Saturday, April 14, 2007

April 14 of 30

We started putting Sean in this Evenflo (did I say that right?) Exersaucer that we got from one of my sister's friends as a hand-me-down. I finally wiped it clean, and Sean has been using it. It's missing one toy that is supposed to come with it - but that doesn't matter.... I am okay with that. Sean doesn't know the difference, so what does he care?? Anyhow - he LOVES being in it! He's got very good head control for 3 and a half months, and we're hoping he walks before he crawls, so this exercauser is good for his leg muscles! (Jamie has this dream that he's going to be the next Habs Star - so he'll be on skates the day he starts walking! LOL... Dream big hubby of mine! Dream big!)

We also started putting books with more pictures than words in front of Sean. I hope to raise a reader. I am a reader, but Jamie is not (Well, unless you count the Montreal Gazette every morning, and Beckett Hockey Magazine that he gets in the mail monthly - LOL)... but I want Sean to enjoy reading a book. I've saved all my Christopher Pike & R.L. Stine books for when he's a little older. I also have Roald Dahl books, Shel Silverstein, and for when I have a girl - all my Judy Blume, some Nancy Drew. What I am upset about most? Selling my ENTIRE babysitters club books at a garage sale... Should have kept those. But those are LONG gone. Oh well. Who knows, maybe my daughter won't even like those one day when she exists and is of age to read.

Sean kept falling asleep on us tonight, but then when we'd put him in his crib, 10 mintues to 20 minutes later (it varried), he would wake up.... and we'd feed him some more, and do this all over again. I swear, the kid was UP ALL DAY - and didn't nap at all. And I swear - he ate and ate and ate all day. I feel like I did nothing else but watch TV (we just caught up to the current episode of Entourage).

So here is the finished Mini-Clapotis - blocked and all. And here are my stats on it:


Pattern: Altered Mini-Clapotis, though, I used my own length not what's shown here.
Needles: US 8/ 5mm
Yarn: Cascade Quatro Tahiti Colorway
Timeline: Wednesday, April 4th, 2007 - Tuesday April 10th, 2007

So last night's cast on for the tri-blankie for Sean didn't work out. I tried reading up on it first, but for some reason it didn't work out for me. Maybe it was because I did it in stockinette stitch, but I don't think that should matter whether I'm knitting or purling.... but I've only been knitting for just over a year, so maybe that does matter and I just don't know it. I am still learning as I knit. And what I've learned from the swatch below - Sean's tri-blankie will have to be knit in garter ridge (which is my most hated stitch pattern).
I tried following the instructions for the tri-blankie pattern from the Knitting 2007 Calendar that I got - and this one is actually done in stockinette stitch. I think this pattern only works with worsted weight yarn - even though it says to use whatever scraps/leftovers you have or want to use.

So frustrated, I called up my cousin Jenn. Explained exactly what happened, and since she is working on the same blankie for her soon-to-be son, I decided she'd be the right person to ask. So, with following what she has done, I re-cast on with some Opal yarn (thank you Mary in my SP10 Group - I need to photograph the leftover yarn she sent me and post a picture - this swatch/square came from your leftovers!):

I cast on 51 stitches on US1 (2.25mm) DPN's - and knitted away! It only used 4 grams of yarn for 1 square. I got a 3"x3" square. Perfect size. Exactly what I wanted.

I started out with 14 grams of leftovers in this colorway - from this one particular ball (I have more of it in leftovers) and I can get at least another 2 squares out of this same colorway - which I love. I'm a fan of red & black together!

So square number 1 is done. Hopefully more will get knit up tomorrow. And at some point, I must cast on Jamie's sock number 2... I am being pressured to finish his sock!

I saw this Sushi set that you can knit up - click here to see. This has got to be the ugliest thing I've ever seen! I love to eat sushi and all - missed it dearly while I was pregnant... but to carry around a knitted purse?? Yeah - I don't think so!

Tomorrow I'm picking two winners for my SP10 Group Contest #3. One winner who posted both their hate and fave knitted patterns, and one winner who posted either their hate or their fave knitted patterns, but not both. So check back tomorrow night for the winners!


Andrea said...

I've been trying to find that sushi wallet kit for a gift. Lettuce Knit had some, but i missed out. Where did you get yours from?

I wish my SP group had contests.

Drea said...

hand-me-downs are great
you look great!
love the scraf:-)

g-girl said...

the scarf is gorgeous. great color on you! i love the pics of sean with his nose in a book! I've seen those sushi wallet kits myself..they're a bit on the expensive side. I thought about getting one just as a first felting project for myself.

christina said...

Your little guy is so cute! Such an adorable smile :) I remember Baby-Sitters Club. I used to have the whole set but gave it all away to a library book sale. Hopefully I won't regret that decision if I ever have a daughter!

AJ said...

Sean sure is a happy baby. So is Scout. She loves her rainforest swing. The music especially. And tummy time. She's going to be crawling soon. They grow too fast!

And I don't knit socks all that fast. The only reason these got knit so quick was: a.)I had already done this pattern, so I knew what I was doing and didn't have to keep referring to the charts and b.) When I finished the first sock, Shawn tried it on and said, "Gee, I sure wish I had another sock to go with it." LOL. So I had to get it done! And I did!

Robin said...

So many things to comment on! First, Sean really seems like a happy baby - that kid has a huge smile on his face in every picture (except for the occasional "snarl" pic LOL). Second, your Clapotis looks great - and you look sassy in that picture! A hip mama for sure! Third, I LOVED Judy Blume. You definitely need to keep those. The Nancy Drews were good too, but the Judy Blume were definite pageturners.

Robin said...

Forgot to say, I have that sushi wallet kit - I bought it over a year ago and never made it. Maybe I'll give it away for SP10 Contest #3 (LOL).

Summer said...

Hi Robyn,

I can't believe how adorable Sean looks in his Evenflo. He looks quite content looking at his book and being in the exerciser. Great photos of him. You look great with the new scarf you knitted.

P.S. Thanks for stopping by my blog. I hope you can make it a habit.

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