• Strawberries and Knits

    Last month, I shared about my new strawberry plant and my anatomy scan. Baby was looking big, and my garden was looking fresh. Baby was also quite quiet. It was hard to tell if the flutters in my tummy were hungry rumbles or baby’s toes. My strawberry plant was green and growing. I read that the fruit should be fully red before being picked and eaten, but that wasn’t happening.

    This strawberry is not fully red but definitely overripe!

    However, as I have given our plant more love and sunshine and water, it has started to flourish. Now, once a week I get the treat of the prettiest, juiciest, sweetest berry.

    Recently, every morning, I get the treat of big fat baby kicks in my belly. I almost always wake up before Michael (minus being exhausted during the first trimester), and recently I get to spend my alone time with baby. His kicks are almost always in the lower left corner of my belly, right over my hipbone. I say “his” because I think baby is a boy, especially now that his kicks are so big, and my mother-in-law says that Michael was the same way. However, a lot of older women have looked at my belly and said that I am carrying a girl. I guess we will have to wait and see.


    Along with my growing strawberries and belly, the projects on my knitting needles are also growing! Just last night, I finished an exciting project!

    I love reading The Little Cotton Rabbits blog and used one of her patterns to knit this cozy little mole.

    Here he is, naked, with one arm and no tail.

    I think that baby is going to love him! He also matches the sweater that I knit for baby a few months ago. For now, I will have to find him a cozy home.

    I am also working on the Cumulus Blouse by Petiteknit while Michael and I watch an old season of The British Baking Show at night. It is coming out beautifully, and I am so curious to see if it will fit me once it is done.

    I am finding a lot of joy in these alternating stripes and the little sparkles of the fabric. That’s all for now. Thanks for checking in on me and baby, our garden, and our little knits.

    With love,

    Kristen Mary Carolan

  • I love to knit for my baby.

    159 days until baby is here. That’s what my pregnancy book told me this morning.

    Growing my blog, improving my baking, preparing my home, my body, and my mind, and knitting. That is where you will find me over the next 159 days!

    Here is a sneak peek at what has been on my needles.

    Michael’s one request for baby was that I make a hat with ears. While I was in New York for Christmas I picked up angora yarn. I used this Angora Bear Bonnet pattern which only took me a day to make!

    my first knit of 2024♡

    While on my honeymoon, I bought yarn for three future baby knits—one for each country we visited.

    The Seaside Sweater by Petiteknit was my first finished baby project.

    a beautiful dress in Lellabella yarn shop in Venice, Italy

    The Moby Slipover by Petiteknit was my second honeymoon baby knit .

    I am hoping because it is cotton and a vest it will get a lot of wear here in Miami! Yarn is from We Are Knitters in Madrid.

    Currently, I am working on a selfish knit. I am making the Cumulous Blouse in a beautiful sparkly blue mohair. I am excited to have it finished as the weather warms up!

    Up Next…

    Teddy Pants by Petiteknit

  • A Bit of Christmas Yarns

    I am finally home after two weeks in New York for Christmas. I had a lovely visit with family and returned home with quite a few goodies. Here’s a glimpse at my yarn basket and current acquisitions—plus a finished object. Enjoy!

    My pre-Christmas yarn basket. Most of these were purchased on my honeymoon. The sweet little sweater in the front is from Petiteknit’s seaside set. It is knit in Laines du Nord yarn from Lellabella in Venice, Italy. The bear buttons are from Portugal.

    Presenting, the Christmas yarns!

    This silk mohair is going to make the perfect cumulus blouse! I am going to hold the two colors double to hit gauge (hopefully)! If you look closely, you will see a bit of sparkle in the yarn!

    I tried to get a cool yarn tower photo. We will have to settle for this very wobbly 8 story tower or the more stable 6 story tower.

    My mother-in-law gifted me these beautiful yarns from Drops. Taking suggestions for project ideas! For baby or soon to be momma!

    I am looking forward to my first lace project this year—a 2024 goal. I received the Japanese Knitting Stitch Bible for Christmas. I am planning to knit a big, beautiful shawl. Lots of planning to do first!

    My first finished object of 2024!

  • Crochet Stockings for the Newly Engaged

    Last month my cousin Katie got engaged in Central Park with the most beautiful and intimate proposal to a really great guy! I could not be any happier for her and I wanted to share this moment of love and joy here!

    This winter is their first Christmas spent together in their first home. After news of their engagement spread, I immediately got to work on their stockings!

    I find stockings to be a really fun project! Not only are they relatively fast to complete, they allow you to be creative in your designs without worrying about sizing and proportions.
    Most importantly, you know that they will be used and loved!

    Snowman stockings sitting snug in their new home.

  • Wild Flowers

    by Katya Gorbacheva – 52 Weeks of Shawls

    I had a hot pink bandeau top on under this, I promise!

    just trying to get a photo – the sun was setting when I started haha