Saturday, May 19, 2007

Home Sweet Home

I am back! It feels so nice after being away for so long to sleep in my bed and wake up in my own house. I am getting to the point now, at 32 weeks pregnant, that hotel beds and working 12 hours a day is a little more than I can handle. However, I received some amazing news the other day that I will hopefully be able to share in a bit. No, we still don't know the sex of the baby...
However, I will admit that everything I seem to be making is blue. I am not drawn to green or yellow at all. I feel like this baby will be wearing blue for some reason. Although, I am trying my darnedest to pick gender neutral stuff, it sure feels as though I am unconsciously leaning one way.

I did finish the baby sweater that I was working on the weekend before I left to go to Canmore for work. I absolutely love it! I also made a matching "fruit cap" hat from an Ann Norling pattern that I picked up at Make1.

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Pattern: Baby Placket Neck Sweater - Last Minute Knitted Gifts - size 0-6 months
Yarn:Rowan Handknit Dk Cotton
Modifications: I didn't sew the placket the same way as the book asks for. Instead, I sewed it closed at the bottom and sewed 2 mother of pearl buttons in permanently so that the neck would fold over or stand up on its own.

I didn't make any modifications on the fruit cap, however, I do plan to make another one using seed stitch instead of a rolled brim. I think I will also make the next one somewhat smaller as this one came out a little larger than I thought it would.
I also treated myself to some new yarn and a pattern at the one yarn store in Canmore. I bought some Sirdar snugly dk yarn in a light greeny blue and a cute baby pullover pattern. I can't wait to get started on this. Just as soon as some of the other things that I have committed to do are off the needles. I am having a hard time deciding if I want to knit it with the hood as the green photo shows. I think I am leaning toward the hooded one and I did buy enough yarn just in case I decide to make it that way.

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Remember the Jaywalker that I started on at the end of April? I have had this half finished sock on the needles for a while now and am just getting ready to turn the heel. I am hoping to have this pair finished for the end of May for my SAM 3 KAL.

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Of course, I did get some new yarn in the mail while I was away. The day it arrived, I had been working since 8am and called hubby at 11pm (still working!) for some sympathy. He was also seriously grumpy and we ended up getting into an argument. By way of making peace, he let me know that I had gotten some yarn that day and when he opened the box, he loved the colors so much that the argument was forgotten. We talked about yarn for a few minutes and I went to bed happy. See, yarn really does solve problems :) What did I get? Some new custom dye sock yarn from HLMiller (again, if you get a chance, check her out - her yarn is amazing) and some Louett Gems Pearl in a light pink color. I have no big plans for these yet, but once I have some time off, I'm sure that I will have it all figured out. For now, they will go to the place that all good sock yarns go... the stash shelf.

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Only 4 more weeks until I am off on maternity leave... the needles will surely be flying then.


Australoknitticus said...

Glad to have you back!

Lucy said...

Tag. Everybody's doing this thing so I thought I better give it a try.