Wee baby stuff

I found my dream double stroller: The Baby Jogger City Select Double stroller in RUBY. I will have to sell the beloved UppaBaby Vista eventually, but maybe I can hold off until next year to get this. Or at least until Lady GooGoo is too big for me to carry in the carrier. It has a lot of what I’m looking for – sturdy construction and materials, the seats are inline, the back seat is higher than the front, and red! Red for favorite colorness and red for HI, DON’T RUN US OVERness. I need the back seat to be higher, because I remember being very little and in a double, inline stroller, and not being able to vocalize that I couldn’t see a damn thing – sad!baby face over that.

Yesterday it hit 50 degrees, but there is still a bunch of snow on the ground. Friday it should be 60, so I am putting on my rainboots and we are heading to the park, mud be damned. Poor Noopy needs fresh air, regardless of mud.

I’m working on a pattern right now for an online magazine, and it’s proving to be a lot more involved that I had thought. Let’s just say that I’m okay with redoing things more than once, and thank goodness I actually like what I’m doing, or I’d quit. Ha! I guess that’s a sign that I’ve found my niche outside all this Mom stuff? One day Noopy and Lady GooGoo will go to school and I will be a lot more productive, but this time now is ok for just getting started. I really only have two hours after Noopy goes to bed to do anything, and usually I’m so tired, I don’t want to do anything. But productivity will come, in time.

(Noopy with the winter sun over his shoulder).


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Some FOs as of late

So I have had some busy fingers these days, though obviously not on the keyboard.

First up is Veera Valimaki’s Fisherman’s Pullover.

(this is Noopy’s “Noopy! Say CHEESE!!!” face… he is so funny).

Details on Ravelry HERE. I made this for my little guy, who isn’t a 2T, but is tall. I didn’t make any modifications, but although it’s supposed to be close-fitting, it obviously isn’t. Room to grow. And, if he’s too long next fall for this, I can just reknit the bottom of the sleeves and body. No big deal. And being that I knit this on sz 10.5 needles it took me no time at all to make the entire sweater (maybe 2 weeks?).

Next up is the Abagail Sweater, by Kay Squared.

Details HERE on Ravelry.
This pic was taken before I put in the button band and the buttons, which I got from Purl Jam. They’re really pretty turquoise and white glass buttons from Moving Mud. The yarn is gorgeous, more so in person. It’s Madelinetosh’s Tosh DK in “burnished”. I think it’s like a 3-6 months size. Obviously I don’t have a model for this one yet! But it was another fast knit, it took me maybe a week and a half.

The weather this month has been so awful, and I live in a lightless house (or so it seems). Being stuck inside has been good for knitting, but bad for photos and basically anything else. My poor kiddo. I took him to the library for Mother Goose time yesterday, and he was SO happy to see other children – I think he thought they only existed in books and on tv for a little bit!

I have a busy month ahead, in addition to getting my kiddo out of the house more, I’m taking Tot Topper’s Math for Hats class online and I am also designing/writing a pattern for this summer’s Petite Purls. Holla! Also I am teaching another beginner class at Purl Jam. I guess my classes are really good, we now have a waiting list. How awesome is that?

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The Nervous Cowl

(sorry about the webcam photo! It’s nighttime and I’m in my PJs, LOL).

I knit this shawl-collared, seed stitch cowl in one day while I was waiting for my 20 week ultrasound for my second child. It was the perfect project to take my mind off everything. It turns out there was nothing to be nervous about, SHE is perfect! This yarn is gorgeous. It’s butter-soft, and the colors really begged to be knit in seed stitch to show off their true depth. I think if you need a last minute gift, this would be perfect to make, or if you’re having a crappy day, this is almost instant gratification and will definitely cheer you up.

Yarn: Malabrigo Rasta in Indiecita (1 skein, 92 yds), purchased from Pins n’ Needles (Princeton, NJ).
Needles: sz 17
Length of time to complete: mere hours!
Measurements (unblocked): 8″ x 32″
Other materials needed: tapestry needle, sewing needle, buttons (1.5″ diameter would work best), sewing thread.

Cast on 16 stitches.
Row 1: knit
Row 2: (yo, k2tog)*; rep from * until end.
Row 3 and every subsequent row: (k1, p1)*; rep from * until end.
When you have just enough to bind off, do so.
Weave in ends. Block or not, it’s up to you. I didn’t.

I PROMISE I will have better photos tomorrow or whatever. 😀 The yarn is truly gorgeous.

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Handsome, yet serviceable*

First FO of the year, and it’s a belated present for my Dad. I didn’t have a pattern for this, of course. I cast on 80 stitches in the round on sz 7 needles, then did a repeat of (k5, p5) for maybe 9″. Then I either k2tog or p2tog every 5 stitches (depending on what section I was on), then every 4, then 3, and when I had (I think) 9 stitches left, I spread out three more decreases and closed it off.

I can’t remember what the yarn is… I will find out when I teach on Saturday!! It’s 100% baby alpaca, I know that.

*This is a joke… my Dad would totally say something like this to describe his hat.

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First visit to Santa

The wait was an HOUR AND A HALF at Bridgewater Commons. Wow. M and I took turns walking John around the Santa pavilion when he got wiggly, so he was rather well behaved. He even fell asleep toward the end, and bless him, had to wake up on some strange man’s lap.

He’s like, “Am I dreaming? WTF? Do I pat the bunny???”

John’s outfit is courtesy of the fancy baby boutique in Greenwood, MS, where my Aunt and Uncle are from. I love it, I think it’s PRECIOUS. M didn’t really think so… he’s so east coast…

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An announcement!

Our little family of three will become a family of four by mid-May! I am expecting our second child, and I am almost 16 weeks along. Thus the reason for not blogging much – I’ve been really tired and Noopy runs me ragged being an active 11 month old!

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FO – Hoot Hat

My friend Kym is due any day with her second son. I have known her for over 10 years, we used to work together. Anyway, she is also a knitter, so I feel like I should have knitted something complicated to show off, but the Spud and Chloe Hoot Hat is was too cute to pass up.

I knit the hat well over a month ago, but for some reason I lost all my energy and it took me weeks to get around to doing the finishing. I don’t know why, it was way easy and it’s not like I can’t crochet a chain… I just had to go into the attic to find my crochet hook and it took me forever to get the energy to do that. Ha!

The yarn is the recommended yarn, Spud & Chloe’s “Outer” – despite it being a cotton wool blend and me having ouchy hands, it was nice to work with. Maybe because it was SO bulky? I hit the recommended gauge on sz 11 needles.

Forgive the photos, I was in a rush to get this in the mail, as she really is due this week. HA!

Original project on Ravelry: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/hoot-hat (I omitted the tassels).

My Ravelry project page: http://www.ravelry.com/projects/lelah/hoot-hat

I got the yarn from Angelfire Studios in Basking Ridge in support of Justine and her family.

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