Knitting Kneedles

Wednesday, August 31, 2005

I am still working on the Jake Blanket. I don't think it's ever going to get done. I have vowed to never knit another blanket like this as long as I live. I only have about 40 rows left now. *sigh* It's too big to be my carry around project, so I have to say it doesn't get worked on as much now. My new carry around project are the strawberry cotton ease socks for Jessie. I am doing them toe up with the figure of 8 cast on. I am doing 2 socks on 2 circs and love how easy it is. I'm also making a pair for my (just turned) 3 year old, Jennie (aka Niff). Hers are purple wool ease. I think I enjoy the toe ups because I can make them as big or as little as I need to. After Jennie's are done, I'd like to make some for my new little bean.

Speaking of the new little bean... Jessica has been such a great big sister. We were at the library the other day. The Salt Lake library, downtown, in the children's section has a HUGE love sac in the far back corner, so all I could think was how I wanted to go lay on it. I was so tired. So we trodded on back there, in the hopes no one else was already there, and to my relief, we had the huge love sac to ourselves. So I plopped on it, Jessie plopped on it, and Niff said "I wanna lay too!" Jessie said "Ok, but not on the baby!" Hehehe it was so cute. Then she goes "Mommy you should lay on your tummy because this is soft. The baby likes it when it's soft" ROFL! I thought that was classic. And now she'll say things like "Mom does the baby like what you're eating?" "Is the baby thirsty mom?" Different things like that. She wants a girl, and Niff sometimes wants a girl and sometimes wants a boy. I want a boy. My mom said a boy would be nice, my sister said the same. My mom's husband wants a boy, and my FIL wants a boy. Kenny said he doesn't care, he's just excited.

So I've noticed something with this pregnancy already that I don't recall having this soon in the other three I have had (one resulted in a miscarriage). I am STARVING. All the time. Last week I just thought it was because I was eating differently, this week I am not quite as convinced. I also think the reason that I wasn't losing weight as rapidly as I wanted to was because I am sharing this body with the new little bean. I talked with one of my docs I work with about that, and she agreed that could have been the issue. So, I'm no longer focusing on losing weight, obvously, however, I am still watching the calories that I take in. Upon talking to that same doctor she said that I only need to increase my caloric intake by about 300. So I'm just going to have to eat lots of frutis and veggies :) Which is good, I like those :) And the dang fatigue.... sheesh! With Jessie, I was tired like this, but with Niff, I wasn't very tired at all. Yesterday I was exhausted, and nauseated. I took some anti nausea meds which made me even more tired LOL So we went to some friends house after work, where I fell asleep, got up because they made us dinner, then I went back to sleep. Then when we got home, we popped a DVD in, and I fell asleep. LOL I don't want anyone to think I am complaining, because I'm really not. I actually welcome these symptoms because it means things are going well. I just wanted to point out how different pregnancies can be.

I have an ultrasound scheduled for Tuesday morning. Hopefully I'll get to see the little bean and get a picture to bring home and scan for you all to see. :)

I also need to get started on my Christmas knitting. I'm not doing any "major" projects. The girls in the family will get felted coin purses and socks or felted slippers or something for the adult women. The men? They'll probably get something either storebought or a scarf, even though I hate knitting scarves.

Well, have a great day :)


Saturday, August 27, 2005's a SECRET!

I figure since none of you know my family or my husband's family, I can let you in on our little secret. As of yesterday, I am five weeks pregnant :) I am FREAKIN SHAKING because I am so excited. I've been trying for nearly a year, and finally it's happened!!!!!!! *jumps up and down* I was going to wait until Monday to pee on the stick, but just couldn't. So I broke down and bought some tests and took one tonight, even though it obviously wasn't my first morning pee. Now, I must tell you, in the last year or so, I have had three false positive pee tests, however, those were different than this. With those, the line was so faint you could barely even see it, and they didn't show up until after a couple of minutes. With this one, it showed up at the same time as the control line showed up. And it was dark. So I called my doctor, who is also my friend and who is also my boss. She knows about the fake positive tests in the past, so I told her about this one, and she said this one sounds VERY promising, but to be sure, take another in the morning, and do a quant (which is where they test you to find out what your levels are) on Monday when I get to work. Then I asked if I could get an ultrasound in a couple of weeks (normally nothing shows up on ultrasound until at least 6 weeks, so I figure at 7 I should be safe) to verify. Since most insurances don't pay for more than one ultrasound unless medically necessary, I think I can get away with this one, since I have had a miscarriage in the past. Besides, I mostly just want to know it's for real. :) If all is as I think it is, I will be due May 5, 2006. However, I am a c-section mamma, so I'm thinking of either April 26 or May 1. If I do April 26, that would be a Wednesday and Jessie and Jennie were both born on Wednesdays. But I would really like to have a May baby, so I might just spring for May 1. But who knows, maybe I'll go into labor before those and get my c-section before I expect it. At any rate, I'm so excited that my entire body is shaking all over. Not as much now as it was 30 minutes ago, but a lot still :) :) :) :) :) :) And now, I knit! So I can knit lovely little baby things! I only crocheted before with my other pregnancies, but never really found anything I wanted to make my girls. So with this one...WOO HOO! I love knitting so much more than crocheting :)

