baby clothes

In truth, this is just another chance to show of my Evie.


But since she came so early, everything I had made for her was way too big! I knit up a premie sized hat real fast. Even the store bought hats were too big.

hat side

Here’s the specs:

Pattern: Twinkle Premie Hat

Needles: size 4

Yarn: sorry, don’t know! A very thin soft yarn that matches one of the few NB outfits that fits her

Mods: Instead of 8 repeats, I only did 5 or 6, I know it says premie hat, but even with just these few repeats taken out it is still a little big.

She was a little camera shy today. Plus her skin is peeling and red still. Someday she will be pretty!



This is my weekend of knitting.

Yarn for Layette: Bernat Baby Softee.  There’s nothing wrong with this yarn, I just don’t particularly like the colors.  I wish they had had a better selection. Yarn for Toy:  I dont know, a thick chunky cheap acrylic type yarn.


Pattern: Two Needle Cable Baby Booties were simple to make.  As much as I hate seaming this was super easy and they’re cute.

 Needles: US size 6 straights

Mods: none

cable of booties

A close-up of the cable and the eyelets.  I used a cheap pink ribbon to tie it together.


Pattern: Spiral Rib Hat

Needles:  Number 6 circs

Mods: I cut out a repeat of the first 18 rows.  I wanted it to fit a newborn.


PatternBaby’s Thumbless Mittens

Needles: size2 dpns

Mods: added the pink ribbon


My very first knit toy!


Needles: size 7 dpns

Mods:  First off I accidently embroidered the face onto the body.  Oops.

head of notalien

It was my first time embroidering really, it came out funky but alright.  Here he is posing in front of our Cowboy Bebop wallscroll.

So since I had to make the face a body I added a few more rows of KFB and twice the rows of straight knitting.  Also I accidently turned him inside out and left it that way after  the embroidery so his body is WS!

I have to say, this was another super easy pattern, no seaming which is a mega-plus in my book.  Check out all of her patterns, they are so cute and simple.

DH really wanted me to add bunny ears but I like the way he looks armless and legless.  So I made him a scarf out of leftover Vanna’s Choice chocolate and mustard.  I think a hat may be in order as well.

I stuffed him with leftover scraps of yarn, which worked much better than I thought it would.  I’m going to start two more today, for my boys.  I want to have a present for them when they come visit me and their new sister in the hospital.

knitna krd

This gave me a giggle, but really, have you tried knitting while naked? Don’t your breasts get in the way? Or is that just me being 9 months pregnant?

Thanks everyone who has commented lately, it’s given me something to smile about. I try to go back to everyone’s blogs, because I have no idea how to directly reply to anyone. I know it’s possible but it seems to escape me. Any tips?

I’ve finished the body of the seamless yoke baby sweater.

(funny stuff, I did a search for the link, on the office computer, had a typo and got this:
Did you mean: shameless york baby sweat? Why no, not really. I don’t even want to know what that means!)

Anyways, the sweater is cute. I messed up a bit on the end, but all that means is it’s a bit longer than it should be. The directions just kinda assume you know how many rows are between buttons and such. Also um, I did the sleeves differently, using my favorite way of doing sleeves. I’m not sure it will work. And then there’s the fact that I ran out of yarn and I don’t have $8 to get more. Or money for buttons. So I have a sleeveless cape type thing! It’s cute none-the-less. And a good way to occupy myself during this miserable week.


It just looks wrong though doesn’t it? I mean besides the fact that there’s no arms. And it needs blocking. I dunno, I’m getting stressed, it looks funky! I feel I should frog it, what do you think?


Closeup of bottom details and buttonholes. I love the yarn, debbie bliss cashmerino. But it just looks wrong! Am I crazy?

So way back a month ago I started some thumbless no-scratch mittens for Evie (who am I kidding, all I make is things for Evie!) Well I didn’t finish them because I just was iffy on the yarn and the colors. Last night after the Princess Leia bonnet finished I started on a new set of mittens. I haven’t bought any for her and I realize I can use socks, but why do that when I can keep my mind and hands busy and just make her some?


It’s not the best yarn, Bernat softee baby. But at least it is multi-colored and will match almost all her outfits, right? All I can do is knit from my stash for awhile.

I really need to make some things for my boys. They are 8 and 6 and all I really have left in my stash is a small bit of wool and a lot of acrylic. I was thinking mittens? Any one have any ideas?

