Rex is almost a month old and we’re madly in love with him. Here is a short clip of him yawning. Enjoy.
You may have noticed abrupt silence here. (Who am I kidding? There’s silence all the time these days…) But I have a good reason.
Baby Rex arrived on June 1st at 8:55am weighing in at 7lbs 6oz and measuring 18 1/2″ long.
He was supposed to make his entry on June 11th, but decided that he’d like to choose his own birthdate. We are all doing well and as of today he is two weeks old! His current likes include milk, the swing, and sleeping on a parental chest. His dislikes are poopy diapers (can you blame him?), sponge baths, and having to wait for his meals.
Things may be quiet here for a while. (Or they may not. We’ll see how often I’m in the recliner under a sleeping baby.) I do hope to post more pictures of him soon. Perhaps once he grows into all the hats I made…
A while back I finished a sweater for Baby, but only recently got around to uploading the pictures. Despite being a June baby, I felt he needed at least one hand-knit sweater. Hospitals and air conditioned buildings can all be chilly for a newborn, right?
I’ve been dying to knit the Puerperium Cardigan for a while. (Look familiar? This adorable little cardigan has been knit by such famous figures as the Yarn Harlot.) It seemed like just the right thing for my little guy.
I knit mine out of RYC Cashsoft Baby DK in #800 Snowman, #804 Chicory, and #805 Cloud. Sadly, all of these colors are soon to be defunct as Rowan is discontinuing the entire Baby Cashsoft DK line. All three skeins came out of my stash and were purchased over several years out of the orphan bin at the Shoppe. They just happened to coordinate perfectly. I chose to do a striping pattern of 4 blue, 2 white, 2 green, 2 white, while keeping the border in blue.
The buttons were purchased from JoAnns as I didn’t have enough of any one complimentary button in my stash. They’re sewed on with a bit of Perle Cotton #5 in a matching color. (Pro-tip: Perle Cotton #5 makes for great button thread. No need to double it and it is quite strong. Comes in a huge variety of color to match just about anything.)
I have to admit that I’m totally smitten with this sweater and I kind of want to make another.
You can find my Ravelry notes here.
Yes, we’re going to attempt the crazy train of cloth diapering.
Thanks to Liisa, we have lots of cute Bum Genius All-In-Ones. This is the batch of newborn sized ones that will need to be ready sooner rather than later. You have to admit they’re pretty darn cute. Especially all hanging on the (temporary) clothes line.
The Mistake Rib Baby Hat is a freebie from Ravelry. I found it while browsing for a pattern to use up this one lonely skein of discontinued Rowan RYC Cashcotton DK that I had bumming around the stash.
The color is #602, but that’s about all I can tell you. I picked this skein up from the orphan bin a couple years ago because it was too pretty to leave behind.
The hat features a simple mistake rib brim that is a little more interesting than your traditional 1×1 or 2×2 ribbing, but doesn’t have quite as much give. Then it flows into normal stockinette hat construction.
I chose to alter the hat slightly and gave it a traditional swirled decrease top as opposed to the ties that are on the original pattern. I also made the smallest size in this hat and it was too small for Izy, so it’s somewhere around the newborn head range.
All project details and notes can be found here.
We’re down to the final 6 weeks! Baby is doing well and we’re having weekly ultrasounds and appointments. As of last week’s scan, he was weighing in at approximately 4lbs 11oz. He should be making his appearance the 2nd week of June. Until then, I’ll work on this project just a bit longer.
Tipper is a quick, easy knit with clever construction from another of my favorite designers, Woolly Wormhead. Published in her book Bambeanies (available electronically or in print), this little cutie knits up flat and then is seamlessly grafted together.
I worked this one up in some Debbie Bliss Alpaca Silk Aran I’ve had in the stash forever. I’ve had it so long that I’ve long since lost the tag for it, so I can’t tell you what color it is. I do know I purchased it before the Yarn Shoppe moved to its current location, so I’ve had it at least 4 years.
I love how the bias detail gives a simple stitch pattern such a dramatic look. Plus, it has little “ears”. This one is definitely newborn size, as it was too small for my 5 month old nephew.
You can view all details and notes for this project here.
This hat is probably my favorite so far. It knits up quickly, the colors are amazing, and it’s in one of my favorite yarns.
Knit very traditionally from the bottom up, the real beauty of the Melody hat is the color changes and the clever slip stitch pattern. I bought the kit (containing Hazel Knits Artisan Sock) from designer Melissa of Stick Chick Knits at Stitches West, but you could do it in any assortment of sock yarns. If you buy the pattern separate from the kit, you also get Rhythm.
I knit this pattern without any modification. It was another one nighter and I’m seriously considering knitting another one. Project details can be found here.