Anyway... just thought I'd let you all in :) But SHHH! Remember, it's a SECRET!


Thursday, August 25, 2005

My new toy!

I got a new toy last night! I'm SO excited about it!!! It's a pink iPod mini! Of course, the minute I got home, I had to play with it, so I installed all the software, uploaded some music to the computer and along with music I had already had on it, I have lots of songs on my little Spodi (which is what I have named my iPod. Spodi = ipods upside down and backwards.) I'm looking forward to taking it to the gym with me to have some good music to listen to while working out. My favorite music types are 70's, 80's, new country (not that old wangy twangy stuff) and show tunes. LOVE the show tunes! And now I can listen to them all :)

Now to knit the ever popular iPod cozy for little Spodi. I'm thinking something purple... I have some purple wool ease at home. I wonder if I could use that? Or maybe it would be too scratchy and hurt Spodi's screen. Guess I'll hafta look into it and see.

Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Happy Tuesday TO ME!

So I'm getting ready to head out the door this morning for work, and there's a package and some magazines sitting inside, by the bookshelf, near the door. Of course my heart skips a beat. The magazines are the Ensign and The Friend. Interesting story. TWICE I have ordered these magazines from the Church. TWICE I have NEVER received them. I gave up and decided it just wasn't meant to be for me to have them. Now all of the sudden I have a subscription for them for 2 years. I believe my best friend JD has ordered this for me this time. I'm excited :)

Now to the box. *drool* SECRET PAL PRESENTS! I have a wonderful secret pal who took my love for the color purple seriously and I was DELIGHTED! Everything was wrapped in pretty purple tissue paper! I was giddy, as if I were a kid on Christmas!! She sent me one of those adorable sheep tape measurers, some straberry candie (I believe that's what they are, I didn't get to open them since I had to go to work shortly), some home made stitch markers, with purple pretties on them, some REALLY YUMMY knitpicks yarn... Elegance. It's 70% Alpaca and 30% Silk and a complete dream. I have decided I want my skin made out of this stuff! Also she sent me a beautiful pattern for a mobius scarf that I cannot WAIT to knit! And some KnitPicks Merino wool TO DYE MYSELF with kool aid that she sent me as well! I'm REALLY looking forward to that. And some Burt's Bees hand salf and lemon butter cuticle cream. This has made my day. Secret Pal you rock the socks girl! (Or boy??)
Thank you very much, I was so excited to get that, and it means a lot to me that you took the time to find things specifically for me. I apprepciate you :)

Last night JD and I went to Seagull Book and Tape and I got a new set of scriptures and a Book of Mormon religion manual. I have decided that I want to really study it over the course of the next year or so, and really learn about it. Who knows, maybe it will even make me want to go full swing back to church. My scriptures are blue, and indexed. :)

I have also decided that mosquitos have a thing for my blood. I believe they just like A positive blood. I have gotten no less than 98237987234 bajillion mosquito bites this summer. My kids have gotten maybe on or two. My husband hasn't gotten a single one. But me? I've got them all over. Currently I have three on my left hand, 2 on my left thigh, one on my right thigh just above my knee, one healing on my lower left arm and one healing on my upper left arm, one or two healing on my upper right arm, and one on my left leg by my ankle. I HAVE HAD IT WITH THE STUPID MOSQUITOS. I don't wear lotion at night, so I don't think they are attracted to my lotion. I don't know what it is, but they sure love me. The feelings are NOT reciprocated. I'm on my second tube of hydrocortisone cream to help stop the itching. If anyone has any ideas about how to get them to leave me alone (without using deet because I hate that stuff) then I'd be much appreciative!

Sunday, August 21, 2005

New patterns!!!

So I went to my LYS, The Black Sheep Wool, Co. yesterday to see if they had that Barbie clothes book yet. They didn't, but they are getting more in. Apparently, one of the ladies who works there is really pushing the book because she's doing a class this fall! WOO HOO! Call me there already! So I reserved a book for when they come in and I can't wait!

