A nurse who knits…

August 5, 2009

Blocking sucks…

Filed under: baby,Crochet,Dogs,Knitting — yarnnut @ 4:33 am

I love knitting lace.  I hate blocking it.  I’ve got tons of toys to make it more fun.  T-pins, blocking pads, blocking wires.  But I still hate it and put it off as long as I can.  I’m sure I have finished lace scarves somewhere that just need a good blocking to bring out the lace pattern.  But I digress.

I finished my Hanami stole on July 27, 2009.  So this is not so bad.  But I wanted to get it done and blocked before the baby came.  Because I knew once the baby came, this would have no chance of ever seeing daylight again.  Here are some pictures of the stole being blocked.
This is a view of the cherry blossom side.

Here’s what the basketweave portion looks like.


Notice I used the blocking pads and wires. It took me about 1 hour to get the wires through the edge stitches. Does anyone have a method that is less laborious? I’ve heard of some people weaving a long piece of thread thru instead of blocking wires. That almost sounds worse. The only thing that got me through this exercise was the fact that the stole was going to look great after the block. Sorry for the poor lighting.  I usually like using natural light since my photography isn’t the best.

Here are the stats:
Yarn: Malabrigo Laceweight purchased at Yarning for You in San Marcos. I used two skeins. I actually have a little bit leftover. What to do with it???
Pattern: Hanami by Pink Lemon Twist
This was a very fun pattern.  The pattern is a 12 pager that gives you all the charts and many options.   Melanie tells you what to do if you want to make this all in basketweave or the cherry blossom repeats.  She also tells you a bit about her inspiration for the pattern.   She includes instructions on beading the shawl.  Since I am a chicken when it comes to embellishment,  I have no beads.  Although I’m sure the shawl is stunning when beaded.  My friend Margaret Ann, purchased beads for when she knits this shawl.  I can’t wait to see it. Hint, hint…

I also took some pictures of some handcrafted baby gifts. Margaret Ann gave me this darling hat that she knit out of this new yarn called Sublime.
Waldo was not pleased with this hat on his head. Here’s another picture…
I also loved the handwritten label that she placed on it.

My other dear friend, Gabbies, crocheted this baby blanket.  I love the colors and she wove a ribbon thru the edging.P1020612
So cute. When the baby is finally born, I’ll take a picture of it wrapped in it. In fact, pictures will be taken with everything handmade within the first couple weeks. Look for baby pics…

Speaking of baby, I’m 39 weeks pregnant and trying different things to make the baby come. Today and yesterday, I ate spicy food. I’ve been walking every night but I’m going to start climbing stairs next week if my labor hasn’t started by then. My massage therapist showed me some pressure points to start applying pressure to. Matt doesn’t want the baby to come until after Thursday cause he has stuff going on at work. But it’s never going to be a good time for him. Things come up all the time and if we waited until he wasn’t busy, this baby wouldn’t be born until it was time for him/her to go to college. If anyone has any suggestions, leave a comment. I’ll be trying nipple stim/sex next week even if I don’t feel like it.

I’m knitting Sweet Socks. They are a simple pair of stockinette socks with two cables. Nice and simple. I’m using my yarn purchased on my last baby free weekend get away. Much better than the Froot Loops that I attempted to make. Sometimes, the yarn dictates what you knit. No picture yet though… I also finished my star shaped blanket that I crocheted out of Snuggly Wuggly DK. I forgot to take a picture so you’ll see that in my next post.

I’m also knitting a tunic from a Filatura di Crosa book, Summer 2006 that I purchased from Yarning for You. Elann had a sale on a whole bunch of yarn that was used in that book and I bought enough yarn to knit a sweater, that tunic, and a tank. So much for trying not to buy yarn. Sigh….

Well, this post has been long enough. The weather here in San Diego has been fabulous. Nice and warm at night. I can go out on my walks without a sweater! That’s almost unheard of since I’m always cold.


July 27, 2009

Still waiting…

Filed under: baby — yarnnut @ 6:03 pm

The little one is officially “term” now meaning that I’ve basically completed 37 weeks of pregnancy and the baby can come at any time now.  Yeah!!! The little one has decended into my pelvis so I feel that heaviness when I stand up.  Getting into a sitting or standing position from lying in bed is a bit of a struggle now since I feel so big but I’m still enjoying my pregnancy.  I do have “false” contractions pretty much constantly now but they aren’t uncomfortable.  I’m not really anxious for the baby to come yet.  Still enjoying feeling the baby move around.  Although he/she does throw some pretty powerful kick to the ribs every now and then.

