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A homemade loom and some baby things

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homemade-loom-starthomemade-loomAfter 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.

green-sweaterAnd 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.

red-hatAnd 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.

rainbow-loom-beltAnd 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).

All baby, all the time

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boppy-cover2More 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.

company-onesieHere is Daphne showing off her company pride in a onesie I embroidered with her Dad’s business logo.

happy-camperAnd of course her little trailer onesie (with pants knitted by a friend).

pumpkinAnd 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!

Cats and Dogs

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puppy-hatThis 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.

kitty-costumeThis 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!

A new fall hat and a neckwarmer

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hat-frontAhh, 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.

hat-sideA side view. I got this pattern from a Leisure Arts knooking booklet, but it appears to be very close to this pattern on Ravelry.

hat-backAnd 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. :)

neck-warmerWhen 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.

A scarf and earwarmer set

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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.

Irish hiking hat, again

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irish-hiking-hat2New hat from the front…

irish-hiking-hat-back2…and new hat from the back. I knitted (knooked) this same basic hat last year, this pattern, in this yarn. I really liked it but it was just too big. When I finished it I think I pretended I would wear it anyway but it flopped in my face. So I gave it so someone with a bigger head and I started over. Sigh. Finally I finished this second one and sewed the little faux fur pom-pom (sliced off an inexpensive trinket from Claire’s purchased just for this purpose) just as I’d dreamed of…over a year ago. But good things take time, right? I love this color because it goes with everything.

A little hat with a big flower

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Before I knew how to knit or crochet I only owned two hats. If the weather necessitated a hat, I wore things that matched my two hats. End of story. And that seemed to work just fine. But somehow, once the power of creating hats was in my power the “need” in my wardrobe for hats increased exponentially. Sounds like funny math. But why not? Hats are fun and they keep your head warm. I recently picked up a sweet little boiled wool brown jacket at TJ Maxx and before I could wear it I had to make the hat that was always meant to go with it. I never considered not making the hat, or not buying the jacket just because the required corresponding hat didn’t exist yet. I used the French Country crocheted hat pattern for sale on Ravelry and decked it out with the pretty corsage flower pattern. I love that flower pattern because the flower is crocheted in a row and then sewn up in a spiral, which requires much less counting and right side/wrong side nonsense than crocheting a flower the usual way. I like a pattern I can follow with only one tiny part of my brain while the rest  focuses on keeping my kids from setting the house on fire. The hat pattern was nice too. Quick and cute. Because I have a small head I used a smaller size crochet hook, but then as I neared the brim I was afraid it wouldn’t be long enough so I added an extra row of cluster stitches. That was a mistake because it really didn’t need the additional length, but it didn’t end up so long that I felt like I needed to unravel the brim and re-do. I used natural, un-dyed wool for the hat but mixed some strong tea in with my water when I blocked it to darken up the color just a tad, to make it match the jacket better. I just pinned on the flower so that I can opt to wear the hat without it, and so that I can wash the hat more easily if necessary. Now if I can just squeeze this new project into my overflowing hat drawer…