Happy New Year!

I’m glad to be done with 2010 – it was a difficult year for many of us, and I think we’re all looking forward to a fresh start, a brand new year of life, happiness, and craftiness, of course :).

Even more than 2009, my 2010 was dominated by baby knits, all for little ones born during this past year:




And it seems that 2011 won’t be any different: I already have five little recipients destined to make their arrival this year! Fortunately, I’m on top of the situation. I finally finished the Sunny Spread Blanket for one of them (just wait, it’s a beauty!), and started the Betty Lou Lace Cardigan from Kristen Rengren’s Vintage Baby Knits for another. Pictures to come ;).

What’s more, I’m expecting my own little babe this year, too! I’m almost 16 weeks along, and the little boy or girl (we find out the sex at the end of January) should be arriving around June 20th. I’ve been feeling very well (knock on wood), and we are of course extremely excited ;).

Happy New Year, friends! May this be the best year yet!


231 thoughts on “Happy New Year!

  1. Tanis Lavallee

    Yay! Congratulations! I’ve been following your blog for about 4 years now and though I don’t actually know you, I sort of feel like I do, so I’m very happy for you! I can’t wait to see what lovely little knits you work up for your own baby bump.

  2. mari

    CONGRATULATIONS! I am so happy and excited for you! Get ready for the wackiest ride of your life! Tee hee! No, really, it’s an amazing experience, different that what you could ever imagine, and you will never be the same again.

    (ps – let me know if you need advice on ANYTHING. Since I just went through it, everything is fresh in my mind. )

  3. Mary K. in Rockport

    Hey, wow! That’s great! I’m so happy for you both (for you THREE!) How do you suppose the cat will take the new arrival? June 20th — my firstborn was born on June 18, and it’s a great time of year for a birthday.

  4. Mary G. in Texas

    Congratulations! To heck with knitting for other wee ones this year; begin knitting now for your own child! (You’re not going to have much knitting time after the little sweetie arrives on the scene.)

    Mary G. in Texas

  5. Mia

    Congratulations!!! I have a 3.5 month old and he is amazing. Knit while you can and enjoy the rest of your pregnancy!

  6. Rose Red

    Congratulations! What wonderful news. Having a little person is the most wonderful thing ever (I say as I type this with my own little 8mo person asleep on my lap). Hope the rest of your pregnancy goes smoothly and look forward to welcoming baby Grumpersweet in June.

  7. Teish

    Oh congratulations Kathy!!!

    I’m due with our fourth in April. πŸ™‚ As much as I love knitting for other people’s babies, I enjoy knitting for my own even more! I hope you are feeling well and not too tired. Congratulations again! πŸ™‚

  8. Katinka

    Oh, HUGE congratulations to you! πŸ™‚ It’s so exciting to be pregnant with your first — I think I could tell anyone who asked *exactly* how pregnant I was, down to the hour. πŸ˜‰ Think of all the fun stuff you’ll get to make!

  9. Elizabeth

    Congratulations Grumperina! I know your baby will have the most stylish and beautifully-made handknits πŸ™‚

  10. Barbara

    Congratulations! I can’t wait to see all the wonderful things you knit for your bundle of joy.

    I only have one child and she was born on June 28th—who knows maybe they will share a birthday. Being a MOM is the best thing in the world…I think you will love it.

  11. OHSue

    Congratulations, I have followed you so long I feel like I know you, wish you were on my knit list to make baby knits for. So glad it is going well for you! You will have the best dressed baby! Enjoy, kids are the best.

  12. Meg McG

    Yay! Hooray! I knew that all those baby knits would git ya! I have vowed that 2011 is going to be an awesome year. For everyone. Positive, happy, wonderful news like yours is an excellent start. Congratulations!

  13. Sarah

    Congratulations! I hope some of your friends will be knitting lovelies for your little one, too! I’m looking forward to seeing everything you craft in the coming year – your blog is always such an inspiration to me.

  14. Beverly

    That’s wonderful! I’m sure you are both very excited. This will be one knit covered baby! I hope all goes well for you and it is an easy pregnancy.

  15. Ruth

    That should a fun WIP for the first half of the year! Looking forward to seeing both the FO and all the little thing you will likely make for it, too. πŸ™‚

  16. Sheila

    Congratulations! It will be a super New Year for you and your husband! Keep on knitting . . . the little ones grow so fast one must knit a size larger so it will fit when it is done!

  17. Carla

    Congratulations! And while I’m at it, thanks for your blog – I love coming here to see your own patterns and the patterns you choose to knit, too!