Pregnancy has been very kind to me.  The only pregnancy symptom that I’ve experienced was heartburn.  And one or two Tums took care of that.  Now that I’m having some false labor, I do feel some back cramping but a walk or a back rub takes care of that.  Here are some of the reasons why I love being pregnant.

  • Feeling your baby kick/move is amazing.
  • I marvel at the changes in my body.
  • I’ve been taking much better care of myself in terms of eating good food.  It is harder to eat as much and honestly I think I eat less than I did pre-baby.  This baby sits on my stomach making me fuller much faster.  So the food I do eat has to have lots of nutrition packed in.  In fact, I’m surprised that I managed to gain my 20 pounds.  But I guess your body just knows what to do to make your baby healthy.
  • People are nice to you.  People in grocery stores help you with your groceries.  Strangers ask you about your baby.  Since I don’t know the sex of the baby, I get tons of predictions.  I know some women feel annoyed when others ask about there pregnancy or people want to touch their stomachs but I find it fun.  Maybe it is because people didn’t think I was pregnant until I was about 7 months along.  But now, I get people saying that I look beautiful pregnant.  When I wasn’t pregnant, the only one who told me that was my hubby.  For me, pregnancy is a big self confidence booster.
  • Taking walk on these warm summer nights with my hubby.  It’s our alone time where we have fun talking about anything.  His favorite topic is house buying.  Mine is baby clothes.   The baby likes it too.  I feel tons of kicks/tickles when we walk.
  • I get to knit/crochet baby things!

Things I don’t like about being pregnant:

  • Fatigue: enough said.  Now that the baby is very active especially at night, I’ve adopted a vampire sleeping schedule.  But I’m just grateful that the baby is kicking and moving.  A little sleep deprevation is worth knowing that my baby is ok.
  • heartburn
  • Lack of clothing choices.  I have 2 pairs of pants that I like to wear and a pair of shorts.  I have more options with tops but I just don’t feel like I should buy anymore especially since my pregnancy is almost done.
  • Waiting: Although I’m not chomping at the bit for the baby to come, I do want to know what the baby will be like.

I am still knitting and crocheting constantly.  My Hanami stole is literally at the finishing gate.  I have a few more stockinette rows before I can bind off.  I think I’m going to meet my original goal of having this project done before the baby makes it’s appearance.  I am making a crocheted blanket that is in the shape of a star.  It’s green and white and also almost done.  I started on a pair of socks using my souvenier yarn from SLO at Stitch N Pitch last Sunday but didn’t like the yarn/pattern combo.  The yarn was just too busy colorwise for the Froot Loop pattern which is available on Knitty.  You couldn’t see the Froot Loops.  So I’m knitting a very simple pattern called “Sweet socks” by Jenn Nevitt.  It’s mostly stockinette stitch with two cables running down the sides of the sock.  Very simple but I think it suits the yarn much better.

Well, time to go grocery shopping.  I need to have something for lunch before I go into my weekly doctor’s appointment.  I’m making some roasted veggies on the grill for dinner tonight.  Potatoes, corn, asparagus, mushrooms.  Yum… gotta use those in season veggies that are available right now.

July 16, 2009

More baby things

Filed under: crocheting,Dogs,Knitting — yarnnut @ 8:56 pm

I’ve finished a few more baby knits since my last post. I did get Waldo to pose in my crocheted baby blanket. I forgot I had already knit the Tiramisu blanket in a yellowish tone. Chalk that up to pregnancy brain. Oh well. This one is different since it has a hood.
Pattern: I got this off the Pound of Love ball band. It is also available online in both knit and crochet versions. The knit version requires that you double the yarn while the crochet is a single strand throughout. I’m not a fan of doubling yarn so I opted for the crochet version.
Hook: size J
Thoughts: My gauge was way off. Since this was a baby blanket I didn’t care. I did think it was super funny though that the specified dimensions in the pattern were that the blanket would measure 28″ square. My width ended up being 37″ so I just went with that dimension. I still managed to have a little bit of yarn left over.
Yarn: Pound of Love by Lion Brand. I didn’t love this yarn. Being acrylic, it felt very artificial in my hands. But that’s to be expected. Overall, good yarn to make a baby gift especially a blanket as it cost me $7 for the ball. I think though, I’d make this in my standby acrylic, Berroco Comfort and this would turn out wonderful. Even Cottonease would be a wonderful yarn for this project.

