Monday, May 20, 2013

Camp Loopy

I must be a little loopy as I signed up and bought yarn to participate in Camp Loopy this summer. I remember watching others do this last summer but it was too crazy with moving for me to commit. This summer... well, it will probably be a little crazier with a new baby, but I wanted to play along. The Loopy Ewe hosts this event. There is a new knitting challenge for June, July and August, and there are prizes involved. Of course, it's really a way for them to sell yarn although you can use yarn from your stash if it is one that they sell. However, if you buy yarn for all 3 projects and complete them in the time given, you will receive a free skein. You can read all the details here.

This is the yarn I bought for the first challenge which requires using at least 375yards of a lace or fingering yarn. Only 1 skein allowed for the project. I picked this yarn because those are my colours. I love green and purple together, especially when pregnancy hormones aren't making me buy every orange thing in sight. Anyway, I plan on making this scarf. It looks like a simple pattern to memorize and I'll just knit until I run out of yarn. The skein is over 400 yards, so as long as I get it done and a picture posted by July 1st, I'll have completed my first project. Don't know what the challenge will be for July and August yet, so I might only participate for June. Who knows.

I think a lot will depend on this little guy and if he becomes a good napper when his older siblings are home all day once school is done on June 13th.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Finally!

9 days after his due date, our little guy finally arrived on Thursday, May 9th. Born at home, as planned, he's fitting into the family like he's been here a lot more than a week. Above he is wearing one of the hats I made him weeks ago, just a few hours after he was born.

Going for his first car ride, he again wore his green hat. He's also wearing the little blue cardigan I knit him but you can only see his shoulder peaking out from under his blanket.

This is the quilt my sister made him. It's an I-spy, row quilt . My older son spotted some fabrics he recognized from projects I've made him. I love it. And I love that she used pink and some flowery fabric, for a boy quilt.

The back. The older kids really like it.

Baby (still haven't decided on a name) cooperated this afternoon and I was able to get some pictures of him with his quilt.

He's yawning, not crying.


Beautiful boy. Thanks, Aunt Sarah

Monday, May 6, 2013

In Progress

Since baby still hasn't made an appearance, I've cast on a few things to keep myself busy.
My daughter's birthday is less than a month away. I cast on this cardigan for her, pattern here, It will have 3/4 sleeves and is size 11/12. I am aiming for this to fit her this fall. If I don't get it done for her birthday than I'll give to her for Christmas. So far I have the body complete to the armholes (bottom part of picture) and have started the first sleeve.

Started crocheting the parts to this toy car for the baby. Going to put a cat toy inside so it rattles.

I started this cardigan months ago, planning on giving it to a niece but changed my mind. However, I didn't take it off the needles. Going to try and finish it for my daughter as well. I made her one last year for her birthday in blue. This is one size bigger. You can see the one I made last year, here.

I wonder if I'll be able to finish any of these before baby appears. I really hope not.

Sunday, May 5, 2013

One last little finish?

Still waiting on baby (5 days late now). I have hopefully finished the last little item for him before he is born. A newborn cardigan. A nice, quick knit. 

Complete with dinosaur buttons. Now he just needs to arrive so he can wear it before the summer weather arrives.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Little Finishes

While we wait for baby to arrive (2 days late), I've been able to get a few little things complete.
I finished the Autumn Dreams cardigan. Size 6 months. Have already washed it, just need a baby.

Gave it one little birdy button.

Had enough yarn leftover to make a little hat. Hopefully he will fit both at the same time.

My mom is staying with us for a little bit and commented/complained about the state of dishcloths at our house. I picked up some yarn and we went about making some new ones. I crocheted the one above.

My mother knit this one. It's been awhile since she has knitted and was a little rusty but got better as she went.

She got so good that we went to JoAnn's yesterday and bought more yarn and she made this in an evening. It is smaller but I was very impressed.

She even bought herself needles. It was really neat to knit with her since she's the one that taught me to knit many, many years ago when I was 8.

I finished a second one today. Think we're good for now but we bought quite a bit of yarn so I think we'll both be giving washcloths as gifts this Christmas.

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