Friday, April 22, 2011

Slow and not so steady


It actually looks like a bit of spring here today! I apologize for the wrinkly, untrimmed photo of my new quilt top, but around here you have to run outside quickly at the first glimpse of sun if you want to get any outdoor photos. The rain is scheduled to come back in just a few hours.

I've been experiencing a bit of guilt over the lack of handmade items I have made for the new baby - it seems like Lucy had a million little things by this time in my pregnancy with her. But, in all fairness not only was there the absence of a toddler to chase around back then, but I also enjoyed a fairly easy pregnancy the first go 'round. Not so this time. I know I should just buck up and focus on the fact that I have a healthy little girl growing right along, which of course makes me overjoyed, but I am finding that  having to spend a lot more time off my feet and away from my sewing machine is extremely frustrating.

But enough complaining. I did manage to finish this quilt top for the new baby before I became plagued with another round of pregnancy symptoms that benched me again. It's based on The Sixth Times a Charm quilt from Anna Maria Horner's Handmade Beginnings book. I'll give you my thoughts and ideas about the design as soon as I get it all quilted and ready to show you the whole thing.

I've still been knitting away like crazy - the Snowbird sweater I'm knitting for myself is taking awhile, but it's getting there. I also just cast on another Tea Leaves Cardigan, this time one for my mom for Mother's Day. She loves blue and looks great in it, so I had to pounce on this absolutely gorgeous madelinetosh merino/cashmere worsted yarn in the Laurent color way. It's sheer delicious pleasure to knit with. No stalling on this project, it must be done by May 8th!


I have to share this beautiful gift I received in the mail yesterday for our little lady on the way. It was knit by none other than the talented, generous, sweet Kaye Prince of Miss Print. Can you even believe it? Thank you, thank you again Kaye, I just can't wait to button her up in this wee little sweater!



I caught a look at my shadow this morning - wow, that bump is getting big! I'm thirty weeks today!


Before I go, I wanted to let you know there is still a fun giveaway coming - I'm working on a little project to share with it so it's been delayed due to my lack of machine time! Also, I wanted to thank you all for the interest in the Knitting Needle Clutch recipe/tutorial. That is coming too, hopefully sooner than later. 

I hope you all have a great Easter weekend - I'll be quietly turning the big 3-5 while dyeing Easter eggs and filling Lucy's Easter basket! The doc has me off candy and sweets for now (boo! hiss!) so please don't tell anyone when if you see me stuffing my face with Reese's Peanut butter eggs and cupcakes:)

18 comments:

  1. lOVE your belly shot!! you're one clever girl!! xoxo, H

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  2. Your peanut butter cup secret is safe with me. Have a Happy Easter and Birthday! I love your knitting needle case! A tutorial would be awesome!

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  3. awww, take care - home stretch! happy early birthday/easter. if a doc told me no candy/sweets i think i'd throw a proper, toddler certified tantrum. no peeps? ha, yeah right. ;-)

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  4. Love the blue of that tea leaves! Good luck getting it finished - I found it a a pretty quick knit once I was past the armpits, so I'm sure you'll barrel through in plenty of time.

    Poor you with the pregnancy ailments - despite recovering from a c-section, I'm more active than I was in the last weeks of my pregnancy, and while I have virtually no time for hand making, I am loving being able to actually MOVE!

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  5. Best of luck to you as your pregnancy continues. I understand the frustration of not feel well during pregnancy, but the reward of a healthy beautiful child makes it all fade into the background.

    Be kind to yourself and try not to put too much pressure/ expectations on yourself. Hugs from afar, Liz

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  6. love the baby's quilt top!! don't feel guilty, it's just the way it works with the second (and all others after the first) child. Time gets scarce when you already have a child. The thing is, it all works out in the wash...the advantages of each child and their birth order becomes very apparent over time.

    I know it's frustrating being off your feet, but try to enjoy the down time with Lucy. This really is the last time it will be just the two of you, so try to embrace it as much as you will embrace your new baby girl once she comes. I know your probably tired of all the advice by now...but I it's hard not to share what you've learned.

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  7. happy birthday (whispered) your bump shot reminded me of a pic i took at a sculpture park yesterday-i just don't know how to add a pic!
    it's a picec by this artist (when i was pg i bought a pg angel by her)
    http://www.tatidennehy.com/

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  8. Happy Birthday! And feel better....not many weeks left now, it will all be worth it.

    Loooooove that sweater by Kaye, the little leaves along the buttons are adorable! I am getting SO addicted to the needles :-)

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  9. Have a wonderful birthday and a glorious Easter!

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  10. Oh wow, that is the coolest quilt! Can't wait to hear a full review. :)

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  11. Yes, I would like peanut butter too please! And happy birthday darling - if I had known I would have sent a present along with the cardi!

    I'm so happy that you like the cardi and I can't wait to see it wrapped around your little one (you MUST send me pictures)! I've had a few people asking since you posted this what the pattern is, so here's a link to mine on Ravelry (and the pattern is free!): http://www.ravelry.com/projects/KayePrince/cascade

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  12. At least you found a little sun for that sneak peek AND your silhouette! Both are looking good. Don't compare baby one and two - doesn't ever work. Happy Birthday and Happy Easter Megan! Enjoy a little taste of Reeces!

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  13. The quilt top is so lovely! Second babies tend to get less handmade stuff, but they also get less mistakes made with them so I think it balances out!

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  14. I'm in the same boat as you. I'm 28 weeks pregnant with my second girl and I haven't made one.single.thing for the new baby. I just keep making things for my first daughter's big girl room. Looks like baby #2 will be inheriting everything I made for baby #1!

    Your quilt looks great!

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  15. I love your blog! I came via your comment… and now all I want to do is stay here and read!

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  16. That sweater is just too beautiful. I need to learn how to knit.

    I also love the hexagon quilt. I recently made one in pinks and yellows too.

    http://sewnbyleila.blogspot.com/2011/04/diamond-quilt-tutorial.html

    I have been thinking about whether or not we should have another baby and I think if I didn't get sick, swollen and tired I might. :) Hang in there!

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  17. That is one of the most beautiful baby sweaters I've ever seen! Nice friends.

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