26. August 2011 08:13
Yes folks, the Baby-Crazy is probably upon us. I've been thinking a lot about what we should be getting ready for the jellybean, but it's tough getting started. It seems that there are tons of lists and gadgets and piles of general junk that you are "supposed to" be acquiring before bring a new baby home, but I'm just not sure I buy into all of the hype. I know there are certain things that are not optional (i.e. place to sleep, way to get and stay clean, some form of diapering, feeding equipment, car seat) but we're trying to avoid the buying-for-buying-sake type items. The kid won't be able to use something like a bouncy swing the minute he/she comes home. Take a deep breath and just take comfort in the fact that we don't need "everything" the second the brat comes home.
One thing that doesn't stress me out about getting ready for Baby - the Baby Knits!
Baby stuff is easy peasy... takes very little yarn, next to no time commitment, and carries that cutesy factor that makes us all go "Awwwwwww, wook at da baby stuffff!"
I was stuck waiting in doctors' offices a bunch last month, so I've been just tossing leftover balls of yarn in my purse (with coordinated needles of course) and just picking away at small projects when possible.
One such project: Handspun Leafy (Lace-leaf hat by Sophy T. O'Donnell)
I basically took smaller yarn (heavy fingering/sport instead of worsted/aran) and smaller needles (4 mm instead of 5.5 mm) and worked the smaller size of this hat as written. I have always enjoyed knitting leaf lace, and this was no exception. Simple to follow, every second row is knit plain so it works up fast, and the gradually migrating colors of the handspun added some interest to the basic knit. I don't actually have a baby head, or baby sized object to block this on, but soon enough I will!
The yarn was leftover from these socks: The "Not Mary Kate and Ashley" Jaywalkers I completed a few years ago (you can read more about them here) and I was quite pleased to find a use for the remnants. I really enjoyed the way this yarn flowed between the pinks and yellows, almost like water-color paints swirling together on a painting. I just wish my stupid camera phone would show the actual colors of things, instead of washing them out. The new camera is coming, the new camera is coming, the new camera is coming.