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!

 

 

 

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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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Encore!

Remember the scene in “Evan Almighty” when Evan tells God that building an ark is just not “part of my plans” and God laughs hysterically? “Why are you laughing?” Evan asks, to which God replies, “You said, ‘my plans’! hahaha!”

Now, remember all that rambling I have done over the last 18 months or so about only having six kids? About never getting pregnant again?

Well, as my sister-in-law put it, if The Fraggle was our “grand finale”, we are about to get an encore.

That’s right, folks! God had other plans for this family and we are expecting our seventh baby in July!

I confess that this has been a difficult adjustment for me. I didn’t realize how sold I was on the idea of “being done” until I found that I wasn’t done after all. My mindset has already left the baby making stage behind and I have bid farewell to each phase as The Fraggle has grown out of breastfeeding, night waking, teething, crawling, spitting up, and all the other things that I thought were over for me. My plans were good and I was looking at the next few years with excitement and confidence.

God’s plans are always good, always best, and I believe that this is no exception. And to prove it, His loving grace has kept me from the pit of hyperemisis gravidarum and instead I have only had moderate nausea and fatigue (a miracle that I will always be thankful for). Perhaps this is my redemption pregnancy – the one that I get to enjoy. And I have high hopes for a redemptive birth after my last traumatic experience.

Best of all, at the end of this pregnancy a new little baby will enter our lives, enriching our home with new life, adding to the amazing family that God has blessed us with.

Who could say no to that?

So, now my bloggy absenteeness is explained. I don’t plan to blog for the rest of this month, but in January I hope to be back to normal and ready to face the world again.

Have a very Merry Christmas, Dear Readers! And we’ll chat again soon!

Time for a Time-Out

Okay, folks. That time has come. I no longer have any interesting things to say. My knitting has become extremely mundane (another pair of small shorties, anyone?) and I am obsessing over how uncomfortable pregnancy can be. To top it off, with the finishing of all the baby preparations time has slowed to a crawl, or as my sister-in-law puts it “tick……tock……..tick…..tock”.

So, it is time to take a blog break. I will wait for the big story, the gorgeous headline and the exciting birth story. Shouldn’t be too much longer as I am over 38 weeks, now.

Remember the Cave? That is where I am headed, now. See you all when I emerge the victorious mother with babe in arms.

Knesting

Nesting, according to Wikipedia:

“In human females, the nesting instinct often occurs around the fifth month of pregnancy, but can occur as late as the eighth, or not at all. It may be strongest just before the onset of labor.

It is commonly characterized by a strong urge to clean and organize one’s home, and is one reason why couples who are expecting a baby often reorganize, arrange, and clean the house and surroundings. This behavior is colloquially known as “straightening out”, “clearing the road”, or “clearing the coast”, or “building a door”.”

So, what does it look like when a pregnant knitter starts nesting?

She gets a little frantic over the fact that she has eight projects on the needles… and not one of them is baby related.

She starts inventorying her worsted wools, looking for soaker worthy yarns.

She spends most of her day knitting like a crazy person, trying to finish something so that she can cast on soakers in good conscience. Turning a blind eye to the fact that the crib is not set up, the changing table is still being used as a book shelf, and the newborn diapers are still in storage, she instead works a complicated lace shawl project that has absolutely no practical use, baby or otherwise – just to clear out the WIP basket. (That would be Jaali. See yesterdays post…)

She is thankful for sleepless nights  – it’s just more knitting time, right?

She has nightmares that the baby comes before the knitting is done.

Yes, folks. I am 35 weeks pregnant, and I am knesting.