Pregnancy stuff

I thought I was in back labor last night. It was terrible. I tried to take a shower but some godforsaken reason we didn’t have any water pressure. WHY? DH has carpal tunnel, he did his best to do some massage but he was in a lot of pain too. I tried to just go to sleep between the contractions that are constant (which, I dunno, do you have contractions during back labor? In the front I mean?) but not in any pattern whatsoever. I got into bed around 930, knew it was a bad idea, and sure enough the restless legs kicked in. All I wanted to do was call the doctor and demand he take this baby out! Luckily I stayed sane and just tried to get through the night. I got an hour or two of sleep, woke up to knit and watch hell’s kitchen (don’t tell me what happens I’m not caught up yet! And was there not a new Top Chef this week?!). Kill time, kill time, kill time. Never heard back from the receptionist about my high blood pressure and swelling, and they are closed today and Monday. Well, the doctor works at a free clinic today, maybe someone will be in the office.

Tuesday looks so far off!

heat It’s a terrible photo I know but it makes the point.  It’s supposed to be 103 degrees today.  Ugh! This is my car parked in the shade.  I can’t wait for fall 😦

I just love Star Wars. It was the first movie I ever saw (of course I was a month old at the time). We used to play that our bikes were millenium falcon and that stinky kid we didn’t like was Darth Vader. I was Princess Leia, of course, being the only girl in our group of friends.

My boys, now 8 and 6, beg to watch Star Wars. They learned to play chess with Star Wars Chess. The first toy we got for Evie was Darth Tater. I desperately want the AT-AT stroller. You the see the trend, right?

So I got the crazy idea to make a baby bonnet for Evie that looked like Princess Leia. As I lie awake at night wishing for sleep these are the strange things that go through my head. A few days later and we have her Princess Leia Baby Bonnet.


Modeled by the ever helpful but unfortunately not baby-sized helper monkey.

Pattern: My Own, I’ll try to write it out if anyone is interested.

Yarn: Vanna’s Choice in chocolate. Since it was a trial I don’t mind using leftover acrylic yarn.

Needles: Size 6 straights and size 4 DPNs for the buns.


I used ribbon to tie it, but I think I’d prefer an i-cord.

My husband asked what I was making last night. When I told him, he just rolled his eyes. Of course, he’s the one who hasn’t stopped wearing this, even in 100+ degree weather.


Pregnancy News: Still waiting to hear about the blood test results. I had high blood pressure and swelling, so we did more tests. I called today and they were going to look for the results. I guess if they were worried they’d be a little more… worried? It’s a 4 day weekend for them, so I hope everything was alright. I guess we will find out tuesday morning at our 38 week appointment. Edit: the receptionist called just as I got done typing. She can’t get the lab on the phone. I tell her about my very swollen hands and feet and that I’m a tad worried, she’s going to try again to get someone on the phone cause they haven’t gotten the results. We shall see.

I’m done.

37 weeks tomorrow and until… last Friday or so I was coping.  But 4 days straight of what is probably the worst migraine ever, restless legs, incredibly swollen feet, unable to sleep, peeing every 20 minutes… etcetcetc… I’m just miserable.  More than miserable really.

Are you tired of hearing about my migraines?  I know poor DH is.  It’s nothing new for me to have migraines; I’ve had  them since I was 13 or 14.   But not daily!

I have done everything I can for this one.  My next stop will have to be the ER for another shot.  What fun.  So I’m killing time, waiting to see if DH can get some time off work to drive me up the hill to the ER.  I may break down and have my roommate take me, but I really really don’t want to do that.  I don’t really care much for him and being stuck in the car with him for an hour with a migraine sounds miserable.

Evie needs to be born so I can take my migraine medicine.  I don’t know how much longer I can deal with all this.  3 weeks I guess, right?  A few days ago that didn’t seem so long.  I know I’m not the only pregnant woman with migraines.  How the hell do you deal with this?  You’d think the third time around I’d have gotten a grasp on this.  It just gets worse each time.

I can’t lay down and rest or the restless legs really act up.  It’s almost tolerable if I’m sitting up.  I’d love to lay down and rest my poor head but I can’t.  So I started knitting this seamless yoke cardigan.  Ever seen someone miserable knitting?  I bet it looks fairly amusing.    It’s a fun pattern, not too difficult for a broken brain.  I’m using Debbie Bliss Cashmerino; the tiny stitches and very soft yarn gives me a very nice sense of accomplishment.



And it takes my mind off wanting to cut off my head.

