Two Hats

DSCF9628Izzy now has a red hat to match her red coat for winter!

DSCF9626Ironically, this pattern is called Nottingham.  I went into labor during our movie on “pizza and movie night” – the movie was Notting Hill and this hat was the only thing on needles and it was by my side.  Maybe, I’m the only one who gets a kick out of that?!

DSCF9652Here’s the Norwegian Sweet Baby Cap in a girly shade of Koigu sock yarn for sleepy Autumn.

DSCF9649I still need to make the I-cord strings for each side, but I couldn’t resist posting pictures.  It is indeed a very sweet hat!

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My Knitting Fits!!!!

Not the best pictures, I’ve been relying on my i-phone for a lot of pictures lately because it’s handy and the digital camera has been acting up.  I had to share that most of the baby knitting that I accomplished while pregnant is in frequent use and fits!

Here’s the pumpkin hat and longies that I made upon discovering that I was pregnant and due in October:

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And the pink cardigan (the first sweater I’ve ever attempted and the gauge didn’t work out, but it doesn’t matter because it fits!):

IMG_0234And I think you’ve seen the pink girly longies in previous posts and the pink and brown blanket in almost every picture I have.

DSCF9622The blanket is the big bad baby blanket from Stitch & Bitch and I can’t tell you how much we love this blanket.  I made one in blue while I was pregnant with Izzy and then started on this pink one afterwards.  It was intended for my niece, but by the time it was finished, my niece had her first birthday and had no need of a wool baby blanket (especially since she lives in Texas!)  So I held onto it for the next baby girl – who knew that it would be my own!?

After more than a week of almost non-exisistant knitting time, I figured out how to squeeze in a little yarn time while still meeting the needs of my little ones. I finished up a hat and cast on for a new one, but I’ll share those pictures on another day.

Haircut

It positively broke my heart…

DSCF9586He’d been asking for a haircut everyday for two weeks now.

DSCF9596And I tried to talk him out of it.  I tried to keep him still and give him a slightly shorter variation of his regular cut.  I thought he would grow tired of holding still and lose interest, but in the end, it didn’t work.

DSCF9599So, I listened to him, respected his wishes for what he wanted, and gave him the buzz cut like Daddy and Alex.  He loves it

I cried.  Tell me that he’ll want it to grow back.

And the Next Day…

Autumn was born!

IMG_0192After having a few episodes of mild prodromal labor in the past week, labor kicked in full force on Friday evening around 9 pm.

DSCF9570James called the midwife shortly after the second contraction and I began to walk laps around the living room and kitchen while having contractions every 3-5 minutes.

DSCF9578I began pushing at 9:28 pm.  The midwife arrived about 10 minutes later, and the baby arrived 10 minutes after the midwife – a surprise to us all!

IMG_0198Autumn Elizabeth was born at 9:48 pm on October 16th.  She was born with her hand up on her cheek and her cord serving as a necklace.  She weighed 8 pounds, 3 ounces and was 20-3/4 inches long.

DSCF9577Mama, Papa, and baby are doing very well.  And she has three very proud older siblings!

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DSCF9584And now we’re just all enjoying life and being a family!

Happy Birthday Baby Autumn!

About the Yarn Store

It’s a wonderful place, full of beautiful colors and soft, luscious yarn.  It’s a great place to go all by yourself when you can stay for as long as you like or even occasionally when you just need to run in for a quick fix.

It is not, however, a place for multiple small children.  I’ve learned this lesson many times over, but still I make this mistake.

Jackson declared that instead of a red cable hat for winter this year, he’d like me to knit him a gold hat and ASKED to go to the yarn store.  I would have been fine if only him and I went, but no, I didn’t want to wait for that opportunity.  I wanted some sock yarn to knit more hats, so I was more than eager to head to the yarn store today, even 9 months pregnant with three kids in tow.

I knew when Jackson said gold that I was in trouble.  What is gold exactly to a 5yo boy?  He didn’t want yellow or orange or brown.  He wanted gold.  I think what he wanted was a sparkly glittery gold, not necessary a lovely shade of gold.  The poor lady at the yarn store brought him every semi-gold shade of yarn in the entire store to which he replied, “No, not like that.”

Izzy became restless, like any normal 2yo would, and took to entertaining herself in the kitchenette in the back of the store and then the buttons at the front of the store.

Jackson finally found some gold yarn that was somewhat affordable and then decided that he wanted it with purple yarn, only a completely different weight and kind of yarn.  Ahhh!  He wasn’t crazy about the gold yarn after all and finally decided that the purple yarn that he picked out was just what he wanted and I bought it… even though I have purple yarn at home ready to knit a hat for Jackson (before he changed his mind to gold!)

At least Alex got an entire book read in the time that we were there.

I left spending more than I wanted of my birthday gift card and stressed out from the whole ordeal.

Remind me next time to just order the yarn online – it’s worth my sanity to pay the shipping and wait a few days.