32 weeks!

and i had to show off my new t-shirt. i’d been lusting after this shirt for a while, but wasn’t going to buy it. and then, she was at handmade arcade and i couldn’t spend all day in the same room with this tee and not be wearing it.

could not resist.

so i bought it and immediately put it on :D it makes me happy and cracked people at the craft fair up… although the non-crafty folk i know don’t seem to really get it.

32 weeks!

and with 32 weeks, i am certainly bigger! and i can’t knit too much now. i’ve some carpal tunnel symptoms (effects 25% of pregnant women), which should go away post birthing when the hormones get back to normal. sadly, it will make this blog a bit boring for the next month or two, but so be it. there should be plenty of dyeing to show you and i’m planning a couple of give-aways.

the not knitting is a bit tortuous.  these have been on the coffee table waiting for me and the longer they sit there together the more i want to knit them together.  which i’m not allowed to do.  we’ll see if i can resist. we’re lucky i don’t know the sex, or i’d be trying to knit them into a blanket or something.  as it is, i’m being good.

i want to knit.

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hedgehogs!

i remember when i was young, there was always a hedgehog stuffed animal somewhere in the front of my mom’s car.  due to said hedgehog(s), i was inspired this year to make some hedgehog gifts.

hedgehogs!

this big football shaped one is for my mom. hand dyed recycled sweater wool. the pattern is ysolda teague’s smith. i think the babe might need one of these, if for no other reason just because it will be almost as big as the baby itself.  also, these are totally my mom’s colors.  raveled here.

hedgehogs!

the smaller guy, for katie, is from this pattern. so cute! the main body of this one is also hand dyed recycled sweater wool. raveled here.

hedgehogs!

and the turtle was originally blogged here.  but now with eyes!  i found subtle eyes looked much better than high contrast ones.

hedgehogs!

hedgehogs!

i also sent each of our mom’s a skein of my snapdragon worsted.

and for added cuteness: baby foot! have a great weekend :)

christmas hats

since none of the younger men in our families would ever consider going to this blog, i think it’s safe to show these before i mail them off.  you’ll have to wait for the parent’s presents until they get them though.

the first two hats are for my brother
i made this one up

lester's christmas hat

lester's christmas hat

i was thinking these decreases might be fun and new, but to me they look almost sewn like a store bought hat. it makes me laugh, but looks fine. on ravelry here.

and a botanic. i’ll use this fun pattern again, maybe for a hat for my dad.  ben probably needs one too.

botanic

botanic

this one came out a bit tight, so i sprayed it with water and made ben wear it around to block it out a bit. it worked very well. on ravelry here.

and lastly, one for ben’s brother in AK – the crossbow hat. this pattern will hopefully be published soon, but i’ve got to get this version off.

crossbow

crossbow

he actually wears a hat i made him before a lot, but it wasn’t quite warm enough for 40 below! or so he claimed. so i used ultra alpaca in this one to make it warmer. hope he likes it.  on ravelry here.

now, it is fiber arts saturday over here and a whole wack of knitters and spinners will be showing up this afternoon, so i must be off to make squash soup and tidy things up.  have a great weekend!

p.s. yesterday i hit the halfway point in my pregnancy. if you’d like to see the most recent pic of the belly, it’s here. if you’d like to compare it to 12 and 16 weeks, that set is here. i’ve become much much more round in the last two weeks!  i also felt the baby 2 days ago.  so fun.

introducing… a handspun blanket

if i have, in the past 3 months, seemed distracted, or not my usual bloggy self, this might explain some things. i found out right before rhinebeck that i was pregnant again.

handspun baby blanket

and when i showed up to my friend sarah’s house, she gifted the impending babe with this beautiful blanket. this is super special because sarah and i learned to dye and spin together back in vancouver. it’s also super special because, well, it’s a handpsun blanket!

handspun baby blanket

apparently there’s even some stuff i dyed in there. sarah used the subtle stripes techniques. it’s truly amazing in person, you’ll have to take my word for it.  thanks sarah!

and lastly, if you want to see the impending, here’s the belly at 12 weeks. since i miscarried late in the first trimester last time, i popped quite early this time. and since i had maternity jean hand-me-downs from a friend, i’ve been wearing them since 10 weeks.  it’s funny to wear maternity clothes when nobody really can tell your pregnant yet.  it’s like a very silly secret.

p.s. i am now keeping track of my pregnancies as they relate to fiber festivals.  one week before maryland last year i miscarried, and one week before rhinebeck this year, i found out i was pregnant again.

katie’s hatitude

cancer has been a journey for my mother-in-law (first talked about here, although katie has been talked about a lot on this blog because she knits too).  that journey has included a cold alaska winter and a body that was cold from the inside out.  it has required heated car seats.  and it has also required hats.  in the winter, i made her this one, this one, and this one. and now, while katie and ben were gone to france last week, i whipped these two up.

amelia earhart aviator cap [my project on rav]

katie's ameila

i love this hat! i might need one, unless i decide to cut off all my hair, then maybe not ;) i made mine from ultra alpaca on size 7 needles.  this is the hat katie requested, since slow knitting from numb fingers and chemo brain made her unlikely to make it.  (although, i must add, that she is working on a hat right now, it’s just taking a while.)

katie’s foliage [my project on rav]

katie's foliage

a friend cleaned out a bit of her stash, and gave me this skein of silk garden.
i immediately thought they were katie’s colors. now, if you want the lace to show up, i don’t recommend this yarn. fortunately, i just wanted some yarn overs and didn’t care as much about the lace.

i think these will be the last two hats i make for this journey. katie’s heading from us to mayo clinic to have one last surgery, then we’re hoping for things to be back to normalish.

dad’s log cabin

finally done!

dad's blanket

notes:
-mostly random wools from the stash all the way from dk to aran weight.
-size 8 needles – that somewhere in the middle of knitting were stole out of it and then i had a heck of a time figuring out which size needles i was using.
-the border is done in lovely squishy soft top of the lamb worsted by brown sheep. first time i’ve used it and i liked it quite a bit!
-here’s the helpful tutorial about i-cord that i used to figure out how to do the corners, although perhaps going up a needle size like rachel suggested would have been good.  blocking would probably fix the little bit of curl, but really, i’m just going to mail it.

dad's blanket

i’m really excited to get this to him.  totally a labor of love… because i know he’ll love it. and now that my mom’s retired and knitting – she and my dad apparently come to this space. hi mom! hi dad! your christmas presents will soon be on their way.

marian seaman scarf

i finally finally finished my christmas knitting this year and am planning to mail the package out this week.  this is for my mom.

marian seaman scarf

she likes scarves that are wide, fit well around her neck and tuck into her coat to keep her extra warm, so i thought a seaman scarf would be perfect for her.  i learned about them from this fabulous book.

marian seaman scarf

i used the beauty of a yarn that is alpaca with a twist, baby twist. size 7 needles. the yarn is so soft and really a great deal. here’s a close-up of the lace pattern.

marian seaman scarf

i made each side of this one from the bottom up and then did the scary thing that is grafting over ribbing. um. scary. so when i write up the pattern, it just may say good luck in that space :)