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16 and 17 weeks, and knitting

2009-04-29 16 wks 01a

Mommy with Henri at 16 weeks old.

This photo was actually taken a day before Henri turned 16 weeks.  Our cousins had their son (the one I knit the kangaroo and joey for) and we had the bris, and my mom took this photo of us.  It was great to see that side of the family again, and after being accustomed to Henri’s size, it was so strange to see a baby be “baby” sized!

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My “Anne’s slippers” are no more.*  I didn’t even realize there were holes in them until I stepped onto a cold tile the other day.  I peeked down and saw this mess.  Hmph.  I’m guessing it was from throwing them into the washer and dryer whenever necessary.  Still- I’m tired of saving my knits in pristine condition without any use so they don’t show wear.  What’s the point of spending all the time knitting if you’re not going to use the final result, right?  So while I’ll have to toss these slippers, I’ll at least always know that I made them, incorporating my grandmother’s vintage yarn (the pale purple) and some vintage buttons from my stash (that I’ll cut off and recoup).  This is my first knit to wear out, and I’m kinda proud to know that I got good use from something I made.  It feels good.

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Here’s a peek at the finished Log Cabin Squares blanket.  I’ll put together my “finished object” post soon. 

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Here are those two teeth I told you about!  2 teeth, both out before Henri “turned” 4 months old.

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This is the progress so far on Kayla’s lace cardigan.  This is the pattern that I translated from Norwegian so I could knit it.  The color is beautiful in real life, a smoky gray/teal.

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This was the progress on the Unbiased Purse I’m knitting.  I stopped working on it once I got the blanket squares from Robyn and Amy so I could concentrate on finishing the blanket in time for the shower.  I’ve since completed the second triangle.  The purse is knit by working 4 of these sections then seaming the outside edges and inside joins.  The unfortunate part is that the purse center is only as high as the narrow edge- which means if you want a deeper purse you need to keep going until the outside edge is practically huge.  I browsed some finished purses on Ravelry and found that a few people had worked up a cool solution- they knit an additional triangle to fit in between the purse sections, upside down.  I’m currently at that point now- I worked on it last night at the Montreal Knitting Guild meeting and am just about halfway done that triangle. 

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As a reward to myself for finishing my squares and the seaming of the Log Cabin Blanket, I restarted a sock yarn blanket for Henri.  At the hospital, waiting for my c-section, I had started a blanket for Henri.  I had decided to make octogons instead of mitered squares like Jakob’s blanket, and had finished the first one using the deep red yarn you can see in the blanket above.  After Henri was born, however, I found the octogons too “girly” and put the blanket aside waiting for another idea to strike.  Inspiration hit after working on the Log Cabin Blanket.  The garter ridges match those in the mitered square blanket, and I like the idea that both boys have blankets made of garter squares the same size, both will have the same stretch, and the cool thing is that I’m using the same yarn to make the squares.  So Jakob will have diamonds with angled stripes, and Henri’s will have rectangles (kinda like the difference between square and diamond Shreddies, lol) with straight stripes.  So now for every project I finish I’m going to work up a few squares until Henri’s blanket is as big as Jakob’s.  Then I’ll work on them both simultaniously, adding squares to each from the same sock yarn scraps.

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 Mommy with Henri at 17 weeks old.

Am I caught up?  I think so.  I took Henri’s monthly chair photos on the 8th so I’ll put that post up soon.

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I can’t believe that Jakob is going to be 2 this weekend.  He’s such a big boy already,  jumping and counting to 10 and trying to do everything for his brother.  I can’t wait to see what he learns next!

*I lie…I’m still wearing them.


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coming up for air

Forget coherence.  I’m getting all this down on paper (?) because otherwise I’ll never get around to it and I’ll only end up posting “finished object” posts which are cool but not as fulfilling (to me) as the play-by-play stuff.  So here’s what’s on my plate these days:

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I’m using this recycled sari silk yarn to knit Unbiased (Knitty link, Ravelry link).  A friend of the family is getting married in India and I thought this would make a nice gift for his wife-to-be.  Yannick had told me the wedding was in June…only it turns out it is in May.  Clearly I didn’t have the gift ready for him to bring TO India for his wife…so she’ll get it once they come back to Montreal.  I went to Fabricville with Maaike last week and picked up some nice blue satiny stuff to use as a lining.  I’ve almost completed the first triangle/side, and have 3 more to go.  Then the strap, then the lining.

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As a bris gift, Henri received this beautiful blanket from Restoration Hardware.  His name was spelled correctly on the gift card and packing slip…but they made a little boo-boo on the gift, as you can see.  They took care of it for us by sending us a new, properly-spelled blanket, and told us not to bother sending the bad one back since they would have no use for it.  I thought it would be great to see what I could do, so this past weekend I sat down with my trusty stitch ripper and…

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Ta da!  Not bad, eh?  Except for 2 spots where I accidentally cut through the blanket, you can barely tell there was stitching there.  I’m going to try to find a place to do matching lettering on it, only put Jakob’s name instead.  Now the boys will have matching blankets, 2-for-the-price-of-1!  Anyone know of any Montreal sources for professional embroidered lettering?

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My cousin is getting married this summer, and her bridal shower is this coming weekend.  Amy, Robyn and I have been knitting squares to put together for a blanket for her, and I finished mine over the weekend. 

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Do you believe this?  I ran out of yarn 6 stitches away from binding off my last square!  Luckily I was able to salvage a few inches from a tail end from one of the other squares, joined invisibly and bound off.  Talk about using every last inch!

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Both girls have also finished their squares and dropped them off here today so I could finish the blanket.  I’ve woven in all the ends as invisibly as I could, since we decided against lining the blanket as it would counter the cool stretch inherent in garter stitch.  Now I’ve got to mattress-stitch the blocks together and then use up our leftover yarn to work a border around the edges.  I’d love to work a garter border but I really don’t think I’ll have time before Saturday’s shower, so I think I’m going to do a few rounds of crochet.  I’ll try out double crochet since it will give me more height faster, but if it looks too loose and sloppy then I’ll go back and just do single crochet around.

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Mommy with Henri at 15 weeks old.

I have to say, Yannick is much better at taking photos of me than I am of myself!  Now you can see the blonde-er version of my hair, plus the blue streak.  There is only one section of blue, kinda behind and below my right ear.  I’m getting used to it and think I might even keep it around for a while!

Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to go wrap up a kangaroo and joey, as my other cousin had her baby and the bris is tomorrow morning.