Sunday, March 22, 2015

Baby Hats (Big Surprise?)

I've been slacking a bit with the knitting and crocheting. Just feeling slow, and my hands aren't as happy as they were. I think I need to have my chiro work on them again tomorrow. I can't *not* make things though, so here is what I've managed lately.

This one was made mostly during my birth class. I'm thinking of keeping it, if for no other reason than that. :)

Charity hat. I was going to take it to WIC, but we shall see. It might go to the Yarnology knitting group instead.

These are for Fritz. I called them Diaper Bag Booties and Diaper Bag Hat. They were supposed to be a set but the hat came out rather bigger than the booties. They should both fit him eventually though. They are in the diaper bag, for those times when you encounter unexpected chilliness.

Charity hat using a whole small skein I got on clearance at JoAnn's. It's very soft, but a pain to work with as most boucle yarns are.

These two use scraps that I found at this tiny thrift store in Winona, MN. I went there on a whim on Friday and there were three bags of scraps and partials that screamed "We want to be stripes!" So I brought them home and they are indeed becoming stripes. These will probably be donated to Sacred Heart Hospital. The gray is a skein of Simply Soft that Kathy got for me a while back.

Last one! This is a simple sideways crochet hat pattern (I found this one on the Care Wear website). I did the largest size, but it seemed a little short, so I decided to make a nice edging on it. I'm pretty pleased with how the edge turned out. :) The colors are really purple and lavender, so the lacy edging really makes it pretty and spring like. It will go with the two gray hats to a hospital.

That's the last FO I have for now. I've been knitting on a red and blue hat today, using some mill ends from JoAnn's and another of the little scrap balls, but I'm only about half done, if that. Looks pretty nice so far though. It's going to be another charity hat.

I do want to do some more socks or booties for Fritz... it's the whole "PAIRS" thing that's slowing me down. I'll get there though.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Finished a Few Things

I broke down and bought a new hook, and I finished up Fritz's blanket! :)

It's so soft! :)

His sweater has the start of a sleeve, but I haven't gotten too much farther on it.

I did make booties for him!

I started a hat to match these booties. I'm calling these booties and hat "Diaper Bag Booties" and "Diaper Bag Hat" because that's just where they are going. I got to thinking that I should keep a hat and booties in the bag, because there are lots of variable for a warm weather baby. You have them dressed for heat, and then you go in somewhere that's chilly, like the grocery store. :) Yay knitting excuse.

Last Saturday I went to an all-day birthing class at Sacred Heart. It was sort of interesting. I did some internal head shaking about a few things, but I also liked some of the things I heard. They're pretty adamant about the breastfeeding, which makes me happy. They said they want skin to skin for at least an hour after Baby is born! Oh that sounds like bliss.

32 weeks today......

Monday, March 2, 2015

That Was Sudden

I am 30 weeks pregnant. Let me ask you, how the heck did that happen? Still, it could be another 10 weeks before Fritz is here... or it could be 8, with each passing day bringing it closer.

Having a bit of an omg flail.

I started a sweater and a blanket but have finished neither. The hook for the blanket has mysteriously vanished, and I had a cut that wouldn't let me knit for a few days. It's better today though so woo hoo. :-)

We've procured a double stroller and a fantastic new diaper bag, which is partly packed. I've gotten clothes, diapers, two bottles, some emergency formula, a set of pacis, tushie cream, bibs, and possibly some other things I can't think of right now. All that's missing, other than Fritz himself, is his car seat. The more I think about it the more I'm ready to go get it, but Jerek is putting it off. Why, I have no idea, when we're getting other things left and right.

Oh, and I need to get a breastpump, but it's hard to decide which one!!

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Little Crochet Mitts

I made some sweet little crochet mitts tonight, and I said well, I might as well blog about them! :)

Actually, this is how I made them.

They are size newborn+, with a bit f wriggle room. :)


Baby weight yarn. I used Bernat Baby Sport Ombre. You don't need much.

Size F crochet hook.

Scissors and tapestry needle.


Chain 1 and chain 2 counts as first stitch in each round.

Abbreviations used:

HDC: half double crochet
DC: double crochet
CH: chain
Sl ST: slip stitch
ST: stitch
REV SC: reverse single crochet, or crab stitch


Chain 2. Join with sl st to form ring.

Round 1: Ch. 1, work 11 hdc in ring. Join. (12 st.)

Round 2: Ch. 1, hdc in same st as join. 2 hdc in each st around. Join. (24 st.)

Round 3: Ch. 1, do not work in same st as join. Hdc in each st around. Join. (24 st.)

Round 4-11: Ch. 1, work 1 hdc in each st around. Join. (24 sts.)

Round 12: Ch. 2, dc in each st around. (24 st.)

Round 13: Ch. 1, hdc around.

Round 14: Ch. 1, rev sc around.

Fasten off, weave in ends.

Friday, February 6, 2015

Teeny Tears and a Haircut

Today I trimmed Tiri's bangs. She was not happy having her hair brushed (usually isn't) but she thought she looked pretty after I was finished. :)

Look how long it is now! And this is after giving her about an inch worth of a trim maybe a month ago.

And then this evening, I decided to do a bit of sewing.

I've known about Teeny Tears for a while, but I didn't have a sewing machine for a loooooonng time. Now that I have one, I wanted to make some diapers. I made one a while back, but they are donated in pairs. Alas, I couldn't find that first diaper. (Tiri probably took it, she was quite fascinated by it.) So, I cut out enough to make two large and two small, and I made my first two Teeny Tears Diapers sets. :-D They're so tiny, especially the small size. :'-(

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Randomness (and possibly grouchiness)

So I made a plan to blog more often, which is a great thing, right? Yeah.

No idea what to write about.

This is me today:

Jerek's back is acting up again, which what's new there, but the back and forth, "yes I'm going to do this wait no I can't wait maybe it's not so bad oops spoke too soon...." Starting to wear on the crazy pregnant lady. I'm busy enough worrying about whether I actually get a baby to take home at the end of this, without worrying about everything else.

I had a midwife appointment yesterday. It sounds like I'm going to be delivering at real hospital, with my midwife there and working with me as long as everything goes okay... If the male doctor (or any man, for that matter) tries to get between my legs, I fully intend to kick, hard.

This sums up my views on that topic:

*Sigh* and this also means that I need to start the whole hospital birth plan thing. Ugh. Back to researching and planning and worrying and all. I am supposed to have another appointment in 3 weeks to finalize, and I guess I get another appointment with LoRusso sometime in the 30 weeks too.

I found out I get NSTs (non-stress tests) at 32, 34 36, 38 weeks, and when she said that I start doing a little mental math...

That's only 6 weeks away!!!

Cue realization that the third trimester will be here in less than two weeks (less than a week, but some calculations.) ::nervous giggle::

Oh dear.