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Logan's Room

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It took us 6 months to finally clean out the extra room and make it into the "BABY's ROOM."

Before he was born, Logan's room was just a guestroom and we knew that my husband's parents would be occupying that room for a while so we didn't do anything to it. After they left, I didn't know what to do with it! He started moving a lot so I needed something for him to safely land on, and baby-proof everything. We decided to keep the guest bed for later when Logan is old enough -- since he sleeps in our room in the Pack n Play with a mattress, we don't really need to buy a new bed for him, at least for now. Maybe later, I can buy Magic Bumper, so that he doesn't fall off the bed. 

Carpet and curtains are from Ikea, and I also got the fabric for the pillow covers from there as well. 

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The pillowcover is just a simple knife-edge pillow, with invisible zippers so that I can clean them as often as I should. Logan LOVES the bright colors and often points at the drawings, as if to say, "OMG THIS LOOKS DELICIOUS!" Haha.. I wish.

2 days before he turned 7 months, he started crawling. Now I am getting SERIOUS about baby-proofing. Plastic covers or brown paper bags attract him, He would crawl towards anything that makes noise, or whenever he sees Candy or Bagel so now I have to make sure that I keep an eye on the doggies too. So far, they are ok with Logan, but with Bagel's shyness and Candy's feisty temperament, I need to be careful! :)

O and Rex Wrecks It! is Logan's favorite book right now (I think Rex reminds him of Mr. Dino, his favorite toy!)

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Life Things: Baby Shower!

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We had our small gathering/baby shower at our place last Saturday. Our friends came from all over So Cal to celebrate with us! 

We decided to keep this very low key since we still work full time and didn't have much time to plan for lots of decorations and the nursery. We ordered most of the food and prepared very simple dishes at home. 

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Sandwiches from a caterer. We had so much leftover food that even after we sent guests home with food as much as possible, we still have about a week worth of sandwiches, which Marty has to finish by himself since I can't have gluten.

Sandwiches from a caterer. We had so much leftover food that even after we sent guests home with food as much as possible, we still have about a week worth of sandwiches, which Marty has to finish by himself since I can't have gluten.

I thought about getting GF cupcakes, but we eventually decided to get a gluten free cake with "Welcome Baby Logan" message.

I thought about getting GF cupcakes, but we eventually decided to get a gluten free cake with "Welcome Baby Logan" message.

Favors I made! The safety eyes didn't get here on time so I had to improvise with crochet threads. 

Favors I made! The safety eyes didn't get here on time so I had to improvise with crochet threads. 

Of course, I had the best time opening the gifts!

Of course, I had the best time opening the gifts!

I thank my friends for avoiding pastel blue, and such practical gifts! I had coffee Saturday morning and I couldn't sleep after 2am, so I spent some time in the baby's room looking at each gift again. Can't wait to use them on the baby!

I thank my friends for avoiding pastel blue, and such practical gifts! I had coffee Saturday morning and I couldn't sleep after 2am, so I spent some time in the baby's room looking at each gift again. Can't wait to use them on the baby!

Since Saturday, both Marty and I have been more serious about prepping for the baby. You see that Graco box behind all the gifts? That was our Pack n Play, which we plan to use  as the primary place for the baby to sleep in, still boxed. We have since took it out and put it together. It's so huge! I think it'll have to move out of this room into our master room, so that we can take care of the baby during the night.

Just 5 more weeks!

 

Life Things: Cold Weather Knits {Holla Knits KAL & Snowflake}

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Snowflake Shrug by Jean Chung

Snowflake Shrug by Jean Chung

Even California is getting colder these days.. Which means everywhere else would be even colder! Well, it's a good thing that we're knitters!

Snowflake Shrug is a design I published last year but didn't really get to talk about it much. 

It was knitted in Bernat Alpaca and Universal Yarn Swiss Mohair held together. It creates this crazy romantic whimsical fabric when knitted up. Unfortunately, I have learned since then that Universal Yarn Swiss Mohair has been discontinued. I think Rowan Kidsilk Haze would work perfectly with this, though, and I put it in the suggested yarns section on the pattern page

I fell in love with this stitch. It's so easy, but adds a nice touch to this romantic shrug. And the shrug makes a great addition to the wardrobe for a fancy party! It could also be something to keep you warm on your wedding day :) 

Snowflake Shawl
Suggested Yarns: Bernat Alpaca and Rowan Kidsilk Haze
Gauge: 11 sts and 20 rows = 4" in St st.
Needles: US 9 / 5.5mm
Sizes available: 38.5 (46, 54, 61.5, 69)" to fit 31-34 (35-38, 40-44, 46-52, 55-59)" bust circumference

Movie Night Blanket by Jean Chung, in  Holla Knits Home  edition in 2014.

Movie Night Blanket by Jean Chung, in Holla Knits Home edition in 2014.

I was so excited to design this blanket, Movie Night Blanket, for Holla Knits. What's so exciting about blankets? After all, they're, like, gigantic swatches. 

THIS!

And THIS!

So I made a pocket for a remote control. When you're all bundled up in a blanket, watching a movie on your comfy couch, the last thing you want to do is to get up to look for your remote control. 

So you keep it right where your blanket is! :) 

And this blanket is detachable. I knitted the blanket in one piece, and then STEEKED it to make it into 2 pieces. This was an idea that came to me after I learned to steek - I thought cutting through a big piece of knitting would be exhilarating! and also, thought, hey what a great way to circumvent the Boyfriend Sweater Curse? It's one piece of knitting, so you didn't really knit it for your significant other, but you both can enjoy it.

Actually, right now, this blanket lives in the room that's about to become a nursery. When unbuttoned, it's a perfect baby blanket size. I plan to use it to cover the baby swing seat, and use the other half for myself, when I have to hold him through many tired, sleepless nights. When he grows up, he can use the full-size blanket, all buttoned up! 

So Holla Knits is having a flash sale tomorrow, and all the patterns will be available at 50% off! It's to promote their 2015 Holla Knits Knit Along, starting February 2. If you do participate, and finish ANYTHING by May 1, you can win a free pattern of the winner's choosing. You can choose any pattern from Holla Knits patterns as well as patterns from designers, Jennifer Dassau, Karin Kemper, Rohn Strong, Teresa Gregorio, Emily Ringelman, Annie Watts, Emma Welford, Andrea Sanchez, Karin Wilmoth, Leah Coccari-Swift, Lee Meredith, Claire Auger Denny, Sarah Hurwitz, Rusty Baker, Bo Balder, Emily Greene Blue, Patty Nance, Kirsten Singer, Casey Carroll, Allyson Dykhuizen.....

...and ME, of course!

Looking forward to seeing everyone's FOs! 

Movie Night Blanket
Suggested Yarns: Knits In Class Worsted Single-Ply
Gauge: 18 sts and 20 rows = 4" in pattern.
Needles: US 8 / 5.0mm
Sizes available: Small (Large) 51 (76)" by 41 (71)"