I also finished an absolutely adorable baby hat.  Waldo wanted nothing to do with this one so I used a much more cooperative grapefruit as a model.
Pattern: Cherry-o hat from Itty Bitty Hats. This book is filled with adorable hats for both boys and girls. Although, I have to say the girls definitely have the upper hand when it comes to cute knit/crochet patterns.
Yarn: I actually used the suggested yarn for this project. It called for Rowan Cotton DK. I even used the same colors that were in the book. This yarn is very nice. Smooth definition in your stitches and the colors are wonderful.
Needle: Size 5 addi.
Thoughts: I still don’t like color work. Even simple stuff like stripes. The stripes had a little jog at the beginning and end of rows. I did some research after I finished the hat and found out how to avoid the jog. I was too lazy to frog it though. I’ll try the technique with my next hat. I think I’m jumping the gun with the cherry-o hat. I tried to convince my hubby that the hat is unisex but he did not buy it. I’ll wait to make my next hat until after the baby is born so I can coordinate colors better. Although I do think that blue and pink are not exclusively boy/girl colors. Actually, I think there may be a double standard with that. Most people that I’ve talked to say that it’s ok for a girl to wear blue but a boy under no circumstances can wear pink. Whatever…

My last project is the Baby Moc A Soc. Absolutely adorable pattern. Again, gauge issues. The bootie actually came out to be more toddler sized even though I used a DK weight yarn called for in the pattern. Oh well, I figured it’d fit the baby eventually.
I am actually blanking on the yarn I used and unfortunately I threw the ball band away. It was a yarn I purchased at Yarning for You in San Marcos. I did remember enjoying the process of knitting the yarn though.

The baby and I are doing well. I’m starting to feel more braxton hicks contractions and at times they are slightly uncomfortable. The baby is constantly kicking me and has settled head down into my pelvis so that’s good news. Next week, I’ll be term and the baby can come out at anytime. My baby shower is on Saturday and I have a bit of food shopping to do. We’re doing a tea theme which probably isn’t the smartest idea during a San Diego heat wave. It’s supposed to be in the 90’s that day. We are going to have teas available. I’ll just have ice waiting for people to decide to ice it. My menu is:

  • Green tea
  • Swedish Berries tea
  • A white tea
  • and an english breakfast tea
  • Raisin scones
  • English Trifle
  • Deviled egg sandwiches
  • smoked salmon sandwiches
  • and cucumber sandwiches (for me)
  • Fruit plate
  • tea cookies
  • Baby shower cake (white chocolate raspberry from Edelwise bakery)

Until next time,

June 29, 2009

Back from SLO…

Filed under: baby — yarnnut @ 2:23 am

Matt and I had a great weekend in San Luis Obispo. Tons of pictures to show off. In case you’re wondering, the belly is in full force. The song, “she’s a brick… house”, goes off in my head every time I look at these pictures so be kind:)

We drove up on Thursday and stayed at the Cliffs in Shell Beach which is south of San Luis Obispo. Nice little beach town but tons of fog these past 4 days. I don’t think the fog burned off at all on Friday but most days by mid-afternoon, the sun came out to play. Every room had a balcony and we had a view of Avila Beach from ours. Our room rate included a full hot breakfast and wine/cheese hour in the afternoons. Unfortunately we didn’t partake of the wine except for one day. Don’t worry, I had small tastes of wine. Just enough to wet my tongue.

I purposely picked Thursday so that Matt and I would arrive in time for the world famous San Luis Obispo Farmer’s Market. For those who have never experienced the farmer’s market in SLO, it is unlike any other farmer’s market you may have gone to. For one thing, it’s huge! It takes over Higuera Street which is in Downtown. Of course, farmers come to sell their vegetables and fruit but other vendors come to sell stuff like food and skin products, clothes, photography services. People also perform at the farmer’s market. We saw a choir from the Philippines who were participating in a singing competition, a belly dancing troupe, and a rock climbing wall. Matt had never seen anything like it.
Me buying some extremely sweet organic peaches that I promptly gobbled up.
Matt eating an extremely large shish kabob.
San Luis Obispo is also home to “Bubble Gum Alley”. An extremely unsanitary sight that will delight children of all ages. I don’t know when this started but my gum from 15 years ago is up on that wall somewhere. Just don’t ask me where.

