The boys, including Hubby, are all asleep upstairs, and I have my first moment of real quiet since Knittybaby has been born. I wasn't quite sure what to do with myself, so I thought I'd get out the heaps of pictures I've been saving up. Despite the fact that Knittybaby is not quite three weeks old, we have had actual knitting going on, because what could be more perfect than snuggling with your sweet baby, asleep on your lap, and knitting a sock for him? You can't beat that!
I love these early weeks, when you get to spend so much time just nursing, rocking, and enjoying this new little person. It is much different this time, as Little Man wants to share my lap too, but we all manage to fit into the rocker together and overall we are all doing well.
So first, my knitting: The garter stitch booties. Way too small, for starters, (I never checked the guage, I know...) and I'm not convinced they are the most practical item. They will be frogged for a pair of Knittybaby socks.
Next we have socks that I started for Little Man back in January. Since then he seems to have grown about two inches and gained about five pounds (or maybe it's having a new baby but he seems HUGE lately!). There is no way these will fit him, so Knittybaby can grow into them istead. These have been my nursing knitting. How does one nurse a baby and knit? We'll get to that another day.
Next, a quick hat I knitted up for my friend's baby. She had her son a little over a month before me, and I missed her shower the other weekend. So this will be going to her next time I see her. I use Knitpicks Andean Silk for this one.
This is the Garter Stitch Jacket from the Debbie Bliss "Baby Knits" book. I started this before Knittybaby was born, and although it is supposed to fit three to six months, it seems huge. I got gauge, so I'm not sure what is going on. I'm ready to start the sleeves so I'm going to do some measuring and see what changes I might make first. I'm using the Rowan Baby Soft I picked up last month. I like it; it feels like I'm knitting with fleece.
Moving on from my knitting, these are gifts that Knittybaby received from my grandmother. Aren't they lovely? My grandma is the one who taught me how to knit. She made sure that I got a good start, making me practice my knits and purls until I got them right. I credit her with the fact that I typically get nice, even stitches and a steady guage. She has given me a gift by teaching me to knit, and she has given both my boys some beautiful sweaters that I will save to pass on to them once they have children of their own.
These are the icing on the cake: crocheted booties from my Great-Grandmother. She passed away about 12 years ago, and these booties are a legacy of hers. I'm sure that she churned out hundreds of these booties. I've inherited about 8 pairs myself from family members who saved them. She made them for anyone she encountered who had a new baby, even if she barely knew them. She loved babies and loved making these for people, and I have fond memories of watching her make them. She is the reason I still would like to learn more about crochet than the basic potholders she taught me to make. She was a wonderful, loving woman and I miss her very much. She would have gone crazy over Little Man and Knittybaby!
Finally, something just for fun. I came across this contest atKate's
website and thought it was a hoot. So here is my "cupboard over the fridge:"
It isn't really over the fridge. We have a pre-fridge house, so instead I just have "the incredibly high cupboard" that I need a stool to reach. So what do we have? First, all the vitamins and herbal remedies that need to be kept out of reach from Little Man, but since they are so high we often forget to take them. They are the only thing that actually comes in and out. Otherwise I've got old tupperwear flour containers (I HOPE they are empty!) the dogs toothbrush, a piece of pottery with a wolf on top, and my old asthma measurer (I can't remember the actual name of it, and my asthma rarely bothers me anymore). Oh, and some rice flour from when I planned on making dog biscuits.
The side view has the popcorn popper that we do actually use, a neti pot, and the espresso maker that makes such bad espresso now that we never use it. I'm sure there is more behind it but I am afraid to look!
This is by far the longest post I've done, and Knittybaby is up again and nursing, so I'd better stop here. One thing I am not good at is nursing and typing! So I'm off to snuggle with my little guy and enjoy a relaxing Sunday evening.