A Finished Jellybean Blanket

I managed to squeak Jellybean’s Purple blanket in before sunset and before PB’s arrival.

I did end up doing a SC crochet border around the blanket edge to neaten it up. I took the last half skein of yarn and just went round and round till I ran out. I think I made two full laps. Using the locking stitch markers I was able to (mostly) keep the same stitch count across the blanket. Consequently this blanket is the most square I have ever made!

My stitch gauge kinda changed here and there. But the important part is that Jellybean loved it. And he’s actually keeping it on his bed! Not to lay under mind you….just to pet, lol. He loves it because Mommy made it…..and it’s all purple. That’s a win in my book!

Happy Knitting…..I mean crocheting!!

And Just Like That…We Are A Family of Four

Well you guys, we are officially a family of four. PB decided to pick her own birthday and made her arrival early. My water broke at 8:45 pm at night when I was 37 weeks on the nose. The hubby and I called a sitter to watch over a sleeping Jellybean and trundled off to  the hospital. The OB on call was fine with her size and heartbeat so we moved on with giving PB her wish for an early birthday.

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I did had to wait 2.5 uncomfortable contracting hours in the OB triage area as there was a momma with an emergency that needed to go to the OR before me. I’m okay with that now but at the time I was a little perturbed mostly because I didn’t think with a planned c-section I would have to labor at at all, lol. But alls well that ends well. PB made her entry into the world at 12:38 am at 7lbs 13.7 ounces and 20 inches longs. She had some healthy lungs and figured out the whole nursing thing QUICK.

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We spent three days in the hospital before coming home. PB lost a little more birth weight than we would have liked and was slightly jaundiced but bounced back quickly after my milk came in. We are going to have to be careful with her for a few weeks until she reaches “full term” gestational age and then some. There is still some RSV lingering KS and as a 37 week old birthday girl she will just be a little extra susceptible until her immune system gets up and running. But that’s okay that just means a little extra family only cuddle time at home. And I’m going to soak up every exhausting minute.

Jellybean is adjusting as only a 3.5 year old can. He absolutely adores the baby and loves to hold and pet her (with clean hands of course). He’s been a great “big brother helper”, but he has also had some temper tantrum flares and sleep regressions in response to being ousted as the only child. Time will smooth all things out and I’m just remembering to breathe.

I’ll have a few more blog posts come out this week thanks to the magic of scheduled postings and knitting I had done prior to PB’s arrival. After that I will probably be taking a blogging maternity leave for the first part of summer. PB likes to eat and I haven’t gotten much knitting time in between feeding and sleeping…as to be expected of course. But I’ll pop in when I have something fun or knitty to share.

Happy Knitting!!!

WIP Wednesday: Jellybean’s Purple Blanket

I have been indulging in another nesting project. Jellybean’s love of purple has not abated and his blanket has been giving me stares of shame from the WIP bucket. I had started off like gang busters on this thing back during the Pigskin Party football KAL. I finished one skein in record time and then promptly let pregnancy and other projects steamroll this right to the bottom of my list. Now I have this crazy arbitrary idea that this needs to be done before PB gets here because Jellybean NEEDS a super hot blanket at the end of May in 90+ degree Kansas weather.

In the photo above, I have completed (almost) three full skeins out of four now. I have the fourth skein split in half. My plan is to use the first half to grow the blanket and then the second half to put a simple single crochet border around the edge to hide the few places where I lost and had to add back an edge stitch here and there.

Fingers crossed I can maintain momentum on this. My bump is growing daily and it makes it hard to craft, knitting or crochet, in a comfortable fashion long enough to make any progress.

 

Monkey or Platypus?

I started Jellybean’s Monkey this week and I zoomed through the body and the mouth.

I’m not the best with large DPNs but I think for my second toy this is pretty good. I’m working on size 7 US with worsted we got yarn. I don’t have any laddering yet and the fabric is dense enough the stuffing stays on the inside. A win for me at least.

The mouth without the ears makes this look like a platypus to me. Am I crazy?

Happy Knitting!!

Jellybean On The Move

This little stinker is rolling everywhere!! (yes he’s eating the sweater I made him, sigh. At least he likes it!)

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So with the help of grandpa and dad, our house is getting a safety check!

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No more scary stairs. Gates have been purchased. All the scary cabinets are locked. All harmful things have been moved to the garage or basement. And a lovely squishy new rug for crawling is on its way.

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Anything and everything for my little man ❤️

The Things No one Warns You About

This has pretty much been my life for the last month…

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Lots of Kleenex, a baby with unpredictable sleep patterns, and slow progress on a pair of socks. Since Jellybean started daycare and I’ve been back to work I’ve managed to catch a sinus infection/ear infection combo, then the very unpleasant 24 hour flu that lasted 48 hours, and now finally a head cold that just lingers. No one warned me having a baby right before cold and flu season was a bad idea!

So we just take our days as they come: lots of snuggle time in steamy bathrooms, the dreaded snot sucker, and a boatload of Kleenex. The only upside is that I should have a finished pair of socks by Christmas and to wrap up my year of Socks With Sarah!

P.s.
Dear Santa, all I really want for Christmas is for our new little family to be healthy for just a little while? Please and thank you!

A Little Different FO Friday

We’ve had quite the week here at A Tangled Yarn. Jellybean chose to make his arrival two weeks early. Yep , jellybean is a boy! He is happy and healthy at 7 lbs 10oz, 21 inches, and a full head of blonde/brown hair.

My water broke at 2:30 am and we didn’t get to meet him until 8:54 that evening. Turns out he wasn’t properly positioned and a c-section was necessary. That’s 18 hours plus surgery folks…I’m beat and more than a little sore.

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I’m going to be on hiatus for a bit while I heal and get used to this whole breastfeeding mommy thing. I have a few knitty things to share and I hope to sneak in a few therapeutic stitches in as well. So you might see me pop up here and there. But mostly I’m just going to snuggle my little man!

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Happy Friday!

FO Friday: Jellybean’s Blanket

It’s done!!

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The edging turned out beautifully! It really cleaned up the edge and tied the whole thing together. And I only had to go round the blanket twice, phew!

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And for all those interested, the all important stats!

Pattern: Hexa-ghan by verybusymonkey

Yarn: Universal Cotton Supreme Yarn
I used 3.09 skeins/556.2 yards/309 grams of lemon, 2.54 skeins/457.2 yards/254 grams of beige, 3.17 skeins/570.6 yards/317 grams of lime, and 3.09 skeins/556.2 yards/309 grams of teal. That brings the total to 11.89 skeins/2,140.2 yards/1,189 grams of yarn total. I worked a total of 44 hexagons in eight rows!

Needles: US 8 dpns

Mods: I added a single crochet border around the edge to neaten it up and tie the whole project together.

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Now it’s washed, dried, folded, and waiting in Jellybean’s crib! I can’t wait 🙂

Happy Knitting!