‘Baby knitting’ Archive
I have been totally neglecting the blog lately. I have been doing a little knitting but I have no pictures to show for it. It's getting to be that time of year when all of the knitting pictures are going to suck because of the grey weather and necessity of indoor shots due to too much wind and cold. I would call it a Bleak Midwinter but winter isn't even here yet so I better suck it up!
In my list of projects to photograph are a baby hat, and baby socks (well sock right now, I'll finish the 2nd one soon. How pathetic would I be if I got 2nd sock syndrome on a baby sock that took like an hour to knit???), and if you can believe it, a pair of ADULT size mittens! I'm nearly finished with my first pair of Elizabeth Zimmermann's Norwegian mittens. If you haven't seen them before you can see some great examples here or if you are a Ravelry member (which I am I just haven't put anything on there yet) you can do a search for Norwegian mittens and come up with some great examples. I'm knitting mine, as so many before have, in Knit Picks Telemark. It takes about 2 balls each of main color and contrast color, which means about $8 a pair. Whoot! I nearly had a heartattack last night as I found myself just beginning to decrease for the tip of the hand on mitten #2 and I only had a yard of main color left. What the hell??? Then as I resigned myself to having an unfinished mitten I reached for my bag of Telemark (I have several other colors ready to be knitted into mittens as well) and low and behold, there was another ball of each of the 2 colors I'd been using. I hadn't even tapped into the 2nd ball yet for either color! I'm finding I am a rather tight knitter in stranded knitting. Most people can knit to gauge (6st/in) in this yarn on size 3 needles but I've had to jump up to sz 5 and the finished product is still a bit snug at about 61/2-7sts/in. I've ordered a set of size 6 dpn's for the next pair. I don't recall ever having knit so tightly on anything else before, and I've even made a conscious effort to relax, but oh well.
In baby news…This is the last day of my 22nd week. I had a dr.'s appointment last Friday and I'm measuring a bit big (28cm) which has me a little worried. My dr. said not to worry, I'm a relatively short person with a short torso so there probably isn't much room for the baby to go lenghtwise. But even though she said not to worry, my dr. still ordered a 2nd ultrasound to check things out. Ugh. Not that I didn't love seeing the baby in our first u/s but it does hit us in the pocketbook as our insurance doesn't pay for it. I suppose I'd rather know that the baby was healthy and everything was ok, but it's hard to pay for everything. So in a month I'll be having u/s #2 and my glucose tolerance test as well as an antibody screen as I'm Rh negative. I feel a little like the subject of a science experiment. The Rh negative thing I can't do anything about, I just hope that the screen will be negative for antibodies and I can just get a shot of RhoGam and be done with it. And I suppose the glucose screen is also necessary, I've had a couple of friends who had gestational diabetes so best to check for it. Plus since I already have high blood pressure, better to be safe than sorry.
Aside from the medical mumbo jumbo, the baby (a.k.a. Spike) is really jumping now. Just a few weeks ago I was lucky if I felt a little barely recognizeable squirm or flutter. Now there are some definite kicks going on! I usually can feel some kicking after I eat breakfast, a few in the afternoon and then again after dinner. Then he gets some good ones in at bedtime when I'm lying in bed reading. That's usually when it's easiest for Brad to feel them. He can't always feel movement but sometimes Spike will give a good kick and B can feel it. Sometimes it's easier to see the movement, as my belly will twitch and bounch when Spike does his acrobatics. That's pretty wild. He also likes to do a little dance after my 5am trip to the bathroom. Hope he learns to sleep a little later!
It's been very cool getting to finally feel the baby in a way that I don't have to question. Before it was so hard to tell and I had so many people asking me if I'd felt him move yet. I felt like an idiot having to say "not that I can tell." I know he was moving, we saw that on my 18week ultrasound, but i just couldn't feel anything more than an occasional flutter that I could only assume was him. Now to honestly know he's moving is weird and creepy and exciting and reassuring all at once.
Ok, hope this post hasn't been totally lame and boring since there were no pictures and no real knitting content to speak of, but hey, I'm trying to get out of my blogging rut so that's how it goes. Hopefully I can get some pics up soon.
Fair Isle Yoked Cardigan for Baby
The gloomy weather abated long enough this weeked for me to whip some buttons on this baby and get it out for a photo shoot. Teddy was a very obliging model, although you may not get the best images of the sweater in the photo above so here are some more detail shots….