While there, of course I couldn't NOT peruse the lovely things! I looked through some of the binders that they have and found two baby hat patterns that I bought! I got this Berry Cute Hat as well as Patrick's Pumpkin. I have started on the Berry Cute Hat and so far, so good. It's actually quite simple, I think. I am making it for my best friend's brand new neice! :)

I would also like to announce that I can now do toe-up socks! I tried and tried to do a provisional cast-on, but with no luck. It was just too difficult for my poor fingers to get involved with. Then I found the figure of 8 cast-on and watch out sock world, cuz here I come! See, while I absolutely LOVE knitting socks, it was those darn toes holding me back. Picking up stitches? Not a problem. Turning the heel? As long as I have a pattern, not a problem. Kitchener stitch? Get me some Adivan because I gets me all wound up and frustrated. So, thanks to whoever invented the figure of 8 cast-on method. I love you. Really, I'm not just saying that. I love you!

Yesterday was such a busy day for me. I got up at the unthoughtofonaSaturday hour of 7:15 to get ready to go to work. On a Saturday. Blech. My hours are M-F, 8-5. But our file room is in such a behind state right now, they have so many loose labs, Pap smears, ultrasound reports, etc to file in the paper charts. So I asked if I could come in and help them get caught up a little bit. A few of us also did this last Saturday. Yesterday it dwindled down to just two of us. At any rate, since we're going on vacation soon, I could really use the over time, even if it is just a few hours. Then, when I was done, I went to the LYS (see beginning paragraph!) and then home. When I got home we all dove right in to cleaning the dickens out of the house. Well part of the house anyway. Scrubbed down the kitchen, including the counters, floor, sink, etc. Most of the dishes are clean. I think today we have a couple cereal bowls, a big bowl, and ice cube trays. For us, that's a clean kitchen hehehe. Cleaned the downstairs living room and cleaned the middle floor family room. Also cleaned most of the girls' bedroom. All that's left in there is to pick up a few more things off the floor and vaccuum. And empty their laundry baskets, but they can do that on their own, I think. Then we made out party invitations for Niff's birthday party on Saturday, and delivered those all over town. We are going to go miniature golfing, then back to our house for cake and ice cream. I have decided to order a Barbie cake for her. Not the kind that looks like a barbie dress with the upper torso of Barbie sticking out. Just a flat one, from Smith's or Walmart or somewhere, that has Barbie decorations on it. I asked her if she wanted chocolate or white. Kenny said he wanted Spice, and Niff took that as him saying he wanted spiders. So she wants a spider flavored cake. Pass, thanks. We settled on chocolate with raspberry filling in the center *drool*

So now, today I have a nice clean kitchen. There's something about a clean kitchen that makes me feel like I need to bake and make yummy things. So I am marinating chicken in some sauce that I mixed with BBQ sauce and whatever else I felt like throwing in. And I am rising some Rhodes white bread to bake that in another few hours, rising some Rhodes cinnamon rolls to bake in a few hours, and my bread machine just got done with a loaf of country white. All things I can eat? Probably not, but it was fun to do. As you can see, my idea of baking means making things that I don't really have much to do with. Throw a frozen loaf in a pan, some mix in a machine, call it baking for me LOL. But the end result is nummy in the tummy!!

While reading the address on the Fiber Trends patterns that I bought, I saw that the address is an East Wenatchee, Washington address and my heart skipped a beat. I grew up in Wenatchee, Washington, which is just on the other side of the Columbia River from E. Wenatchee. Like, 2 minutes away. I got all excited! Hehehe..

OOOH! I have a HUGE awesome accomplishment to share with whoever cares! I LOST 2 POUNDS! I was so excited, jumping around and acting like a four year old who got a new toy on Christmas. It's all been worth something now, just for those two pounds :) I haven't been journaling everything I've eaten over the weekend, because really I haven't had time. But by counting the cals in my head, I have still stayed in the boundaries that I should. I even turned down free pizza. Can you believe it? Me + free pizza = droolfest. But I did not succomb to the droolfest. NOSIRREE! I gathered my wits and said that we couldn't stay for dinner, we had to go, but thanks just the same. :)

Well, that's about it for now.


Saturday, August 20, 2005

My weight loss ticker

I thought I'd test this out here....

