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January 26, 2011

Pom-poms and a boy!

Over the past few days, I've learned of more and more people who are expecting little ones in 2011. This is very exciting, and will surely keep my knitting needles busy! I hope to squeeze in some adult knitting, too (specifically, I've been itching to knit a lace shawl or scarf), but I think I'll have to play it by ear.

As for my own baby, I'm happy to tell you that everything is going according to plan, and that we're having A BOY!!! I suspected that this was the case from day one, just a bit of premonition or intuition or what have you :). We are delighted and excited! Here I am on the day we found out, at 19 weeks along (about halfway there!):

The item below is obviously not for my boy, but for a little girl of a friend who'll be making her appearance very soon:

Pattern: Betty Lou Lace Cardigan from Kristen Rengren's Vintage Baby Knits. Have I mentioned how much I love this book? My review/preview here. I knit the smallest size, 0-3 months, with only one modification: I substituted a different lace stitch pattern.

Needles: As recommended, US 2 circs (2.75 mm).

Yarn: Fingering weight 100% merino from Louet in the eggplant colorway. I used 3 skeins of yarn, but I have a feeling that I could get away with 2 (only 2!) if I omitted the pom-poms.

Speaking of pom-poms, many of you suggested I make my own templates out of a cereal box or use a business card. But if you know me, you know I cannot resist a nifty gadget, especially if it's made by Clover :).

As expected, the trick to making super nice pom-poms was to use a ton of yarn, and then use some more, for good measure. In addition, I wet the finished pom-poms and then used a hair dryer to dry them and fluff them up. This separated all the individual plies of the yarn and solidified the center a little bit, making for a much more round pom-pom. Lovely!

Posted by Kathy on January 26, 2011 08:09 PM


Oh, Wow, Kathy! Let me be among the first to wish you and your husband many, many blessings with your little baby boy! How wonderful!

Congratulations on the baby-boy-to-be!

The purple cardi is really cute, and who doesn't love a pom pom?

congratulations!!! i've been lurking on this blog since the beginning, and you've really come a long way from graduate school! (which I'm about to get to)

Congratulations Mommy Grumperina! What will the little wee one be named? Grumplestiltskin? Grumpletavius? Grumpert? Grumplin? Grumpster? Grumplius? Or just Grumpy? We are all excited for you!

Pregnancy is such an exciting journey (my baby boy was due last weekend but decided to bake a bit longer), not least because it offers the chance to knit a billion baby outfits. :) Congrats on your baby boy and all good wishes for the next 21 weeks!

Love the pompons!

Congratulations! Have fun knitting for the little bundle of joy.

Congratulations on the good baby news and a boy! What a wonderful time.

Oh, I'm a sucker for the Clover tools too! That's a great tip about wetting and drying the pom-pons; I'm going to try that next time. Sometimes with smooth yarn my pom-pons suddenly self-distruct, but I think if the plies could puff out, it would help with the blow-out issue. Thanks!

Congrats on having a baby boy!

I don't usually like pom poms, but they are adorable on this sweater.

Oh my gosh, why have I never thought of wetting/hairdrying pompoms?!?!? Great idea. Now I need to think of something to knit that includes a pompom. Also, you look great! Congrats!

Congrats on the wonderful news! I am so in love with that little baby sweater - going to check out the book now!

Congratulations on your little boy!

Great news! I'm glad all is going well. Lovely knitting as always.

Oh boy, a boy! Congrats!

Thank you for tip on making fluffier pompons!

I'm having a boy this year, too (May). Yay for babies! :)

Congratulations! I've been folowing your wonderful blog for ages and am so happy for you and your expanding family. :-> I hope you are feeling as well as you look and I can tell you, boys like pom- poms, too! At least my little one- who unbelievably turns one next month!- does, and who wouldn't love your gorgeously- plump poms?
Enjoy this special time and I look forward to seeing a veritable parade of beautiful baby knits. Thanks for the inspiration, as always!

Congratulations Kathy! We have two little boys and they are just wonderful! (They look so cute in handknits too!) :-)

Congratulations! Wow, your life has changed a lot in the few years I've been reading your lovely blog. Can't wait to see the handknits you make and receive for your baby boy.


Congratulations, Grumperina, Grumperino, and little Grumperini!

Congrats! You have the cutest little bump.

Congratulations! That's a beautiful little sweater and some very nice pompoms!

I can't remember how I found your blog but I have been following it for a few months and I love it, I had a daughter who, at 4 months had a frown on her face! I had wondered why, then looked in the mirror and found myself frowning, well, I started that day to start to NOT frown and the frown also went away on my baby's face too. So, everytime I see your pix as a little girl, it reminds me so much of my daughter, lol! She was the one who never smiled in any pix and was always crying in every other one except school pictures. CONGRATS on having a beautiful little boy to look forward to, cheers, Debbie

I can't remember how I found your blog but I have been following it for a few months and I love it, I had a daughter who, at 4 months had a frown on her face! I had wondered why, then looked in the mirror and found myself frowning, well, I started that day to start to NOT frown and the frown also went away on my baby's face too. So, everytime I see your pix as a little girl, it reminds me so much of my daughter, lol! She was the one who never smiled in any pix and was always crying in every other one except school pictures. CONGRATS on having a beautiful little boy to look forward to, cheers, Debbie

not surprisingly, your pom-poms are the most perfect pom-poms i've ever seen! also, a boy! YAY! congratulations :)

Congratulations on the news! I'm sure your little boy will be outfitted in adorable knits! And of course the baby sweater you made is super cute! You make me wish I was pregnant so I had an excuse to knit cute baby things =)

Congratulations on the little boy! I know he is going to have the most wonderful Mom in the whole wide world. I can bet your mom and Grandma are ecstatic!

