My hands have been busy these past six week...busy planting, baking, weeding, typing, touching, and holding. Lots of holding of big and little loved ones. What these hands have not done, however, is knit. Not a single stitch! Can you believe that? I hardly can, but it's just fine by me, really. This holding is lovely for now, and goodness, there will be time soon enough for knitting once again.
But in those precious two weeks when we knew that Annabel was Annabel, but before we actually met her...there was lots of knitting. You saw all those bootees. And then there was this little sweater dress to match. A quick and simple knit. It's The Emma Tunic, knit in one of my favorites - The Fibre Company's Terra. The bloomers are from Lotta Jansdotter's Simple Sewing for Babies.
...she wore it in her very first days, tiny as she was.
And she wears it now, growing as she is....
Just this very past week, she went from newborn to baby. I swear it happened in an instant - she fell asleep a newborn and woke up from a nap as a baby. As suddenly as that...her cheeks, belly, and chin(s) are filling in; sleep/wake times are getting more distinct; smiles are becoming abundant; she is waking up to the world around her and letting us know a little bit more about who she is. She seems oh-so-curious about all these faces that are constantly around her - reading to her, singing to her, giving her a little extra (tight) squeeze.
Oh these days of growing so much - from my ten year old right on down to this new little baby of ours - they're so bittersweet, aren't they? As we leave one wonderful age and time and head into some place new Thank goodness, though, they're quite heavy on the sweet.