Knitting Kneedles

Sunday, September 25, 2005

Ultrasound follow up!

Isela reminded me that I forgot to post about my ultrasound that I had a little over a week ago. If you'll remember, my first one only showed the yolk sac with no fetus or cardiac activity, which made me quite sad. I thought for sure I was going to miscarry at any moment. A week and a half later, there was my little Cashew with a beating heart, just ticking away. They did move my due date, so now it is May 11. According to my last menstrual period, which I finally figured out, I should have been due April 25 (I originally thought it was May 5.) I find this quite interesting. Here's why. Sperm can live inside of the female for up to 72 hours. According to the time we had intercourse the month I conceived, the sperm would have had to live for an entire week. So I figured, it was all in God's hands and I'm just going to chalk it up to my big miracle :) I haven't figured out how to scan things with our new scanner yet, so I won't be able to show off the picture, but that's ok, because honestly it just looks like a 1 cm blob. Hopefully the following ultrasounds are more revealing :)

Saturday, September 24, 2005

Pictures!

Can you believe it!? A post from me, WITH PICTURES!

This first one is of Niff with her new Halloween costume. She is going to be the "Wicket" Witch. That's how she says "wicked." I think she looks adorable. We're going to paint her face green and spray her hair black and make it all scraggly looking.
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This one is of Jessie in her costume. She is going to be a Southern Belle. She has no idea what one is, but she fell in love with the dress the moment she set eyes on it. There was absolutely nothing else she could even look at besides this dress. And I have to admit, it is adorable. She was prancing around the house humming as if she were the belle of the ball. And really, she is. As you can see...
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Here they are together in their costumes
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This is a picture of Niff while we were in Oregon at the aquarium in Newport Beach.
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This is a picture of Jessie in Oregon at my aunt's house, posing with the flower tiara. Image hosted by Photobucket.com

No knitting pictures right now. I'm sure that's not a shock though. I wonder if I'm just afraid to show people online my stuff for fear of it being too ugly or something. Or maybe I'm just lazy. I'm going with the latter, since I normally don't care what everyone else thinks of my knitting projects :)

Thursday, September 22, 2005

Secret Pal 6

Dear Secret Pal,

I have lost your email address, so I am thanking you here in the hopes that you will read this! I got your knitpixie gift certificate and was just tickled pink! This is the best week for it, as it's been a busy crazy week, and something just for me will be nice :) I ordered some of the Lorna's Lace Shephard Sock in the 504 Lakeview colorway. I have never used that yarn before and am looking forward to getting it in the mail :)

Thanks a ton! You're the best! :)

Sunday, September 18, 2005

The things you forget.

With each pregnancy, I've gotten really sick. The first one, I miscarried, but I was still suck up until then. With Jessica, every single day until delivery and with Niff, every day until about 24 weeks. I was hoping this time would be different. Or maybe I just forgot what it feels like to be sick all day long LOL. Not that I am complaining, because I really wanted this. Well, not the sick part, but the part that comes with it :) I sort of am relieved that I am sick, because it means that I'm still pregnant. My doctor asks me all the time if I'm still sick, and I say yes, and she says "That's great!" and it makes me crack up. But really it is. (And yes, this is somewhat trying to convince myself LOL).

I don't have any pics up yet from my vacation. I've been too tired and nauseated to do much but lay around and sleep. And lay around some more. I did get a burial gown done on my vacation. Well, I guess I can't say it's done. I got down to the last row and the bind off and ran out of yarn, so it's "nearly" done. I don't have any pics up for it yet though, because I want to wait till I put the buttons and ribbon before I show it. I also restarted the cable scarf at Mim's Knitting Frenzy. I got a new cable needle, the kind that looks more like a U shape than a bent up needle. This is working much better for me. And the yarn I am using was from my secret pal. Knit Picks Elegance in Lilac. *drool* Can I put in a request for my skin to be made of this? Thanks. I have nearly finished three repeats and have only made one obvious mistake. I'm not taking it out though, I think it will give it character. Oh, and it's MINE. I always give everything away. Not this. It's mine mine mine.

