36 Weeks!

 

Hit the 36 week mark on Thursday. Pretty much ready for her any time she decides to come, everything is prepped and ready for her! I’m feeling very ready to be done,  but trying not to get too excited about her coming soon because it could be another 5 or so weeks until we meet her if she decides to run out the clock in there!

36wksStill trying to convince Sam that having a sibling will be fun for him…. he remains unconvinced. But in other news, the weather is finally turning spring-like (hooray!) and we are are defrosting from our frigid winter! We even got to play outside some this afternoon, which was very welcome for Sam who had been cooped up with a cold for the last few days.

I’ve got a new pattern for you all, debuting tomorrow! (Woo!) It is a new blanket pattern that I am excited about- I finally finished baby girls blanket and love how it turned out, so I want to share the pattern with all of you!

 

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Feltman Brothers Giveaway!!

I’m very excited to offer my readers the opportunity to win a super great giveaway from Feltman Brothers! They will be announcing their giveaway winner as soon as their Facebook page hits 1,000 likes (So get on over to Facebook and “Like” their page!)

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Here is a link to the Rafflecopter giveaway, (Or you can click the picture below, which will take you to the entry form) please take the time to enter to win a gift package worth $150! They have really adorable and timeless items for babies and toddlers. This stuff is exquisitely sewn and hand embroidered heirloom-quality baby wear, the kind of thing you’ll pass down to your babies babies!

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Puerperium Cardigan

 

I have a few small items ready for this little girl, just finished finding the perfect buttons and weaving in ends. This is the Puerperium cardigan that I am absolutely in love with.

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I made it with Knit Picks City Tweed, which is deliciously soft (It’s a merino/alpaca blend!). The colors are kitten (white) and orca (gray) in their DK weight- and a plus, it took just barely over one skein of the gray, and just a very tiny bit of the white for this cardigan, which made it pretty affordable, since I took MAJOR advantage of their huge sale a few weeks back when the yarn was on sale for $2.99!

I can’t wait to wrap up my baby girl in this adorable cardigan. I have extra yarn, so if it’s still very cold when she is born I can always add longer sleeves, but I figure as an April baby she’ll the weather will be warming up within a month or two, (hopefully, although this is Idaho, and sometimes it snows in June.) so a sleeveless cardigan would be the way to go.
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I’m getting so anxious to meet her. We’re just a little past 28 weeks, and feeling pretty good. This has been my least “barfy” month of pregnancy ever, so that’s super exciting! And, as you can see below, I am rounding out quite nicely. No real weight gain yet (but I did gain back what I lost in the first trimester, so that’s good!) I’m measuring a few weeks ahead, but that’s not unusual for second babies.

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DSC_0103Got to go to the chiropractor this morning and get an adjustment, which has made a HUGE difference in my hips. Due to my spinal fusion my hips definitely take the brunt of pregnancy more than my back, but it’s all just sort of messed up back there- but I had a great adjustment today and am feeling better than I’ve ever felt during any of my pregnancies. It’s nothing short of a miracle!

So here we are in the home stretch, trying to gather and prepare everything for birth and hoping for a less-stressful event this time around. We’re attempting a home birth, we have a wonderful midwife and doula lined up and I am very excited to be attempting a water birth. Now we just have to figure out which tub to get and buy some supplies and birth kits and finish nesting and get this house ready for a new baby!

 

 

Joe Vandal Beanie

Paul had a great idea for a hat for his sister Katie for Christmas, but we’d already established (By my trying to do charts for the Mario stockings) that I was terrible at it, so he took it upon himself to create a new chart for me with “grumpy” Joe Vandal (Older logo, the new one has a smile, and isn’t quite as cool, in our opinion)

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DSC_7159Hopefully Paul can re-write up the chart so I can offer it as a free download for anyone who wants to use it, but I marked up my copy a lot trying to keep track of where I was with the rows, so it’s a bit messy right now!

And hooray! We hit the third trimester! We’re getting very excited to meet our little baby, and trying to get Sam used to the idea of a little sibling that will be here in just a few short months.

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Also, I feel the need to show you this: A Monte Cristo sandwich Paul made us on New Years Day. It’s become a tradition for have Monte Cristo sandwiches on New Years for us, but this year we couldn’t find the right kind of bread anywhere in town! Paul decided to make a braided challah loaf himself, and then also made the sandwiches, and I must say they were amaaaazing. I know it looks a little weird (Jam on a sandwich with meat and cheese, dipped in egg and then fried up like french toast?) but seriously, it’s so delicious, especially on homemade bread!
DSC_0004And for tonight’s dinner we are cooking up a Chinese food feast with pork fried rice, Mongolian beef, egg rolls, cream cheese and chive wontons, and fried donuts (Yes, I realize that most of this is very Americanized, but delicious, none-the-less!)