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Here's the sweater pre-buttons. I followed Elizabeth Zimmermann's instructions for a baby size Fair Isle Yoked sweater as found in Knitting Around. I'm not sure about the yoke, it seems a bit long. I fear the armholes may be a little low and this kid may end up looking like a red, white and blue penguine in this sweater! But we'll see. I wasn't sure if I'd like the blousy sleeve but we'll see when I actually get to try it on a human. This was also my first experience with button bands. Usually if I cut open a sweater for a cardigan I just sew in a zipper with an icord border or something but I figured a baby sweater would be the perfect chace to try my luck. It went surprisingly well. I didn't have to rip anything out or start over. I'm not sure if the buttonholes will be tight enough, I may have to sew them up a little with some matching thread. I am also thinking of sewing some kind of facing onto the cut edges I tacked under. They are not very attractive and I worry about them coming loose after a few washings, even though I tried to sew them down very thoroughly.
The colors in all of these pictures are ridiculously off. My Crapshot 2000 has got to be the worst camera ever. Even outdoor pictures do not show the true colors of my knitting. I hope to someday be able to afford a nice higher end digital, especially with Spike on the way. I fear he may always look blurry or completely washed out!
The yarn is Knit Picks Swish DK superwash wool in Hollyberry, Dusk, Pale Lemon and White. It is very soft and will be very gentle on baby's skin, but I'm not sure if I like the yarn otherwise. It relaxed significantly after I washed and blocked it. I DID make a swatch cap before starting the sweater but in no way did it just sort of lose all it's sproingyness (good English here….) and elasticity the way the sweater did. I think the sweater is still relatively the same size, I was just amazed at how much body it lost. But my biggest gripe is that it bled HORRIBLY! The white in the yoke is now a sort of pale pink and the yellow is not looking so hot either. I expected some bleeding, but hoped there would be no real color transfer. I even poured some vinegar in the wash water to try to prevent it (BTW I did NOT wash this sweater in the machine, I did it by hand as I was afraid the steek stitches may come unraveled in the machine). I am starting to realize why people fork out the big bucks for yarn, even for baby sweaters, as you don't want to see your work ruined because of crappy yarn. Has anyone else had this problem with any of Knit Picks yarns? Can anyone recommend a good and not bank-breaking yarn to use for baby sweaters? I will still use this sweater as long as it fits, and I am not displeased with the work itself, it just didn't turn out as wonderful as I'd hoped. But, as with everything, we live and learn. I'm sure this yarn would be great for a solid color sweater, it just didn't work so well for colorwork.
And moving on, here we have a soon to be FO….
A nearly finished Baby Surprise Jacket (also EZ in action). This will be my first although I have a second larger size on the needles….somewhere….This yarn is again a Knit Picks purchase, their Bare fingering weight which I then hand dyed with some Wiltons cake icing dyes. And again, thanks to my Crapshot camera, the colors shown are no where near the real thing. The real thing is shades of subtle red, blues, and a caramel brown. Much more attractive than what you see here. I will try to get some better shots once this officially becomes a FO. Which it never will if I don't get knitting! So I'm off! Happy Knitting all!
P.S. The fuzzy blue hat Teddy is sporting above a la Paddington Bear, is my attempt at a felted bucket hat knitted from Peace Fleece worsted weight. I made this sometime ago and have never worn it, but felt Teddy was really missing something without a hat and this one worked perfectly!
There has been a real lack of blogging–and lack of knitting–around Chez KnitWit this summer. And I'll give you some clues why…..
My knitting is "mysteriously" shrinking….
It's not my birthday but I've gotten lots of cards and gifts….
And, my library now contains a plethora of new reading materials which have kept me busy and informed:
(I seriously did not buy all of these books! I only bought one, the rest have been thoughtfully gifted to me!)
So there you have it, dear readers. And you are all so smart I'm positive you've figured out the riddle by this time! That's right, we're getting a puppy–no wait, that's what Brad's hoping for….WE'RE HAVING A BABY!
I'm 15 weeks along and due March 12. I know most moms-to-be in the blog-iverse announced their news far earlier in their pregnancies, but it took us awhile to inform all of our family and friends and I didn't want people to find out via the internet!! So hopefully, if you're a friend or family member reading this, you already know the news. If not, please forgive me, I'm blaming all of my forgetfulness on pregnancy brain!
