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!

Welcome to March!

Well that was quick. February always seems to slip past too quickly for me.  Mr. Pickle, my big sister, and I all celebrate our birthdays during that last month of winter so I'm fairly partial to it.  It's a beautiful month.  Nevertheless it's been quite hectic for me as I've been planning a big event for next weekend while simultaneously trying not to lose my mind as I chase the toddler around.  Whew.  First up today I'd like to take a look back at what I made last month. February Collage

Wow, seeing all my projects for the month in one place makes me feel good.  I'm all geared up to tackle March now! So what's been on my hooks and needles?  Well I'm obsessed with socks, particularly vibrant-colored, self-striping sock yarn.  I've got a new pair of socks on my lovely KnitPro DPNs for the toddler.

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I have my first ever pair of socks for MYSELF on my new bamboo DPNs.  They are rainbow, self-striping, thick, Regia Stripemania, and wonderful.   (I've knit five more stripes since taking this photo, it's that addictive.)

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I bought myself a little birthday yarn.  It's one of my staple wools (Austermann Merino 105) and some OPAL sock yarn that had a very intriguing image on the label.  The Schafpate project is an initiative to keep German wool production local.

"Starting with Merino wool from the nature reservation BiosphäreAlb in South Germany, on the re-processing in the Bremer Woll-Kämmerei AG in Bremen and the Zwickauer Kammgarn GmbH and finally to manufacture the famous OPAL sweater and sock-knitting wool in the town of knitting, Hechingen."  Source.

After listening to and absorbing so much of the sentiment behind the Woolful Podcast I've begun to search out more eco-conscious wool.  There are so many types of eco-consciousness when it comes to wool but the idea of a locally sourced and manufactured product really appealed to me.

opal SONY DSCIf you noticed the paint pallet in all my photos it's because I got to do some painting on my birthday. It was quite messy and the toddler tried to wipe the paint off my leg with a rag at one point, but the end result is wonderful.  It's a painting of toddler and me and I'm a wee bit too private to share it here.  Toddler Pickle loves it, though, and points at it whenever she walks into the room or whenever I ask, "Where's the baby". Heart warming.SONY DSC

My tulips also decided to grace me by blooming on my birthday.  How magical.  Spring may be coming after all.

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If you're interested in podcasts I want to recommend Knit.fm.  Highly informative, easy to listen to, and up-to-date.  I'm hoping they release some new episodes soon!

In closing, I am lusting after these two yarns.  Check them out if you dare!

Watermelon sock yarn by Artistic Yarn by Abi and Outlander by Voolenvine Yarns which is sold out! Ah!

Happy Crafting!