Love the purple cardi and the pom poms are just adorable!

Congrats! As a mom of 3 (2 boys, ages 4 & 2, and a girl, 1 on Friday), I can tell you that you're in for a great adventure! Somehow, parenthood is both exactly what I expected and nothing like what I expected at the same time--don't ask me to explain that one, I can't.
And I thought I would let you know that yesterday I mailed a Yulie hat to my aunt, who is currently battling melanoma. I'm sure it will perk her right up!

All our babies were early, so you may think 19 weeks is nearly halfway, but it may not be. Keep looking after yourself carefully.

Congratulations!!! Boys are fun (I assume girls are too, but my experience is only with boys).

The little cardigan is utterly adorable!

Congratulations! I wish all three of you the very best! And what a cute cardigan!

Congratulations on your new little bundle of "boy" love, Kathy! I'm so happy for you...enjoy every second...he'll grow far too quickly!

I've been reading here for years too, it's so lovely to see the knitting and your amazing technical pattern skills, and now to hear of your wonderful news!

Congratulations from a longtime lurker. I'm very happy for you. A boy! Best of luck with everything, I look forward to meeting him in 21 weeks time on your blog.

Oh man, those pom-poms are perfection! I've always hated making pom-poms, maybe I just need to get one of the Clover gadgets!

I am having my 3rd baby (a boy) in June, so similar time frame as you. CONGRATS

Congrats! Now you can get to work on one of those adorable baby bomber hats! I've made a bunch, and they sure look cute on babies, and are nice and warm, too, especially if you line the ear band with superfine Polartec fleece. Sadly, the Malden Mills factory store in Lowell is closed, but I think there might be an online presence.

Congratulations on your baby-boy-to-be! While I *love* your sweater (and I'm inspired to take my copy of that book off the shelf and surf for something to knit), I can't wait to see what cute boy-baby things you knit for your little one! (I'm finding it difficult to find boy stuff that is as cute as the girl stuff, and need to even out my grandbaby stash.)

Congrats and second congrats on the cute sweater. I love your little pompoms. They look very squishable!

Beautiful little sweater, but I am partial to purple! Congrats on the baby boy - you look great, just a bump.

Now I want a pom-pom maker!

Aren't you too cute? You're not even showing in that picture. Can't wait to see what you knit for your little boy.

Congratulations Kathy, you look fantastic!! I'm as far along as you are, but don't yet know what it is (but I've had boy dreams too).


Congrats! My brother is having a girl, and I am thinking they may need a cardigan like the one you just made. SO CUTE! *pom pom love*

Hooray for healthy baby boys! You look so so adorable, Kathy! I'm so excited for you and W. and that sweater is gorgeous.

That's a great trick for creating perfect pom poms! I'll have to remember that.

Congrats on your little bun in the oven!

Congratulations! My boy is 14 now, how I wish I was a knitter when he was little. May your little one be adorned with the best of knits!

Congrats on your little one. You're looking quite well!

As I longtime reader, I'm emerging from lurkerdom to say I wish you all the happiness in the world! When I was pregnant with my boy (who is now across the street helping the neighbors shovel their driveway) a co-worker I barely knew took me aside to tell me: Boys are the best -- because they always love their mother. That may not be true, but . . . so far, so good. Hope you enjoy every minute, even the awful ones.

So happy for you! Looking forward to more baby updates in between all the great craft posts!

Hi Kathy,

there´s no better thing in this world than a little baby, whether it´s a boy or a girl... Congratulations, have a nice time till the boy is here with us!!! Greetings from Germany, Kerstin

Congratulations on all this wonderfulness, Kathy! I'm very happy for you and Mr. Grumperina! Can't wait to hear what name you pick out -- that's always the fun part. We have a 15-month old granddaughter whom we visit via Skype (she lives 1500 miles away) 3-4 times a week and we are so grateful to have Skype, I can't even tell you!! That little girl knows us and she wouldn't otherwise. I love the sweater and can't believe you never made pompoms before! They're awesome.

I am so thrilled you are having a boy! First time responder here, but I read you often and can't wait to see what you knit for this little guy! As a mom of two boys (ages 3 and 2) enjoy your little man!

Congratulations! How exciting!!!

Congratulations on your baby boy to be, wonderful news.
The little sweater is so cute. Thank you for the tip on the fluffy pom-poms.

I wish you all the magic and joy of this happy occasion, and of course good health!
Read lots is my advice, along with 'believe in yourself' (for the labor!)

