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Babies, Babies, Babies!

Yesterday, I sat down and made a list. I’d been marveling at the number of friends I have expecting babies… And I needed to get it all down on paper or their due dates would come and go and there wouldn’t be any gifts to show for it! So, I have 12 friends expecting babies between now and the end of the year. Two of them are expecting twins. That’s 14 babies! I have a lot of knitting to do…

July’s babies’ knitting is complete. And two of the four August babies’ knitting is now done… I’m just going to be making hats for most of the babies. I’m thinking of blankets for two babies, but other than that, everything else should be one-two evening projects.

A Second Set of TWINS?!?

Not me! A friend of mine is having her SECOND set of twins. Naturally. Her first set are identical boys who are about 3.5 years old now, and the new set of twins are fraternal BOYS. If they’re half as cute as her first 2 boys, these new babies are going to be absolutely adorable. So I had to make them some equally adorable hats.

I made them in 6-12 month size, which should work out well since they’re due to arrive in early July.

So many of my friends are pregnant right now… I have lots of knitting to do! However, my baby knitting had to be sidelined in order to make a crochet/amigurumi Zoboomafoo for my boys–at their request!

One Zoboo down, one more to go!

First Post-Baby Project

I actually completed my first knitting project since Baby Penelope was born! A couple of weeks ago, Baby Penelope, at 10 weeks old, began sleeping through the night, and when I say sleeping through the night, I don’t mean a 5 hour stretch, which I guess is what’s considered sleeping through the night by numerous parenting sources. I mean, this little munchkin started going to sleep between 8 and 8:30 and would sleep until 7 or 8 in the morning. Sometimes, she’d sleep as late as 9:30! So, with a beautifully sleeping baby, I was actually able to pick up the knitting needles and get to work on an important project.

A woman in my March 2012 babies group (although Penelope was born in February…) was diagnosed with cancer the same day her little one turned one month old. As a group, we’ve been trying to help her out in various ways, sending her shipments of breastmilk, ordering meals for her and her family, putting together a comfort afghan. I didn’t think I would be able to contribute to the comfort afghan, but apparently, Penny thought it would be good for her mama to share the love. After all, another group of beautiful women from Ravelry sent us a lovely comfort afghan last year following my miscarriage in May.

So here’s what I made:


I’m really happy with how it turned out, and in the future (the far, far away future probably!), I would love to make more of these squares for an entire afghan. It would look amazing!


I’m now working on Penelope’s blanket, which will probably be done right around her first birthday. No kidding. :-p

The Sound of Silence?

Is it actually silent in this house? I can’t believe it… Well, the baby’s asleep–finally–after her morning marathon feeding, and my parents have taken the boys out to lunch. Normally, I would take advantage of Lady Penelope’s nap time to take a nap myself, but there’s just too much to be done. I feel like I haven’t been able to accomplish ANYTHING lately. My darling, sweet, beautiful daughter has been feeding like a maniac for the past two weeks. I understand that she’s getting bigger and building up my milk supply, but from about 8:30am to noon and 5pm to midnight, this little creature is like a milk-sucking vampire who won’t let go of the boob. Thankfully, she doesn’t do this at night. She gets up once around 4am, eats, goes back to sleep and is satisfied until 8:30am. Ah, well… I suppose this too will pass. And really, I will ONLY allow it because she’s so cute. 😉

At 5.5 weeks, she has officially outgrown newborn sized clothes, which is nice because we only had a few items that were newborn sized. Her teeny tiny little ankles have put a good amount of fat on them, but they’re still too small for the straps of the baby booties I knit for her. Sadly, now her feet are too long to fit in them. 🙁 It’s always a gamble when making something for a newborn.

Anyway, I better get a move on. The big boys will be home soon, and I’ve still got a million things I want to get done.

Newborn Photo Session

So in the days before Penelope was born, I spent quite a bit of time online, reading articles about how to take good photos of newborns, looking at and pinning photo/examples of poses… So once Penny made her entrance into the world, I had to get going!

The biggest issue is time. From what I’ve read, you have about a 10 day window for taking those photos where you can pretty much pose the baby in whatever seemingly unnatural pose your heart desires. After that, not only do babies lose the adorable fetal curl, but they also don’t want to do what YOU want them to do!

