Knitting for Baby

It’s been quite some time since I posted last–my Etsy shop is actually keeping me pretty busy. Well, that and having two little boys to take care of. Not to mention the fact that this pregnancy is getting more and more difficult with each passing day… I’m on modified bedrest at this point, although I know I’m doing a terrible job of it. I should be staying off my feet, but it’s impossible with two kids! This last week, my brother’s been around, so it’s been a bit easier, but I still have to go up and down the stairs more often than I should… Considering that standing up and walking a few steps typically brings on a contraction, and going up a flight of stairs brings on a really strong contraction… Sigh. I CANNOT wait to not be pregnant anymore! Just a little less than 6 weeks to go–then the torture will end! The latest physical symptom has been this dull, aching pain in my tailbone area that radiates down my legs. I know it’s because of the pressure and the fact that my bones are stretching out so I’m not concerned about it, but… I guess I’m just tired of being physically miserable. Oh, and the last couple of days–it doesn’t matter what I eat. I have an awful aftertaste in the back of my throat that just won’t go away. 🙁

Well… Onto happier things! My Etsy shop has been doing quite well, and I’m pleased to say that the first month of sales hasn’t been so shabby! Right now, I’m offering free shipping on all domestic orders (Coupon code FREESHIP), so if you’re thinking of getting something that isn’t a pattern, now’s the time! However, after spending the better part of the last month and a half stocking things in the shop, writing, editing, revising patterns… I decided to make a few things for Lady Penelope. So here’s what I’ve made so far…

I finished the Maile Sweater a couple of months ago, but I had enough yarn to make a matching hat, so I made a companion hat using a single repetition of the lace pattern that’s used in the sweater. After finishing it though, I think it would have looked much better with at least two repetitions… And I’m not about to frog it and start over, so it’s just gotta do for now. I’m definitely planning to make this cardigan again–it’s sooooo cute!–so the next time I make the hat, I’ll write down the pattern to share.

After finishing the hat, I STILL had some yarn left over… So booties were next! I used the Baby Janes pattern, which calls for DK yarn, so I doubled up on the yarn from the Maile sweater, which was a fingering weight, and it came out perfectly. Obviously, it still needs a button. And because I doubled up on the yarn, the self-striping quality is gone, but the booties are so small that I don’t think it makes much of a difference.

I also made a Puerperium cardigan for baby Penelope, which is adorable and a very quick knit (although the formatting of the pattern itself–the font and the multiple colors–drove me crazy). I think it turned out beautifully, and I love the color… I also made a matching hat and a pair of booties, which are soooo TINY and I can’t imagine my baby’s feet will be small enough to fit in here… But it’s apparently the right size, so I guess her feet WILL be that small!

So this was supposed to be Penelope’s coming home outfit, but DH isn’t in love with the color of the yarn. 🙁 And he wants something in lavender. And only because I love my DH dearly, we went online together and picked out a lovely pattern AND he went through my stash and picked out a yarn… And this is what happened:

Obviously, the sweater still needs buttons, and both pieces still need to be blocked, but I think they turned out really well. I haven’t been able to get the color of the yarn just right in the photos, but it’s a lovely lavender color–just what DH wanted for his little girl. 😉 For the top, I used the Small Things Sweater pattern, which is a fantastic pattern. If you’re looking for a baby sweater pattern, I highly recommend it. I made the newborn size, so I know I won’t get a whole lot of wear out of this, but I knit it up in a day, so it’s not like it took forever to make. I’m making another one for a cousin right now–and I need to finish it by tonight so my brother can take it with him to Korea!!–but it’s going quicker this time because I don’t have a contrast color garter tab, and I won’t be doing the foldover mitts, which actually took quite some time. 
For the pants, I modified the Leapfrog pattern by eliminating the cables along the sides, and adding a garter stitch cuff at the bottom to match the sweater. I had to teach myself how to do short rows, but that was pretty simple. I do love how it poofs out in the tushie to make room for bulky diapers. 😉 
Like I said, right now, I’m working on another Small Things sweater for a cousin’s baby, and I also have another flower pattern in the works. Hopefully, that’ll be live sometime this weekend. We have guests coming over for the weekend though, so I may not have the time to get it finished. 
Well, the boys’ naptime is quickly coming to an end, so I better wrap this up and get back to work on my knitting! 
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