Too many WiPs or not enough knitting?

Funnily enough I’ve not been spending much time knitting lately. I find knitting harder to do in 5 or 10 minute bites and so I’ve been putting more effort into sewing lately. At the moment naptimes are inconsistent and the big kids are on school holidays for another two weeks. Once they go back to school there’ll be a block of time in the mornings where it’ll be just me and baby. While I’m not expecting miracles and there’ll be household stuff to do too I’m hoping that I’ll be better able to manage some knitting time then. (More sleep would help too.) In the meantime I feel like I have too many projects on the go.

I have a pair of sneaky socks. Sneaky because they are living upstairs and I’m squeezing in a few rows here and there. They are plain socks in yarn from Flying Tiger. A black yarn with bits of several colours through.

Sneaky Socks with yarn from Flyer Tiger - little grey hedgehog

I’ve cast on a shawl, the Estuary shawl from Handmade in the UK by TinCanKnits. I’ve only just got started and hope this will be easier to make progress on once I get past the increase section and there is more repeating of pattern. I’m using Wollmeise yarn from EYF2016.

Estuary Shawl from Handmade in the UK by TinCanKnits in Wollmeise Pure - little grey hedgehog

I’ve had a pair of gloves on the needles since April last year. I was making progress before we moved house and I got pregnant when complicated projects stalled. I haven’t made much progress recently but am trying to knit a few rows here and there. The cabling is fiddly and currently there is much looking at the charts. I’m working up through the thumb gusset now though so I’m slowly getting somewhere. The yarn is Cascade Heritage Silk in the denim colourway and the pattern is Glacier by Julia Mueller.

Glacier Gloves by Julia Mueller, Cascade Heritage Silk in denim - little grey hedgehog

Sometime towards the end of last year I started a cowl for Wee Man out of handspun blue merino. The pattern is the Honey Cowl which I’ve used before for Hobbity-boo. I think I mostly got distracted from it because I was making baby things and then have not picked it back up. Hopefully I can manage to get it done for him for this winter.

Honey cowl in blue merino handspun - little grey hedgehog

Also on the needles are two long term blanket projects. The first is using up my leftover sock yarn. Each square takes about 9g so this is a slow process as I have lots of scraps to use up. I’m knitting centre-out squares with kfb increases. I don’t know how I’m going to join them together at the moment but while the squares are fun to do this is low priority so that’s a problem for another year.

Leftovers blanket from sock yarn scraps - little grey hedgehog

The other blanket is an ongoing pile of Vivid squares. Vivid is a blanket pattern by TinCanKnits and I’m making the squares out of JC Rennie 4ply. I’ve 6 colours that were originally going to be a Fair Isle vest so I’m working through those getting 6 or 7 squares per ball (some yarn was lost in the frogging). I’ll have a reasonable idea of how much more yarn I’ll need to get a bedsized blanket once I’ve knitted the current yarn up. Squares are taking 7.5g so this would be a good use of miniballs.

Vivid by TinCanKnits in JC Rennie - little grey hedgehog

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Sewing with knits

Before the baby was born my mother in law came to visit, she then went off to Germany to see her mother for her 90th birthday celebration. Oma used to sew a lot but doesn’t much anymore so my mil asked if I’d be able to use any fabric she brought back with her. I said sure thinking I’d get a couple of metres or something. When she came back for a few days to see baby before heading back to NZ she brought me fabric – about hald a suitcase worth. So now I have more fabric than I know what to do with. A lot of it is not my colour but I’m pretty sure I can find a use for it somewhere. There are a lot of floral prints (mostly wovens), some wool fabric (may try a coat for one of the kids) and various other bits and pieces (including a large amount of stripy knit in pinks and reds, and a couple of metres of checked cotton which Hobbity-boo wants me to make her a skirt out of). There was one bit I was definitely interested in using for me. A blue cotton interlock printed with flowers. I debated but decided to make another Sewaholic Renfrew Tee. There was enough for that (same size and style as previously) and then just enough leftover to make a small cardy for baby.

