James at 10 Months Old

10 Months OldThis post is a tad late but last Tuesday James turned 10 months old. Everyday he’s become more and more like a toddler and less like the small baby I brought home from the hospital. I know I’ve mentioned this but it bears repeating. I was not a fan of the infant stage. In fact I hated it. Lack of sleep does not bring out the best in me, and I’m positive my husband will agree.

But as he gets older and older I’m feeling more nostalgic for those infant days. The days where he slept for 18 hours. Not 18 hours continuously and definitely not at night, but I was able to accomplish so much more because of his numerous cat naps. And the cuddles. At least 2 of his naps were spent on my chest while I knit and some random show was on in the background. And as I miss those days and want to go back to them, I have to remind myself (almost daily) that I hated that stage when I was living it.

I was scared when he was an infant that I wouldn’t like any stage. Because everyone loves a baby. At that age they’re so cute and cuddly and bring back fond memories to mother’s whose children are grown. And if I hated it what hope did I have as he was getting older. But when my friend had her baby in February and I reminisced, it dawned on me that everyone loves the baby stage as long as you’re not the sleep deprived parent. Everyone loves a baby they can cuddle and love and still get a full nights sleep.

Luckily, I’ve been loving each stage that followed the horrible infant stage. He’s not even a year old and I feel like we’ve passed so many. But each new skill he learns makes him more fun and lovable. Everyday he does something that makes him cuter than the last.

James at 10 Months Old

  1. He loves to eat. Everything! His favourites so far are toast, spaghetti, chicken and yogurt. I’m sure if he could he would only eat those foods.
  2. James went on his first African Lion Safari adventure. I’d like to say he loved it but I don’t think he realized what was going on. None the less it was a fun day that I will remember.
  3. He is always on the go. No more cuddling, no more sitting in one place and playing with his toys. He can spend hours crawling from one end of the house to the other.
  4. He loves playing in the dog food and water bowls. I have fished a few kibbles out of his mouth in the beginning but now he likes to throw it all over the floor. And when you firmly tell him no, he grunts back. It’s like his version of talking back. And he knows he’s not supposed to touch because when he crawls to it, he’ll turn back to see if you’re looking and if you are then he walks away, but if you aren’t then he makes a mess.
  5. He still loves the water. The pool is his favourite. We haven’t had a chance to get him in the lake at the cottage but there is no doubt in my mind that he’ll love that just as much.
  6. James also went on his first 4 track ride with Pepere. He acted like he owned it the moment he sat down. His arms went straight to the handle bars like he didn’t need my dad to drive. I’m sure Pepere has already bought him his own.
  7. His 2 favourite people are Nana and Memere (both grandma’s). His face lights up when he sees them. And he only wants to be held by them. Actually, his Dad should be on this list too. If I say let’s go see Dad, he gets the biggest smile. A slight blow to my mothering ego but I’ll take it because it means that he has plenty of people in his life that love him and that he loves.

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This month was also a very difficult month for us, as a family. On July 10th, my Father in Law passed away. It has been such a devastating loss to our family. Words cannot describe how much we love and will miss him.

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Ashley

James at 9 Months Old

9 Months OldAhh. I can’t believe it. My baby has been in the “real” world longer than I grew him in my belly. Today he’s 9 months old and it feels like a big milestone. Well all of his monthly birthdays are “milestones” but this one feels extra special. For 9 months I’ve watched him grow and learn so much. He’s gone from a blob that poops, eats, sleeps and cries (is there a better way to describe a newborn?) to this awesome baby that loves tickles, walks, Crosby and bath time.

And I’ve changed too. I’ve gone from a blob that poops, eats…..just kidding. I’ve gone from sleeping in to early mornings every morning. From loving alone time to never being alone. From knitting all day to knitting a few hours a day – if I’m not too tired. From not being bothered by a mess to always feeling the need to clean. From not being a mother to being a mom. And I love it. Well, not every moment of it. But the good days outweigh the bad days and I find myself loving him more and more each day.

