Thursday, June 26, 2008

It's a Girl!

Even before we got pregnant, we decided we would wait for the baby was born to find out the gender. We wanted that "it's a boy/girl" moment in the delivery room and thought it was worth waiting the extra 6 months. That is, until we got pregnant and I realized I would be significantly limited in my knitting and sewing for the little one. I'm not a boy=blue / girl=pink type, but I would certainly make different selections for the nursery and wardrobes. So, I've been counting down to June 19th for the past oh, two or three months. Our "big" ultrasound.

It's a girl!

The wheels immediately started turning and my brain spilled over with ideas for must-knit baby sweaters and booties and of course, the bedding set. After spending at least 4 or 5 hours pouring over fabric online (seriously), I finally just went to my local quilt shop (LQS? Does that work?) to see some fabrics in person. I decided every baby deserves Amy Butler and stocked up on some prints from her Midwest Modern line. She really outdoes her self with every new collection, doesn't she?

Here's the haul...

I'm excited about my choices, modern and not super girly. Plus, the fabrics match her sage green nursery. Bonus.

All the fabric is washed and pressed and a pattern has been chosen. I'm hoping to make some good progress this weekend.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Dusting off the Blog

I keep popping in and out of this blog despite promises to stick around... Sorry about that. And more than anything, I'm so sorry I've been absent on your blogs and lack of comments. I've missed being a productive member of blogciety, though, and I'll be catching up in the next couple days. This time, I have good reason for falling off the face of the earth!

But first, I have some FOs and WIPs to report, but photos only for this little sweater... I made this sweater for my cousin's baby, Jos. I've been saving this yarn for a baby boy sweater, but it seems that most of my pregnant friends and family wait until the baby's born to find out the gender. So, a blue sweater doesn't always work. Until this time! Now, I'm just crossing my fingers that it will fit him in the Fall.

Baby Surprise Jacket

The sweater was held in customs at the Paris airport for the last several days, apparently it was questionable because it was wrapped. Of course, the first handknit item I trust in the mail! Thankfully, I heard from my cousin today, she loves the sweater, and said her first through upon opening the package was, "I wonder if they make these in adult sizes." I'll take that as a compliment!

There's not much to say about this sweater that hasn't already been said. EZ is obviously a genius. I just sat back and trusted her directions and voila - a funny shaped panel of knitting magically transfrormed into an adorable baby sweater. If only it could change diapers, too.


Pattern: Surprise Baby Jacket by Elizabeth Zimmermann
Yarn: Socks that Rock Medium Weight in Bella Coola (2007 Sock Club Kit)
Needles: Size 6 Addi Circs
Time to Knit: A trimester.

Did any of you catch that part? So, this is the first of many baby items, but finally I will be making them for my baby!

As much as I wanted to be productive with blogging and knitting, it just hasn't been in the cards the past few months. Knitting made me nauseous, sitting up made me nauseous, thinking about sitting up made me nauseous. You get the picture. And that's the just the nausea, the exhaustion is an entirely different story. As much as it would be nice to chronicle this time, I even paused my 365 self portrait project because all my photos were of me sleeping. In any case, I'm well into my second trimester now and hope this will be a permanent re-entry to blogland.

We find out next week if we're having a boy or a girl, so I can dive into my baby knitting and sewing. My baby (also called "the fetus" and "the little macaroni") is due in November and will require a full stock of handknits, so I have to get cracking. Also, I hope to make a quilt and other decorations for the nursery. At least baby items are small and conducive to summer knitting.