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

One of Those Days

It’s one of those days where something just doesn’t feel right and so to comfort myself, I’ve been carrying around a couple of skeins for inspiration.

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L-R: 2 mini-skeins of Hedgehog Fibres Sock Minis in Pollen and a mystery skein that I’m pretty sure is Cry Baby, a skein of Soper Creek Yarn exclusive worsted, and a frogged ball of Brooklyn Tweed Loft in Meterorite.

There is something infinitely comforting about having soft, squishy yarn you can cuddle when frustration takes over; especially when you discover your usual blocking area is currently occupied and so your one prominent knitting project is at a standstill until you can go to your grandmother’s to use her floor.

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the prominent knitting project in question: Migration knit in Ambrosia Yarns Woolen

It is quite possible that my entire bad mood today is based on the fact that I’m SO CLOSE to finishing Migration  but can’t until it’s blocked out. On top of that, the buttons I ordered for it arrived today. Why must you mock me, cruel fate?

So I’m contenting myself by finding the perfect project to make me feel happy again – which will probably be a baby knit – until I can finish off Migration.

On a less complainy note, I spent Sunday at Needles in the Hay and finally got a chance to flip through the newest Pom Pom magazine, and was super happy to find this illustration done by my talented cousin included with one of the articles!

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It’s so wonderful when crafting worlds collide in the most unsuspecting ways. If you like the illustration, then I highly suggest heading over to Elena’s blog/shop, Elena’s Treehouse, and checking out more of her stuff.

And then finally, this:

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Ok, I will admit: now I feel a little bit better.

One of Those Days

Blocked: Aviara Pullover

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knit in SweetGeorgia Superwash Sport in Sapphire

Things are getting done around here – finally! I’ve currently got my Aviara Pullover finished and laid out to dry; which I’m sure my cousin is very happy about as this is going to be one of the new samples for her store.

My new goal for this week now is to finish the last sleeve of the Lemongrass sweater I’ve been working on since the early fall (don’t even get me started on the unfinished Breathing Space that is languishing in its project bag) since it’s pretty much the only me project that I’ve started that will still fit me and this ever-growing belly. I’ve promised myself that if I can finish Aviara (check!) and Lemongrass before my next shift at Needles in the Hay that I have permission to start Migration

Mama wants a new cardigan, and she wants it in Ambrosia Yarns.

Blocked: Aviara Pullover

And Back to Your Regular Knitted Programming

Right. So I’m happy to say I completed my goal of finishing a Forest Park Cowl for my grandmother before I ventured back for a wee bit; I even had time to block it! (I can’t, unfortunately, say the same for my stepdad’s Argos hat which has sat neglected and forlorn in my knitting cupboard since I finished it…)

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made with Malabrigo Rios, my #1 love, in Reflecting Pool

The only thing I would change is to possibly make it a little bit longer to compensate for the typical “growing” of the Rios after blocking. Either way though, I’m having a hard time letting go of it. the colour is amazing! The pattern calls for about 300 yards, but it definitely took less than that, as I still have about 3/4 of a skein left! Mmm Rios….

In other knitterly news, I’m also almost done ReynaI’m on the last band of mesh and it’s fantastic.

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made with Ancient Arts Fibre Crafts BFL Fingering in Three Valley Gap 

This colourway is simply gorgeous. It’s amazing to me how in one light it can look a bit muddy and….normal. But then as soon as the sun hits it in the right way, BLAM! It’s a technicolour rainbow of amazing.

This project may also actually end up as a present. As much as I love it, I think I know someone who would love it even more. Besides, then it just gives me an excuse to knit another one….

 

And Back to Your Regular Knitted Programming