Renfrew Tee by Sewaholic in unknown flower print cotton interlock - little grey hedgehog

The cardy is a size 6-12 Heartwarming Reversible Sweatshirt from the Sew Liberated Kids book. The pattern makes use of ties and a buttonhole for closures at the sides but I’ve used plastic poppers instead. The purple fabric is also cotton interlock leftover from a nursing shirt I made earlier this year. I didn’t have a good match for poppers for either the blue or purple so have used yellow on the blue side (as some of the flowers are yellow) and bright pink on the purple (just for contrast). I also topstitched around the cardy which isn’t done in the pattern. I probably should have used a normal topstitch instead of the stretch stitch as it got a little out of shape during the topstitching. But the ruffle is ok. It should fit this winter and next spring but baby (who still hasn’t acquired a nickname) is on the small side so it may last into summer next year.

Heartwarming Reversible Sweatshirt from Sew Liberated Kids in cotton interlock - little grey hedgehog

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Orange is his favourite

Shopping for trousers for the kids a few weeks ago Wee Man was very keen to get orange ones which we didn’t find. So when I was buying extra backing fabric for his dinosaur quilt I purchased a metre of orange twill to make him some trousers. They’ll be a bit big for a while yet so hopefully he doesn’t grow out of his orange obsession anytime soon.

The pattern is the Art museum trousers from Oliver and S and I’ve used it before in other sizes for both Wee Man and Hobbity-boo. I like that it has an elastic waist and faux fly as they look like proper trousers but are easy to get on and off. This pair are in size 3T. The bottom right photo is the closest to true colour – they are very bright and he’ll be hard to lose at the park in these trousers.

Art Museum Trousers by Oliver and S (3T) in orange twill from Minerva Crafts - little grey hedgehog

 

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Dinosaur blanket

Wee Man is getting a big bed soon and so needs a big bed quilt to go with it. I found dinosaur fat quarters at hobbycraft around a year ago and picked up two packs of 6 to use for his quilt. I’d already acquired wadding and white fabric when I was purchasing for Hobbity-boo’s quilt a couple of years ago. It turned out that I needed more fabric to complete the backing so I had to buy another metre of extra wide stuff and join in together. There were a few bits of the fat quarters leftover after piecing the top that I used in a strip down the middle of the back at the join.

This is a simple quilt, 9 rectangles in each stripe with white in between and quilting in the ditch along the stripes and then straight down through the white stripes between the  patterned rectangles. The binding is machine attached and handsewn down.

Dinosaur blanket pieced from 12 Hobbycraft fat quarters - little grey hedgehog

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FO: Monkey Socks

I finished a thing. I started these toe-up Monkey Socks back in April when the second baby blanket got too big to take to knitting group. Then they got ignored in favour of other projects but have been just right for knitting with a sleeping baby on my lap recently. (If you follow my instagram you’ll have seen them a few times)

These are knitted on 2.5mm needles with 77g of Wendy Roam in the Derwent colourway. I like the colour as it’s definitely blue but there a touches of other colours without it looking variegated. The Nutkin socks I knitted over a year ago are a different colourway of the same yarn.

Toe up Monkey Socks by Cookie A in Wendy Roam (Derwent) - little grey hedgehog

Next up I’m knitting some blanket squares for both my scrap blanket and my vivid blanket then it’ll be time to pick out a new project, probably a big shawl but I’m not sure which or maybe I’ll get back to working on my Glacier gloves.

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FO: Two henley style sweaters

Back in April/May I knitted two kids sweaters. There isn’t a pattern as I mashed up various sizes and gauges to get approximately right sized henley style sweaters for the younger two for this winter.

The red one is the bigger of the two and is knitted out of New Lanark DK in Cherry leftover from my Lush Cardigan. The other uses some WI DK bought at hobbycraft early last year. Buttons are from Textile Garden.

Henley Style Sweaters in New Lanark and WI DK yarns - little grey hedgehog

Currently I am making very slow progress on a pair of toe-up monkey socks. Baby is not yet much for naps by herself so not much knitting is happening. I have managed to get a quilt top put together for Wee Man. It’s covered in dinosaurs and will be used when he gets a big boy bed sometime over the summer. I’m waiting for some more fabric so I can piece a back together as I had less than I thought available. It’ll be machine quilted so hopefully won’t take too long.

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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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