You Can Have Your Baby Girl Now

When I was about seven months pregnant one of my besties fell pregnant too.  When she told me, I cried.  See I fell pregnant well after all of my sisters and in-laws; and none of my friends had children.  I have two step-kids who are amazing but are ten and thirteen.  So bubs would be many years younger than his siblings and all his cousins.  I was a sad that there would be such a big age gap there as I have such great memories growing up with all the kids in my family.

It’s hard to describe how happy I was that there was going to be another baby in my close circle who would grow up close in age to bubs.  And then after he was born two more very close friends fell pregnant.  How did I get to be so lucky that three of my besties would have babies within a year of mine?  It’s something I’m incredibly grateful for each day.

Well of course I needed to make something for my future daughter-in-law (yes we arranged our babies marriage as soon as we found out her gender).  And as these things happen sometimes, this pattern appeared in my newsfeed at just the right time.  

I completed the first one a few weeks ago but lost motivation for the second (who’d have thought there’d be a “second booty syndrome”?).  But when mum went into hospital I picked up the second and somehow got it into my head that baby couldn’t be born until they were complete.  Each time I put them down I felt like I was prolonging the agony.  When I went to bed at night with them incomplete it felt like my fault that another day had passed without baby girl making an entrance into this world. 

After day two the booty was complete and I sighed with relief.  It was like a huge weight had been lifted! Unfortunately there really was no link between my unfinished project and this baby’s entrance to the world.  It was another whole day before she arrived and thank goodness mum and daughter are both safe and sound.  

  

Apologies for the photo. Bubs and I were both sick with a nasty cold for a week and it left me with a “that’s good enough” attitude toward documenting the finished product. I’m definitely not complaining though. I’ll take that cold over three days of labour any day!

WIP Wednesday – Kaitlin’s Elephant

This week’s amigurumi is brought to you again by Adriana Aguirre and it’s Emilia the Elephant.  Using the rest of the yarn from Nicko’s Wolf, which is Cosy Wool from Lincraft.  It’s quite rough and I think I’m developing a callous where I tension the yarn on my finger.  But crafting can be a dangerous hobby as well all know.

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Head, legs done and started the body.  Won’t be done for this Friday but maybe the next!

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Finished Objects Friday – Tanesha’s Unicorn

Thanks Thuri Jons for giving me the motivation to finish Flavia this week! I hope you managed to get your Kitty sewn up too – can’t wait to see her.

Nostrils are a bit wonky but I’m not worried enough to fix it. I never manage to get things perfectly straight!

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First time I’ve done this kind of hair before. Was heaps of fun and I love the effect!

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Next project will be the same pattern for my nephew.  Although I might mix up the colours a bit as he loves yellows and purples.

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WIP Wednesday – Tanesha’s Unicorn

It’s birthday season! To be honest I’m kind of over these little toys, I’m having dreams about starting a beautiful cable knit sweater.  But the little people in my life keep having birthdays and it’s only fair that they all get their own amigurumi!

Next cab off the rank is Flavia the Unicorn for my niece Tanesha.  She’s the eldest of the kids at 13 but hopefully she’s still young enough to enjoy her.

With any luck this will be a FOF this week – but given the first thing I reached for when I got home was a glass of wine I don’t like my chances!

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Finished Objects Friday – Nicko’s Wolf

Thank goodness it’s Friday! These past few weeks have been pretty full on from a work and home renovation standpoint. So I’m very excited to have something to show off this week – Nicko’s Wolf!

It’s Nicholas’ 9th birthday next weekend and I’m pleased to have this done early. Especially as his cousin’s birthday is the weekend after and I really need to get cracking on her Unicorn.

The pattern is Grey Wolf by Adriana Aguirre.  She has heaps of cool patterns, I recommend checking her out.

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WIP Wednesday – Nick’s Wolf and My Noro Socks

My step son’s birthday is coming up mid-November and he picked out the Grey Wolf pattern for his amigurumi this year.  I bought this pattern a while back but didn’t have a reason to make it until now.

Sunday saw me walking up to my local Lincraft to buy yarn.  I needed the walk after a 45 hour journey traveling back from Toronto.  Pressure stockings helped with the swelling but getting the blood flowing was the best cure for jetlag despite the heat and smokey air from the fires around Sydney right now – bush fires in Octobers! Crazy times 😦

Monday night I kicked off the project and it’s making good, if not slow, progress.  I’ve finished the head and now starting on the body.IMG-20131023-00086My trip to Toronto for work was a whirlwind one.  Going to the other side of the world for one week really does take a toll, but it was totally worth it.  Never been to Canada before and meeting my colleagues over there was incredible.

The project for the trip was my Edwardian Boat sock which I have been slowly working on since partially recovering from the first one.  Despite the 15 hour flights and 10 hour stop over in LAX I think I knitted about 10 rows on the heel.  Still on track for it to be done before it gets cold again I guess!

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Finished Objects Friday – Lion and Crab

After struggling for a few weeks to find motivation for my projects, I think I may have my mojo back!

It almost came to a head last week when I finally finished the lion.  The last few hours of it were a massive struggle and when I was finally done, I never thought I’d pick up a hook or needles again.  Even this adorable creature wasn’t enough to give me a FO high.

photo (1)Instead of the typical drive to start a new project, I instead felt utter relief and spent the next few days being a complete, unproductive slob.

For the most part I was enjoying my slobbishness, the only issue was that the daughter of my longest friend is about to turn one and I had planned all year to make her something.  I agonised for days over whether I could, should, would do it.

And then Monday morning a miracle happened.  I woke up, after a long sleep, remembered it was a public holiday, and that I didn’t have to drag my ass to work, and that I had another day before I had to face the stress again.  My fingers were itching!

This little guy was done before the public holiday was over.  In fact he was done just after lunch!  Lucky he got to see a bit of Aussie sun before being sent over to cloudy, wet England.

IMG-20131007-00083I needed to check that my friend hadn’t moved house since our last correspondence.  During which time he kept an eye on things at work to make sure the stress didn’t get too out of hand and remind me why I do the job that I do – to pay for my yarn habit of course!

IMG-20131008-00084Yesterday he began his long journey over to the other side of the world.  I miss him dearly. I may need to make another little friend to keep me company at my desk and remind me of the important things in life when work gets out of hand.

Does anyone else bring their creations to work?

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