A Collection Of Randomness

First off, I would like to thank all of you who have been asking me if I am still alive. Yes, I am here, still pregnant, and healthy, and extremely uncomfortable. Hence the lack of blogging. I don’t want to make this blog my whining place about all of the ways that this pregnancy is torturing me, so I simply stay away. And then there is The Cave, which is once again beckoning me to hide away and finish off this gestation in solitary confinement, preferably in a warm bath with soft music and occasional, brief visits from the little people whom I love, but are who so loud and energetic!

There are some things that I can share with you, though, of the knitting and spinning variety, that would make a decent blog post. So, here is a random collection of my yarnie activities from the last month. (to shorten my sitting at the computer, I am not going to provide individual links to all of these projects. The details can be found in my Ravelry notebook here.)

1. Rainbows!

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2. Billowy Blanket

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IMGP9134_medium3. Fishie Socks!

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4. A baby sweater that came out too big (and so was reassigned to The Fraggle) and a second version that came out just right.

IMGP9197_medium2IMGP9192_medium25. Some sewing has happened, too. Necessitating some matching knit shorties, of course. (Super easy and cute sewing pattern from here and adorable fabric from this Etsy shop – you gotta check out her fabric. She has Mo Willems Pigeon fabric! Oh my! Too cute! )

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6. And, of course, some spinning. It feels like cheating to not properly post about these yarns – they were all great learning experiences and I have a lot to say about them. Maybe I will come back to that later. (Notes are on the stash pages if you can’t wait) For now, just enjoy the pretties. ooooooo, pretties!

IMGP9167_medium IMGP9211_medium IMGP9131_medium IMGP9171_mediumIMGP9162_mediumThere is knitting in progress, some baby related, some not. Spinning is on hold for now, as my feet swell horribly after I sit at the wheel for any decent length of time.

In other news (since this is a random post), my three June Bugs are turning 6, 4, and 2 years old this month and there is a super frilly, pastel pink, girlie-girlie, ballerina tea party coming up that will be very fun to show you. I think that I enjoy planning the parties more than the kids enjoy the actual event, which really is a good thing, because it is a lot of work!

And, now, the obligatory belly shot – 35 weeks down, 5 more to go (give or take)

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SO, that is me for now. I’ll try to check in again before baby comes, but I make no promises. Just know that when this pregnancy finally ends and I have a wonderful new baby and a body that doesn’t torment me anymore, I will surely return to being a good blogger. Thanks again for all of your support and well wishes. I enjoy hearing from all of you, both here and on Ravelry. I have such a sweet group of cyber friends. Thank you for hanging in there with me!

 

 

 

Keeping Me Busy

My days are so full. This is the short list of the things that I have been working on.

  • My sister and I set up a booth at a local craft fair. She is an amazingly talented jewelry maker and had so many beautiful pieces to sell. I had been sewing headbands and little tote bags for a week, as well as knitting some headbands and market bags. I also had some needlefelted toys to decorate the table that had price tags on them, just in case someone wanted to buy them.  It was a ton of work and a total disappointment. I sold only enough to buy us all lunch, and my sis didn’t do much better.  Plus, it was hot and the kids were great until near the end when they started getting cranky. I confess, I was getting cranky too. I was pretty bummed, but I am still excited about the next booth. It’ll be better.
  • I am test knitting for NEEDdesigns again. I love testing for her and have tested two of her baby things in the past (one is blogged here and the other never got blogged, but the Rav page is here). This is it so far. It’ll be a newborn sweater for my knitting buddy who is expecting.
  • I also knit this for the same baby. I should think of more to say about it, but I am not in the mood. See my Rav project page for details.
  • There are three new patterns in my head, swirling around and begging to be written. We will see what happens with that.
  • The garden is coming along nicely. I gave each of the kids their own plot of land in which to plant whatever they chose. They are responsible to weed and water and tend to their gardens. We are all very excited (me included) to see the sprouts and we are dreaming of strawberries and tomatoes and zuccini. Now if only we could keep the deer out.
  • Crochet may be the stupidest invention ever, and it hurts my wrists to even think about it, but when I saw this pattern to make flip-flops, I didn’t even hesitate. It comes in handy that The Man works at a hardware store and can bring home jute twine for me whenever I have the need.
  • The magazine (book? newsletter? whatever) that I am writing is in testing and I eagerly await the verdict. Will my testers like it? Will they think that it is crap? Did I work all that time on something that no one will want to read? We shall see….

All of that on top of homeschooling (almost done with this school year!), housekeeping (I rearranged the furniture and don’t think that I like it), cooking (what is for dinner tonight, anyway?), and throwing a little baby shower today. Whew!

What’s keeping you busy these days?

Randomly Speaking

A few thoughts -

1. I knit this adorable little something but I can only show you a tiny peek. My niece is turning one this weekend and I have a lovely gift made just for her. I can’t wait to give it to her. And now all my girls want one, too (it always works that way, you know).

I’ll show you more later.

2. “Mama,” The Boy said to me the other day, “I know you already know this, but I just can’t believe it. Anneli is your sister, but that is just too crazy because she is so young and you are so old!”

3. I found a use for this.

Handmaiden Casbah in Blackberry

I am making some super simple, extra lovely socks for myself. I am halfway through the second sock and will be wearing them in no time. I can’t wait! This yarn is definitely my new favorite. It is fabulous!

