Sheared Bliss

Pink Grapefruit
January 28, 2012, 12:10 am
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Pattern: Citron

Yarn: Rowan Kidsilk Haze in 630 Fondant (this color appears to have been discontinued)

Notes: I cast this on months ago, before Wiggles was born, with the vague thought that it might be nice to have some small shawls to use as nursing covers.  The pattern makes a light, lacy, delicate, feminine shawl without any actual lace knitting.  It was a straightforward knit and went relatively quickly until the last few sections.  It sat for quite a while with just the final ruffle left to go because by that point the rows were looking like this: K3, [kfb] in each st to next marker, k3. 540 sts.  I finally finished it up this past week.  I didn’t make any major modifications, but I don’t think I knit the full 11 rows that the pattern calls for in the final ruffle because I was running out of yarn.  I also had to do a weird, improvised, backwards sort of bind off.  I miscalculated and knit one more row than I should have on the ruffle and, at that point, it was easier to invent a new bind off than to rip back a row because the mohair halo makes this yarn a nightmare to frog.  We haven’t tried it out as a nursing cover yet, but I’m hoping it works and the mohair isn’t too tickley for Wiggles because it would certainly be more stylish than using a receiving blanket.


Hats Are The New Mitts
January 13, 2012, 3:39 pm
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My OKD (Obsessive Knitting Disorder) has returned.  This time it’s not mitts, it’s baby hats.

Specifically Aviatrix.

Somebody stop me.

Happiness is . . .
January 9, 2012, 7:20 pm
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. . . a smiling Wiggles.

What January Tastes Like
January 6, 2012, 4:32 pm
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Ok, so I know that everyone is blogging about their new year’s resolutions, their healthy new diet, blah blah blah right now.  I don’t do new year’s resolutions because I generally find them more depressing than helpful.  However, after two months of inactivity due to bed rest followed by new parenthood not to mention the nonstop sugar high that was December, I figure it’s time to set some goals for myself.  Namely, becoming more active again and returning to more healthful eating habits in the interest of feeling better and losing the baby weight.  So far, so good.  Wiggles and I are getting quite good at using the Maya wrap to go for walks.  Also, Wiggles has been a napping champ the last couple of days so I’ve had some time to cook.  As a result, my lunch today looked like this:

That’s quinoa made from this recipe and spaghetti squash made from this one.  Yum!  Also, between meals and snacks today, I’ve managed to consume four different types of squash (hubbard, yellow summer, spaghetti, and blue banana).  Not a bad start.  I hope you’re enjoying a happy, healthy beginning of 2012 too.

Two Boxes Full
January 3, 2012, 1:00 pm
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Remember this?  I took the fleeces we skirted back in August to Spring Too Fibers and told Andrew to do whatever he thought best with them.  Fast forward a few months and I get two large boxes in the mail containing this:

Yup, that’s 8 pounds of merino roving and 3.5 pounds of churro roving.

Now, to figure out how to spin while holding a baby . . .