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Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Happy Day Mobile (aka Maternity Leave mobile)

It's amazing how much crafting you can do when you don't have to go to work. I'd be such an amazing, unemployed craft maven. Since I became pregnant, I've had all these grand plans for cute baby knits, but I haven't had the time/energy or inclination.

Well, in just two work days home and waiting for little one to show up, I'm more than making up for lost time.

Here's the Happy Day Mobile from Crochet Today. I first saw it while visiting the magazine's office maybe a year and a half ago -- I was totally smitten and knew some day that mobile would be *mine*. The designer, Amy Gaines, just has a way with darling little faces.

I'm a snappy sunshine with chubby cheeks and puffy clouds!

I'm a cheerful rainbow! So 80s!

And we're raindrops! One of us is deadpan, the other bashful. Because why would a raindrop smile?

I bought yellow, blue and orange Sugar n Cream cotton yarn because it was on sale at Michael's (yes, we made a special trip to Michael's in Woodside). And I just used what oddments I had sitting around for the rest. Gotta love projects like that.

I definitely knew that I had to make this a few weeks ago, when we were unable to remove the weird planter hook from our little nursery. (And I mean little. My craft room became the nursery with the help of a temporary wall). This hook has been here since we moved in, and it's probably been stuck there much, much longer. The screws are stripped, suggesting we aren't the first folks who have tried to remove it.

Here it is in action!

All that's left to make is a little stuffed animal for the little one. I think I'll have time to make one right?

Monday, July 11, 2011

La Grenouillère

The French really do have a way with baby knits, as Jess pointed out when she bought me "Tricots Intemporels Pour Bebes." Really, the designs are all classic but still fresh and all around charming. Like clothes little kids really *should* wear.

And this one just stood out for its overall snuggliness.

This is La Grenouillère, a little sleeping suit for our guy. I used my favorite Spud & Chloe sweater yarn in splash -- for some reason, I really love this yarn, especially for baby knits. The colors are delightful and I find it soft and springy and just pleasant.

I will be honest. I struggled with this one. First of all, I lost my knitting mojo for a few months, due in part to a cough that I was only able to shake a week or so again. Plus, since I don't generally knit socks, turning the heel seemed downright bizarre. And I also struggled with the French pattern -- I just didn't have the patience. So my mom, a French teacher and knitter, translated it for me, which helped tremendously.

I'm basically dying to get the little one in this because it just looks so soft and cozy, but I realize it might be a while. Maybe not too long, though. He's due in six days. SIX DAYS PEOPLE. And I still have two more little projects that I need to finish....

Friday, July 08, 2011

For Marie's little gals

So I'm in the pregnancy home stretch and finally feel like knitting again. Have a few things on the needles for my little guy and hope to cast off before my due date -- July 17.

Luckily, I have a few projects from my pre-knitting slump to show, namely these gifts for Marie's precious twins, Caroline and Lilly. I could go on and on about the wonders of Marie, from her generosity and huge heart to her endless enthusiasm and creativity. (And how down to earth she is. And how she has a way of bringing you down to earth without your even realizing it.) But Jess summed Marie up pretty well (and beautifully) on her blog, and I don't think I can do any better.

So I'll get right to the dresses and sweaters!

While she was in France, Jess bought me this fabulous French baby knits book, and I fell for the chauffe-couer pattern (which translates to heart warmer). I knit them up in Knit Picks telemark. Surprisingly, my lackluster French was enough to get me through the patterns without much difficulty. (The next thing I tried to knit -- well, let's just say it's a good thing my mom was a French teacher.)

But I also wanted to sew a little something, so I tried out this pillowcase dress pattern in coordinating fabric from Anna Maria Horner's Innocent Crush Line. This is a quick project that turns out super cute. Making two at once was delightful!

I hope some day soon I can introduce my little guy to Marie's little girls! It's getting close...