Monday, February 25, 2008


You know, knitting is such a great form of therapy. In my house, Matt & Tyson know that a knitting mommy is a happy mommy. With the stress of trying to get everything ready for Sweet Pea's arrival, on top of working 50 hours a week, finishing the basement, and keeping up with all of the other everyday responsibilities... I've managed to find some time for a little knitting therapy. I've been cranking out the baby knits like crazy over the last few days, and although it's meant that some things haven't gotten done, I think that's okay.

I knitted this little hat for Sweet Pea over the weekend:

Pattern: My own.

Yarn: Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Superchunky

Needles: Size 10 circs, though I knitted it flat & seamed it.

Notes: Although I'm not crazy about having the seam in the hat, this was the easiest pattern I could figure out. Now that I know where my decreases go, I will attempt to knit the next one in the round. Oh, and this was, by far, my fastest knit ever. I started it on Friday night & finished it Saturday morning!

I chose this yarn for the hat because it was navy blue, already in my stash, and coordinated perfectly with my last FO:

The colors look a little off in the photo, but in real life, the blues match perfectly.

And, with all this Knitting Therapy going on lately, I found myself in need of another kind of therapy: Shopping Therapy. I needed stash enhancements.

First up, I purchased some yarn for another blanket for Sweet Pea. I had the multi-colored yarn ("Haway") in my stash already. It was some clearanced novelty yarn that I found not long after discovering I was pregnant. I don't usually buy novelty yarn, but this had, "Make me into a baby knit!" written all over it!

The problem was that I didn't have any yarn to knit with it. So, on Saturday I bought some Patons Astra (acrylic) in white, hot green and hot blue. Again, I usually don't buy acrylic, but I want to be able to throw this blanket into the washer & dryer & not worry about how it might hold up. The yarn is soft, the colors are perfect for my little boy, and in this case, I will avoid being a yarn snob.

I'm sorry to say that I haven't done much knitting for Tyson in the last few months. Between Christmas knits & baby knits, I just haven't found the time. He hasn't seemed to notice, but late last week, he started looking at my knitting and asking, "Is that for me Mommy?"

He's also started to notice a few neat looking items appearing in our house... for the baby, and has made some comments about them. Now, I have to brag on my boy, because he NEVER asks for anything. I could take him on a three hour tour of Toys-R-Us and he wouldn't ask me to buy him a thing. He also hasn't said anything to indicate that he's feeling lost in all the commotion of construction and baby preparation, but I'm beginning to suspect that he is feeling a little lost in the shuffle. I know this could only get worse if we don't head it off now, so I've made sure to spend some extra time playing with him this weekend, and I promised him a new knit.

I bought this: ...some Davos-Mouline (?) in the brightest blue I could find. It's a wool-acrylic blend & I must admit that I found it in the sale basket. But it is absolutely his favorite color of blue, it's amazingly soft, and it will be perfect for this:I asked Ty what he wanted, and he said he wanted a new "sleepy friend" (stuffed animal suitable to be a napping companion at preschool). I found a few patterns, and he chose this elephant. It's adorable! This will be my first attempt to knit a toy, so I hope it goes well!

I also bought a couple more balls of the Oh My! in pale yellow. I ran out two weeks ago and had to stop knitting Sweet Pea's Log Cabin blanket. I'm pretty sure I have enough to finish it now.
Well, that's all for now. Have a great day!

1 comment:

IndigoMuse said...

I've been tempted to knit that elephant. He's way too cute. There's a cute elephant that Ysolda (on Rav) designed that's pretty cute too. Can't wait to see how he/she turns out.