McDreamy Sweater

I finished this sweater just in time for Christmas, so my Silly Baby wore it Christmas Day. It wasn’t as cold as I thought it would be Christmas Day, but in the morning and at night it was nippy and in truth, he didn’t get all sweaty in it, so I think it was fine.
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As you can probably see, he wasn’t feeling well Christmas Day. He actually had that flu that was going around, so I think that was even more of a reason for the sweater. It kept him comfy and cozy when he wasn’t feeling well.

I really loved knitting this. It wasn’t that difficult so long as you read the directions beforehand and understood the structure. It is definitely an advanced knit project because of how everything was put together, but I LOVE that it was completely knit in the round. Seaming is my downfall.

Oh knitting, how I missed you

I have decided to pick up my pointy sticks again. It’s been more as a way to unwind, but has yet again turned into the obsession it used to be, and I can’t be happier! I knit my son a pair of socks that I finished last week as a way to keep his feet warm and comfy and that set it off. I’m hooked again.

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These guys aren’t perfect, but they can be. I need to extend the foot a bit. I made them just a little too short. I was using one of his store bought socks as reference instead of him, and that clearly didn’t work out perfectly. The good thing is they were knit cuff down, so it wouldn’t take much to undo the toe, knit a few more rounds, and then knit the toe again. Heck I might even keep doing that as his foot grows, until he’s outgrown the cuff.
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I also started working on McDreamy from DROPS design. I am about 5″ in and I started 3 days ago. Yup, it’s an obsession, but really I just want my child to be able to wear it before our 3 days of winter are over so I’m trying to get it done as quickly as I can.

Baby Sweater

It finally got a little nippy here. Enough for me to say, ” Hey, I think I should put a sweater on the baby”. Good thing I knit the Debbie Bliss Ribbon Tied Baby Jacket. It’s not too warm, but just right for Miami winters. It paired perfectly with a onesie and jeans and he looked super cute and comfy wearing it.

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I modified it a bit so I could use a button instead of a ribbon to tie it, and I think it was a perfect decision.

A bit of a rant on Motherhood

I have come to the conclusion that the moment you become a mother, everyone around you feels that it is their duty to judge you on a more personal level and give you their $.02 at every turn.  Beyond being exhausted because I have an infant child, the unsolicited advice from everyone is exponentially more exhausting.

From the moment I got pregnant I started getting advice from everyone.  No matter how well intentioned, it just gets to the point where you start to wonder what the hell people think of you.  From the moment I got the plus sign on pregnancy test, I started to hear, “you need to eat better, drink more water, take your vitamins, don’t stand/sit too long, don’t carry heavy things, when are you going to stop driving/working, what hospital are you giving birth at, a natural birth/C-section/medicated birth is the best way to go” etc, etc, etc.  Then when I had the baby it became “are you going to breastfeed, why aren’t you breastfeeding, stop breastfeeding, when are you going to start solids, have him sleep in your room/why is he sleeping in your room, he sleeps where(?!), when are you moving him to his room, you’re spoiling him, don’t carry him too much you’ll regret it, take him out with you/don’t take him out with you, cover him up/isn’t he hot?”

A lot of them, particularly about breastfeeding are painful because as much as I wanted to exclusively breastfeed my son, I just couldn’t.  I tried, I cried, I fought with doctors, consulted lactation consultants, breastfeeding educators, La Leche League, and everyone I could think of, but I just didn’t have the necessary supply to feed my son.  So that very personal (personal because really, who’s business is it how you feed your child anyway, except for your doctors?!) “are you still breastfeeding” question, no matter how well intentioned, just stuck the dagger in my heart that much further.  I have never in my life – since becoming an adult – had so many people tell me what to do as if I’m some kind of child that has no clue and just totally intruded on my life as if they have every right to, when frankly they don’t.  Yes, this is my first child, but I have an idea of what it is to care for a child and how I would like to raise my child, thankyouverymuch!  I’ve done the research, I’ve read the books, I’ve consulted with my doctors, my husband, my doula, childbirth educators, and have read every number of books available out there.  I’m not an idiot people, stop treating me like one!

