This was a project a long time in the making! My husband bought this pretty Jelli Beenz yarn for my birthday in July 2013, when I was seven months pregnant with Daphne. He went to a local yarn store and asked the clerk to help him buy something that could make a project for his wife or any or all of our children. She set him up with four balls of this pretty multi-colored yarn, and I decided to make hats. I made Worth and Dorothy’s last fall and they wore them all winter. My own went onto the needles right after, but infant Daphne didn’t feel like I really needed to be doing much knitting, so that’s where things stayed for about a year. Now as fall is peeking at us around the corner again, I resumed work on my own hat, finished it, and worked up Daphne’s little bitty one in short order. Hers needed to be last anyway because her head size changes faster than anyone else’s! I’m hoping that having three mobile children in matching hats makes it easier to keep track of everyone on field trips or at the park. Can’t hurt, right? Daphne got irritated with her hat immediately and ripped it off as soon as I put it on. But magically, after she saw me put on my hat, then watched as the other kids clambered to show off theirs, she allowed us to put hers back on and she laughed out loud when she realized she was included in this new matching hat game. It’s good, clean baby fun, folks. :)
My beat-up overnight bag needed retirement, so I bought a cute new blue polka-dot one one sale recently. But of course a new store-bought bag needs some handmade upgrades, and I was on it. I made a zippered pouch to hold toiletries and a cute luggage tag to make it mine, inspired by one I found on Pinterest. I have to say that I was a little late to the Pinterest party–I didn’t really get what I could use it for. But now that I’ve figured out how to make it work for me (I want to sew a new luggage tag, I will type “luggage tag DIY” into the search field and browse photos while I nurse my baby to sleep) I’m glad to have it as a tool.
I’ve been enjoying playing with the new chalkboard fonts I downloaded after reading this blog post recently. I made Daphne’s invitation, which I shared earlier, and then I made these little bookmark/card thingies for my sweet nieces on the occasion of their baptisms. My own handwriting
kind of sucks is not very pretty, so I’m enjoying this little technology-enabled back door into the chalkboard writing craze.
Unbelievably, it is time to get ready for a first birthday party. Wasn’t I just waiting impatiently for her, getting all those tiny little newborn handmades ready? But here she is, a big, sturdy, almost-toddler who moves of her own locomotion, calls me by name, and incessantly tries to eat the dog’s food. I’m planning a little apple-themed party for our family and a couple homeschool friends with toddlers who I think she can safely count as friends.
I crocheted this sweet hat for her from this free pattern by Kay Meadors but made a little leaf from felt instead of crocheting one. I also made a little garland of felt apples to function as a party decoration, photo prop, and fall decoration in our kitchen.
Daphne wasn’t feeling particularly smile-y when it was time to take her picture, and she’s too little to bribe with M&M’s so I settled on this sweet but semi-serious pose for the back of her invitation.
Then I designed the front of her invitation in Photoshop with the help of the instructions on this blog.
Now we’re ready to party, except for this Mama trying to remember to not waste Daphne’s 11th month being nostalgic for the first 10. I won’t have more babies and I’m actually happy with that choice, but I do wish I could just keep one in the closet to snuggle on or sniff or nurse just when I want to. There is nothing like snuggling on your own sweet baby. I’ve been a lucky mama. And now I’ll focus on how lucky I am to hold her hand when she takes her wobbly steps; enjoy Worth as he takes in the world all new, amazed that everything around him is Covered in Words!; and be amazed at the poised and accomplished girl my big one is turning out to be. Lucky indeed.
After all of Dorothy’s enthusiasm for her rubber band loom and her potholder loom I thought maybe we should branch out. Santa brought a wooden loom, but packaged in its box with its big book of instructions it seemed a little intimidating so we hadn’t gotten it out yet. Then an opportunity arose during one of our homeschool lessons to do a supplemental activity that involved making our own loom out of corrugated cardboard. To my surprise, the “doll rug” Dorothy made on our homemade loom actually turned out pretty well, and the experience we gained following the directions for it gave us the confidence to unbox the Christmas loom, so now Dorothy is hard at work on a whole collection of woven doll bedding.
