Pop Rocks. I’ve already worn it several times and it’s a nice weight and size for a warmer climate.

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More baby sweaters!

I recently finished two more baby sweaters. I will probably keep these for myself, seeing as how I only have a couple more weeks to go until we meet this little person!

Baby Surprise Jacket – This is a classic pattern, and I’ve wanted to try it for a while. It was an interesting knit, and definitely fun to see it come together. I used Noro Silk Garden Sock and with this weight, it knit up to about a 3-6 month size.

Hundreds Cardigan – I’m really in love with this pattern and yarn. The pattern is simple and really lends itself to a variety of colors and yarns. I think it would be beautiful with a variegated colorway as the secondary color. I used Malabrigo Silky Merino for both yarns, and they are as soft as can be. Of course, I had to add a hat to complete the look. πŸ™‚

I just wanted to mention, as a side note, it’s been quite a challenge sourcing items locally here on the island. When I order items online, even though we’re part of the States and use the USPS system, a lot of companies will charge more for shipping, or not ship here at all. For the past several months, I’ve been ordering my yarn from Eat Sleep Knit, and have had nothing but excellent customer service and quick shipping with fair shipping prices, even all the way out here in the middle of the ocean. They’ve definitely helped satisfy my knitting itch!

Linking with NicoleΒ and Ginny.