I would further like to add that there is no one way to raise a child.  What worked for you may not work for me, just like breastfeeding.  I have plenty of friends who were able to exclusively breastfeed well into when they started solids, and then continued to breastfeed for a year or two, yet I couldn’t from the start.  Not everyone is the same people!  I happen to enjoy having my son sleep with me because I feel that much closer to him and it actually helps us both sleep. I happen to love carrying/wearing my child, because he feels secure there, and I feel secure having him there.  Isn’t it limiting him in any way?  No!  He’s meeting his milestones, and is an incredibly happy baby, so I’m doing something right!  Cloth diapering?  Yes please!  Am I elbow deep in poo?  No more than I would be if I was using disposables AND I’m saving a shitton of money, thankyouverymuch!  This is what works for me!  If it’s not what you want to do, fine, then don’t do it, but who are you to try to convince me to do things your way or to judge me for doing things differently then you?

Honestly, it’s just so exhausting to hear this same stuff every.single.day.  And the worst part is that the family that is supposed to be supporting you in your parenting adventures are the ones who judge the most.  It really is exhausting, disheartening and maddening.  So if you’re reading this and you’re family of a new mother, please stop with the unsolicited advice.  Just don’t do it, because as well intentioned as you mean to be, it really isn’t helping.

 
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Blog At A Crossroads

Prior to having the baby, I would read knitblogs where women would explain how they only had time to knit one row from a sweater or a sock because the baby was too demanding and I always thought, “how hard can it be?!  One row, that’s like 5 minutes!” Well, I get it now. My knitting needles sit in the same cup I store them in. My spinning wheel has been gathering nothing but dust and is truly in a sad state right now. Life with baby is really all about baby and that’s it! I’m not saying that this is a bad thing because this little guy is just a bundle of fun and joy, it just means life is different at the moment. Instead of my days being busy with work and coming home to knit, my days are busy with baby chores: feed the baby, play with baby, take baby to appointments, change & clean baby’s diapers (I’m cloth diapering), cook and puree baby’s food, etc. Again, not bad, just busy in another way, but more so because pre-baby I would at least get some time to relax and unwind when I got home from work.  The relax and unwind portion of my day now happens about 10 minutes prior to passing out.

So, I’m a bit torn with what to do with this blog. It’s been a long road, it’s gone through several moves and yet it still survives so I don’t want to give it up but obviously there isn’t much knitting content to post because there is no knitting going on. It also wouldn’t be the first time the blog is put on hiatus because of life’s distractions, but I am really feeling the urge to blog about mommyhood and how my days are spent. So my dilemma is this: should I start a mommy blog and separate my knitting life and mommy life, or should I integrate the two here on this site? I’m thinking of going the latter route, but would love some input.

Knit or Not-Knit?

I just found the most amazing baby sweater pattern ever, and I would love to knit it for my little man, BUT we’re basically already in February, in South Florida, and it’s not really cold here at all.  We’ve already had 3 days of under 50 degree temperatures.  I think starting a project like this for it to fit him now is tempting fate.  It will probably never get cold again if I do, but it is so incredibly adorable.  What should I do, knit it in a bigger size for next year, or tempt fate?

For reference, it’s from DROPS Design and the pattern is the McDreamy sweater.  Tell me this isn’t the cutest sweater ever?!

McDreamy Sweater from DROPS Design

Nursing Necklace

IMG_4365Life has been even busier now that I’m a mom.  I swear it seems like I have less time now being a stay at home mom to do things than when I worked outside of the house.  I do want to make more time though to update this blog and to start crafting again.  I’ve actually been thinking a lot about the upcoming Miami winter, which doesn’t really say much because it is Miami, so basically that means that it’ll go from hellishly hot to comfortable, and there may be a day or three of uncomfortable cold.  I do have one knit sweater for him that should fit him just right come winter, but I’m thinking I may need to knit him another sweater and maybe a pair fo socks.  There was some cute pullovers I saw on Gap’s website that I can easily replicate, so I may do just that.  And the beauty of knitting is when he outgrows the sweater, I can always frog it and recycle the yarn into another project.

I actually do have a crochet project that I finished lately.  I had seen crocheted necklaces that could be used when nursing to for distractable babies to keep the occupied and focued on nursing and my son has gotten into the habit lately of grabbing onto my hair when he’s in my arms.  It happens when I’m nursing him, carrying him, if I pick him up to put him in his carrier, bouncer, swing, the tub, whatever.  It’s kind of annoying and painful when he does this I could use this to distract his fingers and would make a good teether for when that starts, so I decided to make one.  I crocheted a few wood balls, and gave him a dangly circle thing and viola!  We have a necklace for baby that looks nice on mommy.

I’m considering making these and selling them on Etsy for a little extra money, I’m just not sure if there would be an interest.