I can tell already that this is going to be a year of knitting baby sweaters. If I thought all my friends were pregnant while I was going through infertility and starting the adoption process, that was just a warm-up for this year. For example, about six people I know are due in April alone!
Here is the first baby sweater of the year. It's the same as this one here (I needed a quick tried and true pattern, plus I had the yarn on hand.) It's for Dan and Linh, who are due in mid-February. Dan was in a theology group with Ed at St. Clement's, and his wife, Linh, who is Vietnamese-American, has been so sweet in helping us with any Vietnam questions. So I wanted to do something special for her (besides the sweater), so on the day of the shower I found this pattern for a knitted rat. The Year of the Rat begins in a few weeks so her baby will be born in that lunar year (unless he/she is early!). Linh's family appreciated it, and I may knit one for our kids. It only took about an hour.
Speaking of babies, one reason I haven't blogged much in the past week is that I spent four days in Florida last weekend with my friend Kristin and her little boy, Lincoln (cutest baby ever--till I have my own), hosted by her parents in Delray Beach. It was 80 degrees and sunny the first two days, but cloudy and cold the second two.
No worries: I stayed in and started another baby sweater (below) for our neighbor's baby Jovie. The one I gave her at her shower was too miniature, so I thought she deserved something she could actually wear. And I wanted to knit something girly, so I'm using Yarn Harlot's pattern, and I think I'm going to try adding the daisies. I also adjusted it a bit so that the seed stitch edge is 5 stitches or rows deep, rather than 3. The yarn is a peach soft wool store brand wool for Joann's that I got for $2 something a skein.
One final bit of exciting news: I'm typing this post on our new computer! Ed and I have been limping along with a very old computer (which we bought used from the above-mentioned neighbors) for almost a year now. We had already replaced the cord and it broke again, so we decided to just bite the bullet and buy a new laptop. I love using my mom's Compaq Presario at her house, so we got that and so far I love it. It was pretty cheap ($650) but I am embarrassed to say we got it at Wal-Mart (Ed bought it online, and I didn't know.) I usually avoid Wal-mart because they are not a very progressive employer, but I have read that they're making some improvements. I suppose it's not that much worse than Best Buy and I guess it's hard to buy a computer from a non-big-box store. (This from a woman who buys most of her yarn from Michael's.) That old liberal guilt rears its ugly head!