James at 9 Months Old

  1. He loves the water. The pool, the bath (and soon the lake), you name it and he loves it. If he could, he’d stay in the bath until he was a prune from head to toe. We would have never figured this out had we not done swimming lessons. Best decision ever.
  2. He standing on his own. Does holding onto the couch count as on his own? Probably not but I’ll take it. He also shuffles from one end of the couch to the other. I’d love to say it’s because he wants to learn to walk but in all honesty he’s trying to get the dog.
  3. Speaking of Crosby, James just adores him. He wants nothing more than to play with him – which entails pulling on his tail, pinching him and trying to grab his tongue. Teaching a 9 month to be gentle feels impossible, but we will get there. And Crosby, well for the most part he just wants to be left alone. I’ve watched them go in circles around one of our armchairs as James tries to “catch” Crosby. And every so often I’ll get the look from the dog like “why aren’t you helping me?”
  4. He still eats and sleeps like a champ. He sleeps between 10-12 hours a night and 2 naps throughout the day. I love it and don’t ever want it to change. As for the food, James loves to eat – anything and everything. We had a hard time with pureed peas and avocados but give them to him in chunks and he can’t get enough. He especially loves chicken and spaghetti.
  5. He loves watching cars go by and going for his daily walk. The walks are really for the dog. He deserves them for putting up with James.
  6. He went on his first swing a few days ago. Unsure of it at first, but like everything else he loved it in the end. I’ve yet to find something this kid doesn’t like. Wait….he doesn’t like tin foil. As soon as you pull it out the box he cries. We’ve become a family who can use tin foil silently. Hahaha. Anyways about the swing, he loves it. We didn’t get a chance to play that long. Crosby was crying the whole time. As if he knew we were interrupting his precious walk so that James could play for a minute. How dare we!9 Months Old 9 Months OldIMG_20160610_121106 9 Months Old 9 Months Old 9 Months Old

So at 9 months old he’s a pretty active baby. Always needs to be on the go and keeping me on my toes. He finds – almost daily – new things that I have to baby proof. Like a fan. Who knew that this kid was going to like shoving his fingers in a fan thats turned on – I sure didn’t see that coming.

I can’t wait to see what next month bring us.

On a side note, I’d like to say Happy Father’s Day to my awesome Dad and Father in Law. Keith and I wouldn’t be the parents we are today without your love and support. We love you!

And to my wonderful husband Happy 1st Father’s Day! I love you so much and could imagine doing this parenting gig without you. You do so much for James and Crosby (and me) and we can’t thank you enough. Enjoy this day and I’m looking forward to spending a lifetime more with you 🙂 xoxoxo

Ashley

New Patterns Available

During the last few weeks I’ve been slowly working on a few new patterns. They aren’t my usual baby blanket patterns. They are crochet animal patterns. I’ve been making knitted and crochet animals for a few years now and a while ago I realized that I can easily create my own. I’ve made some monsters for my Etsy shop so making animals shouldn’t be a problem. And it hasn’t been. I’m loving creating these guys.

It all started when James and I were laying with one of his stuffed Giraffes. It’s just a simple toy and as I was looking at it I realized that I could crochet this exact Giraffe. Everything about it down to the ruffle on the back of its head. And that got me think that I could create a bunch of other animals too. But I wanted to start with the Giraffe. I used the basic shape of his toy and started writing a pattern. Then I had more ideas for more animals and now I have a handful of animals that I want to create. But in the last month of so I’ve only had time to finish four. However, only two of them are ready for purchase.