Hooray for boys! I had my second boy last March and he is a cutie patootie. My big 7 yr old seems huge. Looking forward to seeing what you knit this year.

Best wishes for a wonderful pregnancy with lots of time to knit. That cute little pom pom sweater inspired me to find that book. Thanks!


Congratulations!!!! I have two boys (5 and 1). They are SO fun. The thing about boys is they LOVE their mamas! It doesn't hurt that the 1 year old's favorite blanket is Jared Flood's Girasole that I knit for him and the 5 year wants to learn to knit!

Congratulations! A friend of mine just had her baby boy Monday.

The sweater is adorable. I really like that you used a darker color and the work you put into the pompoms.

It's been a long time since I commented, but I just have to pop in and say congratulations! What wonderful news!

Thanks for the awesome tip about the pom poms - I never thought to wet them to fluff them up. Congrats on the baby boy! I can't wait to see all the awesomeness you knit him.

Congratulations on your growing family (and your beautiful knits).

Beautiful, just exquisite (you AND the sweater).

Many blessings, happy returns,

Karen in McLean

Congratulations! And enjoy the rest of your pregnancy. I'm looking forward to seeing some cute boy projects!

I'm still so excited for you! I am an only child and I knew nothing about boys when I found I was going to have a boy, but another mom told me they were so much fun and she was right! And I'm hoping (selfishly, I admit) that this will lead to lots of beautiful boys knits and designs from you. The world needs more boy knitwear!

Congratulations! He will be one lucky little man. I wish you a wonderful rest of your pregnancy and can't wait to see the wonderful knits your create for him.

Congratulations. Your little one will be here before you know it! Enjoy your pregnancy and I hope you have an easy delivery and a wonderful life together.

you will most likely find it amusing to know that kristen rengren is ALSO expecting a little one this year. :-)

Congratulations on your baby to be!

Blowdrying pompoms sounds like a genius tip, thanks for that

Congrats madam!

Wow! Congratulations. That's so exciting. :)

I didn't show much throughout my pregnancy, and I absolutely DELIGHTED in torturing people by implicating that I was "just fat" and not preggo... heh. Had to get my kicks somewhere, right?

Congratulations!!!! There does seem to be a baby boom! My first grandbaby (a little boy) is due in May and will be my younger son's child. This past Monday, I received a call from my other son (his older brother) and he and his wife are very newly pregnant - due in September! First and second grandbabies all in the same year!!!

Congratulations! You're so little for half way done! You look wonderful. I can't wait to see what you knit for the little boy.

Congratulations! It's so fun to knit for babies.

Yeah! Congratulations to you and Baby G. Have fun knitting for your baby.

Delurking to say Congratulations! Enjoy the knitting for your little one.

Congratulations Kathy! Yours will be one of the best-dressed babies!

Congratulations! I love that eggplant shade... I'm knitting in that color right now too... Happy knitting!

Beautiful cardi and congrats and good luck with the baby. Boys are great!


With all the baby knitting you did last year, for some reason I kept wondering if one of these days we'd be reading about the latest project, and you have "by the way, this one is for ours" written.

Congrats on the baby boy. My sister is going to be a "Oma" also. It will be a little boy, his name is to be Aiden. I will be an Auntie. I am knitting some hats from the Itty Bitty Hat Book. Our baby is due June 12th or there about. Enjoy your baby bump..cute

Congratulations Kathy! So happy to hear your good news. Enjoy your pregnancy. It really is amazing to be a mom!

Happy happy wishes to you and your husband on the announcement of your son. Oh, the cute things you'll knit for him!

Tressa in NC

Adding to the many well wishes before me, congratulations on the pending arrival of your baby boy! As a mother of three, I can tell you little boys simply steal your heart the moment they are born. You look great -- don't forget to pamper yourself during these last few months!

Congratulations! This seems to be the year. Two of my close friends will become grandparents this year, and yesterday I found out we will, too! Yay for all of us! Lots of little projects lined up here, too!

Congratulations to you! Boys are such fun!

Congratulations and best wishes! Enjoy the pregnancy! It's such a special time.


It's so happy to hear good news.


It's so happy to hear good news.

Oh, congratulations! Babies are great! (My little boy just turned 1.)

Congrats! And BEAUTIFUL baby sweater, too!!

Such cute sweaters my babie are a bit older now 13-15 but I remember those cute days.

Congratulations! I am so thrilled for you. But. Are you sure you're pregnant? I can't really tell from that photo. :)

Congratulations! Little boys are fabulous!

Congrats on the upcoming bundle of joy!


What wonderful news! Congratulations! :)

Many congratulations!
My first was a boy, and I'm glad I could ease into parenthood with him, and not feel overwhelmed to sew and knit so much more that every girl gets.
What a blessing!

So cute! Looks like a little Baby-February-Lady-Sweater :)

Congratulations on the news!!

What a gorgeous gorgeous bump you have. He's beautiful.

Hey Grump -

I've followed your blog for years and was thrilled to see you're expecting a baby boy! As a knitter, doula and Lamaze teacher, I can really appreciate the blog on all sorts of levels now!!

Good luck, and if you have any birth-type questions, feel free to e-mail me!

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