Tuesday, September 7, 2010

knitting for O (and mama)

I noticed that my last post about our impending arrival referred to him as R2.  He does have a name now (he'd better since he's due in something like 20 days!), but since this is a public blog, I'm trying to protect my children's privacy and will refer to him now simply as O, until he gets a nickname like his brother, Scooch. 

I started knitting for O while we were in NY.  I just completed everything and now am working on something selfish.  One might wonder how I have time to knit at all with a house to settle into and a crazy 2 year old to keep up with.  I'm learning to be more creative with my time; incorporating Scooch into some of my housework that he can 'help' with, or at least still be supervised while I do it.  Also, since I'm so close to my due date, I've been pretty sleepy lately and needing as much rest as I can find.  So usually in the mornings, I've been trying to stay still on the couch while Scooch plays, and I knit.  And knit.  And knit.  And so, here are the results:
First up are socks, guaranteed to stay on (so says the designer).  I used bamboo yarn, which I don't really care for.  It's slippy and hard to maintain gauge.  Hopefully it won't cause them to 'slip' right off his feet.  And yes, that is my hugemongous belly they are sitting on.
Next is a top.  I love this pattern because it includes sizing for many seasons to come.  I can even make both my boys matching tops.  It's knit in a circle, including the shoulder straps.  I almost want one for me!
Every baby needs a hat.  This one looks like an aviator hat (which is also how the pattern is named).  I love the chin strap to help keep it on, and it covers his ears!  Double bonus.  Again, another pattern that can grow with my boys.
Finally, a blanket.  I made Scooch a HUGE blanket which hardly got used.  I'm almost hoping he develops a blankie habit so it seems some wear...almost.  I made O a smaller one.  I didn't pay attention to how MUCH smaller, but it'll be great for covering him for a while.  It warmed him while I was making it too.  He would start squirming all over whenever I covered my belly with it.
Oh, I almost forgot!  Here's the baby pod I made in NY.  It looks huge now, and there were many many problems with the pattern, but luckily it was an easy enough design that I worked out the errors and got a finished product out of it.  I can't wait to snuggle him up in it.

And here are a couple selfish things I made before we even left GA.  Both will get a lot of wear here across the pond, I do think:

hello again, hello

Hello hello hello!  That's how Wallace enters a room on one of my son's favorite shows, Humf.  So a few days almost turned into a few months.  Sorry I've been away so long, my imaginary land.  I've been quite busy in my absence however.  I'm about to post about it, but just wanted to say hello first.  I'm still working out whether I can continue to make and sell Baby Travel Bags while I'm here without being in violation of my visa.  You'll know when I know about that.  I do plan on doing a lot of sewing and knitting however.  Even if I have to pack it all up and save it until I'm back in the states.  Anyway, I'll get on with what I've been up to...