Two New Patterns Available

  1. Giraffe: This is George the Giraffe. I made him used worsted weight yarn and a G6 hook. The finished Giraffe can be found in my Etsy shop. The pattern can be found on Etsy, Ravelry and Craftsy.Crochet Animals
  2. Owl: Olivia the Owl. She is made using worsted weight yarn and a G6 hook. She can be made with or without the wings. The finished owl can be found in my Etsy shop. The pattern can be found on Etsy, Ravelry and Craftsy.New Patterns Available

I’m still in the process of seaming and photographing a Rhino made with chunky yarn. I also have to make sense of my notes and write the pattern for the Rhino and a Monkey that I was able to finish last week. By the end of the summer I would like to have about a dozen stuffed crochet animal patterns available. Looks like I’m in for a busy summer – it’s a good thing I love what I do!

What crochet animals would you like to see?

Happy Crocheting,

Ashley

Socks…I Think I Love You

First Pair of Socks It’s taken me a while but I finally got around to knitting myself a pair of socks. And I think I love knitting socks. Well I have yet to come across any knitting that I don’t like. I’m trying to think of a knit project I didn’t like and I’m coming up empty. Regardless, sock knitting is awesome.

I don’t know why I waiting so long to get a pair on my needles. Actually I do. It’s the heel. The heel scared the crap out of me. Not that it would be too difficult, but rather that I would screw it up in some enormous way and the only fix would be to start over. To start from the first cast on stitch. Looking back I see this isn’t reasonable. I mean rarely is a project so far gone that starting from the beginning is necessary.

So about 3 months ago (wow I can be a real slow poke), I cast on my very first pair of socks. After I finished the ribbing, I set the socks aside for a month. Yup, one whole month I didn’t work on them. A severe lack of time was the biggest factor. Followed by starting a handful of other projects.

But then one day I had the urge to finish the first sock. You know that urge. The only thing on your mind is that project, and you want to drop everything else you’re doing – regardless of importance – and knit. That was me. So once Jamesy was in bed, I knit. Every free moment during the next few days I would knit. And finally I was able to finish the one sock. What an accomplishment!

I tried it on, showed it off, then immediately started on the next pair. But as luck would have it, this one took me just as long to finish. Two weeks passed without touching my needles – well the needles which held the second sock. Again, other projects called my name. Other matters – taking care of my baby – called my name. Cleaning up our backyard and getting it ready for summer and BBQs called my name. Our home – in desperate need of cleaning – called my name.

And so every few weeks, I managed to work in a few rounds. And slowly but surely, that second sock was getting finished. I could finally see the light at the end of the sock tunnel. When I weaved in that last end, I wanted to shout from the rooftop. I wanted to let everyone that I did it! I finished this pair of socks.

By the end of it, one pair of socks took me 4 months to complete. And it’s a strange feeling. I felt such accomplishment for one pair of socks. It feels awesome to finish any project. Each is definitely an accomplishment. But this one, this pair of socks was different somehow. Time and other responsibilities tried to pull me away, and I won.  And my glorious prize is my first pair of knitted socks. Socks

About the Socks

The pattern I used was Petty Harbour by Rayna Curtis. It was a great pattern for my first pair of socks. All of the instructions are clearly stated, very little room for screw ups. As you can see by my perfect heels – which by the way, are not so scary after all. Not too simple (all stockinette) and not too complicated (crazy cables I’m thinking of you). It’s a basic four row repeat, which I love. I made the leg longer as I had extra yarn and I love long socks. I’m not a fan of how the toes turned out. Not because of the pattern but it somehow sits funny of my toes, almost lopsided. In all honesty, it’s probably my toes which make it lopsided.  I didn’t realize this until I was finished the sock, so for the next pair I’m going to try toe up socks. This should allow me to notice any toe issues a few rows after cast on as opposed to when I’m finished.

The yarn used is Knit Picks Gloss and the colour is Bordeaux. It’s a wool and silk mix which is surprisingly soft – I had my doubts. I wanted to use yarn with a mix of nylon but I had none in my stash. And as much as I wanted to, I couldn’t justify buying more yarn for this pair. But I’ve already warned my hubby that I’ll be buying new yarn for the next pair. Besides James has never been to my LYS and he’s overdue for some yarn shopping with Mom.

