Card Frenzy to Hide the Shawl

I finished all 50 of the birth announcement cards (to be sent out in January after Elly is born).

They are addressed and signed. All that needs to be added are stamps, the baby’s stats and a picture. A dear friend of mine had a great idea on how to include the stats: print them out 4 to a page and slide one into each card. It sounds so much easier than my original plan of hand-writing the info into each card.

Because I couldn’t stop there, I made more cards.

And then more cards

Until finally last night, I packed up all my card supplies and stashed them away. I think my favorite layout of the entire weekend can be seen in these 2 cards.

Now that I overwhelmed you with pictures of cards, perhaps you won’t bother to notice that the shawl doesn’t look any larger than the picture I took of it over a week ago.

That’s what happens when you rip out the entire last section. It was worth it though. The lace pattern had only shifted over two stitches, but it bothered me. This shawl is supposed to be an heirloom for Elizabeth – something she can wear on her wedding day. (Maybe I should have knit it in white.) I knew I wouldn’t be happy with her wearing a shawl that had an obvious-error-to-me in it. So, out it came.

This time not only did it knit up much faster, the lace pattern has no errors. What a relief.

This is a post from Knitted Gem’s blog, authored by Marie Haigh.

E is for Elizabeth

I stumbled across this book, The Real Mother Goose ABCs, in the new bookstore that just opened up down the street from us.
Isn’t it perfect? I just had to buy it for our Elizabeth.

Lately, I have felt like I am dragging around a huge clock, listening to the seconds and minutes click by. Only 4 more months until Elly (our nickname for Elizabeth) is here and all my little projects have to be completed. Ack!
Sooo, I have been busy priming in the nursery and working diligently on the shawl.

Some progress has been made on the shawl.

It still looks like an oversized hat though. There are moments when I could kick myself for including such a detailed lace pattern. 

Progress has also been made in the nursery, but almost everything is white now and thus doesn’t make for good pictures.

In other news, one of my designs has been picked up by a magazine. It will be published in Spring of next year. Woo! Unfortunately I can’t give any more details, but I wanted to share my joy with you.

This is a post from Knitted Gem’s blog, authored by Marie Haigh.

Reality Hits Home

I had assumed early on in pregnancy that my baggy t-shirts and elastic waistbands would last me through the first several months of pregnancy.  A month ago, Dan finally talked me into buying myself maternity pants. I bought 1 pair, since I was still convinced that I wouldn’t really need them until the last 2 – maybe 3 – months of the pregnancy.

OK. I admit it; I was wrong. Thankfully, my SIL had no such delusions. This weekend, she sent Dan home with 3 new maternity shirts, including the one I’m wearing above. Finally, I can stop trying to stuff myself into my old clothes and start embracing this new look of mine.

Though I did start on the pink dress for Elizabeth this weekend, I am nowhere near to finishing it. Instead, I opted to use my middle-of-the-night-snacking to knit her a bib.

Pattern: Grandmother’s Favorite Baby Bib
Designer: Merin McManus Collins
Yarn: Lily’s Sugar n’ Cream in Peppermint, 100% cotton
Needles: Size 6 (I knit loose; you may want to go up to a size 8)

In my stash, I found the perfect button to use.

This is a post from Knitted Gem’s blog, authored by Marie Haigh. (Ensures that any scraper stealing content gives credit where credit is due. Trick learned from Joost de Valk).

Ultrasound Results

We are the proud parents of a healthy, little baby made of sugar and spice and all things nice.

Can you see her little hand scratching the right side of her head? We thought it was so cute.

Yes, we’re having a GIRL! I can’t wait to sew her a little dress made from this gorgeous fabric.


Her name will be Elizabeth Conant Haigh.

Elizabeth was the middle name of my maternal grandmother. Truth be told, it is also the name of my favorite queen of England: Elizabeth I. Plus there are so many fun nicknames that one can come up with, such as Liz, Beth, Elly or Ella.

The name Conant was once a last name that can be traced back to the 1600s. Roger Conant arrived in Massachusetts on presumably the Ann ship and later founded the town Salem. When the last name was about to die out, a tradition was born that the father would pass the name down to his firstborn son in the form of a middle name who would then pass it down to his firstborn son. The tradition almost died during my generation since it was just my sister and I. I am resurrecting the tradition, but eliminating the male dominance. Henceforth, the middle name shall be passed down to the firstborn child.