Tinkerbell Slippers

The Lorax is into the Disney Princesses big time, but a few weeks back we found a Tinkerbell movie at the library, and now we are experiencing a little bit of a fairy phase. We have indulged in the other Tinkerbell movies as well – they are cute stories (though full of plot holes), I like that the fairies actually *do* something practical / useful, and they are not overly saccharine or obnoxious. I think part of me also has a fondness for the fairies – I like the stories about them being trouble makers (remember in Labyrinth when the fairy bites Sarah?!). And in theatre / drama club in high school we always made sure to have a little fairy dust in our shoe before a show. Anyway, Lorelai spotted a pair of tinkerbell slippers at some big box store – lucky for us she’s pretty good about just looking, and then “putting it on her wishlist” for her birthday or settling to tell Daddy or Grandma that she would like to have them.

Dan was making a trip to the big box store and we had talked about buying her those slippers as a special treat, but as luck would have it they were sold out. I do not know why it didn’t dawn on me earlier, but shoot – I could just knit them! How hard could that be? Not very – a quick search on ravelry led me to the Little Stay On Slippers perfectly sized already for wee feet. I dove into the stash for some lime green cotton yarn, some white yarn and the pom pom maker – and voila!

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They went on her feet as soon as they were finished 🙂 Success!

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Coronation

Before I had kids (!! kids, I have kids!) I used to think that 3 or 4 was a nice number of kids to have – in my family I am the oldest of 3, my dad is the oldest of 4 and my mom is the oldest of 7. Now? I’m good with two and I have no idea how my mom, my Gram or my Nana made it work. Obviously they did and it was all well and good, but it’s mind boggling to me now, especially as we try to figure out this new normal with the Lorax. Maybe it’s the little moments like this that get you over the humps…

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Our My sleep schedule is still pretty messed up, so when there is down time I am trying to lay low. My fingers are getting itchy to make things again – and it feels like I am constantly in motion – rocking, swaying, walking – when I sit still I still feel like I’m moving. Generally I am not a fidgety person. Even now as I write this my knee is swaying back and forth. I do think this is in part to my lack of knitting. Usually my hands are busy! I am really glad that I have been practicing crochet because that is easy enough for me to pick up / put down and then I have the satisfaction of having made something.

I made this little crown – using a random ball from the stash, in the P-newborn size it works up quickly and just fits.

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The Lorax was very interested in it as well – and has requested a Tinkerbell Crown (Nevermind that Tink does not wear a crown. She has been pretending to put on / take off a “Morning Crown” and a “Sleeping Crown” whatever those are) Lucky for me, the pattern does go up to a size that should work for her. This was great practice.

I have started a quicky project for the Lorax that I hope to share in the next day or so – it feels so good to get those stitches in each day!

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Hurricane Season is upon us – apparently, we might even feel some of Hurricane Irene this weekend! One of the last things I did before having a baby last week (it was already last week! time seems to have stopped and yet sped up simultaneously.) was send off a knit gift. My uncle, of the knit kidney, left New England last year for the warmer shores of the Caribbean and opened up St.Johnimals, a pet outfitter. He is missed terribly and I wanted to knit him something else, but really, a) How do you follow up on a kidney? and b) What do you knit for someone who now lives the island life?

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A Pirate Turtle – for a safe Hurricane Season and to keep the pirates at bay!

Pirate Sheldon

Sheldon needed a swig before his trip. My “Pyrate Speak” mug came from my trip to Virgin Gorda (which is a British Virgin Island, St. John is an American Virgin Island).

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To quote one of my favorite lines from “Pirates of the Caribbean” – “Why is the rum gone?”

Yarn Along – August 17

The “Better Late than Never!” Edition – of course I had to do this when I realized it was Wednesday, but couldn’t blog it until now.

~From small things

~ Two of my favorite things are knitting and reading, and the evidence of this often shows up in my photographs. I love seeing what other people are knitting and reading as well. So, what are you knitting or crocheting right now? What are you reading? Take a photo and share it either on your blog or on Flickr.

Yarn Along August 17

So, on Tuesday (you know, While I Waited) I had an appointment to check amniotic fluid levels – turned out that the tech could only find one pocket of fluid to check, and that level was low enough to send me over to the hospital that afternoon. In a manner that was strikingly similar to the situation with Lorelai, they broke my water around 8, and by 10-ish things were really progressing enough that there was no time for the epidural I wanted, and Ta-DAH! 10:36pm, the lil’nutmeg Nathaniel Thomas was here! . It is still so very surreal – I can’t believe I have had another baby. I can’t believe we’re already back home. I can’t believe how similar this one is to Lorelai – he’s slightly smaller than she was (7.9lbs, 19.6 inches), but the head full of hair really seals the deal I think.

It seems a bit crazier to be home this time around – Jackson is constantly on guard / edge, and Lorelai is still full of endless energy. She’s getting to indulge in extra tv time this week that’s for sure. But all is well so far – we could all use more sleep, but we’re healthy and happy, so we just take one thing at a time.

Back to the yarn along-ing. I did bring hexipuffs to my ultrasound appointment, but I didn’t work on them because I thought for sure I would drop the little balls of yarn and they would roll away. Instead I worked on a sock, but that wasn’t the greatest idea either – I realized that I would have to try on the sock at some point to know where to decrease for the toe and I couldn’t exactly reach my toes then. Oh well, live and learn.

While I wait

Trying to keep myself occupied and distracted (without being too grumpy or antsy) this week as I continue to play the waiting game with the lil’nutmeg and the hospital. Thank goodness for knitting! I’m still working away on the hexipuffs:

Hexipuffs in progress

And have also sent off a bunch of mini-skeins for a swap – I am really looking forward to getting the chance to try out some new yarns this way!

Over the weekend I finished the last of my WIPs! Well, the active more short-term ones – if you look at my Ravelry project page there are several WIPs, but most now are in hibernation. I am choosing to ignore the “Neon Nightmare” and the “Beekeeper’s Quilt” as those are truly long term projects, though they are active. This most recent WIP is a gift and has been shipped off to the recipient. Once I know it has been received then I’ll be able to blog about it.

This is a very strange feeling to have my needles “empty” for the most part – no deadline knitting (hoping to pick up testing / sample knitting again in September), a closet full of yarn, a ravelry queue that is ~30 pages (?!) – one could get lost in options and my decision making lately has already mostly fallen into the general “Meh, whatever” category. I did decide to go with another project that has been on my mind lately – Andrea’s Mitts. These slightly cooler days must have me thinking for fall, so I pulled out some Rhinebeck yarn ( silver Delly’s Delights Farm O-So-Soft) and a purple yarn which sadly lost it’s tag (I think I got it in a swap, can’t find it in the blog, phooey). These might end up a Christmas gift, or I might keep them, right now I’m 50/50.

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I started yesterday and am increasing the thumb gusset now. I am surprised as how quick these are working up. So far so good I am enjoying them and I know I have plenty of yarn to make another pair after this if I am so inclined (grey + pink, maybe reversing the purple + grey combo too).

Pondering

Amy, of thingswemake, posted some really interesting points to ponder last week. I found that I kept thinking about them, so I sent her a rambling email with my point of view on things. Her post on Thursday quoted me! 🙂 I wanted to share the blog-love and suggest it if you need something to ponder or are looking for inspiration (she does a fantastic job finding indie / handmade art, sharing recipes, and her wedding photos are adorable!)

This moment. Squee!

{this moment} – A Friday ritual. A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.

If you’re inspired to do the same, leave a link to your ‘moment’ in the comments for all to find and see.

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