Rediscovering My Love of Craft

Mother’s Day came and went and my loving husband, who I know loves me a whole lot, decided not to get me anything for Mother’s Day. In truth, we’ve been really busy and he just didn’t have the time to go to the stores so instead he gave me the morning off and I slept until like 11 am, which is unheard of because of my 2-year-old.

I had been fighting with a jersey cotton maternity dress that I had for a while, and for some reason on Mother’s Day, I decided I would pick the dress up again and attempt to hem it. It was really long on me and I would trip on the seams of it, so it needed to be hemmed just a little bit so I wouldn’t trip (because falling while 34 weeks pregnant because of your dress is not a good thing). I had been trying to hem this stupid dress on my mother in law’s sewing machine, which was a 40-year-old machine with missing attachments and I just could not get this thing to work!  I decided enough was enough! I’m sure this machine was great for its time, but it was old, missing part and I was tired of fighting with it. I decided it was time for me to get my own machine, and since my husband flaked on a Mother’s Day gift, what better way than to guilt him into saying ok for us to invest in one!

I decided to pick up a Singer 4452 from Joann’s on Mother’s Day and that night I got to work! I hemmed my dress and finished something that had taken me months of frustration to do. But the beauty of all this is not only that I finally got to hem my dress but that I rediscovered how much I love to sew.

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Since I am currently 34 weeks pregnant and probably in my “nesting” stage of the pregnancy, I’ve been making things. I’ve been knitting again and I’ve picked up sewing again for the first time in a long time.

I still had some Rockin’ Sock Club socks that I never knit, from like 2008 (!), so I picked those up. One was the Holidazed pattern that I knit and finished and am kicking myself now for not having done it sooner because they are so comfortable! And I am working on the Gumdrop socks from the same year.

I also got inspired to make my daughters Halloween costume already. Yes, I know, we’re in May, but I figured I wouldn’t have time when she was born to do this so I started on the basic construction.

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When it’s all done it will be a Wonder Woman costume. I crocheted the top using a basic double crochet stitch and attached tulle using a no-sew method. It still needs ribbons and appliques to be added, but the big portion is done.

I also decided to sew a bib and burp cloth (not pictured) using some fabric I had laying around with a chenille backing.

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And I made this cute little Infant Peasant Dress that I found a pattern for on Craftsy.

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I feel like the dress is missing something so I will probably be adding a bow or something to go with it, and will be making little shoes I found the pattern for on Pinterest.

All in all, I’ve been a busy crafting and with the right tools, I’ve rediscovered a love of making things I forgot I had.

Picking up the Needles again!

I briefly wrote about his on my Facebook page, but felt it was deserving of its own post.

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That’s right!!! I’m expecting #2 and I’m also excited to announce that I will be doing some knitting with pink yarn – one of my favorite colors – because I’m expecting a girl!

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I’ve already queued up some patterns in Ravelry that I like and have already started on her baby blanket. I decided to take on the Saurey blanket from Berroco. It’s a little lace knitting project, of which I love to do lace because it challenges the mind instead of being a mind-numbing stockinette stitch for 30″ type of pattern. I love the leaves pattern throughout and since I’m in South Florida and this will be a Summer baby, something just a little breezy is necessary. So here is the beginning of that project. I am one skein in so far out of about 6 skeins.

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Whatever is leftover from this project I will use to make booties and a headband for her.

I am so incredibly excited for this new addition and also for the fact that I now have a reason to knit. I’ve even purchased some fiber of Etsy to get my spinning legs back.

It’s all coming back to me again…

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.