So our first photo shoot was more successful in that I could get her to do what I wanted…

(BTW, the pattern for this particular get-up is available in my Etsy shop!)

But this was my first time taking photos, and because she as born a week earlier than anticipated and two weeks before her due date, I wasn’t prepared for all the different photos I wanted to take. So when she was 8 days old, I planned another photo session, one that involved DH who would not only be there to help pose her and hold her in place, but I wanted some shots of Baby Girl in his hands. Well, unexpected guests stopped by, which put an end to my plans for a photo shoot with Daddy… However, I escaped with my sleeping little one and managed to get a few more shots.

So finally, yesterday, Day 10, another beautiful, sunny day, I made plans for more photos. Only she was terribly uncooperative. It was a growth spurt day, so she spent the ENTIRE day nursing, and she hardly slept, so getting good photos of her was very difficult.

(Garden gnome and green turtle pattern to come!) 
So after having taken photos on Day 5, 8, and 10… I have to say that I should have done as much as possible on Day 5 because it gets more and more difficult as baby gets older. I know it’s only a matter of days, but they change SO quickly! Penelope no longer curls her legs into the fetal position as easily as she used to, and on Day 10, if I moved her hand, she’d move it back to where she wanted it instead of where I wanted it! 
My newborn photo taking frenzy may be over, but there’s lots more photos of my sweet Penelope to come. I’m sure of that! 

Cute Giraffe Hat

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Enjoy!

Materials:

Worsted weight yarn in appropriate colors
(golden yellow, tan, brown)
Size 8, 16″ circular needles
Size 8 double pointed needles
Tapestry needle
1 stitch marker
5 mm crochet hook (optional)
Makes sizes: 6-9 mo (1-2 y, 2-3 y)
Gauge: 17 st x 24 rows = 4 in. in stockinette stitch
Hat:
CO 56 (64, 72)
Place stitch marker and join in the round, being careful not to twist stitches.
Work in stockinette stitch until work measures 3.25 (4, 4.5 in).
Begin decreases:
Round 1: *K5 (6, 7), k2tog. Repeat from * around. [48 (56, 64) sts]
Round 2: knit
Round 3: *K4 (5, 6), k2tog. Repeat from * around. [40 (48, 56) sts]
Round 4: knit
Round 5: *K3 (4, 5), k2tog. Repeat from * around. [32 (40, 48) sts]
Round 6: knit
Round 7: *K2 (3, 4), k2tog. Repeat from * around. [24 (32, 40) sts]
Round 8: knit
Round 9: *K1 (2, 3), k2tog. Repeat from * around. [16 (24, 32) sts]
Round 10: knit
For 6-9 mo size, k2tog around (8 sts). For 1-2 y and 2-3 y sizes: continue with decreasing pattern until 8 sts remain.
Break yarn, and using a tapestry needle, thread tail through remaining 8 sts. Pull tight.
Ears (make 2):
CO 6 stitches
Row 1: knit
Row 2 and all even rows: purl
Row 3: k1, kfb, k2, kfb, k1 (8 st)
Row 5: k1, kfb, k4, kfb, k1 (10 st)
Row 7: k1, kfb, k6, kfb, k1 (12 st)
Row 9: knit
Row 11: k4, ssk, k2tog, k4 (10 st)
Row 13: k3, ssk, k2tog, k3 (8 st)
Row 15: k2, ssk, k2tog, k2 (6 st)
Row 17: k1, ssk, k2tog, k1 (4 st)
Row 19: ssk, k2tog (2 st)
Break yarn and using a tapestry needle, thread the tail through the remaining 2 stitches.
Antennae (make 2):
CO 5 on dpn
With 5 stitches, make i-cord until length is approximately 1.5 inches.
Break yarn, and using a tapestry needle, thread the tail through the 5 stitches. Pull tight.
Assembling the hat:
Sew ears and antennae onto the hat.
Using the appropriate color, create giraffe spots on the hat using duplicate stitch. I prefer the duplicate stitch in this instance because the spots are relatively small and intarsia in the round is rather annoying. Plus, I think it’s nice to see the main color peak through.Optional:
Pick up stitches along the brim with a 5.0mm crochet hook and single crochet around.
Weave in ends.