Rainbow Woollies

I'll keep this short today (don't I always?) because I've got a nasty stomach bug and my brain is on vacation from the lack of sleep.  Taking care of a toddler, being pregnant, and having a stomach bug all at once is not my idea of fun.

These rainbow soakers make me smile even if I'm having kind of a crummy day.  I can't resist anything rainbow, especially when it comes in a wee little baby size.  I have yet to lanolize them but once I do I'll be using them (along with the several others I've made over the years) as a diaper cover for the belly baby.  I love the way that wool covers breathe, keep my baby warm, and look super cute all at once.  If you want pattern details, please visit my Ravelry page!

Everyone nests and prepares for baby in different ways.  While I've gotten out all our newborn clothes and diapers and started furnishing the crib with fresh sheets, knitting is my favorite way to prepare.  I'm constantly amazed at how tiny babies are and how small their clothes are.  They take such a small bit of yarn and time but I hope that the love I put into each project makes this baby feel calm and loved in her mama-made clothes.

Happy crafting!

Wool and Words of Comfort

SONY DSC I guess I've been a little absent from the blog this week.  There have been a lot of bumps in the road of life latey; with a newly walking toddler and an every-mounting to-do list for my volunteer job I've been feeling a bit like a drowning person. It really seems fitting that my theme this month is comfort because the things that bring me comfort have never been more important. I've sat down to write this post a few times and had a long post written with all my frustrations laid out but ultimately I decided that this space was not the proper forum for many of those thoughts.  What that previous draft boiled down to was that yarn makes me happy.  It probably does the same for you or you wouldn't be here!  So I thought today I'd share a small part of my stash I've curated in my windowsill for a little pick-me-up.  Rainbow colors and bright, shiny yarn are just what I need today. SONY DSC SONY DSC SONY DSC

If you're interested in what kind of fiber-y diversions I've been looking at and listening to this week, I've put together a fun list of who has been inspiring me!

The videos of Blue Mountain Handcrafts have been mesmerizing me.  If you're a spinner, check out their amazing rolags.  *drool* I want to learn to spin!

Woolful always has a new episode to inspire me.  I revisit my little homestead dreams every time I tune in.

Ashley at Neauveau Fiber Arts has some fantastic art yarn spinning tutorial videos and I can't get enough of looking at her products.

I just started listening to YarnGasm Knitting Podcast this morning and I think I'm hooked.  Maybe it's Kristin's fabulous red lipstick or just her contagious enthusiasm about yarn.  Her shop is drool-worthy, as well.  I've had fiber dying on the brain a lot lately so she's certainly an inspiration.

There are lots of other fiber artists I've been drawing inspiration from and I'll try and keep collecting their links and sharing them with you as time goes on.

Happy crafting!

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Rainbow Babywearing Blanket

EDIT: For a photo tutorial on the star blanket pattern, click here.

To see my other, DIdymos inspired babywearing blanket, click here and here. SONY DSCSONY DSC SONY DSC SONY DSCSONY DSCHot off the hook this week is a babywearing blanket inspired by Right to Cuddle.  I don't usually make to sell, but I was offered a fantastic trade for my skills and couldn't resist.  I loosely used this star afghan pattern with an assortment of Red Heart yarn from my stash and a US size I crochet hook.  The buttons are vintage and make the size very adjustable for little babies to toddlers and all the mamas with curves.  I am almost sad to see this one go!  If my wrist wasn't in so much pain from crocheting this beast in three days I'd almost consider starting another one for myself...hmmm choices, choices.

There's much yarn to be seen and made with in these days to come.  I'm looking forward to the next year in my saga with hope, patience, and a healthy dose of whimsy.  See you all in the new year!

This post was linked up on Annemarie's Haakblog.