Tuesday, September 22, 2009

It's International Babywearing Week!

This week is International Babywearing Week! I don't generally plan to write a lot of stuff here that's not related to knitting, but babywearing is something very near and dear to me. I have three children, and have worn them all; my 4-year-old still occasionally asks to "go on your back" and my 17-month-old has been worn at least part of every day of his life by his daddy or me. Babywearing is one of the absolutely best parenting decisions we ever made, in so many ways. If you're interested in learning more about babywearing, the link above is a great place to start. The forums at TheBabyWearer were my online "home" for several years, as well.

In honor of IBW, here are some of my favorite babywearing pictures of my family:

As this year's theme says..."Close Enough to Kiss":

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Almost caught up!

Last week, I finished these gorgeous brown Twisty Trousers:

And then I found out that I had misread my emails and had done them in the wrong cable pattern! Luckily I had more of this yarn on hand and was able to knit a new pair without ripping this pair completely out. Therefore, this pair will be available soon at Their Own Knitted World!

I knitted as fast as I possibly could this week and managed to get both pairs done for Ronda without
too much of a delay.

Medium Twisty Trousers in Moss green Cestari:

And the correct brown pair, XL braided cable Twisty Trousers:

And both pairs together--won't these look cute on big brother and little brother?

This weekend I have been working on the semi-custom order from September's Nurturing Threads stocking at Their Own Knitted World. This is "Wicked Rainbow":

I hope to be done in a couple of days and then move on to Laura's newborn/small Twisty Trousers.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Simple pleasures

I love knitting cables. I love working with gorgeous hand-dyed colorways. Sometimes I even love doing both at once. But sometimes...simple is better. I have quite a few cool and funky and interesting pairs of longies planned for my toddler for this fall/winter. But I also wanted to be able to dress him in a nice solid pair of "slacks" without having to give up our wool to do so. So I whipped up the plainest, simplest pair of longies I've ever done--solid navy blue Cestari with an elastic waist and a half-linen stitch cuff:

The XL brown Twisty Trousers are still in progress...I'm on the second leg but I haven't taken a picture since I took this one yesterday morning:

I also cast on the baby brother pair in Moss green last night since the brown pair is too big to fit in my project bag now and I needed a small project to take with me last night. I'm hoping to get a ton of pictures of that pair as I work on them so I can use the pictures for my Twisty Trousers pattern, which is getting closer and closer to completion.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Quick update, no pictures

My camera needs to be charged, and I can't seem to remember to plug it in until I'm doing something else...like writing a blog post about how my camera needs to be charged.

I finished the longies for my toddler, so yay for his third pair of mama-made longies for this coming fall/winter! They're just very plain solid navy blue Cestari, but they'll be perfect as "slacks" or "jeans" depending on what shirt he has on with them.

I'm halfway through the leg of the XL brown Twisty Trousers for Rhonda! Hoping to finish them by tomorrow evening but I'm a bit under the weather this week and that has slowed me down some.

And now I swear I'm going to submit this post and go straight over to plug my camera in!

Friday, September 4, 2009

Moving on to September!

Emily's Mosaic Moon scrappies are done, dry and ready to ship out:

That finishes up my August slots, so I'm casting on my first September order tonight. That will be 2 pairs of Twisty Trousers for Ronda; XL on Thistle Pod (brown) and Medium on Moss (green).

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

September Stocking Preview

Their Own Knitted World will be stocking with Nurturing Threads on September 10! This month I made a newborn-size boyish set on "Robin Hood." Julie at apples + octopi is appliqueing an adorable rocket ship on a long-sleeved tee, so I added an embellished cargo pocket to match it. Hopefully we will have pictures of the complete set in a day or two, but in the meantime, here's a sneak peek:

I also finished up Emily's scrappies; they're blocking now but I snapped a quick picture of them first:

Next up for custom orders will be sibling pairs of Twisty Trousers in green and brown but first I'm going to try to make some progress on some simple navy blue longies for my own toddler.