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You’re not going to believe this.

Yes, it’s true – actual knitting content on my knitting blog!

I’ve heard rumors that certain people (cough lucymurphy cough) are
doubting that I have any time to knit now that the baby is here.
Well… that is mostly true, but I do manage to squeeze in a few minutes
here and there.
 

Look! A little sweater for Josiah to wear this winter.  I used the Child’s Placket Neck Sweater pattern from Last-Minute Knitted Gifts, and alternated skeins of blue and white to make the stripey section up to where it split for the neck placket (too many ends to weave in to keep that up!)

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Socks, baby!



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At long last, I have have completed a knitting project post-baby! Appropriately enough, these are the socks that I started on Josiah’s due date (8 days before his actual arrival) while I was going crazy with nerves & anxiousness about when he was going to make his big entrance.

It only took me three months, but I managed to weave in the ends on this basic pair of socks while we were at the lake over the holiday weekend.

Josiah kindly agreed to model them for me. I think they’ll fit Matt better, don’t you?

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Quilts!

Josiah has received so many gorgeous quilts, I just had to write a
blog post to show them off.



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It doesn’t show up very well in the picture, but this one has really beautiful machine-quilting.  The non-picture squares have pictures quilted onto them that match the theme of the quilt – trains, motorcycles, etc.



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Brown bear, brown bear, what do you see?  My Aunt Bev made this one.  I love the colors.



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My friend Tiffany made this one.  I believe it’s Heather Ross fabrics – it reminds me of the little rhyme, “snips and snails and puppy dog tails, that’s what little boys are made of.”



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Here’s the quilt I made for him.  It’s from a Moda (I think?) Happy Campers jelly roll.  We’re using this for a backdrop for a photo shoot for each month – I think the squares will really show off how much he’s grown!



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Last but not least, here is the embroidered wall hanging my mom made for Josiah’s room.  Cute, huh?

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Crafty Kitchen Remodel?



Kitchen Remodel?

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And I do mean crafty in both senses of the word!

Some people in my house are beginning to suspect the kitchen layout design was really just a ruse to acquire an extra-large space for basting quilts. I choose to exercise my right to remain silent when such accusations are made.

Regardless, I am making excellent progress on the quilt for baby Kerner. I’ve got the quilt top and back basted together by hand and I may even start quilting tonight. (That depends on how long I procrastinate taking the dog to get her nails trimmed. We shall see.)

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Baby-tested, baby-approved.



Olyvia’s Quilt – before & after

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Momma reports that one-month-old Olyvia likes her quilt.

I hope this photo is not a sign of things to come (as far as sticking out her tongue for pictures)!

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Paintbox Quilt-Along



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I’m finally getting around to starting a quilt for a certain baby boy who should be making his appearance this March. I’m using a Moda jelly roll (long strips of precut fabrics – 2 1/2 inches wide) in the Happy Campers line to make these squares, and for the pattern I’m following along with Oh Fransson!‘s new Paintbox Quilt-Along. Each square measures about 7 1/2 inches square.

This is a bit more detailed piecing than I’m used to (I’m all about the BIG blocks and random piecing) but I think it’s turning out pretty well. Although I realized after the fact that Baby Boy might not appreciate the flowery block, and I don’t really like the fabric in the red one. So… I’ve got several more to make! (About 24 squares total, I’m guessing.)

The good news is that I can make 2 squares in 30-45 minutes now that I’ve got all the measurements down. Hopefully I’ll be able to finish the quilt top and either quilt it myself or get it sent out to a quilter before the baby comes.

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Still knitting, too!



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In the midst of all the New Year’s Resolution fervor (which I’m much better at talking about than actually implementing, by the way) I have actually been doing quite a bit of knitting. My favorite kind of Christmas knitting is the no-deadline kind, so it makes sense that for the past two years I’ve made Christmas stocking in January. Last year I knit two – one for me and one for my husband. This year, it’s one for baby! Luckily the patterns calls for you to go back at the end and add in the name at the top in duplicate stitch, because we really haven’t decided 100% on that yet. Plus, I may have to go back and change it anyway, because if we end up naming the baby Jehosephat* but everyone ends up calling him “Jump,” I’ll switch it out to his nickname.

I’m also – FINALLY – making a black and gold brioche scarf for my husband to match a hat I finished almost exactly a year ago. I’ll try to snap a picture of that today, as well as an updated belly picture.

* I kid, Mom, I kid! You can stop hyperventilating now.

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2009 Finished Projects



2009 Projects

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Sweaters,
socks,
hats,
scarves,
shawls,
2 baby quilts,
gloves,
new airport terminal building,
new kitchen,
a sprint triathlon,
my first attempts at canning (jam & green beans)…

It seems I’ve had quite a busy 2009!

(I snuck in one little project that’s still a work-in-progress – do you see it?)

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‘Tis better to give!

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas!  I had a great time visiting with my family, getting totally spoiled in the present-department by my parents, and doing my best not to eat stuff I’m not supposed to with this stupid gall bladder problem.  (Just one of my grandma’s Christmas tree cookies, I couldn’t resist.)

I am a total bum and forgot to take any pictures while we were actually opening presents, but here’s a quick run-down of the presents I knitted this year!



Vintage Beaded Gloves

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Alpaca Ribbon Scarf

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Gloves and a matching scarf for my mother in law!  Patterns are noted under the pictures; both are made out of Blue Sky Alpacas Alpaca-Silk.




Noro Entrelac Scarf

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A basic entrelac scarf in Noro Kureyon for my sister.  Entrelac scaves in a yarn with long color repeats is definitely one of the most impressive things you can knit, at least as far as non-knitters are concerned.  And it’s really not that hard.  I promise – just follow the directions (even though they might seem wrong or confusing) and it will turn out really nice.




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An Odessa hat for my mom (actually I knit a second one for her in a different color of the same yarn – I’m keeping this one!!)



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A nice warm hat for my Grandpa – just a basic rib in basic Cascade 220.  I lined it with fleece to keep his ears warm while he’s working outside on the farm.  



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(I promise I finished this before Christmas!)  A cool cabled snowboarder’s hat for my brother-in-law.  He said he wanted earflaps!  It’s really warm alpaca yarn. 

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Another sneaky peeky

Manos Silk Blend Close-Up

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Ok knitters, no spoilers on what I’m knitting here (if you know)… but didn’t this knit up pretty? I love hand-painted/variegated yarns in the skein, but they are sooo hard to make look good once they are knit. Flashing & pooling absolutely drives me crazy, and I have been know to rip and reknit the same yarn 5 or 6 times until I can find a pattern, gauge, and yarn combo that works without pooling.  This particular project only took one try (hallelujah!) but lots and lots of Ravelry stalking helped my odds.

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