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I’m already thinking of my next pair of socks – toe up socks as mentioned. Maybe something with a more intricate pattern, maybe some cables, maybe some lace. I’ve been looking into a sock kit. One where the pattern and yarn are all delivered to your front door. But I have to find a kit with a pattern and yarn that I like – which is proving to be difficult. Maybe I’m being too picky. Regardless, I shall be knitting more socks soon.

What are your thoughts on socks?

Happy Knitting,

Ashley

Crochet Animals Available

The last few weeks have been hectic. I somehow got it into my mind that I should be selling some crochet animals. And selling their patterns (but more on that in another post). I’ve crocheted a handful of animals before and I understand the basics of shaping, so why wouldn’t I create a whole range of animals (and their patterns) to sell.

Well I know how I got it into my mind. James and I were playing with some of his stuffed toys when I started thinking that I could create the Giraffe he was holding onto. I wouldn’t have all the bells and whistle that his had, but it would be mine. And it would be awesome. I spent a few days drawing it out and working out some of the shaping.

I finally got this guy onto my hook. Made some – well a lot – of adjustments during the process. And now he’s finished. And he’s available in my Etsy Shop.

Crochet Animals The obsession didn’t stop there. I thoroughly enjoyed designed and creating George the Giraffe. So much so, that I started a new design book full of different crochet animals and their patterns.

My cousin loves Owls and her birthday is coming up. So an owl was the next on my list. This gal took a few days to complete. She’s pretty simple. Not too many adjustments to my original pattern which made her a breeze to crochet. Along with this stuffy, I want to create an oversized pillow. My cousin would love that. Olivia the Owl can be found in my Etsy Shop.

Crochet Animals I’ve also started a rhino. However, I’m not quite feeling him. I used chunky yarn and he seems somewhat unpolished. I can’t quite put my finger on it but there’s something that I don’t like. I’m thinking it’s the horns. They look unfinished. Or not pointy enough. Whatever the case, he drives me crazy every time I look at him. I’ll most likely frog him and start again with worsted weight yarn.

crochet animalsAnd lastly, I’m almost finished this monkey. This guy took a while. His face gave me the hardest time. And for some reason he looks a little crazy. My husband says that’s ok because he’s a monkey and they’re supposed to be a little bit crazy. I was going for more cute than crazy but once he’s all put together I’m sure the cuteness will start to show. I’m hoping to have this guy available in my shop by the end of the week and his pattern next week some time.

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The pattern for these crochet animals should be available shortly.

What’s on you hook?

Ashley

James at 8 Months Old

These last 8 months have flown by. In the moment, it felt like it would never pass. I thought the newborn stage was never ending. When you’re in the middle of it, it sure feels never ending. But now at 8 months I can safely say that I miss that newborn stage. At the time all I wanted was a full nights sleep. Just a full 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep. And now that James is more active, I miss all those 2 hour naps he used to take. All the naps he used to take on my chest while making the cutest noises. But now he’s more toddler-like (when does toddler-hood begin anyway). He’s more active and fun and I’m thoroughly enjoying this age.8 Months Old

