Squirt Has Arrived

God has blessed our family with another little heartbeat, 10 more wrinkly fingers, 10 more squishy toes.

He gave me a childbirth that was perfect in every way. I could not have asked for a better birth experience (well, naturally pain free would be nice…). About seven hours, mostly alone while the rest of the house slept. I felt a lot of peace in that laboring state; even dozing between some contractions. Of course, there was also pain, but it was not a hopeless sort of pain.

So, she is here. Her name is from Hebrew meaning “pleasantness,” and it really describes her well.

The whole earth is filled with awe at your wonders; where morning dawns, where evening fades, you call forth songs of joy.

— Psalm 65:8


She Knits: Presley’s Rainbow Fish

A rainbow hat for a “rainbow baby” is all well and good — but it being a winter item, I thought Presley could use a rainbow something for her earliest days. A fish just seemed to suit.

Progression Info
Started – February 20
Completed – February 21
Duration – 1 day

Pattern Info
Knit Fish by Kathy Lewinski

This pattern was interesting. It is sufficient — obviously, I have a fish, after all! But I found it lacking somewhat in direction. The pattern is not clear regarding how the tail should be sewn up or how, exactly, to pick up stitches for the fins on an already-stuffed fish! I figured out a way, but I’m not sure if there was an easier one I missed. I ended up leaving the tail open. I seamed along the place where the body and tail meet.

I made the stripes even by counting the total number of rows and dividing by the number of colors. I was able to get 13 rounds of each color besides green, in the main body. I used purple for the tail and fins.

Yarn Info
Arctic Yarns Merino Sock
75% superwash wool, 25% nylon
Colorway – rainbow mini skeins
0.23 skeins = 106.5 yds used

still have some of these rainbow colors left. Ha! I have less than a gram of red or purple, but about 11 grams between the orange, yellow, blue, and indigo. I’m still pondering what to do with the rest.


She Knits: Presley’s Rainbow Hat

My dear friend is due the same day as me… also with her third… also a girl. 🙂 She miscarried a baby last year, so this one is her “rainbow baby” (a successful pregnancy after a loss). I wanted to commemorate this by knitting something in rainbow colors.

This is my first gift knit of the year!

Progression Info
Started – February 15
Completed – February 19
Duration – 4 days

Pattern Info
Basic Hat Pattern by Ann Budd
The Knitter’s Handy Book of Patterns (Amazon)

I used the “6-18 month” size for this hat so that it would fit next winter. I modified the pattern significantly to knit it top-down instead of bottom-up. I simply cast on the final number of stitches and worked the pattern backward, substituting a kfb increase for every k2tog decrease. I also lengthened the crown shaping by working an extra row between increase rows. If the pattern said no plain knit rounds, I knit one; if it said 1, I knit 2. I also worked the main body a bit longer, about 5.5″ between the crown shaping and the ribbing (I have found Budd’s basic hat to be too shallow). I knit 12 rounds of ribbing (about 1.25″), and bound off with JSSBO.

I used the slip stitch method of creating jogless stripes (slip the first stitch of the second round of each color), and I’m very happy with how that “seam” looks in the hat.

I’m happy with the final outcome and hope it fits well next winter. 🙂

Yarn Info
Arctic Yarns Merino Sock
75% superwash wool, 25% nylon
Colorway – rainbow mini skeins (7 colors)
0.29 skeins = 134.2 yds used

I won a set of 7 mini skeins (10 grams each) in rainbow colors in a knit-a-long a couple of years ago. I am not much of a rainbow person, and with such a small amount (just 70 grams, compared to the usual 100 grams used in a pair of women’s size socks), I didn’t know what to do with it. It languished in my craft storage, nagging at me to find a use for it. Well, I did! I’m happy I saved it so long because this was a great project for it.

I already used some of the green in my Frasier Fir Socks, which is why that stripe is so small. But my friend thought the hat would look better with a small stripe of green than with no green at all.



these colors are difficult to photograph — especially the blue/purple ones!


I know how the days are spent and still I must wonder where the years go.

Sprout is four! How can I sum up such a child? She is curious and observant; thoughtful and meticulous. She can do so many things. She greatly enjoys being helpful. She is imaginative, playful, and cuddly when she is drowsy.

As I did last year, I asked her some fun survey questions. Here are some of her answers:

  • What is your favorite color? “Pink, red, blue, and orange.”
  • What is your favorite movie? Pooh’s Grand Adventure
  • What is your favorite song? “‘Twinkle, Twinkle,’ ‘Jesus Loves Me,’ and ‘Oh! Victory in Jesus'”
  • What is your favorite food? “Peanut butter jelly sandwiches and noodles!”
  • What is your favorite drink? “Juice.”
  • What is your favorite snack? “Yogurt.”
  • What are your favorite clothes to wear? “My butterfly shirt and this (brown floral) dress.”
  • What is your favorite toy? “All my new toys.”
  • What is your favorite thing to do outside? “Swing.”
  • Where is your favorite place to go? “Not a doctor. The orange place (Home Depot). Restaurants.”
  • What is the yuckiest food? “Broccoli and carrots.”
  • What do you want to be or do when you grow up? “Ten years old! A man. I will jump really, really, super high!”
  • What did you used to do when you were little? “Just cry.”
  • Now that you are 4, what can you do that you couldn’t do when you were just 3? “I can jump really, super high.”

She Crochets: Squirt’s Pink Sandals

Every pink summer dress needs a pair of pink sandals to match, right?

Progression Info
Started – March 22
Completed – March 27
Duration – 5 days = 0.7 weeks

Pattern Info
Baby Rainbow Sandals by aisha kenza

These sandals look a lot like the Saartje’s Bootees (by Saartje de Bruijn) I’ve knit once before… way back in 2011. This is a crochet version, though, which I expected to be a little faster and easier to work up.

Yarn Info

Włoczki Warmii Lenka
100% linen
Colorway – Koralowy róż
0.22 skeins = 72.2 yds used

Monaco Ombré Crochet Cotton #8
100% cotton
Colorway – pink
0.38 skeins = 72.2 yds used

These are the linen and cotton from the pink dress I recently finished.