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So a few of you (ok…just two of you) have asked “where’d the knitting go?”
Right now, knitting consists of looking longingly at my UFOs sitting in various piles in my craft room. I love knitting. There’s a Zen-like quality to the soothing repetitive motion. I love the feel of the points hitting my index finger, the way the knit stitches nest into each other, and the smooth feel of the merino sliding through my hands.
But knitting takes time. And time is the one thing I have so very little of. Between work and the baby, I have maybe 1 hour at night before I collapse into bed and I usually try to spend that time with my husband.
So alas and alack, I don’t knit right now. But I sure do miss it. And I miss more than just the knitting. I miss that Zen time and what it represents. Being a mom is wonderful and I treasure every minute I have with my daughter. But my attention can only be divided in so many ways, and (as so many of you understand) the thing that tends to get sacrificed is the attention I give to myself. And both literally and figuratively, knitting represents that “me time” that I don’t have right now.
And it’s pure decadence that I have a knitting night scheduled with some friends (including two moms-to-be) next week.
Wow! Little Knits got Koigu in stock!!! And she has a ton of colorways. AND it’s listed for $12.25/skein…which is less than a lot of other places nowadays. (Still freaking expensive considering Shibui – another fave of mine – is usually under $10/skein.)
Since I have, let’s just say – a LOT of KPPM already, I thought I’d share this news with you. If you get some, let me know so that I can stash vicariously through you!
Free time now (ie “Quick, the baby is napping!) is dedicated to one of the following things: sleeping (YAY!), showering (how did this become optional?), cleaning (HA!), or leisure (I wish.)
Crafting, unfortunately, falls into the “leisure” category. So while my sewing-knitting-paper time may be drastically low right now, that doesn’t stop me from growing my project want-to-do list. Here are some of my recent list adds…
Have you made up any of these projects? If so…share with me! I need to find people to craft vicariously through.
C’mon, how cool is this? We all knew someone would eventually come out with a knitter’s multi-tool. The Knit Kit looks cool enough that my husband would even be impressed.
I love the variety of tools they’ve managed to cram into this thing. I’m sure the crochet hook isn’t the most practical thing for use…but in an emergency, it’ll be so convenient to have one on hand. $20 seems like a good price point to me. Right now I have a little plastic box I carry around in my knitting bag with me. It holds all the tools I need on the go, but it can be a bit cumbersome and it isn’t a tiny box.
I’ll look forward to read first reviews of the Knit Kit. If they made it sturdy enough to last more than a few trips in a purse then it will be well worth the money.
I’ve decided not to feel guilty about the cadence of my blogging lately. I’m growing a baby in my belly and I’m working a ton – between the two, it’s not leaving a lot of time for fun! This is the last week of my 2nd trimester and I’m feeling pretty good overall. I did just fail my 1-hour glucose test though…so I have to take the 3-hour test for gestational diabetes. Ugh. Keep your fingers crossed that I don’t have GD…I love my carbs too much!!! (Which is probably a hint on why I might be susceptible to GD – I know, I know – karma.)
But between the crib shopping and crazy clients I am squeezing in a wee bit of crafting. Of course, it’s baby-related.
This book is so much fun! And since we’re due in the Winter, it’s safe to assume we’ll need lots of head coverings. I have to admit, knitting for a little girl is really fun. Sure, a boy could have an Upside-down daisy on his head, but it just wouldn’t have the same cache, would it?
To keep it soft for baby’s sweet skin, I knit it up in Debbie Bliss Cashmerino. It’s snuggly soft and so warm. It’s a super quick knit (as all baby items tend to be) as you just knit a basic little cap (switching colors when you reach the I-cord at the top) and knit the petals separately and sew them on.
The only thing I’m vaguely worried about is whether the rolled brim will make it uncomfortable for the baby to wear the hat while lying down. Does anyone have any thoughts on this? Will the extra little bulk there be annoying for the baby’s head?
The baby is due in November…and it’s cold in November! So the baby needs hats right?
I have to admit, I think this one is adorable. It’s a super quick knit (except for the casting on of 200+ stitches). The pattern calls Lamb’s Pride, but I figured that would be too scratch for a baby’s head (which may not have much hair to protect the delicate skin.) So this little sweetie is knit in Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran which is buttery soft.
Of course, now that it’s done I worry it’ll be too small. Or too big. Or not clingy enough. Will the ruffles bother the baby when it’s lying down? How big are baby heads anyhow?!
Ugh – this baby-knitting thing is hard!
P.S. In case the girly hat doesn’t tell the story…according to the ultrasound we’re having a girl.
Using the beloved Random Number Generator…
Comment #16 from Jenna is the winner! Congrats Jenna! I’ll ping you for mailing info and will get the book in the mail (faster than it took me to get the winner selected…I promise!)
In other news…next post will be non-crafty in all regards. But it explains my long absences of late. And the sewing/fabric related give-away will start later this week.
Did you know that the flu can last a long long looooonnnnnnng time? Well, in case you didn’t…it can. And it lingers like a son-of-a-gun. Gah.
So to perk me up and shake me out of my lingering whining sick phase, I’m doing a quick knitting-oriented give-away. One copy of Knit Fix is up for grabs. It’s brand new, unused, and in perfect condition. (The problem with impulsive shopping is that you often end up with an item that you later discover you already own.)
Just leave a comment in this post by 8pm PST Apr. 11 (make sure you give me a way to contact you either in you login or in the message) and the sophisticated paper slips in a bag method will be used to pick the winner. (And don’t worry you fabric-oriented folks…I’ve got a sewing give-away planned too.)
P.S. I was mentioned on Craft!!! Holy beejeebers. I’m so excited I could plotz! (What is plotzing anyhow?)
The new Spring Knitty is up! And oh my goodness…as soon as I saw this I started to drool.
It’s not the best picture…you’ll have to check out the FREE pattern for other pictures that make this beauty sing. There are, of course, other lovely patterns in this issue too…but Laminaria is the one for me.
What is it with shawls? I never wear ‘em, but knitting them…oh – the sweet knitting.
(P.S. To my dear knitting friends…I know it’s been a MONTH since I’ve gone to Wed knit night! I miss y’all and I hope you’re doing well. Have I missed out on any awesome food court concerts?)
As I have been sucked back into the world of 60-70 hour work weeks, I’ve been neglecting my crafting (and my mental health along with it.) When I get crazy busy, I tend to write blog posts in spurts…I save off the drafts and post them one a day until they run out. My methodology leaves a nice gap for error such as this post. This has been lingering in draft form for a month! So here you go…the long lost knitting post about a very nice hat. (Yeah, that snow you see on the ground…that’s long gone now.) So thanks for sticking with me dear internet friends. And keep your eyes peeled as I have a few giveaways I need to do.
That yarn became this hat. (The green is leftover from Koolhaas.)
What you don’t see is the super soft lining knit from Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino. Cuz let’s face it, who wants Cascade 220 rubbing against their forehead. The free pattern is super simple and great for mindless knitting. Do you read the Purl Bee? If not, you should as they regularly post free projects.
The only mod I made (other than switching out yarn) is doing the “jogless stripe” technique so you didn’t have the slanting on the start of the round. It’s a great technique whenever your knitting stripes. It’s a great hat that’s super warm. And since that’s REAL snow on the ground in the pic, it’s just what was needed.