 

 

PishPoshBaby Baby Jogger Sale

(Disclosure: I was compensated for this post by PishPoshBaby .)

I’ve shared my love for my Baby Jogger stroller before, it’s such a great stroller. Ours is the City Series, and we love it. Plenty of room for Sam to grow and still fit into it, it rolls like a dream and has plenty of pockets and storage for your purse, phone, shopping bags, etc.

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I simply cannot underestimate the value of having an awesome stroller. We had a cheap-o stroller before, and I couldn’t believe the difference that this made, especially on Moscow side-walks (lots of cracks and tree roots!).

PishPoshBaby is having a sale on their Baby Joggers right now, up to 35% off! And free shipping for orders over $75, and you just can’t beat that! I’ve definitely got my eye on this Baby Jogger Summit x3 Double Jogger for when the new baby comes in the spring.  (Isn’t it a beauty?)

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They have some really great affordable options, too, like their Baby Jogger City Mini Single, which is only $189.99 right now, which is a steal.

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Head over to PishPoshBaby to look at all of their Baby Jogger deals!

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GIRL! And we couldn’t be more thrilled! Baby Girl Tong is growing nicely, and measuring a few weeks ahead (Sam did the same thing in utero!)

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And oh my goodness, I have so much knitting to do for this little girlie! I am so excited to try out fun lacy sweaters, and cute beanies and cardigans. April it will still be chilly, so this little girl will definitely get some very tiny cute hand knit warm things to keep her nice and cozy!

 

Pink Sock Monkey

I got the opportunity to use a sweet little Ellie model for my pink sock monkey. Isn’t she just the cutest thing you’ve ever seen?

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She was so smiley and obliging, except when we tried to get the costume on her, but once she realized how awesome she looked, she couldn’t help but smile.

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Many thanks to her sweet mama, Rachel, for lending her out for a photo-shoot in the park on a chilly fall day.

I’m down to the 2nd to last sock monkey before Halloween, almost done with it, then just ONE MORE TO DO! Whew.

 

(mater)Knittybutton

Sorry for the blog absence, I’ve been very, very busy. Working on a few big projects, the biggest of all won’t be complete until April! That’s right, I’m knitting together another baby! We are thrilled for Sam to be a big brother.

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Today we took Sam to the county fair. It’s pretty small compared to the fair I am used to going to (Do the Puyallup!) but Sam had a great time seeing the train exhibit (He is obsessed with trains!) and the poultry. He definitely was not a fan of the donkeys, but he did like the goats. It was pretty hot outside, so we didn’t last too long, but glad he got to enjoy a little bit of the fair.

Most of my time these days is knitting a lot of sock monkey costumes for Halloween. I’ve sold quite a few for this Halloween season (Sold out, actually!) Those should take up the next couple of weeks, and then getting started on Christmas orders already!

I’m also making a few changes to the way I do custom orders here at Knittybutton and will exclusively be doing online orders through Etsy. I will still be doing custom listings still, and you can still email me or message me to request custom orders, but instead of mailing checks or invoicing you, I will create a custom listing on Etsy for you to purchase. It will help streamline the whole process.

That said, I am already getting Christmas orders, so if you have something you would like to order, please let me know as soon as possible, so I can make sure to get it done before Christmas.

Accepting Orders!

I’m happy to announce that I am open for custom knitting orders again! Feel free to peruse the Products and Prices page and let me know (you can email me at lexikaye@gmail.com  or comment here) if you are interested in anything you see. Remember, colors and everything are completely able to be customized! If you want something, but don’t see what you want, please let me know. I’m always up for knitting up new things!

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Also- if you’re interested in a sock monkey costume please let me know ASAP, they take a while to make and last Halloween I had a bit of a waiting list and ended up not being able to make as many as were requested!

Stripes and Bows

There has been a big group of tiny little girls born in our church recently- and there’s nothing more satisfying and quick to knit than little girl hats. I adore making little girl hats.

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I really like making bows, too. I think they make it a bit more feminine- and I also like making girl hats out of non-traditional girl type colors. Not everything they own has to be pink!

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Pictures to come soon of Erika, Ezra, Josetta and my mom’s trip over this weekend- we had a blast!