Wednesday, July 03, 2013

Tiny Packages





Since moving into a new home, I have been busy unpacking and staging this chapter of our life. While moving and arranging, I found a few things in various stacks that I meant to mail to friends and family. I quickly set about fixing this oversight. Several trips have been made to the post office with a few more soon. The biggest items have been for the new babies arriving in our family this summer. We will be welcoming two nieces this year. In fact one made her appearance a bit early last week.

Usually babies born into our extended family are welcomed with handknits. However, a lot of my family lives where it is warm. The little lady, who arrived at the end of June, lives in sunny southern California, so her need for handknits is low. However, the next baby due lives in Michigan and will definitely need warmth. Earlier this year, my sister in love sent me a skein of yarn from the living history museum near her. I decided togive it back to her after making it into something for her fourth babe. I scoured Ravelry for just the right piece to use the 200 yards. I found a simple baby sweater and made it immediately.
The sweater knit up quickly, however my yarn soon ran out. I found a bit of rustic looking pink in my stash to use as trim. The look was perfect. Finding just the right buttons took a bit longer. I finally found some simple pink ones that coordinated well with the trim yarn. I am hoping it fits well and can keep my little niece warm. We shall see in a few more weeks!

I mentioned the other day about our source for audiobooks. The kiddos and I have been listening to the All of a Kind family series lately working our way through the series. Sometimes at home we will quickly listen to a Boxcar Children mystery. They really like those too. I started and finishedAbraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter while finishing the socks from last week's Yarn Along. Dave's brother (and the next expectant father) suggested that I read it. It is very far from my normal reading, but I found its historical context quite interesting. It isn't often that you can have a vampire novel about a former president that is surprisingly historically accurate.



14 comments:

  1. Oh this is gorgeous those colours look perfect together. There are no babies being born in my family at the moment but a niece has just got married so fingers crossed their may be one on the way before too long. I can't wait to start making tiny things again.

    Can you remember which pattern you used Heather?

    Hope the settling in is going smoothly.
    deb

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    1. Sorry about that, Debbie. Here is the link http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/little-garter-cardi

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    2. Thanks Heather...I've downloaded it.
      Debx

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  2. That sweater is adorable---that is just the sweetest regifting possible!!!

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  3. Oh you are right...that is the perfect little cardi!! I posted today about my knitting tragedy with Matthews finished Peurperium. I was looking for a project that would not need much yardage to try and reuse the yarn I rescued from his damaged cardi and I think this is it!!! Thank you so much for sharing. Tricia @ crunchycatholicmomma.blogspot

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  4. your sweater could not be more darling.
    and yes, I couldn't keep up with knitting cause i live in southern cal...just no need for it here.

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  5. What a gorgeous sweater and I love what you did with the trim to solve the yarn shortage!

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  6. I love that you wrapped up a project knit with gifted yarn to the same person, I bet she will not be expecting that! Love the sweater :)

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  7. I totally love the trim, I think it adds such a lovely touch!! What a happy accident to have run out of yarn. I am in the stage of life where I have too MANY babies to knit for with my own and my friends'... so I collect simple cardi patterns. Thanks for sharing!

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  8. The sweater is adorable! My next door neighbor is having a baby boy in November and there is a 7 month old across the street - trying to plan a knitted gift for each. I have not knit for a baby yet. I look forward to the small size. Katherine just read the first book in the Boxcar series last week! Have you guys listened to Where The Red Fern Grows yet? It is so good. We also just listened to Shilo recently and they liked it a lot.

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  9. that sweater is SO CUTE!!! I have <3 it on ravelry to take a better look at that pattern!! yay! the pink is a lovely addition to it!

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  10. just printed the pattern ... what size yarn did you use? FYI, the url for it on Ravery has changed... I did find it though, it's here: http://knittingiceland.is/2013/04/28/little-garter-cardi/

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  11. Adorable little knit!

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  12. That sweater is really cute! Maybe I'll add "Lincoln" to my queue. I think I'll be doing more audiobook listening than print book listening since I can listen and still pack things (or throw them out). Of course, Dan never checks to see if I have headphones in and has whole conversations with me before I can stop the story.

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