I started hat & mittens based on this pattern and a pattern from Robin Hansen for the mittens. They have been mostly done, but were waiting to be sewn together. Not wanting Gísli to be eaten up by the Yule Cat, I simply had to finish.
I started this before any baby project, but it sat in my bag waiting to be finished until we went on a trip last weekend. I got the pattern from an Icelandic knitting magazine, but it’s a free pattern available from Garnstudio. I modified the bunny a little to make it more like a sheep, but hubby thinks it looks like a dog and big brother thinks it’s a bear.
I have been having fun decorating t-shirts and onesies. I really want to do some linoleum printing because I have some great ideas, but not sure when I would have time to carve lino tiles.
Method #1- Heat N Bond
Designs from Beehive Collective
Method #2 -Avery dark transfer paper for inkjet
The sad news: the last local bookstore near me is closing, for real estate reasons (rather than business ones).
The good news: all books were half off, so I acquired the great book Mend It Better by Kristin M Roach. A great reference for how to do various sewing repairs, plus some fun creative ideas on embellishing or upcycling. Some of these are things my mother never taught me, and it’s good to have a reference. I think this would be a great gift for a young girl going off to college.
So my original due date must have been correct because a large but not post-term baby was born on 18 May; he was 8 lbs 14 oz (4 kg).
Here are some pictures, finally, from Gísli’s birth.
We are having a beautiful summer rain storm right now which feels great after the brief heat wave that we have had.
I haven’t had much time to do anything between school and work and my little one, so I haven’t posted much lately.
The baby was originally due tomorrow, but my midwife told me early on that I was measuring big and asked was I really sure of the date… so she sent me for a sonogram that told me the baby was due on 5 May. I’m thinking the original date was probably more correct, but we’ve been kind of on edge since then, wondering what will happen. I’m still working although I have cut my hours back a little bit, because I want to have as long of a leave as possible after the baby comes. Since I only get 3 months, I don’t want to waste the time sitting around waiting.
I’m hoping the baby isn’t waiting for this blanket to be finished, because we will be waiting a long time…
I wanted to make a strawberry hat for the baby. I used KnitPicks CotLin because it’s a summer baby, even though the new baby size is rather large. The pattern is available free online, but I was using a translated version from a magazine that was photocopied, and the chart key didn’t make it (either to the magazine or the photocopy I was using)… so I did the chart piece completely wrong and had to rip it back. I caught back up though and I think it came out pretty cute!
I actually finished these on New Years Day. But then I looked at them and thought that I had knit two of the wrong side because both thumbs seemed to be on the left (or is it right?) side. I started knitting mitten #3 and realized I had gone too far without starting the thumb gusset… and then it dawned on me that these aren’t the sort of mittens that have left/right sides. I just needed to shift the mitten around so it looked right! We’ll call that pregnancy brain at work (yes… a new baby is coming in May).
The mittens are Chicky Feet Mittens from Flying Geese and Partridge Feet. I used Brown Sheep Superwash sport yarn.