What to do when you have lots of time on your hands and no project on the go...and your baby's in no hurry to come out into the world ;0)
I went through my collection of knitting books for baby and took pictures of the projects I'd like to knit someday, uploaded them up to their own flickr set (check it out here) and wrote detailed source information for each as well as yarn requirements so that next time it's 2:30am and I can't sleep, I can just fireup the laptop, browse some new project ideas and even go shopping online for the right yarn all without getting out of bed! Talk about enabling late night yarn purchases!
It's also really handy because now that I've had to move my yarn and books out of the knitting closet (it's now lemon's closet!) my books are not as readily accessible anymore anyway. I stole the idea from Lolly's knit queue flickr set and think it's just brilliant.
I was a little hesitant to do it at first because 'aren't those images copyrighted'? I know everyone does it, but I'm one of those fearful of the law types so was concerned. But after thinking it over with hubby we decided that it was probably okay as long as I carefully identify the source of the image, am not profiting from it and am not giving away the actual pattern details. I think that sounds fair. At least that's the story I'm sticking to if the police come-a-knocking! I mean if anything, it'll encourage more people to purchase the books if they see a pattern they heart, right? I mean, I ordered the pattern leaflet for this after I saw it on Lolly's list.
It was fun to go through all these baby patterns again and think that I have a second chance to knit all new things for a tiny babe of my own again and I've earmarked a bunch of things for lemon's heirloom set. Here's one I had totally overlooked before but which I think could not be more perfect for a little lemondrop on those cool summer nights:
It's from Phildar Layette Spring/Summer 2006 and the coolest part is that it is reversible! One side is knit from a plushy terry type yarn with little intarsia chick while the other side is knit from a cotton microfibre blend in perfect-for-my-lemon yellow and white stripes. I'm smitten! Naturally, I have to drag the family off to my LYS today to order the gazillion balls of yarn for it!
Once the yarn purchase is secured this afternoon, I'm putting my okay it's really time to have a baby plan into high gear! I'm hoping to pull a repeat performance of the night before Julian was born so we booked a sitter and will be going on a date tonight.
We're going to the same restaurant we went to the night before Julian was born, I'll order the same avocado and blackened chicken sandwich as I did then and then we're off to the movies. If everything goes according to plan, we'll have some fun when we get home at around midnight and my water will break at 2:45 am. Only this time I'll know that's what it is and we can just head out to the hospital right away (when this happened with Julian I thought I wet the bed!)
That would mean my lemon would be born at 37 weeks and 6 days which is exactly when Julian was born. We had a snow storm yesterday and it's a full moon tonight (I think) so really all the stars are lining up. Wouldn't it be great if it actually happened as planned? How I wish....
I'm soooo ready!