James at 8 Months Old

  1. He crawls everywhere. EVERYWHERE. And if there’s something blocking his way like say a couch, he tries to push it out of the way. Or proceeds to get frustrated and screams.
  2. He picks everything up off the floor. And it goes right into his mouth. I’m pretty sure he’s eaten a few broken pieces of dog food that Crosby has left laying around (we have a very messy eating with that dog). I feel like I’m always sweeping.
  3. Speaking of sweeping. James loves the broom. He follows me everywhere when I sweep and when he reaches the broom he giggles and wants to play with it. Makes keeping the floors clean a bit harder. I used to be able to keep him in his bouncy seat or his exersaucer but as soon as he sees that broom he cries until he’s set free. Free to chase it and me.
  4. We’ve been doing swimming lessons. It’s mostly playing in the water, getting them used to the water. We’ve dunked his head in a few times. He’s not a fan. But he does love splashing, especially when it’s in my face.
  5. He’s on somewhat of a routine. He’s up at 7am and goes to sleep around 7:30pm. He also has 2 naps throughout the day, a morning nap between 9:30am and 11am, and an afternoon nap between 1:30pm and 3pm. This works great when he actually takes those naps and for the most part he does. It’s the morning naps we’re working on. I give him solids around 8am and he usually falls asleep in his high chair soon after, then he’s up at 9. So I’ve been taking him on long walks so that he can get in that extra shut eye and I’m not dealing with a monster until his afternoon nap.
  6. He loves food. Even food he’s not eating. We’ll show him what we’re cooking and his eyes light up. I’m hoping that this is a good sign that he will be an awesome eater.
  7. He loves pictures of himself. Our screensaver on the apple tv are all pictures of him and Crosby. As soon as it starts he gets the biggest smile and stares at the tv. It’s absolutely precious. He may be a little vain when he’s older. Hahaha.
  8. He stood up on his own for the first time yesterday. I fear walking is soon then there will be no stopping him. No stopping the trouble he will get into. IMG_20160503_091511
    Watching our screensaver of himself on the TV

    Watching our screensaver of himself on the TV

    The struggle to crochet while James is awake

    The struggle to crochet while James is awake

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He seems to be reaching major milestones on his monthly birthday. I’m quite excited for next month, maybe walking, maybe a tooth, maybe talking.

On the knitting front, I haven’t had much time. An active baby makes it quite impossible to accomplish knitting. I’ve been working on a pair of socks. It’s taken one month to complete 1 sock. Tonight I will start the second, and in one months time I should have myself a pair.I have been working on a few other items but that’s for another post.

Happy Knitting,

Ashley

5 Things Knitter’s (and Crocheter’s) are Tired of Hearing

Tired of Hearing

If you’re a knitter or crocheter it’s a safe bet that you’ve heard all of these at some point or another. At first, it’s not so bad. People are curious or interested. But slowly they becomes irritating and now you’re tired of hearing them. So if you see someone knitting or crocheting it’s a safe bet they’ve heard these before.

