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Baby Update, crafts, JR, and such.

I am 16 days away from my due date.  I am as big as a house, and uncomfortable all the time.  I am ready to get this child out of me.  She is not yet ready to come out though.  So be it.  She knows when she’s supposed to be here.  I do not.  I will wait.

JR knows that something is changing with me.  He constantly wants to be climbing on me, and I just can’t deal with it.  I just want personal space.  Poor little guy is in for a major shock when he suddenly finds himself sharing mommy and daddy.  I hope he handles it well.  I think he’s going through another growth spurt; he’s eating constantly. He’ll get to play with another little boy this Friday when we go to town; we’re going to have M watch him for a little while so that JR can get used to her and her son L.  Hopefully he’ll have a good time and get comfortable with them.

We have almost everything we need for Milla’s arrival, except that I still need to sew together the ring sling and prep all of her diapers.  My BFF Melanie is set to come up the last week of the month (also when John is having his sinus surgery).  It’ll be great not only to hang out with her, but to have her help with the kids while John is out of commission.  Besides, I don’t think I could handle having anyone else around the first month or two that Milla is here.  If it were anyone else, I would feel like I would have to play hostess, whether that’s the case or not. I’m just not going to do that, so I’m glad that it’s just Melanie and John who’ll be around after baby comes.

As for my crafting, I’ve got socks for John on the needles using my pattern.  I’m using this beautiful ShiBui Knits Sock yarn that I picked up last weekend at INUA Wool Shoppe.  Isn’t that the cushiest looking yarn?  I know I’ll be getting more.

I’ve decided that I want to make myself a snazzy, stripey sweater with my 1200+ yards of Patons that are back in my stash using this pattern.  It’s not exactly what I want, so I will probably heavily modify it as I go.  I have several other socks planned too, so you should just keep an eye out for me on Ravelry to see what I’m up to.

Let’s see… what else.  Oh, I’m going to go insane if I have to watch The Wizard of Oz one more time this week.  It’s JR’s new favorite movie.  It was cute, the first dozen times.  Now I want to rip all the stuffing out of the Scarecrow, then pull the Lion’s tail.  We’ll see who has a heart now, Tin Man.

Beyond Simple Scarf

Beyond Simple Scarf

Download this pattern as PDF

Materials:
Approximately 220 yards worsted weight yarn (240-ish with fringe)
Size K crochet hook

Ch 142.
Row 1: DC in 4th ch from hook and each across. Ch 3, turn.
Row 2: DC in each st across, including top of beg ch 3. Ch 3, turn.
Row 3-9: Repeat Row 2.

Edging: Ch 1, sc around piece, working 3 sc into each corner. Join to beg sc, finish off, weave in ends. Add fringe if desired.

Simplicity Socks

Simplicity Socks

Download this pattern in pdf

Materials:
Approximately 400-450 yards fingering weight yarn
Size 1 double-point needles, set of 4
Size 2 double-point needles, set of 4
Sewing needle of some sort (I’m using a dull-point tapestry/embroidery needle that my sock yarn fits through)

Super Simple Socks (I suggest making at least 2):

Cuff:
With smaller DPNs, cast on 64 stitches over 3 needles (20-24-20). Work K2-P2 ribbing for 1.5″ to 2″, depending on your preference.

Leg:
Switching to larger DPNs, work in stockinette stitch until entire piece measures 7-8″.

Heel:
Transfer your stitches to have a total of 32 stitches on each of 2 needles. Turn your work so the wrong side (purl side) is facing you.
1: Purl across.
2: *Sl 1 st purl-wise, k1* across.
3: Sl 1 st purl-wise, p across.
Repeat rows 2-3 for a total of 28 rows.

Turning the heel:
1: Sl 1 st purl-wise, k 17, k2tog, k1.
2: Sl 1, p 5, p2tog, p1.
3: Sl 1, k 6, k2tog, k1.
4: Sl 1, p 7, p2tog, p1.
5: Sl 1, k 8, k2tog, k1.
6: Sl 1, p 9, p2tog, p1.
Continue in this manner, working one additional stitch before decreasing, until all stitches have been worked.  You will have 18 sts remaining.  End with knitting across all sts.

Gusset:
Pick up 16 sts across side of heel.  Knit 32 stitches from leg.  Pick up 16 sts across other side of heel.  Knit 9 stitches from first needle, and transfer remaining 9 sts to next needle.  (25 sts on needle 1 – 32 sts on needle 2 – 25 sts on needle 3).
1:  Needle 1: Knit across to last 3 sts; k2tog, k1.  Needle 2: Knit across.  Needle 3: Knit 1, ssk, knit across.
2:  Knit all stitches.
Repeat rounds 1 and 2 until a total of 64 stitches remain (16-32-16).

Foot:
Knit evenly until you have worked 5.25″ from picked-up stitches at gusset.

Toe:
1:  Needle 1: Knit to last 3 sts, ssk, k1.  Needle 2: K1, k2tog, k to last 3 sts, ssk, k1.  Needle 3: K1, k2tog, k across.
2:  Knit all stitches.
Repeat these two rounds until a total of 16 stitches remain (4-8-4).  Knit 4 stitches from needle 1 onto needle 3.  Graft stitches together.

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