Ezra Lee, born November 26th, a couple days late as far as the due date and a couple weeks later than everyone expected based on my rate of dilation, but this child won't be rushed on anything. He was 8 lbs, 10 oz, 21 and 3/4" long, perfectly healthy other than a mild case of jaundice (nothing that a little sunbathing at home in the warm sunny windows won't take care of, I have been reassured), and to my own particular glee, he has my hair:
It may well lighten up as he gets older, but I hope not.
Of course, he needed a stocking.
I also made a couple of headband style earwarmers.
Both are made using the Morning Walk Headband Earwarmer pattern with a few mods. For the fuchsia band I used bulky weight yarn (Malabrigo Chunky in Fucsia - absolutely delicious) instead of the super bulky that the pattern calls for, which turned out fine as far as gauge went, but I forgot to allow for my gigantic noggin and blithely made it to the length in the pattern. So now my mom has a spiffy new headband earwarmer. What is family for but to provide us with a variety of body types and sizes so that when things don't fit us they don't go to waste? The other mod in Fuchsia's case is that I swapped out the flower in the pattern for the more striking Crochet Picot Flower. I like picots.
The festive headband is made in Wool-Ease Thick and Quick (color Oatmeal), which while not as buttery soft and dreamy to work with as the Malabrigo, is cozy and warm, and this time I added an inch and half to the length of the piece so it actually stays over my ears. I was tickled by the idea of a very Christmas-y earwarmer, so I subbed in some holly for this one, using the Holly Bookmark pattern, obviously omitting the bookmark chain and replacing the thread called for with a double strand of RHSS.
The red and white are Sockenwolle, the face and hands are a double strand of Alpaca with a Twist Fino, and the body and feet are Lane Cervinia Forever Jacquard. I went with jingle bells instead of pompoms, because teensy pompoms were more than I could manage.