5 Things Knitter’s (and Crocheter’s) are Tired of Hearing

  1. Knitting is for old people or You look like a grandma: My brother’s say this to me all the time. Especially when I used to knit while watching Jeopardy. And I’m sure I looked like my Memere as she would knit, but she would be watching the Weather Network. Anyhow, there’s no age requirement for knitting or crochet. Anyone can do either of them whether they be young or old. I even tried teaching my 8 year old God Daughter to crochet. She wasn’t having it. But none the less, knitting and crocheting does not discriminate against age or gender.
  2. Can you make me….: This one makes me a little bit angry at times. Yes there are some that say “How much would you charge if I want so and so” and that’s wonderful. But for the most part people expect you to make them something for free. They forget the cost of the yarn, needles, and most importantly your time. Because your time is precious even if you’re knitting while watching tv. I usually try to make an item for someone that will appreciate it and who will actually use it. And I usually keep these as gifts. Because there’s nothing worse than spending time and money on an item and having the recipient never use it. Keeping it hidden away in a box or closet. My efforts (and yours too) do not belong in a box or closet!
  3. Isn’t it cheaper if you buy it: The answer to this is almost always a yes. But I wouldn’t get the satisfaction of completing an item. The satisfaction of someone using my items. The satisfaction of someone loving that special item that I made just for them. So as you know my friend recently had her second baby and as with her first I made and sent the baby a blanket, a sweater and a stuffed dog. I made them completely different than those I gifted to her first baby. But her response still makes my heart explode. That now the baby has something of his own instead of all hand me downs from baby #1. So sure, it’s cheaper to buy it. You won’t spend hours and hours creating something but you know what, they’re will be a dozen people out there with that same item. And for me that makes it less appealing.
  4. Can you teach me to crochet or knit: I haven’t been asked this too many times but I always respond with an absolutely. I love knitting and crocheting and almost every chance I get to turn someone else into a knitting and crochet addict I take it. Most of the time people don’t follow through. I’ll bring it up again but they don’t seem as interested. Most of the time I help out newbie knitter’s with a problem they’re having or encourage them to try something new. I did teach one arm knitting class at Michael’s but it was nerve racking. I had 9 ladies (all ranging in age —see point #1) and I was ridiculously nervous the entire time. I’m much better one on one. And I told myself maybe teaching a knitting class isn’t for me. Then a woman that works with my husband asked if I would teach her and her friends how to knit. Eeeeekkkk. I don’t know why I’m so afraid. Thinking about it is making me sweat. I know I should man up and do it. Do the one thing that I find scariest. Get it over with. I mean it can’t be as bad as I’m imagining in my head, right?
  5. My grandma/grandpa/mom/dad/etc knits too: There isn’t anywhere this conversation can go. I mean how do you reply, ‘that’s nice’ or ‘it’s very addicting’. Because in all honesty you can’t talk to them about your project because they didn’t say that they knit or crochet so they would have no idea what you’re talking about. They simply know someone who does. And in all honesty, everyone knows someone who knits or crochets. Another great one along these lines is saying they know someone who crochets when you’re knitting. Or vice versa. And you correct them and they say ‘what’s the difference’ or ‘same thing’. Umm no there is a difference and they are most definitely not the same thing. But who has time to explain it. You have a project to finish.
  6. And this one’s a BONUS — Do you really need more yarn: I hear this quite frequently from my husband, or even my mom when we’re out shopping. And they answer is always a big fat YES. Sure I might have yarn that’s suitable at home but it’s not the right colour. Or I might have the colour I want at home but it’s not the right yarn weight. Or the right fiber type. There are countless reasons why I need more yarn. And let it be known that the answer to this will never be no.

What are you tired of hearing?

Happy Knitting (& Crocheting)

Ashley

7 Months Old

It’s been 7 months since James came into our lives and turned everything upside down (I should say right side up). Now that he’s 7 months old he’s more active and mobile and always wants to be on the go, life has gotten quite hectic. A good hectic. Sure there are days where I’m sure I’ve given birth to the devil and we’ll be living in hell forever. But these days are not the norm. Most days he’s a happy baby. A smiley baby. A baby that wants to explore and find new things. A baby that wants to taste new things. A baby that wants to taste everything. A baby that we absolutely adore. And this month has been a bunch of firsts.7 Months Old

