on needles, shots, and the shutter
a quick trip to Mexico

baby knits

silk baby hat

I did it ... I actually knit something for the baby! This little hat from Leigh Radford's One Skein is 100% silk - the softest, yummiest, tiniest little hat that will be his first Mama made gift - to be placed on his delicate head after birth. I thought about this moment all through the knitting.

Yarn: 1 skein Jade Sapphire's Maju 100% silk in Silver Fern
Time: 3 hours

I think I have enough yarn left over to make some booties. Any pattern recommendations for little booties that stay put on little feet?

You see, unlike many of you who schlep your knitting around wherever you go, taking advantage of red stop lights to make a few more stitches, I pick up my knitting needles on rare occasions. It didn't used to be this way. When we first moved to Mexico, I brought a stash of yarn that I whittled down to practically nothing. I knit myself sweaters and socks, I knit scarves galore, and, in my brightest of moments, knit both myself and my Mom one of these for Christmas.

Then the yarn ran out. And the money ran out for buying yarn. And even if I could have bought the yarn, I wouldn't have been able to ship it to rural Mexico. So I started to sew again ... and the rest is history, so they say.

But I do love knitting. My friend Karen is one of those super-talented, prolific knitters, and she and I spent last Friday afternoon at the yarn store. With my knitting fire rekindled, I'm dreaming of more baby hats, a few Harvey Kimonos, and finishing the bias baby blanket.

bias baby blanket

There's something about the click-clack of knitting needles that makes waiting for a baby all the more sweet.

On an unrelated note, I'm starting a small sponsorship program on the blog. Please welcome Wood Toy Shop, run by Mark, a stay-at-home dad who makes wooden toys by hand. Check out his kinetic toys - wooden boats, catapults, and race cars that are powered by rubber bands. How cool is that?!

My sponsors will be hand-picked by me, with Montessori/Waldorf/Attachment Parenting principles in mind. In the spirit of small businesses supporting small businesses during these less-than-stellar economic times, I think it's important to highlight quality, non-corporate options, especially when it comes to children's products. I hope you'll find my sponsor recommendations helpful - we'll also be hosting the occasional weekend give-away or special deal for Sew Liberated readers.

Yay for handmade!