Why Do They Call it Morning Sickness When it Lasts All Day Long and Late into the Night?

And where did the lie that it will be better in the second trimester come from?

And why would an ailing body that is trying to build a new baby constantly crave awful things like Coca-cola and Cheetos?

And why can’t I feel like knitting while I lie on the couch for weeks at a time?

These are a few of the questions that have plagued my mind over the last five and a half months as I have suffered through yet another difficult pregnancy. But with the arrival of spring relief has come and I am slowly coming back to life. I have even taken the kids to the park this week. Sure, I was nauseous and weak for the rest of the day, but it was nice to get out of the house.

I am knitting again, too. The first project that I tackled when the knitting fever came back over me was to finish The Man’s christmas present. Poor guy only got one sock in his stocking with a promise of another to come. I don’t feel too bad about it, I mean I am making more offspring for him, after all. And the one sock was a heavenly merino/cashmere/nylon blend that is fit for kings. His foot was swathed in luxury. Sure the other one was left in the cold, but I thought I would remedy that in January. Well, better late than never, and I whipped out the second half in March.

IMGP8312Regular Guy Toe Up Socks in Handmaiden Casbah Ebony Ravelry Page here . Pictured on my feet, so a little baggie.

Pardon the horrible photography. I still don’t feel like getting off of the couch very much!

Three things about this knit –

1. The yarn is fantastic! I have already knit socks for me in it and it is fabulous. Hard wearing, unbelievably soft, and gorgeous colors. Well worth the price.

2. The pattern was free and easy. I didn’t do the short row toes as instructed, but preferred to use Judy’s Magic Cast On. More details on the Ravelry page.

3. The man has long feet, but at least they are narrow. One hundred grams made a nice, long, skinny pair of socks, leaving a very small ball for darning when needed.

There has been progress on other things as well, but I have got to save some things for later. I don’t know if I am back completely, but I sure hope so. I miss my friends in bloggyland and look forward to getting back into the swing of things here as well as in real life.

And, just so you don’t think I have been faking it – here is my progress on Encore Baby so far:

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A Manly Knit

The Man got his hand knit sweater in time for his birthday. Success! And, because he is so fabulous, he even played super-model for me so that I could show you all how it turned out. What a guy.

Jarrett by Kim Hargreaves (Published in Vintage Knits) in Knit Picks City Tweed, Chipmunk (Ravelry Project Page Link)

Three things about this knit:

1. The Man is very, uh, shall we say, refined? in his tastes. It took him years to pick out a sweater pattern. Years. So, I knew that when he said, “I like that sweater”, he meant that exact sweater. I did my best to get the same yarn (it was discontinued, but I got very close) and the same buttons (also discontinued, but, again, I got close) and I followed the pattern to the letter. This was very hard for me. While the pattern is very concise and well written, there were some steps I wanted to skip and a few things I would have rather done my way. It took tons of self control to knit it in pieces instead of just working it all at once, and the seaming was endless. But, I was determined to make that sweater, so I reigned in my creativity and did what I was told. And the finished sweater is as close to that sweater as I think one could get.

2. This yarn is wonderful! City Tweed is a DK weight alpaca/merino blend with viscose tweed. It looks rustic and hardy and rugged, but it feels like a little bit of heaven. It was a pleasure to knit with and such a deal at $4.29 a ball. I used 12.5 balls, so this sweater only cost me $54.00! I am so pleased that I have some left over (I had ordered 15), and can’t wait to try some longies with it.

3. I was so nervous making this sweater. I was afraid of running out of yarn, of messing up the sleeves, of working all those hours only to make a sweater that The Man wouldn’t fit in, or like, or wear. I think that I made it as fast as I did, because I just wanted to get to the end of it and see if my fears were justified. They weren’t. I had more than enough yarn. The seaming went fine and all the pieces fit together like they should. And, most importantly, The Man likes it. He wears it and brags on it.

And, well, if that isn’t success, I don’t know what is.

I Hate it When That Happens!

Yarn Barf

But, on a happy note – That, my friends, is ball number 9. Today is day 9 of the project. So far, I am keeping up with my ball-a-day goal. Plus it is starting to look like I am going to have a lot of yarn left over – big surprise, I know. I am really excited, though, because I am thinking that this yarn would make adorable longies for the little one.

It’s About Time

Twelve years, two months ago I married the man of my dreams.

I have yet to knit him a sweater (that he can wear…. but we won’t bring up that blue nightmare of knitted good intentions… ).

Until now.

In my defense, it took him a looooong time to pick out a sweater that he liked. Years. Then he picked this one from Vintage Knitspicture from the book

Jarret, a classic, tweedy sweater done in a now-discontinued yarn – and he wants it exactly like the picture.

So, then I took a long time deliberating over yarns before I finally landed on Knit Picks City Tweed in Chipmunk.

It’s pretty close, albeit a bit darker, but, oh so soft, yet with a very rustic look to it.

I ordered* 16 balls (each are 123 yards) and figure if I can knit one ball a day I should have it done in time his birthday (on February 11th) with a few days to spare.

This weekend I got the back piece done. Three balls down, thirteen to go.

And, the man, is watching it grow in my lap like one of the kids – “Is that my sweater? What part is that? Hold it up again?”

He is getting a sweater knit with love and wool and speed.

It’s about time.

 

*ordered last year – I was trying to get it done for Christmas, but as you know, my knitting plans were put on hold for a time. 🙂