It's been a long while since I've last posted.  Life just gets in the way sometimes.  I've gotten lots of knitting done, though.  I promise to post pictures very soon.

Stay Tuned!

I've got some new things I want to share with you.  Coming as soon as I can get Baby to bed, food in my belly, and my pictures uploaded.....

Christmas Exhibits

It's that time of year again.  The tree is up and my shopping is nearly complete.  If you are a regular reader you will also understand that this is probably the worst time of year for me knit-wise.  I always manage to snow myself under with too many projects and end up staying up all night Christmas Eve just to get it all done.  This year I've attempted to reign myself in.  Just a couple of quick cowls and one hat.  That's it.  But of course, nothing is ever so easy.

One of the cowls I made for my mom disappeared.  I have no idea where it is.  Mommy brain sucks so much sometimes.  I'm frustrated with myself because I have no idea where I could have put it.  I've searched all the places I would have placed it and had no success in finding it.  So it's down to the dog ate it (which has happened many times before) or I accidentally threw it away (the horror!).  I'm blaming the dog. 

On a side note, if you have never visited DogShaming I highly recommend you do so.  It's a wonderful sight dedicated to fellow parents of naughty puppies.  I've tried to submit my own for public shaming amusement.  Jethro has eaten a fantastic amount of unusual items including: a Blackberry phone, a bluetooth, the starter from our BBQ and the siding on my house.  He's also eaten the run-of-the-mill poop and puke anything.  He looks so pathetic doesn't he?

Back to my Christmas Exhibits.  I present Exhibit A.  It is a wonderful cowl.  So cozy and full of texture.  I call it Cozy Cowl.

I made this using Plymouth Encore Worsted Yarn.  It's 75% acrylic and 25% wool.  I used Blue Ivy Mix.  The pattern was very simple and easy to work.  It's Casu Cowl by Galia Lael on Ravelry.  I think it took me about a week and a half to complete it, knitting about two to three hours every evening.  It's a gift for one of my very sweet coworkers.  I like it so much I'm thinking about making one for myself in Sky or Hot Pink. 

Now I present Exhibit B.  I have to admit I'm more than a little disappointed with this dud.  I had purchased two skeins of Classic Elite Yarns Miracle over a year ago to save for a personal project later.  It's 50% alpaca and 50% tencel (apparently a material made from wood pulp cellulose).  I decided upon a Branched Fern Cowl pattern.  The pattern itself is okay, I personally think there were too many stitches which made the cowl a little wide.  I also didn't do as many pattern repeats and it shows.  The whole thing kind of sags with sadness.  I guess it's warm enough but it's really kind of itchy.  I know I will never wear it because of the itch factor and I had already decided to give it to my mom for Christmas anyway.  I'm going to make matching ear warmers with the remaining yarn. 

So that sums up my latest knitting projects.  I'm off to work on another cowl for my mom to replace the missing one.  I'm fairly hopeful this will work out better.

Forest Wonderland

I finally got around to taking pictures of the afghan I made for baby C.  It only took four months!  As my husband always tells me whenever I don't get around to doing something: "it's not like you're taking care of baby or anything".  Ha.

Anyway, here it is:

I used this super soft pima cotton yarn from Knit Picks.  Since I didn't know whether or not baby C was going to be a boy or a girl, I went with forest-type colors with shades of green, brown, blue, turquoise and cyan.  It's so soft and it was super easy and fast to knit.

Sweet Baby

It literally feels like I haven't posted anything in years.  So much has happened.  Suffice to say, I finally had my baby (a little girl who was four days late).  She came July 8th at 3:06 AM after 9.5 hours of relatively easy labor.  It wasn't fun but it was definitely fast which is awesome for a first-time baby.  I even managed to finish her blanket well before her arrival.  Pics will soon be coming, of the blanket not the baby.  

In the meantime, I've been busy doing motherly things.  Namely, nursing and changing diapers all of the time.  Showers are now a luxury and sleep is a rare treat.  I love it.  Seriously.  She is so cute that it makes me cry, which I am assured is a completely normal and hormonal response.

Having a little girl means I can indulge her in the cute and pink things of life.  I decided to make a hat (with pink of course!) to keep her partially bald little head warm this winter.  I purposely made it a big size so she can wear it for multiple winters.  It was a quick and easy project.  I highly recommend it if you need something easy and fast.

Vintage Pearl Cluster

Back in March I decided to take on a special little project for a friend.  I selected a knitted purse to match her beautiful vintage wedding dress.  I think the purse came out rather lovely.  This knitted up quickly but my only gripe is the 5-cluster stitch.  This took me forever to figure out and was not a pleasant stitch once I managed it.  It basically means passing your needles through 5 loops (all at once) and knit through the back of the 5 loops, then purl through the 5 loops, then knitting through the back again, purling all 5 and then finally knitting through the back of all 5 loops again.  The stitch is incredibly tight when done.  It looks pretty, though.

Neopolitan Ice Cream

This yarn totally reminded me of Neapolitan ice cream.  Yum.  I think the yarn manufacturer had the same thing in mind because the yarn was also called Neapolitan.  It's a very soft and plushy yarn; it's Loops & Threads Ombres.

I loved the pattern, available on Ravelry and it was super quick and easy.  The pattern is called "Baby Chalice Blanket".  This blanket only took me about two weeks to make.  I didn't like the boring border so I added a crochet border and some ribbon.  I am very happy with how it turned out.  Now I only have one more blanket to finish and then I can start the project I've been looking forward to for six months -  making my own baby blanket!  That's right, Baby Stewart will be here in only three short months and I am nervous and excited as I'll get out.  I can't wait to share my own baby blanket with you.
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