And here’s Miss Daphne, now three months old, sporting the green sweater I made for her before she was born, and yet another pair of my ubiquitous crocheted booties. She’s growing so much! Unfortunately this particular growth spurt seems to involve waking to eat in the night during periods through which we were previously sleeping, but if there is anything that motherhood-times-three has taught me, it’s that it all goes by so quickly–if she wants to start eating more at night, I’ll feed her more at night. And cuddle her, and enjoy the way she smells, and the way she fits in my arms, and the cute little slurpy noises she makes. Because we’re both lucky to have each other.
And speaking of growth spurts. The little red hat, which was too big for her in the hospital because her head was so much smaller than her brother’s at birth, is now almost too tiny. She’s laying on one of several flannel blankets I’ve made recently. Daphne still wants to be swaddled but is now too large for standard receiving blankets. I bought several 1.5 yard lengths of nice-quality flannel from Fabric.com (here’s a link to the hedgehog one) and just hemmed up the edges.
And last but never least, Dorothy has requested that I share her most recent rubber band creation on my blog. She’ll have her own website before you know it. :) She got a book of new rubber band loom patterns for Christmas and just completed this belt, which has adorable loops in the front and a simple chain in the back. Very cute. Nice job, Daughter. Blog accomplished.
The project currently strewn all over my craft table is embroidered t-shirts for the kids to wear while watching the Olympics next month. Team USA will have finely-attired sofa spectators in my three (I hope).
More baby stuff show and tell! If you thought you were sick of my trailer a couple years ago you’ll really get tired of my relentless baby posts. :) This picture shows the pretty Boppy pillow cover I made out of the Love & Joy birds fabric.
Here is Daphne showing off her company pride in a onesie I embroidered with her Dad’s business logo.
And of course her little trailer onesie (with pants knitted by a friend).
And decked out in all her fall finery! With the dress and pumpkin hat I posted about this summer. You think I’m enjoying her? I am!
This is a hat I crocheted for my cousin’s little boy. He’s having a puppy-themed first birthday party! He’s going to rock this hat if he keeps it on, because he’s even cuter than it. I’m making one for Worth too because he saw the work in progress and decided he needed some of that in his life too. I used this pattern by Sarah Zimmerman and the washable merino wool from Knitpicks.
This is a project I’ll definitely want to blog about again, once I can get a picture of it on the newborn kitty herself. Dorothy decided months ago that she wanted to be a witch for Halloween and that she wanted her new baby sister to be her black cat, which seems like a totally fitting Halloween costume for a baby who is just going to be dressed up and paraded around to suit her mother and big sister for at least the first six months of her life. Dorothy was set on a really expensive witch costume from Chasing Fireflies, but fortunately we encountered a much cheaper but equally awesome version at a TJ Maxx. I looked all over the internet for a newborn kitty costume, since as I said before I’m not that into sewing costumes that are only going to get worn once or twice. (I did break my own rule last Halloween and sewed Dorothy’s Little Red Riding Hood costume and Worth’s wolf suit. Dorothy’s dress was just as disappointing to me as I’d thought–she wore it on Halloween and never again, even though I thought I’d made it in such a way that she might consider wearing it as a regular old dress without the cape, but no. Worth, however, has worn the wolf costume enough that I don’t regret the time. He even wore it to music class at least once last spring! And he looks so awesomely Where the Wild Things Are when he wears it around the house.) Anyway, I could not find a ready-made newborn kitty costume. I found many infant costumes, but my baby due October 12 would surely be overwhelmed by a costume intended to fit a child up to 3 months. Plus comfort is a big issue for a newborn, and many store-bought costumes are itchy. So I ordered a newborn-size black onesie and thick black tights (not pictured). I crocheted a kitty hat, mittens, and booties and fabric glued felt on them for the paw pads and inner ears, then I stitched a kitty tail and little pink belly onto the onesie. There’s no reason I can’t put the booties, mitts and hat on her sometime again, except that I’ve made so many at this point they may never make it into rotation!
