My first knitting project is complete!

Not long ago I was looking at my friend’s knitting and felt inspired to learn. I decided that I wanted to make something for another friend’s belly baby (who I call squishy).
My gorgeous friend Meg suggested that this beautiful Milo vest be my first project. Never one to shy away from a challenge I jumped on the opportunity to challenge myself and learn how to knit.
I chose to knit it for him to hopefully fit him when he is about 6 months old. It took a while to learn the basics and get the tension right. Here are my progress shots.

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After quite a few attempts something clicked and I just got it. At this point I had no idea how the pattern would work. It was so cool watching it come together.

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Learning to Bind Off. I love binding off, it is my favourite part of knitting. I love how the loops all perfectly join together in a gorgeous rounded neat edge.

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After binding off the arms it all started to come together.

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Then I got to the cable section and wasn’t sure if I should skip that part. I was nervous over being able to cable knit and whether it would suit a baby boy.
Thanks to some gorgeous friends I got up just enough courage to jump feet first into it and I was pleasantly surprised. Cable knitting wasn’t as hard as I expected it to be and was actually fun (I’ve never imagined myself as someone who would think knitting was fun).

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This section was quite repetitive which I found relaxing. Seeing the cable come together was very rewarding.

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It didn’t take long to finish that section and knit the final bind off. Then all I had to do was finish the loose ends off. Which in some places helped to make the vest stronger. Here is the detail in the arm section and below is the finished product.

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Squishy is going to look so cute in his Milo vest.

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On this day, I am grateful for (27/09/2012)

Today I am grateful for…

*Meg – my wonderful patient friend who generously made it possible to learn to knit. She answered all my questions so patiently. Thanks Beautiful

*Jan – my daycare mum. I am ever so grateful for everything that she does and knowing that my big boy is in the safest hands. I love that he is being looked after by someone he loves who truly cares about him.

*Online shopping – who doesn’t love the ability to shop from their arm chair?! 😉

12wbt – almost there!

I just wanted to quickly update my blog to say I am almost there. I have almost reached my goal weight. Although I haven’t been exercising, must work on that 😉

I am still loving the 12wbt food but craving a big slice of banoffee pie or chocolate mudcake.

xxx

I really want to try this recipe one day (the photo is from the blog)
http://dailydelicious.blogspot.com.au/2010/06/chocolate-banoffee-pies-easy-pies-for.html

On this day, I am grateful for… 26/09/2012

A couple of my friends are embracing a journey of positive energy and thought. As part of my quest to be a better person and in support of them, I am joining in. They are finding three things to be grateful for each day.

So on this day I am grateful for

*Happy children – they are full of giggles and have smiles on their faces

*Supportive partner – it is so important to me that the man who loves me also supports me emotionally.

*Technology – I am grateful for the ability to make friends and connect with friends and loved ones, near and far.

RIP Little Man

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Yesterday my friend Alina and I had a dedication for little Connor.
We released some balloons in his honour at the same time as his family and friends laid him to rest. Our other friends across Australia held little dedications of their own.

We all changed our facebook profile pictures to a tribute photo. Out of respect for his family’s grieving process I am today changing my profile picture back to a photo of my own. I thought instead I would post a photo here to my blog as a quiet tribute in his memory.
RIP little man.

When I see clouds with a silver lining, a balloon floating or eagle flying through the sky I will think of you.

Busy Street

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The boys have had so much fun watching the vacant block nextdoor being turned into a building site. The tractor, truck and digger have entertained them all day.

It is amazing how quickly things can change. Level grassy block one morning and hours after a flat brown space.

The street is much busier than normal and so the boys will be entertained for many many months I am sure.

Xxx