The Joy of Booties and the Challenges of Blocking While Pregnant

Over the last week I’ve been both incredibly productive in my knitting – finishing the second piece of my Floral Jumper, finally (if albeit lazily) blocking out the baby knits I’ve been meaning to, and finishing my Walk in the Woods shawl – and yet so fickle all at the same time since I cast on another new baby sweater (a Little Baby Sweater by Purl Soho, which is one of my favourite things to knit for babies and that even I had been surprised I hadn’t cast on for Boy yet) and a pair of Hooties by Kedi Kedi.

Really I blame the Hooties on my swatch for the Little Baby Sweater, which I used mostly to debate colour combinations – knowing I wanted to use some leftover Cascade Yarns Heritage Solids as the MC but unsure what would be a good contrast to the extremely vibrant red.

So I surprised myself and swatched and I’m glad I did because I went into thinking that I would totally end up using the mini skein of Hedgehog Fibres Sock (in Crybaby) that I’ve been dying to use since I bought it only to decide I liked the grey contrast of the leftover Neighborhood Fiber Co. Studio Sock (in Thomas Circle) much, much better.

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But…the Crybaby! It called to be used. Needed to be used. I had already used most of the skein of Pollen I had bought with intentions of pairing with it for that Playdate cardigan, where was my empathy for Crybaby? So I did the only rational thing I could think of: cast on a pair of Hooties.

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I do have to admit these were a wee bit frustrating to start; 26 sts in fingering weight on 3.25mm needles (yes, I upped my needle size because I have never seen a set of 3mm needles before) can be super finicky and annoying and thank gosh there’s only 26 sts per row…but luckily the finished results were totally worth it.

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I ended up using some of the Pollen colourway for the soles (and I still have some leftover again!) and to embroider little x’s on for the eyes. I basically spent a good ten minutes gushing over them to Husband when I was finished them because

a) I can’t believe that there’s someone with small enough feet to fit into these, and

b) It only took me an hour and 20 minutes to make one. It’s true. I timed myself.

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App used is Timespotter  by Classy Jackal

I’m seriously considering making another pair, although now I’m really trying to refocus and finish up completely some of my other projects. Like sewing snaps on the freshly “blocked” dungarees (I’m dreading this), and buttons on Playdate (I don’t think I have enough) and possibly the worst of all: properly blocking and pinning out the Floral Jumper and Walk in the Woods shawl.

Now, you might be wondering why I’m worried about blocking these. Blocking is generally my friend and a great ally for making my handknits look fantastic, and I was actually quite excited to block out both to see the differences….until I realized that somehow….in some way….I was going to have to finagle a way onto my hands and knees to shuffle around to pin them out….with an almost 9 month baby belly in my way.

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Let me just emphasize a fact for anyone who has never been in this knitting or biological predicament before: I can barely roll myself out of bed in the morning without getting out of breath. How in valhalla am I going to heft my weight around to pin on the ground? But the thought of waiting to block these until after the baby is here makes inner-rational-Tor laugh and laugh and laugh because when will I ever have time to block with a newborn baby?!

Maybe my grandmother will take pity on me as that’s where I’m planning on blocking again if I decide I can actually manage it…

The Joy of Booties and the Challenges of Blocking While Pregnant

I Haven’t Actually Knit Since When!?

Yup. I’m ashamed to admit that I’ve just realized that even though I’ve dragged project bags around with me to various places and rooms around the house, I haven’t actually done any work on them since, oh, Thursday.

I think this is one of the longest times I’ve gone without knitting. Except I’m pretty sure I know why I’m kicking my feet a wee bit when it comes to finishing up a couple projects.

One is sleeves.

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The body of a Playdate cardigan knit in Neighborhood Fiber Co. Studio Sock in Thomas Circle with the edgings knit with Hedgehog Fibres’ Sock in Pollen

I’ve noticed that I notoriously dislike knitting sleeves. I don’t do too badly when they are knit separately, but for some reason when they are knit from the body, I always stall. Which is weird to me because I highly dislike seaming shoulder caps to bodies. ‘Tis a mystery, which will probably never be explained.

The other reason is lace.

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What lace, you may be asking. It’s there, I promise.

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This muddled pile of lace is the start of Heartfelt  from Interpretations Vol. 3 by Veera Välimäki (& Joji Locatelli) and is being knit from the freshly frogged madelinetosh 80/10/10 fingering I had been using for a Be Kind shawl from the same book. Now, don’t get me this wrong, this lace has actually been pretty pleasant to knit, the real problem is that the pattern is digital, which means every time I want to work on it I have to drag my laptop around because it’s my only electronic thing that I can also zoom in and properly keep track of what row I’m on. I’ve just printed off a legit paper copy and will be using my handy dandy row tracker to help me keep track from now on. Oh, the knitting location possibilities now!

In non-knitting exciting news, which have also probably been contributing to my lack of knitting is that a) I’ve hit the third trimester mark! Whaaaaaat!

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And then on top of this exhausting milestone is that we’ve finally bought a house! Woo! We are very excited and I’ve been obsessed with pinning home decor and paint ideas (I’ve almost got Husband convinced to let me use the spare bedroom closet as a yarn closet!), and I’m just so happy this little one will actually have a real nursery to be brought home to rather than a dark basement, no matter how many cozy knits surround him in said basement.

 

I Haven’t Actually Knit Since When!?

Knits & Bumps

So far, 2017 has been pretty good. I mean, yeah, we’re only about a week in, but still. I think it’s a good omen. Since returning from the craziness of our trip to Washington and Christmas (although my maternal side of the family actually ended up celebrating our Christmas this past Saturday, which was coincidentally orthodox/Ukrainian Christmas) I have managed to finish MULTIPLE projects! What! I know!

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I finally picked up the last “sleeve,” if you can even call it a sleeve, on the Puerperium Cardigan I had started a bit ago in Indigodragonfly’s SuperBaa DK in What the Hay!? It’s super adorable and I can see why so many people have knit it; but I found even following the gauge, I really don’t think this turned out to be a newborn size.

Next I finished the Super Easy Crib Blanket I talked about in my last post. I unfortunately haven’t taken a picture yet but I promise it’s very beautiful, and I can’t wait to wrap up Baby S. in it.

In everyday life, knitting has been getting a little bit harder. If only because of the balancing act I have to do between knitting, cat, and bump:

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Cat in the colourway Black with the Aviara Pullover I’ve been knitting as a Sweet Georgia Superwash Sport (in Sapphire!) for Needles in the Hay

Someone has become a bit of a suck lately. Whether because he can tell that soon he will be ousted from his position of baby of the family, or because he’s been trapped downstairs in our room (because of my sister’s dog who’s staying with us right now), who knows but I favour the former.

And speaking of which, I think this will be the last week where I’ll be able to wear most of my pullovers…

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Please enjoy this slightly erroneous bump picture.

Ah, the joys of a growing belly that is threatening to stretch out all your handknits! Baby S. is a-coming soon, and I cannot believe how fast time seems to be flying by. We recently found out the sex of the baby (Eeeeeee!!!) and I think that may be the theme of my next post, aka my top picks (thus far!) of “appropriate” gender-specific knitting patterns. Because who doesn’t enjoy a good list of adorable baby patterns?

 

Knits & Bumps