The next day, Matt and I wanted to take some belly photos so we headed to the most logical place. Wineries. LOL… We stopped off at Eberle and Peachy Canyon wineries in Paso Robles but we got the best pictures on the side of the road next to a clearing with trees planted to look like hearts. We did pick up some wine in case you were wondering. Great wineries, both of them.
Baby Double’s debut at Eberle winery.
This one was taken at Pismo Beach after all the winery business. We waited for sunset.
One of the few pictures with both Matt and I.

So of course, I couldn’t leave SLO without checking out the LYS.
It’s called Yarns at the Adobe and it’s the cutest little shop ever. Right across the street from the Mission Church. I couldn’t believe it, there were at least 5 LYS’s in SLO county. They weren’t there when I lived there. Of course.
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Here’s what I walked away with. Two skeins of Panda Soy. I’ll make socks with them. I’ve decided to buy sock yarn on vacation trips so I can remember the trip.
You can tell it’s a college town by looking at it’s list of classes. LOL

One last fun thing that Matt and I did was have dinner at the Madonna Inn. It is one wild pink trip. I will not give you my opinion but will let you make your own when you see the pictures.
This is the world famous waterfall urinal in the men’s restroom. The women’s restroom is not as entertaining.
This place is covered in rock. Color scheme was pink, pink, and more pink. With some cream and gold mixed in. A full band played big band music that night and people got up and did the tango,swing, and other ballroom dances. Matt and I resolved that for our 5th anniversary we were going to be able to come back and show them how it’s done.

Well, enough pictures. I was going to show you some knitting content but that can wait until next time. Way too many pictures for you to digest. Have a great week!

June 13, 2009

My first EPS sweater

Filed under: baby,Dogs,Knitting — yarnnut @ 11:50 pm

Of course, it’s for my baby. I wanted to knit it in a small cute size first where it wouldn’t bother me to frog it if necessary. I knit on it for about six days and this is what I came up with.
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Here’s the stats
Yarn: 1 skein of Berroco Comfort in green. Love this yarn. Especially for baby things.
Pattern: EPS which is found in a number of Elizabeth Zimmermann books. Kinda difficult to come up with numbers if you’re lazy (which I was) or math challenged. I finally sat down and made up a size for my baby. Hopefully, it fits. It’s about 15 inches in circumference. Arm length 5 inches. Yoke depth 3.5 inches. My gauge worked out to 5 stitches/inch.

For those of you who are Waldo fans, here are a few pics of him modeling the baby sweater. It barely fits him.

Here’s Matt holding me up so you can see the detail
Blurry pic cause I was moving
This is what I really think of this sweater.

As for my next projects, I’m still working on the Hanami stole. I am using the Malabrigo Laceweight in pink. (this stuff is crack for the lace knitter.) I’m so glad I have two more skeins in purple to make another shawl. I am also going to start some Baby Moc-a-socs. Aren’t they adorable? I also have the Itty Bitty Hat book by Susan B. Anderson. So many cute hats but I think I’m going to have to start out with the Marshmallow Bonnet. Do you think it will work for a boy? I have some leftover Cottonease in Almond that I think would look super cute. I guess if it’s too girly and I end up with a boy, I can give it to one of my co-workers who’s having a girl.

I went to the grocery store today and got some pregnant comments. One little girl who looked about two years old, pointed at my belly and proclaimed to all that were listening, “Baby in there!” She was so cute beaming ear to ear. One thing that I wish I did was take more belly pictures. I was taking them from about 15 weeks to 20 weeks. But unfortunately, I wasn’t really showing so I stopped. All of a sudden, I popped out at 24 weeks and now my waist measures 36″ at the belly button. And of course no pictures to record my transformation. A journal with waist measurement and pictures would have been a nice thing to show my baby. So… Now I’m looking for a professional photographer to take some tasteful pictures of my belly. I hope it’s something that my baby will appreciate later. Has anyone else done this before? If you have and you have a suggestion for a local San Diego photographer, please leave a comment.

