Friday, February 24, 2012

She's here! Elle est là...

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Dear friends,
Our daughter was born of a sunny afternoon, on February 15.

Our daughter, not quite 2 days old (Feb. 17 2012)
Not quite 2 days old

She is doing superbly and everyone here is well - predictably exhausted, but utterly smitten with this little being - so strong and so vulnerable at the same time. Even P'tite Mignonne is in love.

(We have chosen not to share her name on the Internet - it was either that, or not sharing pictures here at all. We'll have to find her a cute nickname for the blog! :) )



I'll try and write more soon, but on top of caring for a newborn entirely on our own, my computer fried a few days before the birth. Getting a new one is not quite at the top of my list right now! ;)


Amies lectrices, amis lecteurs,
Notre petite fille est née le 15 février, par une après-midi magnifiquement ensoleillée.

Our daughter, not quite 2 days old (Feb. 17 2012)
Pas tout à fait 2 jours

Elle se porte à merveille et tout le monde va bien ; nous sommes épuisés, comme de raison, mais émerveillés par ce petit être à la fois si vigoureux et si vulnérable... Même la P'tite Mignonne est sous le charme !

(Nous avons décidé de ne pas diffuser son nom sur Internet : c'était ça ou je ne montrais pas de photos...)

Feb. 24 - 9 days
Ce matin, à un peu plus d'une semaine

Je vais tâcher de réécrire plus longuement un de ces jours, mais en plus de tout le reste, mon ordinateur m'a lâchée quelques jours avant la naissance, et j'ai d'autre priorités pour le moment que de m'en occuper... ;)

Thursday, February 09, 2012

A few more knits for the Coming Home Outfit - encore des tricots pour la tenue de sortie de maternité

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First off - thank you, thank you, for all the warm well wishes and friendly comments! They are so appreciated - and do encourage me to keep on blogging more (especially as there's no knowing how regularly I might keep at it once our little girl is here...).

Booties on bump

Continuing with the handknits, and since I liked the previous white outfit so much - here's another white cardigan I made for the first few months. Again, I favoured a wrap style to make it extra warm and cosy.
Small Things Sweater
This is the Small Things Sweater by Carina Spencer, knit in Lang Yarns Merino+ Superwash, in white.

I knit this in the 3 months size, figuring the baby had enough truly newborn knits as it was, and that since the sleeves can be rolled up thanks to the ribbed cuffs, she should be able to use it straight away anyway.
This is the matching cardigan to the Purple Romper (sweater pattern is included when you purchase the romper pattern), which is why I decided to use the same beautiful wooden buttons to make them a pair.

I decided both would be part of the outfit to come home from the hospital...
Coming Home Outfit

... Along with these booties (also shown on top of the bump, at top of this post ;)), which I knit in the same yarn - way to use up what was leftover from the last ball!
White Booties

... And this cabled hat, knit in leftover yarn from the pyjamas (Rowan Calmer).
Cabled hat
Otis Baby Hat, by Joy Boath (free on Ravelry).

The yarn is very stretchy (and the hat is knit exactly to gauge), but I'm concerned it might be too small. Consequently, I used up the veeeery last of the leftover Calmer yarn (zero waste on this one!) to whip up another hat just in case - a bonnet this time:
Lacy Bonnet
Super Quick Baby Bonnet, by Dilys Sutherland (free on Ravelry)

It doesn't look like much when laid flat. Here are a couple of pictures that may show its structure better, but I have a feeling it will look loads better on an actual baby head!
Lacy Bonnet
Lacy Bonnet

... And that is not the last of baby knitting. I still have a few finishes to show you! It's crazy how much you can get done when you're not working :) Knitting has been ideal to keep my feet up while feeling productive (total inactivity would drive me completely nuts and actually stress me out more, so I'm glad I'm still allowed to do a little!).

For those of you who may feel disappointed that I haven’t been sewing much... You know, I miss it too; but I’ll just have to say that c’est la vie ! I have been doing some sewing, and some machine embroidery to go with it; but in small doses, as cutting out and handling patterns and fabric usually triggers too many contractions than feels reasonable - not to mention they're not the best way to keep the blood pressure on the safe side. Besides, sewing with a heavy watermelon of a belly wedged between me and the sewing table has definitely been making things challenging!

We’ll see whether the baby leaves me any time at all to sew in the spring - I hope so, but obviously, I’m not writing any plans in stone for now. :)


D’abord, merci à celles qui prennent le temps de laisser des petits commentaires. C’est cela qui, bien plus que tout le reste, encourage à entretenir ce blog. Merci pour votre gentillesse et votre bonne humeur !

Booties on bump

On continue avec les p’tits tricots aujourd’hui ; comme j’avais vraiment aimé le résultat de l’ensemble naissance blanc, j’ai décidé de faire un autre gilet blanc pour les premiers mois. Ici encore, j’ai privilégié un style qui se croise, pour qu’il soit bien chaud et cosy..
Small Things Sweater
Il s'agit du Small Things Sweater de Carina Spencer, tricoté en Lang Merino + Superwash, en blanc donc (si vous suivez ! ;)).
J’ai tricoté la taille 3 mois, parce que je crois avoir suffisamment de tricots en vraie taille naissance ; et puis j’ai choisi de tricoter le bord des manches en côtes, ce qui permet des les rouler un peu, et devrait donc (je l’espère) convenir aussi dès les premières semaines.
Vous l’aurez peut-être repéré : ce gilet est le pendant du pyjama violet (le modèle du gilet est inclus quand on achète celui du pyjama) ; et j’ai donc utilisé les mêmes boutons en bois si jolis, pour faire vraiment un ensemble. Les boutons, comme la laine, viennent de La Mercerie.