I admit to feeling pretty miserable here in these last weeks. I’m totally feeling the “advanced maternal age” stamped across the top of my chart at my obstetrician’s office. As the weather finally turns cooler and fall decorations and winter squashes start cropping up everywhere I’m feeling very ready to reap this little harvest of my own. I’m trying to remind myself that another two weeks aren’t a big deal in the big picture, but I have to say that 16 (or so) more mornings of dragging my huge, sore, cumbersome self in and out of bed and around to all the places life requires seems a little daunting at this point. I think all the baby projects are done, she just needs to show up and try them on!
Ahh, a nice head-only photograph that shows my tired eyes but not my enormous belly…38 days to go. Will my patience and/or my poor hips hold out? At least I have a cute new hat! I bought this pretty yarn at a local yarn store on a whim last year and now I have no idea what it was. It’s a little self-striping, a little variegated, just pretty and soft and nice, with this perfect blend of fall colors.
A side view. I got this pattern from a Leisure Arts knooking booklet, but it appears to be very close to this pattern on Ravelry.
And a view from the back. I’m so relieved to have an article of clothing (besides shoes) that will continue to fit me for the next 38 days and beyond. :)
When I was knitting this neckwarmer/cowl thingy for myself last winter I worked on it one afternoon sitting on my grandparents’ couch. My Mamaw loved the idea of a neckwarmer–an indoor/outdoor accessory that fits in with today’s scarf fashion trends and is warm and pretty and all that. I got the idea that day that I should make one for her in a silvery gray that would set off her light blue eyes and silvery hair. So I started this Honeycomb Neckwarmer from the book Crochet So Fine in Martha Stewart Extra Soft Wool Blend yarn in Gray Pearl. Then, before I could finish it, I was sitting next to my Mamaw somewhere else and she mentioned that she liked the idea of a neckwarmer so much that she immediately knitted herself one in a silvery gray. Ha! Great minds clearly think alike. Or apples don’t fall too far from trees, or something. So then I wasn’t in such a hurry to finish mine anymore, since the surprise of a second silvery gray neckwarmer just doesn’t seem as exciting as the surprise of a first. But I’m sure mine looks different, and after all, it was such a good idea that she can probably handle having more than one, so here before chilly weather starts again I did manage to finish this one. It drew up a little and lost some stitch definition when I laundered it, but the yarn feels so soft I think it will be nice up against the skin.
Welcome to Yarn Project Week! All three of my posts this week are going to be about recently-completed knit or crochet projects. This is a scarf and earwarmer set I made for Dorothy and me to share. I purchased fantastic yellow polka-dot rain boots at Costco last fall, but somehow I never know quite what to wear with fantastic yellow polka-dot rain boots. I decided I needed a scarf that would tie in some of my more sedately-hued shirts with the bright boots. This wool-acrylic blend yarn fit the bill perfectly. I began knitting a scarf using a rather fussy wave pattern, then realized I was totally wasting my time with such detail when the focus would be on the colorway–and the boots–anyway. So I unraveled it and crocheted the whole scarf on a great big size K hook in the time it took to knit about four wavy inches. (I crocheted in front loops only, which gives a sort of ribbed look.) When the scarf was done and it was clear that Dorothy was even more into than I was I decided to add an earwarmer to make it a set she could wear. I didn’t use a pattern, just knitted (knooked) each row until I had a head-sized band, sewed it up, and added a crocheted flower. It’s a soft, warm, happy set. We’ve each worn it and enjoyed it, me just the scarf with my now-coordinated boots, and she the complete set.