June 3, 2009

Finished “August Baby”

Filed under: Uncategorized — yarnnut @ 11:48 pm

I have  few pictures of my finished “August Baby” sweater.  I’m very pleased with this sweater.  It was basically seamless which is imperative for a sewafobe like me.  Just two seams right under the armpits.  The lace pattern was very easy to memorize and I have to say the sweater came out absolutely adorable.  If you don’t agree with the first few pics, check out the ones that feature Waldo.
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I used a skein and 10 yards of Berroco Comfort that I had leftover from the Big Bad Baby Blanket that I made earlier in the year. Buttons were purchased from JoAnn’s. I love that place for buttons. Tons to choose from. I have been meaning to check out As Cute as a Button which is in Point Loma but they don’t have regular storefront hours and I never know when I’ll make it down there. Poor Waldo had this look in his eyes “Please, mom… take this sweater off me.” As soon as I took it off, he ran for the back door.

I got a set of steps for Waldo to use to get up on the couch. He’s been having trouble jumping on the couch lately and I don’t want his back to give out. It’s been a struggle getting him to use the steps but I think he’s finally getting the hint that he needs to use it.
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I was at the grocery store this morning and a woman said to me “I bet you’re anxious to have that baby soon. I was so uncomfortable, that I wanted that baby out as soon as it could come out. You going to get induced?”

Ummmm… I replied, “I like being pregnant. And no, I am not going to get induced.” Thankfully, I was able to recover my wits and be courteous after that. I wonder why some women think all pregnant women are having a bad pregnancy and just want to be done. I actually like being pregnant. I can now feel my baby move and kick. That’s a trip. And since I look obviously pregnant now, people go out of their way to be nice to me. I am now working 24 hours a week at work. (Actually, this is a bad thing for my income but if I didn’t have to worry about money, this would be a plus.). My skin looks good. I haven’t gained all that much weight and I have no stretch marks. I am excited for my little one to come but I’m not going to hurry things along with unnecessary intervention. And I don’t have any “war” stories to trade with anyone else. The only pregnancy “complaints” that I have are that I get full very easily and am hardly ever hungry and that I could sleep all day if left to my own devices.

Well, I’m off to Knitters Anonymous at Yarning for You then my prenatal yoga class. For all you preggos out there, I highly recommend the class to help with any back pain you might have.

May 18, 2009

A few baby things to look at…

Filed under: Uncategorized — yarnnut @ 9:06 pm

I finished my Tiramisu baby blanket! The pictures on Ravelry made it look like this blanket was much more challenging than it was. It is basically single crochet with a shell edging but I think it looks so elegant. The pattern is available for free. Look it up on Ravelry if you don’t already have it downloaded. It’s a great beginner crochet project and I think I’m going to keep crocheting. Fun, fun, fun…

Here are a few pictures for you.

Of course I had to get one of Waldo modeling the blanket.  Notice he isn’t so mad as he usually is.  Blankets are a bit easier for him to tolerate.

Yarn: Lion Brand Cottonease in Almond, 5 skeins. I actually only used a tiny bit of the 5th skein. I did enlarge the blanket by 10 stitches so that it was a tad bigger. So… If I didn’t do that, 4 would have been sufficient.

Hook: Clover ergonomic size H.  I am a tight knitter and crocheter so I actually went down 3 sizes.  Whatever works for you.

Pattern: Tiramisu Blanket.  If you couldn’t tell, I love the pattern.  And it’s actually a manageable baby size.  Yeah!  I’m so glad it didn’t turn out gargantuan like the EZ blanket did.

Since that project was done, I started another baby project, the Febuary baby sweater by Elizabeth Zimmerman.   She gives more directions than she did for the baby blanket that I knit before so this is coming about splendidly.  I cast on for it on Saturday and am almost to the point where you do the garter stitch edging and knit the sleeves.

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Sorry it’s been so long.  I just having had any FO’s to blog about.  I have to go to my OB appointment so thanks for stopping by.

April 29, 2009

Crocheted scrubbie

Filed under: Uncategorized — yarnnut @ 12:00 am

Here’s a few pictures of scrubbies that I made over the weekend. A woman in my fiber group crocheted these a few weeks ago and I decided that I needed to crochet some now. I had bought Crochet Today Mar/April a few weeks ago but got the Peaches and Cream yarn from Joann’s on Saturday. Lo and behold, I got totally addicted and this is the result.