James at 7 Months Old

  1. He’s been eating real food. And by real food I mean we’ve ditched the rice cereal and he’s been feasting on fruits and veggies. Most namely, banana’s, sweet potatoes and carrots. He loves bananas, sweet potatoes, butternut squash, blueberries and pears, I mean lovvvves them. He could eat them until he explodes. He’s not a big fan of carrots but mixed with sweet potatoes they’re a hit. He’s not a fan of cauliflower or green beans but he will eat them. He hates avocados and peas. And I mean loathes them. He keeps his mouth shut tight. The only way that foods getting into his mouth is if I force it. Then he cries and gags like it’s poison. In a few weeks we’ll try meats, well chicken. And if he’s anything like his dad (which he is), he’s going to love it!
  2. He’s even closer to crawling. I didn’t think that was possible but it is. Not only does he shimmy around on his belly to move around but now he get’s up onto his hands and knees. He’ll move his knees but then he’s not quite sure what to do and falls back to his tummy. We’ve tried helping him by showing him what to do with his hands but as soon as we try to move them he falls to his belly. But he’s close and it’ll be the moment that I’m not looking that he starts to crawl. Obviously. And he started crawling last night after I had already written this post. So at 7 months he’s crawling.
  3. He can sit up on his own. Well for the most part he can. It happened on Sunday (April 17th). I put him on the ground on his belly, looked up to say something to my mom and when I looked down he was sitting on his bum. And although there were 4 adults around, not one of them witnessed this achievement. So for the next hour we had him do it over and over again while we recorded James sitting up. He does have trouble with one of his legs. It still stays bent behind him so he doesn’t get the full sitting experience (if you can call it that). And he can’t sit up for too long before falling backwards. I’m slowly realizing that I need cushioned floors. Like a floor made from  memory foam.
  4. He’s more chatty. He likes to babble and hear himself. Especially when we’re driving. He’ll have a 15 minute conversation with himself and bam fall asleep. He also likes to scream. He started that a few days ago and not an angry or mad scream but more of a ‘oh look at the noise I can make’ kind of scream. I find it adorable. I’m sure when I’m out in public others don’t.
  5. He can sit in a high chair when we eat at restaurants. This makes me ridiculously happy. I’m a big fan of breakfasts and a friend and I do breakfast dates often. So now that I don’t have to cart around and keep him in his car seat during these breakfast it’s going to be awesome. And I can feed him when we eat. I love it.
  6. He’s down to 4 bottles a day and 3 meals a day. It’s a lovely routine. And it’s working wonderfully for our family right now.
  7. The last week or so he’s been having great naps. 1.5 hrs in the morning and 1.5 hrs in the afternoon. I really hope they stick for a few months. I actually feel productive during those naps. And the more I think of them the more I hope he continues this nap routine. It’s perfect!
  8. He visited my parents cottage for the first time. It’s still under renovations but he was still able to see it (not that he’ll remember). We love the cottage and hope that he loves it too.

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7 Months Old

IMG_20160412_105009 Although I do miss the newborn stage. Well certain aspects of the newborn stage, James at 7 months old is so much more fun.

Happy Knitting,

Ashley

Update on 2016 Goals

It’s already April and I’ve made slow, very slow progress on my 2016 Goals. I’ve been debating modifying my goals as I’m sort of changing my mind about some of the items to make. But I’ll discuss more when talking about each of my goals. So here we go.

2016 Goals

1. Create 6 new blanket patterns to add to Etsy and Ravelry
2. Create a simple baby sweater that’s customizable
3. Crochet a Christmas Tree Skirt
4. Slippers for the cottage (approx. 8 pairs)
5. Knit a nice pair of socks.

Completed Goals

  1. I’m currently working on the second blanket. My motivation was sky high when I finished the first blanket but has now fallen. I’ve been in an animal kind of mood. So I’ve crocheted a Giraffe and I’m knitting my second Elephant. I’m hopeful that I can knock out a good deal of this blanket while I’m here visiting my parents and brothers. They want to spend as much time with James as they can which leaves me with some time to get some knitting done. I know I should probably be spending time with them also and I am. I’m just knitting at the same time.2016 Goals
  2. I’ve started a simple baby sweater. Actually I’ve started 2 baby sweaters — a cardigan and a pullover. The only problem is that I’ve started them in my head. I have the measurements I want to use, the yarn I want to use and I’ve even tried sketching a basic sweater (my 6 month old could sketch a better sweater). I have to sit my butt down and start this bad boy, get all the ideas out of my head and onto my needles. I was planning on using Baby Mitchell’s sweater as I designed the whole thing (see post), however I want the sweater pattern that I share to be simple and basic. I want to give the knitter the basics and let them run with it and design their own sweater and what not.
  3. Again, all of my ideas for a Christmas Tree skirt are floating around in my head. I know what I want it to look like and feel like. I want it to be crocheted, I want it to feel like my Memere could have made it for me. I want it to be timeless and to use it forever. When James grows up and thinks of Christmas Trees I want him to see this tree skirt. I want it to be passed down through future generations. I want it to be loved and immortal. Is that too much to ask from a simple Christmas Tree Skirt? Most definitely. And although it’s unrealistic I’m going to have a hard time starting a Tree Skirt if it doesn’t at least tick the majority of these boxes.
  4. I’ve been thinking of changing these cottage slippers for something else cottage related. It’s not that they wouldn’t be appreciated, they just wouldn’t get much use. At least I don’t think they would get much use. I’m not quite sure if we’re a slipper wearing kind of family. We’re more of a laying on the couch in the evening with a cosy blanket kind of family. So I might change these slippers to throws once my parents have picked out paint colours. Their cottage renovations are well underway and should be completed soon so matching throws for bedrooms and/or living room might be a better addition.
  5. I can happily say that I’ve found a pattern for my first ever pair of socks. It’s called Petty Harbour by Rayna Curtis and the pattern can be found on Ravelry. I managed to start the ribbing and then was quickly sidetracked by stuffed animals (see #1). I’m hopeful for more progress now that I have some free time with my parents and brothers keeping James occupied.2016 Goals