So here's the lowdown…Now that I am happily in the 2nd trimester, I can feel pretty good about being pregnant. I've gotten over the scary first trimester worries, I've got my energy back and I'm still in my regular clothes. Not too shabby! The first trimester, I was worthless! I have to admit I have had it a lot better than some of the other soon to be moms whose blogs I've been reading. I have had no bouts with morning sickness. I've had only mild smell aversions (garlic and garbage–both make me turn green!) and no food aversions–and yet I'm still in my regular clothes (whoo hoo!). It was the fatigue that killed me.
I was horribly tired the first several weeks. I'm not usually a nap person, but seriously by 3:00 I was miserably tired. I finally had to admit I needed naps, and would conk out as soon as my head hit the pillow, only to wake up 2-3 hours later! And then sometimes I'd only wake up if the phone rang or Brad came home from work! (of course it didn't help that I was getting up 4-5 times a night to go to the bathroom. Talk about interrupted sleep!) I think B was actually quite worried about me, not just because of the fatigue, but my sudden lack of interest in doing anything –including and especially knitting! He was sure I had some sort of post-partum depression only pre-partum! All I felt like doing was sitting on the couch, watching TV. I had just signed up for a water aerobics class the day I found out I was pregnant, and it was so hard trying to get myself to class at 5:00. The thought of exercising was a miserable one! But once I was in the water and moving, it felt great. It was low impact and you could move at your own pace, it was perfect. Not to mention the 5 weeks during which I was taking the class were some of the hottest of the summer! I felt better after class, energized enough to go home and make dinner and maybe take a walk with B but I was ready for bed again by 9!
At 12 weeks I had an appointment with my doctor where we were finally going to listen for the heartbeat. B came along for this appointment and we're both glad he did. I'd read so much about how sometimes it's hard to hear the heartbeat with a doppler, even at 12 weeks so I was trying not to expect too much. But as soon as my Dr. touched the wand to my belly we could hear a little thumpity thumpity thump, loud and clear! My Dr. said it sounded really good and strong. It was awesome! I don't think we really thought it was real until then. I think that was sort of a reality check for B. Although I still don't think it will really sink in for him until I start to show. After that we finally started feeling like we could safely tell everyone. Labor Day we finally spilled the beans to B's parents and after that it was like tidal wave, we were telling everyone and getting phone calls and emails from tons of family and friends. I thought, man, is this what it takes to get our phone to ring??? Then the cards and gifts started showing up. It's wonderful to know that we have a great family and circle of friends who will be just as anxious and excited about this baby as we are.
So now that I've got my desire to knit back, there will hopefully be more posts on the blog in the upcoming weeks. For the details on the baby knits in the above picture you can check out my Knits 2007 page. I'll keep you posted on how all the knitting and baby plans are going!
There has been a serious lack of knitting around Chez KnitWit lately. Call it a summer slump. I finished my monstrous log cabin baby blanket back in June and that's all I've accomplished since then! Until today…
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This is Elizabeth Zimmermann's Baby Surplice Jacket from Spun Out #43.
This is my first attempt at knitting this (or any of EZ's baby jackets) pattern and I wasn't sure what to think at first. It sounded like a great concept–a v-neck wrap around sweater that could grow with the baby.
but as I began the increases for the sleeves, I wasn't sure what EZ was thinking.
But as usual, EZ knew what she was doing and the increases created a very cute, mitred sleeve. I'm guessing it's probably elbow length, I chose not to make the sleeve longer as I was just testing out the pattern. And I chose to use button closures instead of the i-cord belt. It just seemed simpler to me.
With no baby to test this on, I am wondering how the sweater will "grow". Because both of the buttons are under the front flap, one of them will have to be moved in order to increase the size of the sweater circmference. And I'm wondering if the phoney side seams will start to look wonky as you increase the size of the sweater and the body begins to wrap farther around. Has anyone out there made this sweater? If so, could you let me know how it works in use? I plan to make a little hat and booties to go with the sweater and if nothing else, it will be a nice gift set to have handy for the many friends and family members who are becoming new moms.
You can see more specs on the Baby Surplice Jacket on my Knits 2007 page. Also posted on the Zimmermania blog here.