Sunday, August 16, 2009

34 Weeks

Near constant baby aerobics... swollen ankles... feeling like she'll be here before we're ready... but so excited to meet her, I almost can't stand it!

Ali's Designs

Ali is becoming a prolific fashion designer. She's very organized about it, creating seasonal lines and keeping them all in books she makes herself.

I was once myself a prolific fashion designer (my mode of organization being clipboards filled to the brim with designs), and a current sewing/fabric-aholic, so I've been very excited to encourage her. So when we were planning our trip to New York, we decided we had to visit the Fashion District. For Ali. And, well, maybe just a little bit for me.

We took her to the Museum at the Fashion Institute, where she took photos and sketched her favorite designs.

And then went to check out some fabric stores, like real NY designers.

Luckily we were prepared with a project at the fabric stores (or at least Ali was), because it can get easily overwhelming being face-to-face with all that fabric. On the plane on the way over, Ali designed a skirt she wanted to make (though by the date in the photo below, I think this may not have been the original drawing)...

...carefully picked out the fabrics, and then made it when we got home. All by herself (with just a bit of guidance from me).

And it fits. And she loves it. I couldn't be a prouder step-mom... :o)

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Knitting for Baby

With the belly expanding daily, I have been feverishly knitting. I did quite a bit of knitting at Ali's swim meets, which is cool because when I pull these sweaters and such out in the cold months it'll make me think of sitting by the pool in the 105 degree summer, slathered with sunblock, resting my swollen ankles on a cold water bottle. Ah, good times...

First it started with an accident...

After knitting this hat for myself over a year ago only to realize that I am a tight knitter and it didn't fit, I passed it on to a coworker's daughter. She loved it, and then it was accidentally washed. So before I even knew I was pregnant, it was returned to me "just in case".

When I had officially made the announcement, my mom sent me this hat made for me when I was a baby by my grandmother. It was knit flat and then seamed, and it looks like she may have run out of yarn at the very end, and thus the little snow cap on the top, which is completely adorable.

Then my own knitting started in earnest. I scoured my knitting books and Ravelry, and the knitting marathon began with a Placket Sweater, and then a matching hat...

Then I had booties on the brain, so I made these...


And felted...

Now I'm working on two sweaters simultaneously, a February Baby Sweater, and a Stripey Sweater. In my queue, with yarn a-waiting, are some Leg Warmies.

Um, yeah, so I guess you can tell we're having a girl, right?

Baby Shower Catch-up

Checking another item off my Catch Up post...

My sister decided on a train theme for her new baby's nursery since they live right down the road from a train museum, and hear the old steam trains puffing along all through the summer. So for the invites for her shower, Mike and I collaborated and came up with a little card on brown cardstock with a little hint of a train.

For the bedding I tracked down some old timey train fabric, and made a simple fitted sheet (using this fabulous tutorial) and skirt to match. Now I left the quilt to the last minute, so when I finally sat down to design it, simplicity was key. I decided to use as much whole cloth as possible, so this is what I came up with. I used the train fabric for the bottom, the blue and white stripe is a seersucker I got from Mood when we were in NYC, and the top is linen and felt for the appliqued train. I'm actually quite proud of the train, because I drew it myself, and it came out pretty much exactly as it was in my head which, with my paltry drawing skills, never happens

So technically, the bedding wasn't the shower gift, so I decided to make a diaper bag. I made the Modern Diaper Bag from Little Stitches.

And the inside view...

Ok, so this bag is HUGE. Ridiculously huge. Like you could fit the baby in here, along with all of his stuff. And it will totally stand up on its own with all the layers upon layers of interfacing. It is definitely a sturdy bag. But my sister uses it, and that makes up for all the swearing I did trying to get the sewing machine to growl over the thick seams when I was topstitching.