4. I have more yarn on the way. I have to say that Eat. Sleep. Knit has an amazingly genius business strategy and I keep getting sucked back in. I make an order, and with it comes a lotto ticket worth five dollars. I save up a few of these and mail them in. The $15 credit calls to me day after day. I dream about my free yarn (what will I choose?). I let it linger and ferment in my brain until one day, at long last, I go on a shopping spree and buy all the yarn!!!! I need $75 to get free shipping! I need 1200 yards to get to the next marathon milestone! I need the odd skien of _____ just because it is worth 200% for the marathon! I got off easy this time (I will show you what I got as soon as it arrives). But we all know that in that box that is on it’s way is another yarn lotto ticket waiting to start it all over again. Genius, I tell you. Those folks are geniuses!

5. It is cold in my house. Sunny and warm outside, but I am freezing. Time to go sit in the sun. And knit. In the sun. Oh, yeah.

6. One more thing. This blog will be turning two years old on April 8th! It’s party time all next week. But more on that later….

A Collection of Unrelated Thoughts

1. I have a difficult choice to make. Last night I finished the center square of the baby blanket. It is gorgeous. I love it.

This is an Estonian lace pattern in DK weight yarn on size 6 needles. (Ravelry project page link) It is supposed to have a lace border. I cast on for the lace border last night…. and then realized I was using the wrong needles. So, I pulled it out and then that little evil voice inside my head started whispering. “Who needs a lace border?” it said. And, it is right. This is a perfect size even without the border. But, I want to do it completely and I think I will be happier if I knit that border…. maybe later. I do have until June, you know.

2. I have created a Linus… somehow. New Baby hasn’t even gotten here, yet, but the Munchkin is already showing some signs of insecurity. Maybe it is because she made the switch from crib to big girl bed. Maybe it is because I have been so sick and tired and crabby (read: not a very good mom). Maybe it is just her age. Whatever the reason, she has taken to carrying her wool fleece (which she has slept on since birth) and sucking her thumb all day.

Oh, and also chanting, “Weeweee! Weeweee!” in sheer delight. (That is “wooly” for those of you who don’t speak Munchkin) I had to cut a piece off the wooly so that she could have a portable wooly during the day – we call it the “Wooly-Bit”. I am not worried about it. I just didn’t expect this until after the New Baby came along.

3. I finished the lace shawl for the Bookworm’s birthday ahead of schedule.

It is a shawlette, and will fit her little shoulders perfectly. I made a terrible mistake at my first go, and didn’t realize it till I got the the border! So, I had to frog it all the way back and re-knit. For that reason, it took me twice as long as it should have. This is an excellent pattern for a last minute gift – I think I could make it again in a solid day. (Ravelry Project Page Link) I will do a post on it after her birthday when I can have her model it. For now, it is going from the blocking board to a little hiding spot. I am so excited to give this to her – she is going to flip. :)

4. I have three gifts to make today (on top of school, laundry and cleaning…. sigh). I am thinking about making some of these pouches. I have tons of cute fabric that gets left out of all the fun that my yarn experiences every day. Time for the fabric to get some attention. I may even make one for me. Yippee!

5. I passed my six month mark last week and didn’t say a word. Oops. I am happy about it, really, I am. I just feel lousy because of a sneak attack from a sinus infection. But, pregnancy-wise I am doing excellent. Baby is growing steadily and moving a lot. All my vitals are excellent. I would give you a belly shot, but I am still in my jammies and I am not ready to get dressed, yet. (Must finish the first cup of coffee…) Only 16 weeks left… (wow, that almost sounds too soon!)

6. I cast on another project. But that isn’t really news, is it? I have not made much progress, so I will keep you in suspense until there is something to show for it. (ooh, I am so eeevil!)

Now I am off to get something done. Maybe I will even get dressed and make my bed…

Three Random Things

1. The Boy’s ear is all better. His glands are still swollen, but he is looking better and better all the time.

2. Six years have flown by. My Beka turned six this weekend. I love her.

3. The Rona Shawl grows and grows. And, for lace, is somewhat boring knitting – imagine that! I am sure it is just this section.

We still have family here from the memorial this weekend. Monday is still weekend for our family. I’ll be back to my witty self tomorrow!

Happy Monday, Ya’ll!

A Few Thoughts, Randomly

Since I have a lot of ideas, but none of them interesting or long enough to blog about, I will just list them in no particular order.

1. Do you ever look at one of your kids and realize (in a sudden and jarring moment) that he/she is growing up too fast? I did that yesterday with my Beka. She just lost her first two teeth this week. Where did her baby cheeks go? When did her hair get so long and full? This mother-of-young-children thing is going waaaaaaaaay too fast.

2. I knit the collar onto Mermaid, tried it on and wanted to weep. Weep for happiness that this genius collar design looks so good. Weep for frustration when I realized that my torso is about 5 inches longer than I seemingly believed. Ripped back lower edge and resumed knitting. (At least this means I didn’t have to start the sleeves yet. I don’t know why, but I hate knitting sleeves.)

3. It is hard to find good, wholesome, interesting books for my enthusiastic readers. I found a gem recently that I just must share. “The Melendy Quartet” is a lovely four book series that we are enjoying very much. We read a chapter a night, and have been doing so for all the kids lives…. That is over 3000 nights! We have read the greats several times through – Little House on the Prairie books, Chronicles of Narnia, etc. This little series goes into that category. We will definitely be reading it through again.

4. Four years ago we moved into a barn on my grandparents land. Since then, we have been slowly turning it into a house. The big deal, so far, has been that the stairs to get to the second floor are outside. Inconvenient, you think? Well, yesterday, my wonderful, fabulous, awesome husband cut the hole in the ceiling where the inside stairs will be. I am a happy woman!

5. Because my husband has Mondays off, Tuesday is our Monday. So, I am about to start my week. Wish me luck. Hope yours is great too. :)