  18. Anje A.

    I was hoping you were expecting too! All this kniting for other babies is all very well but knitting for your own is the best! Many congratulations from Holland!What a wonderful year 2011 will be!

  19. Anje A.

    I was hoping you were expecting too! All this kniting for other babies is all very well but knitting for your own is the best! Many congratulations from Holland!What a wonderful year 2011 will be!

  20. beth

    Congratulations on the great news!!! I just finished my 3rd/4th? odessa- beautiful pattern-thank you. Have a great new year!

  21. Susan

    Congratulations! I’ve been following your blog for years, so although I don’t know you, I feel I can wish you all the very best. 2011 will be a fantastic year for you!

  22. del

    That is awesome news! What a lucky babe. Congrats to you and your hubby!! Happy New Year, it’s a wonderful way to start 2011.

  23. Manon

    Congratulations — a little one brings so much happiness (along with the exhaustion, but this will pass)! My youngest one left home in the Fall to start university life and I miss those years full of simple joys, love and closeness.

  24. Linda

    Yay!! Congratulations!! I’m so happy to hear the news! I’m due June 16 with my first!! We also will be able to find out the gender at the end of January, but we probably will let it be a surprise πŸ™‚

  25. TracyKM

    That’s so exciting!! I know you’ll have the whole knitted items thing covered for Grumpybabe, but would you like a sling/wrap/mei tai? Babywearing saved my sanity (and my fitness!) and I wish every new mother knew about it!

  26. Ann Williams

    Great news!! So happy for you and your husband. I have been following your blog for a few years and this is very exciting. Best, Ann

  27. mari

    Congratulations! That is wonderful news for you and your husband! I know the little one will be wrapped in loving knits πŸ™‚

  28. sallya

    Congratulations, Kathy! I’ve been waiting for this announcement ever since the lovely wedding pictures! Being a mom is so fantastic (even the sleepless nights — totally worth it). Then they grow up and give you grandbabies. Heaven! Can’t wait to hear all about him or her!

  29. Angie A. (Sybina)

    Congratulations! Absolutely had to come out of lurkdom and tell you I am so happy for you and your hubby. πŸ™‚

  30. Elaine

    Well, why not just sneak that little tidbit of news right in there! Congratulations!! I can’t wait to see all that you do for her/him to welcome him/her home. I’m very happy for you!

  31. Loel Kim

    Many blessings for you and your growing family! Good health, lots of love, and good spirits. I’m so happy for you–and your Grandma and parents are going to be ecstatic!

  32. Rebecca

    Congratulations! 2011 wil be a big year indeed – filled with all sorts of wonderful things πŸ™‚

  33. Pam

    Congratulations on that new bundle of joy to knit for! The Woolie Ewe sends heartiest best wishes as your family expands.

  34. may

    Congratulations! That’s wonderful news!

    Our little one is almost one. Life is definitely not the same – it’s better!

  35. Tove

    Congratulations! I’m so happy for you!

    I hope for a baby of my own during 2011, but so far we have not had any success in spite of IVF treatments. So babies are on my mind these days, and it makes me very happy to hear that you will have one. Happy new year, which I’m sure will be your best year yet!

  36. Gail H

    What wonderful news! Congratulations! Happy New Year to you and Walter. I wish both of you much happpiness and good health in the coming year.

  37. Mary

    Congratulations!! Your baby will be well covered in beautiful knitted items as you are an excellent creative knitter! Happy New Year!

  38. Melissa

    Congratulations! I hope that everything goes smoothly and you continue to feel really good. I can’t wait to see what you make for your little bean!

  39. Jeanie

    A Happy New Year, indeed! Congratulations!!!!!!!!!! Looking forward to seeing all the cute knits:)

  40. Andig

    Amazing! What a wonderful way to ring in the new year but with a little baby. How wonderful for you. Wishing you nothing but continued great health and ease through the entire pregnancy.

  41. Sarah

    Congratulations on your wonderful news! Parenthood is one of life’s great joys. I hope you enjoy every step along the way.

  42. janieb

    Congratulations to you both, wishing you health & happiness throughout your pregnancy.

    Looking forward to the baby knits in 2011 & beyond…

  43. Kathode Ray Tube

    Congrats to you and Mr. Wonderful! That is great news. Stay healthy and well rested.

  44. Kate

    Congratulations Grumperina! I look forward to seeing the gorgeous knits that will adorn your little one. Happy New Year, and thanks for your wonderful blog.

  45. StellaMM

    Congratulations to you and Mr Sweetyness, and here I was thinking about your upcoming wedding anniversary.

