"Nuttin but knittin" - that says it all, with an occasional deviation into the real world.

Saturday, September 07, 2013

Oh My Goodness!!!

Has it really been THAT long since I've blogged.....  Lots of "new" things, and people, to tell you about!  Here goes....

Miss BG2 is here:
 She weighed in at 7LB, 11oz.  She was born Tuesday, September 3rd.  Everyone is home from the hospital and doing fine.  Well, mom and dad may be a little tired by now, but BG is a heavy sleeper.
We are all in love with her.  She's a very good little baby.  Lots of black hair....but prefers to keep it snuggled in her hat right now, so photos don't tell the story.  She's a good eater, and well....just perfect.  What more can I say???  :)

We had BG while the rest of the family was in the hospital, and enjoyed taking him back and forth to kindergarten, etc.  Amazing how fast he is growing up and maturing.  His reading skills are soaring..... so much fun to see the process.  He's pretty excited about this new family member, and his new role as big brother.  He tells me that she will laugh at him when she gets just a little bigger.  I think he intends on being the entertainer.  Why does that NOT surprise me!?!  LOL

I've been doing lots of knitting.  I've been knitting mittens for a designer Natasha, aka Kulabra.  I'm having fun delving into my stash yarns, producing some really pretty mittens.  The first two pair have already been gifted to friends.  The Poppy's may become my own.  Not sure.  And, I have one other pair that is complete, but not photographed yet.  They are equally pretty - another floral design. 

These were knit with blue opal sock yarn, and the off white is Cascade Heritage.  Not sure which side I like better.  Really pretty traditional design.  These went to my friend Paula.  She's not an experienced colorwork knitter, but will be giving it a try soon.  She'll do just fine.  

 These were knit out of Dale of Heilo Falk yarn.  It's a sport weight, so they came out heavier than my normal fingering weight mittens.  They have side thumbs, making them wearable with either side as the public side.  It's a toss-up as to which I like better.  My friend Janet owns these now.

These are the Poppie mittens that may very well become my own.  Love them!  Knit out of Knitpicks Palette.  Nothing special, but they bring memories of my grandfather's poppies.  He was always into growing pretty flowers.  Not sure I can part with these.  Do you see a picket fence on the palm side?  One of my knitting friends saw that, and now I do too.  The designer did not intend it, but likes it also.

And in comparison, these next mittens are not very exciting at all!  Just a few kid's mittens - my usual charity mittens that I feel driven to knit this time of year.  There should be more of these soon.  Perhaps I'll take a break from knitting test patterns.  She just has such pretty patterns, and given the opportunity, they are hard to pass up.  

The top two pairs are knit with double fingering weight.  A solid brown alpaca blend and a color gradient yarn - specifics unknown.  They are soft and should be very warm. 

These last two are knit with left-over handspuns.  Heavier yarns, so not held doubled.  

So....you can see, I'm indeed in a mitten mood.

Sofee is struggling with a very severe allergy season.  It's been so dry and hot here....we need a good rain to wash the air a bit.  On top of that, she had an adverse drug reaction to her rabies shot.  Poor little girl - her face swelled all up.  Her forehead and her muzzle were twice the normal size.  We had just gotten home from the vet when it occurred, and luckily it didn't take long to get her back there.  An injection of Benedryl, and 24 hours of oral doses brought her the relief that she needed.  I felt so sorry for her though.  :(  I always wish I could explain things to her.   

Granpa and I are going to watch BG and Miss BG2 tomorrow so momma and daddy can have a break.  Probably a nap will be in order.  It takes a village you know.....  Loving it!
Take care.  Hopefully I'll be back sooner rather than later.  k


Katzdaisy said...

Beautiful! And the mittens too!

Kathy said...

So glad you are back to blogging again. I've missed seeing your knitting! But, you certainly have a fabulous reason why you haven't been posting! CONGRATULATIONS on your beautiful granddaughter! I look forward to someday that I'll be grandmother. But for now, I knit for others!
Question...the light blue and white mittens...it the white the dominant yarn? I knit with one strand in each hand. The left is my dominant or where the yarn is 'on top'. The right hand is 'thrown'. These patterns are so beautiful! Question 2...where you used a heavier sport yarn, did the pattern call for that, or did you just substitute, or did you adjust the pattern? I like the sport weight yarns for certain patterns...

If you have time to answer, thank you. If not, I certainly understand...you are busy! And, I hope Sofee makes it through this allergy season. Our Sparkie was not as bad (she was a different breed)but hot spots would get so painful for her....
Thanks for posting all your fantastic news!

Erica said...

Congratulations on the latest arrival, she's beautiful! Gorgeous mittens as always :)

Liana said...

Kathy, as always your mittens are stunning. I am going to have to break down and make a pair of those.
BG2 is also lovely, what happiness a little girl will bring to your family.
I hope Sofee feels better soon.


Elaine said...

Congratulations Kathy! She is just beautiful. I'm relieved to hear that your daughter is doing well also. Such a happy and exciting time for all of you!

As you know, I love all the mittens, but those poppies are just gorgeous!

Judy S. said...

Congrats on your new grand daughter! They are so fun to knit for! Your mittens are absolutely gorgeous. What's your trick for keeping the floats loose enough?

karensspinzen said...

I'm so happy for you and your family. Congratulations! (And glad to see you back on the blog, too!)

L. said...

A very big congratulations to your and your family on the birth of your new granddaughter, she's a beauty!

So sorry for Sofeesu with her bad allergies. I hope you've had a few days of cooler weather so she might get some relief.

Finally, your mittens are nothing short of works of art.....I keep saying that someday I'll give these a try but so far I haven't worked up the courage.

Monika said...

Congratulations on the new grandchild! She's adorable!