Elinor Brown Knits

Knitting Designs by Elinor Brown

Month: August, 2006

Mama and Baby


Knitting and baby updates

OK, first of all, let me say that my secret pal for SP8 was absolutely AMAZING. I was so lucky. She spoiled me rotten. Check out her final package.

The most beautiful little baby bolero – my husband totally fell for it. It is gorgeous. And five skeins of KP Shine in a kit for the most adorable baby sweater and hat. And Nancy Bush’s Knitting Vintage Socks with a TON of itty bitty short needles. I didn’t even know sock needles came so short. They were just what I was looking for earlier this summer. I hope she’ll tell me where to find such short needles. My LYS only carries 5″ DPNs. Also included were two pieces of dark chocolate but of course they were devoured in a post-partum chocolate raid. THANK YOU MOST WONDERFUL SECRET PAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I have lots of knitting to blog about. All finished pre-Beatrix. First, a few baby hats from the pattern my secret pal sent (remember that pink striped hat?). I made 3 hats but two are in our car so you only get a picture of the blue and green one. The others have braids on top. I ran out of yarn on this one so no braid.

My current project is an argyle baby cardigan from Debbie Bliss’ Special Knits book in KP Shine. The color is blue with purple and white diamonds. I’ve been dying to finish it but I’m at a shaping point that’s hard to do with a baby on hand.

Another Debbie Bliss Special Knits sweater in Pink Cotton-Ease from a sweater I recycled. I made a sweater last summer that I ended up hating. Now I have lots of this yarn so you’ll see more of it in the future. I need to find a good clasp for it. I was thinking of a gigantic safety pin. What do you think? It’s weird- as I was working on these two sweaters, Lynn emailed me to tell me about her workaround for that crummy Debbie Bliss kaftan pattern. When I read her blog, I noticed she had recently made the argyle tank and this bolero. What a coincidence! Anyway, you should check out her blog because she has lots of cool stuff over there.

Using the Kidsilk I bought at the sidewalk sale, I knitted up a Midwest Moonlight scarf from Pam Allen’s Scarf Style. Last year, I bought the same yarn in pink and made one so I thought I’d make an orange one. It’s really pretty but needs blocking.

Here is that blue baby sweater from a few weeks ago with the buttons added on. I think it came out well.

Beatrix is doing well. I just unloaded a bunch of pics from my camera to the laptop so I’ll post those later tonight. For now, we’re off to hear Andrei Codrescu speak at the university so I have to run.

It’s a girl!

It’s a girl! Miss Beatrix was born on Sunday, August 20th at 3:08 p.m. She was 7 lbs 12 oz and 20.5 inches long. We’re doing well and labor/delivery wasn’t nearly as bad as I expected. Here are some photos:

I expect to return to blogging soon. I have lots of knitting pictures from the last month of not blogging. I was at home with no excuse but I just couldn’t get anything done in those last few weeks. Stay tuned for both knitting and baby updates. I will definitely post more over the weekend.