Sunday, January 25, 2009

kimono for isaac

My lovely sister, Emily, had a baby boy named Isaac on December 22, 2008. So Levi has an identically-aged cousin...unfortunately, they live 16 hours away, so Levi might not get to see his cousin as much as we would like. I got a new sewing machine for Christmas (I can sew a straight line my problems of the past may have been partly to blame on my awful old machine!) and I tested it out by making another kimono - one for my nephew Isaac.

Isaac's father hates birds. I have no idea how anyone could hate birds, but he claims some chicken looked at him funny one day when he was in a dark alley as a child. I, on the other hand, have devoted most of my adult life to studying birds, and I am determined to impress upon my nephew that birds are wonderful no matter what his father might tell him! So I made him a kimono with one of my favorite bird fabrics, Windham's "A Little Bird Told Me".

This kimono turned out better than the first two I made - thanks in part to my new sewing machine. I love that it is so simple, with the solid brown fabric, but made special thanks to the bird trim. I can't wait to see pictures of Isaac in his little bird kimono this summer!

Sunday, January 11, 2009

amanda hat

This is one of my sleeping baby knits - The Amanda Hat, which is made from Malabrigo worsted merino. I used color "sunset." This pattern is a wonderfully fun and quick knit, and I love the way this hat fits! The pattern states that if you are careful, you can make two hats from one skein of Malabrigo. The hat was so fun to knit that I immediately cast on for a second hat once I finished the first, and sure enough I had exactly enough yarn for two hats. I had about a 12-inch piece of yarn to spare!

We got another 6 or 8 inches of snow last night, and I think I am going to leave my well-fed baby with Adam this afternoon and head out for my first post-partum cross-country ski. Can't wait.

Friday, January 2, 2009


My sweet little boy, Levi Paul, was born on his due date, December 11, 2008, at 11:50am. He takes up nearly all of my time, but I have learned how to hold a sleeping baby and knit at the same time, so stay tuned for some knitting posts soon!