We are muddling along in the basement, but I'm not holding my breath that I'll be able to move my machine and my hoardy stash down there before February. I'm pulling piles out to work on around the kitchen table if I need to: gifts for the boys, a few quilts/throws to work on, a short list for Miss Gestation.
This is a Girl Baby that I'm growing.
We were not anticipating that news, and it has taken a while to settle in. I don't know if it's just 2nd pregnancy, or that I'm 7 years older, or that this is a girl, but everything seems much different than the first time around. It is probably a combination of all of those things! At this point it's been all very by-the-book and I'm reminded how, unlike so many people I know, being pregnant is really Not My Thing. It's not really the boy's thing either, and August is forever trying to push in my belly and Manny has yelled "SO CHUBBY!!" more than once while jumping on top of me.
While they are concerned with all this outward changing, I lay awake at night thinking about gender politics, mothers and daughters, and, uh, fabric. Obviously. I pulled these piles of knits to keep in the to-do pile. I will probably not sew much for this little person to begin with, but there's no harm in making plans. Right? The top left is a striped double knit Epplant gave me for my birthday last year. Underneath is a jersey with tiny stripes in cream and mauve-pink (one of the pinks that I really do like and keep coming back to) that I had been saving for myself. The other three are Nani Iro double knits: red dots are scraps (also from Mariko) and the two others are actually pointelle (!) I bought from Miss Matatabi. The Nani Iro knits will be swaddling blankets, I think. They are pretty narrow at 33", but I have more than a metre of each and when we are done swaddling I'll turn them into clothes or scarves. It is not cheap to buy, but it is the softest kind of knit after it is washed and I love it.
I'm going to get together a pile of lawn and voile to sew for a growing girl. A GIRL. THERE WILL BE A SMALL GIRL IN THIS HOUSE.
I'm totally not freaking out.