Belatedly a baby

Unsurprisingly given previous children baby was overdue. She arrived 5 days past her due date on the weekend conveniently enough. Today she is one month old and I’m finally getting around to writing up a blog post about her.

Baby three, a few hours old.

Hobbity boo resulted in a PPH (so no home birth allowed) and with Wee Man we barely made it to the hospital so we were on notice to head in at first signs of labour. My waters broke and labour started strongly immediately at 0435 on the Saturday morning. Shortly afterward we contacted our neighbour to come watch the big kids and we headed in to the hospital at 5am. Slight hiccup when we had to defrost the windscreen unexpectedly. Given the time of day there were no delays getting to the hospital and we headed straight up to the labour ward at around 0525. Happily they believed us when we said baby was going to be here soon even though I’d been in labour for less than an hour. Sometime between home and hospital we ended up with meconium in my waters so they wanted to get baby on the monitors which meant labouring on the bed which is not fun, I’d have rather stayed standing. Luckily things progressed rapidly and baby was born at 0550 just after sunrise. So just under an hour and a half total.

Baby’s apgar scores were fine and she weighed 8lbs at birth (3.63kg). She did get a bit cold later in the morning and spent a short period under the heater but once she warmed up she held her temperature fine. She passed her checks but had one clicky hip which will be getting checked out with an ultrasound soon. We were released to go home at around half past two. The big kids think she’s awesome.

All the kidlets

Unfortunately her day 4 weigh in indicated she’d lost more than 11% of her body weight and we got readmitted to hospital for just over 24hrs to work out what was going on. Diagnosis was a mild tongue tie which was making it hard for her to transfer milk. We started supplementing her with expressed breast milk and making sure to feed her every three hours or less. She put on weight while we were at the hospital so we were sent home again to continue topping her up at every feed. Her weight gain was still slow that week but otherwise she was doing fine. We continued topping her up for ten days or so when she made it perfectly clear that she was full after nursing and did not want to take a bottle too. Happily she continued to gain weight after that and her 3.5week weigh in showed her well over her birthweight and putting on weight at a much faster rate. She’ll get weighed again in another week but she’s fairly obviously growing at this point and we are feeling much more relaxed about how things are going. Unsurprisingly crafting is low on the agenda unless it can be accomplished in 5 minute breaks. This time I know that won’t last forever so hope to have projects soon.

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Fragile Heart Shawl

After finishing my baby knitting I cast on a just for fun item.

I purchased this cake of gradient yarn from Bilum Yarns at the 2016 Edinburgh Yarn Festival. It’s perfect colours (green through blue to purple) with bonus sparkle. I had 100g of a fingering weight yarn and went looking for lacy shawls to use it on. I settled on Fragile Heart by BooKnits. The pattern is written for laceweight yarn but fingering has worked just as well. The shawl starts from the centre top and increases out to a crescent. There are variations in the pattern to work either entirely in lace or with a garter or stockinette section at the top. I worked entirely in lace but without beads, working 4.5 repeats of the body lace before starting the border charts. I don’t know that I’d would have had enough yarn to work another repeat on the body but I did add some additional rows to the end of the border lace to get all the way to the purple. I started with the picot cast off but (and this has happened before) I didn’t much like the look of the picots so tinked back and used Jeny’s Surprisingly Stretchy Bindoff instead. It blocked out super well and I’m thrilled with the result.

Fragile Heart by Boo Knits in Bilum Yarns gradient - little grey hedgehog

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Messenger bag and accessories

I mentioned previously that my next sewing project was a messenger bag. This is the Organised Office Bag from The Bag Making Bible by Lisa Lam. This is the 4th bag I’ve made from this book and it’s a very good book for all aspects of bag making.

I like making bags and keep finding different reasons for why I need a different one. This one doesn’t really have a reason though the cross-body strap is more useful for carrying whilst also carrying a baby. I purchased the fabric from Minerva Crafts. The outer grey is a printed canvas and the inside a quilting poplin. I love the butterflies in all their rainbow glory. I purchased a metre of each fabric and had enough leftover to make a clutch (Noodle-head again), a card wallet, a project bag and a dpn holder. I had one hiccup in making the bag. The flap pieces and the body pieces are very similar and I attached the pockets to the flap instead of the body. I was able to unpick and move the bottle pocket and the pen holders but the zip pocket requires cutting the fabric to insert it so that one is still in the flap rather than the bag body. It’s only a small pocket and I suspect I’ll use it infrequently so probably not a disaster. There is lots of interfacing in the bag – you can see that it stands on it’s own, which has made it nice and sturdy and it’s big enough to put my laptop in as well should that be needed.