J’ai décidé que tous deux feraient partie de la tenue de sortie de maternité...
Coming Home Outfit

... Avec ces petits botillons, tricotés dans le reste de Merino+ : comme ça pas de gâchis ! (ils apparaissent aussi en tête de ce message ;))
White Booties

... Et ce petit bonnet torsadé, tricoté dans le reste de Rowan Calmer qui a servi pour le pyjama.
Cabled hat
Otis Baby Hat, de Joy Boath (gratuit sur Ravelry).

Ce fil est très élastique, et mon échantillon était exactement semblable à celui du modèle (et tricoté en doubles-pointes pour ne pas fausser) ; pourtant, ce bonnet me semble sacrément petit. Alors que faire ? Prendre le tout dernier, dernier bout de Rowan Calmer qui me restait, et tricoter une autre petite capeline, juste au cas où :
Lacy Bonnet
Super Quick Baby Bonnet, de Dilys Sutherland (gratuit sur Ravelry)

Je sais, elle n’a pas l’air de grand-chose posée comme ça à plat. Voici quelques photos qui tentent de montrer sa structure, mais je pense que ça rendra beaucoup mieux sur une vraie petite tête de bébé !
Lacy Bonnet
Lacy Bonnet

La liste de mini tricots ne s’arrête pas là... J’en ai encore un bon petit nombre à vous montrer. C’est fou tout ce qu’on peut faire quand on est en congé ! ;) Le tricot a été l’activité idéale pour me permettre de me reposer tout en me sentant productive (je ne supporte pas l’inactivité totale, ça me stresserait plus que d'être un minimum active : heureusement que j'y ai encore droit !).

Pour celles qui sont déçues de ne pas voir plus de couture... Ben ça me manque aussi ! Mais c’est la vie. ;) J’ai fait un peu de couture, et de la broderie machine pour aller avec, mais à petites doses, car découper et manipuler patrons et tissus provoque plus de contractions que de raison, et puis ce genre d'agitation n'est pas bon pour mes problèmes de tension ; sans compter que coudre avec une pastèque géante et bien lourde entre soi et la table de couture, ce n'est pas facile facile ;) On verra le temps que le bébé me laisse (ou non ;)) pour coudre au printemps !

Monday, February 06, 2012

It's all ready...


The bed...

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With its organic bedding and handsewn sleeping bag (more details on this one in a later post)...
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Piles of handknit cardigans: early weeks on the right, later months on the left...
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(There are still a few in there you haven't seen yet ;))

Onesies in organic cotton and some more handknit accessories (mittens, booties, hats, legwarmers)...
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A bit of decoration (Dr Seuss books lent by dear Rebecca)...
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Zooming in on the gorgeous banner Sylvie embroidered and sewed for us, thoughtfully using the same fabrics and sheep theme I chose for the nursery...
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(Love it!)

Little pajamas (all organic or at least Ökotex-certified), along with a tiny handknit dress...
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And the beautiful snowsuit generously gifted by our friend Sonia, which will be perfect to come home from the clinic and for the chilly first weeks.
combi-pilote

Some more handmade decor and knitted goodness may be yet to come, but really -
it's all ready, baby!

Saturday, February 04, 2012

Mixed Results: Puerperium Cardigan in Faux Fair-Isle

Hello, everyone!
Here's another cardigan I made for the baby's first few weeks.
Puerperium
The design, Puerperium, is very popular on Ravelry.

I think it's cute, but in retrospect, it may not be the most adequate sweater for a newborn.
Puerperium

First, it's supposed to have lots and lots of buttons, which I replaced with a snap bands - the grosgrain band adding some stability to the garter stitch edge, and snaps being much easier to handle on a newborn than buttons. However, this is a ready-made snap band, and it has the farthest-spaced snaps that I could find; but I still think there are too many of them. I'll be making my own snap bands from scratch next time.

Puerperium - snaps

The other reason why I'm not entirely sold on this for a newborn is that I realized afterhand that the yarn used for the main body (Sirdar Crofter), while lovely with its fair-isle effect, doesn't have a high wool content. I'm so kicking myself for this - I must have had a malfunctioning neuron or two when planning this and not checking the yarn's content better!
Besides, this doesn't really wrap around the baby, as opposed to the other cardigans I knit. It is simply a mock wrap, closing at a side to emulate regular wrap cardigans.

Puerperium - open

Puerperium - open
As a result, this isn't as warm as the rest of the wardrobe; it will therefore only be wearable after the first few days of adapting to room temperature, and in a well-heated room.

Ah well. It's still sweet, and it did knit up fast, for two reasons: first, it is knit in DK weight and on 4-mm needles, as opposed to the fingering or sport weight most baby cardigans are knit in; second, and more obviously, there was less fabric to knit, as there isn't this extra layer to wrap around!
It was also my first time sewing a band onto a handknit, something I'd been eager to try for a while, and I like the clean result. So I did learn something in the process.

Bottom line: fast and fun to make, but I probably won't be making it again. At least not for a newborn, nor for cold temperatures.

My project page with all the details is here.

Have a lovely weekend, everyone; and for those of you going through the same icy spell we've been having here - stay warm! :)