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Other Obsessions: Baby Things

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Chevron Baby Blanket, knitted by my friend!

Chevron Baby Blanket, knitted by my friend!

Last Saturday, I hosted our monthly knitting meeting. I've been knitting with these women since I graduated from law school, so we've known each other for more than 5 years! 

About 2 weeks ago, a knitter from our group texted me and asked me to choose a blanket pattern, yarn, and colors. It totally made my day! I went straight to my Favorites on Ravelry, and picked out this Chevron Baby Blanket by Purl Soho, and Knit Picks Wool of Andes Superwash, and picked out colors. I tried to find the colors that were used in the Purl Soho's sample, which were Grass, Avocado, Oyster, Marble and Cobblestone. 

I guess it's not unusual for me to be obsessed with baby things at this point. So far, my husband and I purchased the stroller, which came with an infant carseat, and Pack n Play thing which comes with a napper/bassinet and a changing station. We're going to wait and see if we need a baby crib when the baby is actually here, since so many people said that they never used their crib, and I'm really trying to take the minimalist approach to this baby gear things. Since Logan is our first, we really don't know what we absolutely need, so we would rather wait and see about most things. Especially with our Amazon membership with free two-day shipping (usually we get our things the next day actually), I think we can wait on a lot of things.

We did get a Boppy baby lounger and a  cradle/swing from a friend who just had a baby in August. These things already are filling up our second bedroom! 

And this Saturday we're hosting a small gathering for friends which will unofficially be our baby shower. I know that traditionally, baby showers are arranged by someone else, but with all our family members living abroad and close friends living far away, in addition to my husband and my tendency to keep everything very low profile and casual (like our wedding!), we decided to just do something at home, treat our friends to some delicious treats, since for most of them this would be the first time they're seeing our new-ish home that we moved into 2 years ago. 

Other than that, I'm doing ok. I got to chat with my mom on the phone for a bit before she had to lie down again. She's still feeling very weak. Having a busy to-do list is helping me too, since I don't have a lot of down time to sit and think negative thoughts. And the past few days have been so hot here in So Cal -- 85 deg during the day! And extremely dry. My husband said I was struggling to breathe last night. I eventually got up and made some wet towels to hang around the bed and that helped. Ugh! It's January! Some  might think it's a blessing, but it's still extremely annoying to have to constantly change between shorts/short sleeves and long coats in the same month. My closet is always full and I never really get to wear any of my handknit sweaters.. Not to mention this dry weather is really dangerous around here because of the brushfires and extreme draught. So hopefully the weather forecast is correct and it'll cool down this week. 

Baby Shower Gifts

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mmmm.... Having a latte and a chocolate chunk cookie (It's HUGE! at least an inch thick) at Borders. I've been in a rut... My days are filled with lots of time. Which means its almost guaranteed that I'm gonna be depressed. Whenever I have a lot of free time, I find that I feel useless and purposeless. So, in trying to simply get up in the morning and get out of the house, and maybe help others in need in the process, I joined the volunteers at Public Law Center. Today, i went to the clinic for the first time in Westminster and since I don't speak Vietnamese, I couldn't do the client intake interviews, but at least I got started on how to do that. Hopefully next week, I'll be more helpful in Costa Mesa.

It's already having a positive effect on me. I got to meet a couple of attorneys from PLC and other volunteers. It was fun; meeting new people and sharing stories about weird clients from the past... I'm really looking forward to clinic next week.

Knittingwise, I'm tired too. I've been very task-oriented lately. Sample/test knitting, sister's birthday present, friend's baby shower gift. I mean knitting is always fun and enjoyable. But I feel like I don't feel as creative as I used to feel when I first got into knitting. I'm at the stage where I'm learning a lot of new techniques but it's more about following instructions than thinking, imagining.

But anyway, here are some photos of the baby shower gifts I made for Veronica. I initially planned on just doing the blanket. But, for some odd reason! I couldn't finish the blanket on time for the baby shower. I ended up going empty handed....... Thank God, Veronica is also a knitter/crocheter, and she has countless experiences knitting for someone else and never finishing them on time, so she totally gets it. Nonetheless, I felt pretty bad about going to the shower empty-handed, so I ended  up making a three-piece set! Baby blanket, baby bonnet, and baby jacket. And baby baby, they were really fun, especially the jacket.

Debbie Bliss, as featured in Prima

The patterns I used: Debbie Bliss "Ribbed Baby Jacket," Pinwheel Baby Blanket, Baby Bonnet from Last-Minute Knitted Gift.

Everything is machine washable, and I did a LOT of research to make sure the baby and Veronica both feel comfortable using the items. For example, every podcast and blogs about knitting for babies said that garments should be made in the larger sizes, because you never know how fast the baby grows! And, instead of using buttons for the jacket, I bought snaps to make it easier to put it on and off. As for the bonnet, I guess it's easier to wear than usual hats/caps because it won't slip off while the baby gets fidgety.

Anyways, I came to Border's after the clinic, hoping to wake up that creative juice flowing somewhere in me. I looked through a bunch of knitting magazines. I especially like The Knitter.

To subscribe to the magazine: http://www.myfavouritemagazines.co.uk/store/displaystore.asp?sid=554

Otherwise, these are available at Borders. It's UK-based, so a bit pricier, at $10.99 but I think it's soooo worth it. The quality of paper, the photography, classic designs...They're all so inspiring. IK and VK are great (In fact, I just broke down and purchased IK Weekend and the new issue of VK) but I see a lot of repetitiveness. Shawls and socks, reallyw eird color arrangements. Really artsy but not practical knits. In a rut.

I hate the paper they use, so matte and unflattering. I guess there's always gonnabe a part of me, the "magazine editor" gene, that makes me look at the layout and photography, THEN the contents.