Messenger bag from the Bag Making Bible by Lisa Lam and various accessories, fabric from Minerva Crafts - little grey hedgehog

Next up (depending on incoming baby’s timing) is sewing some summer clothes for the Hobbit as she doesn’t have much that fits from last year. As she’s in uniform most days until the end of June I hope I’ll be able to get somethings done in time.

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Basketweave Baby Blanket

Baby blanket number two is finished, technically in March as planned but only if you don’t count sewing in ends.

I used Rowan Cashsoft Baby DK in the Sand colourway. This is rather an odd shade, sometimes it looks pinkish and sometimes orange. I’d bought 10 balls and used 9.74 (I didn’t have enough left to get another repeat). There is no pattern but it’s fairly simple and documented on my Ravelry page here. It’s less square than I’d wanted but it’s a good size for in the cot.

Basketweave baby blanket in Rowan Cashsoft Baby DK (Sand) - little grey hedgehog

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I’ve been making but …

I’ve been making but not taking photos or blogging about things. Since posting about the Puerperium a month ago I have finished my Fiona Coat, knitted a baby blanket, re-knitted the sleeves of my Mama Vertebrae to narrow and lengthen them, sewn a dress (same as this one but in navy with blue stars), sewn a Sewaholic Granville shirt in a floral patterned poplin, sewn a pair of jeans (like these but with a higher back rise on the yoke), sewn three nursing tops, sewn a project bag and two gathered clutches to use as presents later in the year (Noodle head pattern, see photos below).

Some of these sewing projects are leftovers from my pile of cutting out I did last summer – I’ve finally reached the end of those. Next up is sewing a messenger bag. Knitting wise I have a second baby blanket on the needles, I’m just coming to the end of the third of ten balls. That’s the last of the knitting I’m trying to get done for baby so when it’s finished I’ll be casting on something just out of my stash just for fun. I didn’t manage to make it to Edinburgh Yarn Festival this year – I’m not currently up for that much walking or standing around but I still have some lovely stuff from last year that hasn’t been knit due to baby knitting and taking a big break from much crafting last year (also due to baby).

Gathered clutch by Noodle-head - little grey hedgehog

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FO: Puerperium Cardigan

While baby number 3 is going to have plenty of handknit handmedowns I want it to have a few of it’s own too. This is sweater number two and there are now plenty of hats. Next up it needs baby blankets of it’s own (the big kids are still using theirs).

I’ve knit Puerperium twice before but this is the first time I’ve knitted sleeves. It’s also the first time I’ve modified the pattern to work in the around after the yoke. I found I never wanted to be dealing with undoing and redoing all the buttons so have decided to just skip them. I joined in the round by overlapping and knitting together the four stitches that form each buttonband. I used just under 100g of dk yarn (Cascade 220 superwash) in a brownish colourway (1917). I had the little heart buttons in my button jar and they are just the right size.

Puerperium Cardigan by Kelly van Niekerk in Cascade 220 Superwash - little grey hedgehog

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All the cake

The first week of February is cake week in our house. Both the kids birthdays are this week and they each have their own opinions on cake. It makes for quite a lot of cake. Half of the Wee Man’s ended up in the freezer as we hadn’t got through it before I made Hobbity-boo’s cake for her party on Saturday. Luckily half of that one went home with party guests so we are not completely overwhelmed with cake.

Both cakes have a chocolate base – I’ve used this recipe several times before and although it takes much longer to bake than the recipe says it comes out lovely and moist. The recipe is from Edmonds Cookbook (mine is the edition printed in 1999). They are coated with chocolate buttercream before fondant.

Wee Man asked for an orange tractor cake. He is obsessed with trucks and things at the moment. I used this tutorial as inspiration and started with a square cake. There are parts where the fondant is a bit thin (I was worried about running out of black) but the kids agreed that it looked like a tractor. The back wheels are donuts and the front small circles of cake.

Orange tractor cake for a little boy turning 3 - little grey hedgehog

For the third year in a row Hobbity-boo has asked for a ladybird cake (though she tells me that next year she wants a rainbow). This year it is purple and black and we used a number of different cutters to make leaves and flowers for around the base (added advantage of hiding any wobbly bits). The antenna are fondant wrapped around cut down straws. I’m happier with the fondant on this, I had plenty so wasn’t trying to spread it so thin.

Ladybird for a 5 year old - little grey hedgehog

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