Waldo as always looks so agreeable as my scrubbie model.

I’m still working on casting off my Feather and Fan shawl. It involves a crocheted cast off which when you have thousands of stitches is hell. Hopefully, I’ll have a picture at my next post. I picked out my next baby project. It’s the Tiramisu baby blanket and it’s crocheted. I guess I’m on a crochet kick right now.

April 7, 2009

The baby’s moving!!!

Filed under: Uncategorized — yarnnut @ 7:05 pm

I’m so excited to be feeling movement.  I started feeling things stir around in my belly in the past 2 weeks but chalked it up to other gastro functions.  But now I think it’s my baby!  My belly is now starting to look pregnant and I have to button my prepregnacy jeans underneath my belly so I’m just wearing maternity pants now.   I also started feeling some sciatica pain in my left butt.  So I signed up for a prenatal yoga class and the pelvic tilts and cat/cow move that I learned in class really helps.

The baby is feeling more and more real to me everyday.  I can’t wait for the baby to be here so I can love it.  But that means I need to start investigating car seats and strollers and all that kinda good stuff.  If anyone has any suggestions of brands that they loved, please let me know.

I started knitting my baby a “Little Lillie’s Sweater” by Cottage Creations.  I’ve knit 2 of them before for babies of friends and decided to knit one for my baby.  It’s out of varigated green Berroco Comfort that was gifted to me by my friend,Jen I think Berroco Comfort is awesome for baby knits. Soft, economical, and comes in crazy yardage. So I’m going to name this piece the leprechaun jacket. Or maybe St. Paddy’s Jumper. Or Mint Julip. It’s almost finished. Just one sleeve left to do. So I’ll wait until the knitting is done to show it off.

Have a great week everyone!

March 29, 2009

A never ending blanket…

Filed under: Uncategorized — yarnnut @ 10:37 pm

I started this blanket way back on January 10, 2009. It was a few days after my first prenatal appointment and I wanted to have a receiving blanket for my little one. I bought 4 skeins of gray Berroco Comfort and used the pithy instructions of Elizabeth Zimmermann to start this blanket. It ended up much larger than I anticipated. It’s a full 50 inches square. Much too large to use as a receiving blanket or car blanket for the baby. I’ll use it to tuck my little one into his or her crib. I encountered a problem with the blanket as I was nearing completion of the first square.

I was running out of yarn!!! OMG… I used 3 of my 4 skeins on the first square. In a panic I ran back to Yarning for You and found that they did not have anymore gray in the dye lot I bought previously. So I high tailed it to Common Threads in Encinitas. They didn’t have the dye lot either so I decided that the other squares needed to be different colors. I picked jewel tones of dark red, blue, and royal purple. It is my opinion that these colors will work for either sex. Although, I have this feeling that I am going to have a girl.

The knitting went on for months. Miles and miles of garter stitch. But all in all, I think the blanket came out beautifully.
Here it is full size on my patio table.
Up close view of the garter stitch.
A close up of the color transition.

I am actually quite proud of this project.  Although I think of garter stitch as incredibly boring, it is also incredibly complex looking.  This project took a lot of stamina for me.  Normally a project this long would have resulted in me putting it away and working on something else.  Also, I think I finished the blanket well.  The seams barely are noticable.  EZ calls for a provisional cast on with a 3 needle bind off at the end so the knitter only has to weave in ends.  I missed that whole provisional cast on bit and decided that I would just seam it using a whip stitch.  And it still came out well.

I am almost sorry that this project is done.  I said almost.  As I knit this blanket, I kept thinking that each stitch in this blanket represents love for my unborn child.  And at my last stitch, I thought “Wow, I must love my baby a lot.  There must be thousands of stitches in this blanket.”  So… for my future baby.  I love you.  So much already that I can hardly wait until you get here.  I have many hopes and dreams for you and look forward to sharing the love I have for your daddy with you.  You are so wanted as this blanket can attest to.

I do plan on knitting or crocheting another baby blanket.  But one much smaller.  The next baby project is “Lillie’s Little Sweater”.  I’ve made two for other babies and want to knit one for my own.  I still have other projects waiting and I am going to finish those up this week so you’ll see them in a later post.

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