    Great time of year for a baby to be born. Our first was 3 months early, but I hope you will do better.

    Lots of love to you both.

  46. Helen

    Congratulations Kathy! I was wondering when the bug would bite you as you knit wonderful baby knits! Do I see some baby jaywalkers in the future?

  47. Pat

    Congratulations and Happy New Year! I have enjoyed your blog this last year and hope that your busy life will continue to make blogging enjoyable for you and possible. The adventure continues! Peace and blessings!

  48. Maryann

    Congratulations! May the next months go smoothly as you prepare knitted goodness for your own little bundle of joy!

  49. Karin

    It was in het air……I am so happy for you and your hushand…..but please continue to knit and blog about it….

    what’s your feeling: will it be a boy or a girl!


  50. Ginny

    That is wonderful news for the start of the year. Congratulations. Your due date is my brother’s birthday so I wait to see if the baby comes then and will share the day. Of course, if baby is early, he/she can possibly share with my mother, nephew or sister-in-law who are all June babies. May you stay well. Happy knitting for your own.

  51. Jolene

    Bravo!! June 20 is a great day for a birthday. Hope you and your husband enjoy getting ready for your new family member! Blessings on you all.

  52. Rachel

    Wanted to add to the many congratulations! I have enjoyed reading your blog for many years and I feel your baby is going to have clever and generous parents and lots of great knitted goods. All the best for a healthy pregnancy! I’m also expecting my first, due in May, so I am pretty sure 2011 is a great year for babies. πŸ™‚

  53. Diana

    Yay! Congrats and Happy New Year! Can’t wait to see all the baby knits you will be whipping up. I will likely copy you!

  54. Brenda

    That’s wonderful news! Congratulations to you and your husband. It sounds like you may be busy making handknits for your own little one.

  55. desiknitter

    Congratulations, Grumperina!! Here’s wishing you a safe and uneventful pregnancy. Eagerly looking forward to the knits you whip out for your baby!

  56. Hillary

    Congratulations! That is so exciting. I’m due at the end of June too. Can’t wait to see what you’re making for yours. You’re always so inspiring.

  57. Jennifer Johnson

    Best congratulations on your impending bundle of joy. Thanks for being such an inspiration to us all! My childbearing days are over, but I still think babies are the best!

  58. Elisabeth

    Congratulations to the future new parents !

    Lucky baby, who will have super knitted garments !

    June 20th and before : Gemini ; June 22th and after : Cancer. Two very different natures. The first one : quick and inquiring minded ; the second one : dreamy, needs Mom and a huge amont of kisses.

    Same BirthMonth as Jess and Casey ‘s baby (Ravelry).

    Take great care of you.

  59. Diana

    Congratulations!!!!! Mommyhood is wonderful. The only thing better then creating for your friend’s little ones is making stuff for your own, enjoy!

  60. Amy S

    Heartfelt congratulations from this reader and fan. Knit the ambitious stuff for your baby now, while you have time and free hands! Wishing you a wonderful year filled with wonderful new experiences!

  61. Heather

    Congratulations on your great news!

    I never got around to thanking you for the pompt (and beautiful) delivery of the Yulie give away yarn. It just made my day.

    Now that the holidays are over I am plopping myself in my rocking chair on Saturday and casting on that hat for my self.

    Happy New Year indeed!

  62. Kathy

    Congratulations on the expected new addition. I’m glad that you will have your own baby to knit for. Stay well.

  63. deb roby

    yay. I thought I’d read you were expecting again. And the end of June is a the very bestest time to have a birthday! (or I’m just prejudiced).

    Gorgeous knits you’ve shown -looking forward to seeing the new work.

    Stay healthy…

  64. Teresa C

    YAY! I am just catching up on some blog reading after being quite sick for the last week. This news has totally made my day! I’m thrilled for your growing family, best of luck to you all!

  65. Judy

    Congrats! You will have fun knitting for your own baby after all that practice! BTW, I loved the hat and also Massey Wrap so much that I’m printing them now. Thanks for the links!

  66. Jen

    Many Congratulations Kathy – what fabulous news! My brother and his wife are expecting at the same time as you. There seem to be many on the way in 2011. Better get needles clicking!


  67. Barbara

    Felicitations! Sending all my vibes for easy, healthy, joyous and wondrous days on the journey towards parenthood. I can’t wait for the beautiful baby pics of the Grumperette or Grumper, Jr., and I’m eager to watch your maternal crafting evolve.

  68. Liz T.

    Fantastic news! I hope you continue to do well. Have you already knitted the welcome home outfit?! This baby will be wrapped in much love.

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