I’ve been getting migraines for as long as I can remember.  At least the last 15 years.  But they’ve never been as often as during this pregnancy.  Evidently thats fairly common, what with all the hormones and such.  I get them daily.  Most times I can work around them and ignore them.  Saturday night I felt a great one coming.  By Sunday afternoon I was crosseyed and crying in pain.  When it gets bad my doctor sends me into the ER for a shot.  What shot depends on the doctor there at the time.  Some use Demerol, others Morphine, others still use Stadol.  Then there’s the anti-naseau shot, and that varies too.  Last night was a demerol/zofran combo.  Zofran is so much better than phenergan for me, phenergan sometimes induces restless legs and there isn’t much worse than doped up and restless legs.  You are almost asleep but for the restless legs.  It’s annoying and frustrating.

I don’t know why but this shot woke me up.  Almost hyper.  Yet still asleep.  To make matters worse I only got 3 or 4 hours sleep and my head is still killing me.  I think I slept less last night than normally.  With a shot!  Frustrating.  Maybe I’ll get some sleep today.  I still feel awful dopey and exhausted.  Plus the migraine.  Fun.

My 36 week appointment is tomorrow.  We’d talked about doing an ultrasound this week since the baby was measuring big at the last one and the boys were both almost 9 pounds 2 weeks early.  Between this and all these migraines I’m hoping we’ll induce in 2 weeks.  That would be perfectly ok with me.  More than ok.

Also I get to have a pedicure tomorrow.  It’s not something I normally do but at this point when I can barely see my feet, and knowing they are going to be up in stir-ups soon, I think it will be nice to have a flash of color.

Today is the boys’ first day at their new school.  They are super excited.  Andrew’s step-mom is his first grade teacher.  It will be interesting to see how that goes.  Zane is in 3rd grade and there are two other boys with glasses this year in his class.  He finds that very exciting.  I am very encouraged by the parents and students I’ve met so far.  After a fairly disasterous year at their old school, for both of them, I have high hopes this year.

In knitting news, I have been searching around for what to knit next.  I dunno if it was the migraine or lack of interest but I started and frogged 4 things this weekend.  A hat, a scarf, a sweater and… something else, possibly a different hat.  Since I’m not on my regular computer but the one in DH’s office/Evie’s nursery, I figured I’d save my searches and ideas here.  It might be helpful to anyone out there that has read this far as well.

Free Knitting Patterns across the web

f.pea’s free pattern fridays – 15 awesome free patterns, including seamless baby sweaters.

angel lace baby cap

top down seamless baby raglan

baby’s tied shrug from prima

 halweh from magknits

easy baby cardigan 

icutie – without the apple insignia this could be cute!

presto chango baby sweater

quick baby sweater 

one piece baby sweater

seamless neck down cardigan 

shower’s this weekend baby sweater – with some adaptation, this could also be cute.  kinda a blank template!

stegosaurus hat and scarf – a newborn dino for halloween!

magknits swing thing sweater

I guess it’s fairly obvious I’m trying to do baby things before Evie gets here.  Also, I hate seaming.  With a passion.  I have some Debbie Bliss baby cashmerino (or some such) that I can’t wait to use.

Also, DH has bookmarked.  It’s funny, this guy hates his roommate as much as I hate mine.  His is just more amusing.


Pattern: Elann’s pinwheel sweater, kid-sized for Evie

Yarn: Vanna’s Choice in white, beige, chocolate, taupe, mustard, honey and rust.

Modifications: Quite a few actually. I didn’t do the provisional cast-on, I did a technique called “afterthought heel” in some circles. You can read about that here. I also changed the sleeves, Ending in a stockinette stitch instead of the ribbing, because I liked the way it looked on rippedoffknitter‘s sweater. I also castoff the sleeves with one row of beige. I thought it looked nice.

pinwheel arm1

What I learned: Also a lot! This was my first circular project so I got over my silly fear about those crazy circ needles. I learned how to adapt a pattern to knowledge I already had. I learned i-cording!

pinwheel trimming closeup


What I will do different next time: Not use 7 colors! It’s too busy for my tastes. I would like to do a nice purple/pink/grey next time around. If I ever make one for me instead of my unborn daughter, I would like to use the beige/chocolate/taupe. Maybe some rust too.

pinwheel trimming

This really was a terrific project for instant gratification. You start out with a lovely pinwheel design and change colors often. It’s hard to be bored!


I started Monday August 13th around 6pm and finished Friday August 17th around 10pm. Of course I didn’t knit constantly and I’ve been extremely sick all week, but that’s a fast project. My husband didn’t put it down last night, he told me how proud of me he was and how great it looked and what an artist I am, etc. That’s a good feeling. I can’t wait for photos of Evie in her new jacket. I’m ready for her to be born!

pinwheel finished

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