*Disclaimer - this post contains my opinion only. I am not telling you how to raise your child!*
edit: I don't mean to sound like a neglectful mother or anything in this post. I don't just dump my kid in the pack 'n play and ignore her for the day...I only meant to justify its use. If you read regularly you'll know that Daughter is the light of my life and there is no greater joy than holding and playing with her.
I was reading Daring Young Mom today (you should too, she's hilarious and poignant) and she talked about finally putting her infant son in the Pack 'n Play so she could regain some sanity and get work done.
I clearly recall my baby sisters playing in the "playpen" (as they were called in the 70s and 80s) so that my mom could cook dinner, take a shower, breathe, etc. And I use my pack 'n play religiously. My daughter is just over 9 months old but I have been putting her in there to play since she was really wee. She napped in the bassinet part quite often for the first few months, and when she could sit up I started propping her in there with pillows and some toys. Now she sits perfectly and, as she has shown no inclination to pull herself up, I sit her up in the bassinet and let her play solo. I figure she is learning independent play in a safe environment. If I put her on the floor to play I have to worry about the dog getting too close or Daughter rolling herself somewhere unsafe. I reserve floor time for when she has my undivided attention.
I can tell you honestly that she will sit there playing intently for up to one solid hour (though I don't often leave her in there that long). She is very serious and industrious about her play, moving toys around and talking to them. When she's really into it I hear her whispering, "hoh noh noh noh, hoh noh noh noh." I play music at a low volume all day and sometimes she'll stop playing, look up, and start bouncing along with the song. It kills me every time.
Anyway, my point is that people shouldn't feel guilty about putting their kids in the pack 'n play. I mean, after all, the thing has "PLAY" right in the name. When I was pregnant all the 'old school' moms (my mother and her contemporaries) would ask me if I planned to use a playpen. This was the single greatest, most oft-repeated advice I heard from them - that I should embrace the playpen. I admit, I didn't know if I liked it at first. It seemed like I was putting my daughter in a cage or something. But she is perfectly happy in there, she can see me (over the top or through the mesh sides), and most importantly she is safe. Let's be honest - we have ALL reached a point with our babies where we are losing it and need a breather. The pack 'n play is the safest way to contain the child and give the mother a very necessary break.
Sometimes when I'm feeling the stress, I plunk her in there and sit on the couch (like 3 feet away from her) and knit a few rows.
Anyway, that is totally only my 2 cents.
And now, some knitting!
What? This is a knitblog? Sometimes ya' wouldn't know it. I have indeed been plugging away on my wips at night when I'm too tired to sew. My goal, however silly it might be, is to get the 3 projects currently in progress off the needles by the end of the winter games. Husband and I have a truly unhealthy obsession with watching the Olympics so we will surely be glued to the TV for the next 2 weeks. I am hoping to finish Kinsale, Trellis, and the second plain brown sock. Kinsale just needs the sleeves finished, the neckband knit, and to be seamed. Trellis needs 2 fronts, a collar, and seaming. The second brown sock has about 1/2 of its cuff. I think it might be do-able.
Here's progress on Trellis. I finished the second sleeve last night before bed.
seriously unblocked. and slightly blurry.
I am enjoying this a lot and so far have found no problems with the pattern. It's a simple, quick knit in worsted weight, and I am cabling without a cable needle for the first time. Why? Sheer laziness, folks. I was too lazy when I started this sweater to get up and find the same size dpn (which I prefer for cables) so I went for it and just started cabling without it. Pretty cool method, though for some projects I think I will still need the help of the extra needle.
I biffed on the sleeves and made them a bit shorter than the pattern calls for, but I think they'll be ok for Daughter. I'm hoping they'll block out a little longer. The whole thing is an unblocked mess right now, as evidenced by this sleeve:
much less crappy in real life, I swear
Geez, that garter stitch pulls up like crazy. If I made this again I might sub in seed stitch instead. Oh well, I am hoping for a successful blocking experience. I'll be casting on for the first front piece tonight.
Daughter is down for her morning nap, so it's time to take a shower and head to the sewing machine.