Thursday, August 18, 2005

*Insert good topic here*

I am *still* working on that darned J*A*K*E blanket. I don't feel like I will ever finish it LOL. I have also printed out some patterns to have my go at toe up socks. I've never made those before, and the toe is the part I hate the most (even though I don't hate it, really) so I figured what better way to get past it than to start with it. We'll see how it goes :)

Today is day #10 of my life change. I haven't lost a single pound, which I'm told is ok. WITH WHO? NOT ME! Apparently it's ok with everyone else though. But one pound would have been nice. *sigh* I'm still sticking with it and making sure I eat right, healthy, and take care of myself. I figure, 30 days to form a habit, so I have 20 more to go before my body is in the habit of eating the right things rather than hamburgers, french fries, tacos (oh, the tacos...can't they be made with something besides tortillas but that tastes exactly like a tortilla???)...etc. Hopefully in the next few weeks I'll notice something though.

Well, off to spend the evening with the kiddos :)

Thursday, August 11, 2005

Weight Loss

I'm thinking of rewarding myself with something I've been wanting for a while... I have been eyeballing the Lorna's Laces yarn at my LYS for some time now. I have decided that that shall be my reward for losing weight. Well, for my 10% goal anyway. I'm doing about 1500 cals a day (or trying to anyway) and have been doing so for three days. It's really hard for me, since I am used to snacking on whatever I please, but I'd really like to be healthier and be able to fit into smaller sized clothing. So the LL's yarn will be my treat. I cannot buy it until I have reached the 10% of my weight goal. I wonder how long I'll have to wait.....

Sorry for the mass posts today :)


Thank you!

I just wanted to say thank you to Isela for taking the time to help me learn how to link. I know it seems a simple thing to most people, but I'm not most people *grin*

Wednesday, August 10, 2005

The *J*A*K*E* Blanket

So I am over the halfway point on the JAKE blanket. My friend has had her baby, and it's not ready yet. I figured it's no big deal though, since it's a blanket and not something that "won't fit" or anything like that. I got all the letters done, and thought about taking a picture, but then decided against it. I don't want to photograph it until I am all done with it and it's blocked. I think it will look better that way. :) I'm excited about it though. Those letters and all that reverse stockinette and everything were quite the challenge to me for some reason. Mostly just confusing about which stitch I should be on. At any rate, now i'm just back to regular old stockinette stitch for 70 more rows :)

I'm also knitting a pair of footlet socks on some size 2's out of cotton ease. I have decided that while I don't mind smaller needles, I don't think I care for the brand I am using. I am using the magic loop method, which I love (as well as the socks on circs method) but the needles are metal and poky and seem as though they are starting to chip up at the tips. Not pleased with that. Oh well, it's all in fun though, and the footlets are for me, and I think the needles should make it through the knitting of the footies :)

I'm also going to start knitting Barbie clothes for Christmas for the girls. I've decided I'd like a "Barbie" themed Christmas for them. I want to make furniture, if I can find the right sources for ideas (anyone know of any?) and there's a book that I saw someone knitting from on the Barbie clothes that I'm planning to get. There are two actually, one is something like Barbie and Me, and it's knits for the little girl and her Barbie. That is not the one I want. I want the one that is strictly Barbie clothes. In the meantime, I'm going to wing it and make some skirts and stuff out of some yarns that Jessie picked out. She got some Flash Cotton (cheapo three fifty a skein, I have yet to knit with it, but I seem to keep buying it LOL) and some cashcotton that is sort of a bright pinkish that she HAD TO HAVE. I caved. It's too soft NOT to cave :) Besides, maybe she'll forget that we have it in the stash now and I can use it for something else *grin* I think we got some Dale Stork too, in a self striping blue/green/yellow thing. Looking forward to it all :) Both of my girls are huge Barbie freaks, and both also young enough that they don't have a lot of Barbie stuff, and I never kept all mine *sob* Anyway, I'm excited about it.

So, I went to church Sunday (I am LDS if anyone is interested) and actually went to the entire block. Sacrament, Sunday School and Relief Society. Lately, I haven't really been having much of a desire to be at church. Not sure why, I guess I just don't care maybe? But my friend wanted to go to the entire thing, so I went with her. Normally, I only go on the days that I have to play the piano in Relief Society, and then only just Relief Society. But it was nice to go for the whole thing for a change. Who knows, maybe I'll change and start going to the whole thing all the time. Jessie sure would like that. She loves going to Primary and singing all the songs. Niff on the other hand is not all that fond of Nursery. She's doing better, maybe if her mom took her more than once in a blue moon of cheese, she'd be better at liking it.

I'm going to be going on vacation to the Oregon Coast to visit my mom in a few weeks and I am SO excited!! She's lived there for a year or two now and really loves it. We're planning to hopefully move up there as well in the next year or so. We're playing it by ear for now to see how things pan out for us here in Salt Lake City. Anyway, I'm looking forward to venturing to yarn stores and what not :)

Well, must get my hiney back to work.