So my goals are coming along slowly but surely and as long as I can keep it up they should be done by the end of the year.

Happy Knitting,

Ashley

WIP Wednesdays

I skipped last weeks WIP Wednesdays, not because I didn’t have any projects on the go, but because I was having troubles with my computer. Something with an update that wasn’t letting windows log in or something along those lines (tech issues are my husbands department :)). Actually I’ve skipped a few WIP Wednesdays because I hadn’t started new projects, I’ve only been working on some old ones. And there’s only so many in progress blanket pictures one can look at. But now I’ve got a few new items on the go.

WIP Wednesdays:

  1. First up is another blanket. Yes another blanket. I’m working towards one of my 2016 goals with this one so I should always have a blanket on the go this year. This one is also worked with bulky yarn which I’m currently loving. It knits up much faster than with worsted weight yarn (as it should). It’s a triangle pattern where each triangle alternates between stockinette and reverse stockinette. It’s a 15 row repeat so I have to focus a bit more than with a 4 row repeat which means that this guy can only be worked once baby goes to bed, either nap time or bed time.WIP Wednesdays
  2. Next are these baby and toddler hats. Again with bulky yarn (I’m loving bulky right now — I wonder if it’s a phase). This past weekend I was able to knit 4 of them. That’s right 4 hats. In 2 days. And not when the baby was asleep. This feels like a victory. And probably the reason why I’m loving these babies so much. I’ve done sizes 3-6 months, 6-12 months (2 of them) and one toddler size. I need some double pointed needles to work on the newborn size which I don’t have surprisingly. I’ve been to every craft in Milton and no luck so tonight I try Mississauga. I better find them! I’m also planning on putting this pattern up on Ravelry as a free pattern. Yaya free and easy and quick pattern.WIP Wednesdays
  3. I started working on this Giraffe on Monday. It’s been a slow start since yesterday afternoon was a right off. James was not in the best of moods. I think I have a starting to teeth baby on my hands. And I’m still deciding on how I want to work the head. I’m hopeful that today I can get some quality crochet time to finish off some of her/his body and maybe some limbs.WIP Wednesdays
  4. This vest, what can I say about this vest. I hated it. Not the pattern, the pattern was great and easy to follow. But this particular vest (I can feel my blood pressure rising just typing about it) was a giant pain. I suck at colour work. I must have reworked the diamond section at least 4 times and still my floats were too tight. No matter how loose I made them they puckered. So finally the last time was the last time. I’m frogging this guy and using the yarn else where. Can you see the puckering, its driving me crazy!!!!WIP Wednesdays
  5. Finally, this girls not so much a WIP as a finished and sold project. But I’m proud of her because she was in my forgotten WIPS baskets and last week I saw her again and suddenly had the motivation to finish her. I listed and sold her in one day. A record! Thanks so much to my cousin in law! So yesterday when I was out looking for those size 11US DPNs I bought some more grey yarn and I’m going to make a few more. But that’s for another WIP Wenesday.Knit Elephant - WIP Wednesday

Those are on my needles this week, what’s on your needles?

Happy Knitting,

Ashley