I also did my first kool aid dyeing! My secret pal sent me some color it yourself merino wool from knit picks and some kool aid with which to dye it :) I now have some reddish-pink yarn that's been balled up and is nice and cozy on the couch, and some really bright berry blue yarn that's still hanging over the kitchen sink, just about dry. For the reddish pink i believe I used cherry, two packs. For the blue one, I found more kool aid in the cupboard, and I think I used six packs so it would be brighter. I like how it's not really even throughout...some of the yarn turns out lighter, some darker, but not really obviously, more of a sublte look. Can't wait to knit it up into something fun :) I was thinking mittens for my kiddos for this winter, but we'll see. I have one more big ole hank of the merino to color, and am thinking I'll do different colors on it. I'm excited at how easy it was to color it! Water, kool aid, yarn. That's it. :) Oh, and the hanger, so it can dry :)

I had a dream last night that I was having the ultrasound to tell the gender of the baby, and I was with this girl from work and we both said OH! IT'S A BOY! And I was so excited because that's what I'm really hoping for (a girl is ok too though) and the tech kept saying "No, that's the part of the girl that just hangs out. It's really a girl" And I was just completely confused in the dream because of her telling me that girls have parts that hang out. Then she got this diagram and showed me and I was even more confused, because *I* certainly don't have anything that was shown on that diagram. I woke up and thought of what a weird dream it was. I still haven't decided if I'm going to find out or wait until he/she is born. Guess time will tell :)

Sorry for all the text only posts. I hope I don't bore my two readers to death!

T

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Secret Pal Six :)

1. Are you a yarn snob (do you prefer higher quality and/or natural fibers)? Do you avoid Red Heart and Lion Brand? Or is it all the same to you? I've become more of a yarn snob these days. I'll still use the cheapos if I need to make mass quantities of baby hats and such to donate, but my preference is the nice yummy stuff.

2. Do you spin? Crochet? Crochet.

3. Do you have any allergies? (smoke, pets, fibers, perfume, etc.)No.

4. How long have you been knitting? Just over a year now.

5. Do you have an Amazon or other online wish list? No.

6. What's your favorite scent? (for candles, bath products etc.) Lavender, coconut

7. Do you have a sweet tooth? Not really. I have a salt tooth. Especially now that I'm pregnant, it's even more so a salt tooth.

8. What other crafts or Do-It-Yourself things do you like to do? Ceramic painting, tole painting.

9. What kind of music do you like? Can your computer/stereo play MP3s? (if your buddy wants to make you a CD) Country, 80's, showtunes.

10. What's your favorite color? Or--do you have a color family/season/palette you prefer? Any colors you just can't stand? Purple! Colors I can't stand... can't think of any.

11. What is your family situation? Do you have any pets? Married, two girls, age 4 and 3, one on the way in May :)

12. What are your life dreams? (really stretching it here, I know) To become a Certified Nurse Midwife and work with women and teens.

13. What is/are your favorite yarn/s to knit with? It changes daily. Right now, I'm in love with Alpaca.

14. What fibers do you absolutely *not* like? I haven't run into any hateful yarns yet.

15. What is/are your current knitting obsession/s? Socks, baby items.

16. What is/are your favorite item/s to knit? Baby items

17. What are you knitting right now? Socks (two pairs), baby blanket, raspberry baby hat, and a burial gown. Obviously I like to keep up on 2 thousand projects at once.

18. What do you think about ponchos? Not for me.

19. Do you prefer straight or circular needles? Depends on what I am knitting. But usually circs.

20. Bamboo, aluminum, plastic? Depends on what I'm using them for.

21. Are you a sock knitter? Yes.

22. How did you learn to knit? Friend at work.

23. How old is your oldest UFO? About 4 months.

24. What is your favorite animated character or a favorite animal/bird? Frogs.

25. What is your favorite holiday? Not reall a favorite holiday...more of a favorite season. I love Winter.

26. Is there anything that you collect? Pens.

27. What knitting magazine subscriptions do you have? None

28. Any books out there you are dying to get your hands on? Barbie knitting book (but not the one with the matching kids clothes LOL)

29. Any patterns you have been coveting, but haven't bought for one reason or another?? The wool soaker pants at turtleknits

Friday, September 02, 2005

Here is a direct link for those wishing to donate...

Thursday, September 01, 2005

Katrina

So I've been watching the news a lot this week, as I am sure everyone has. I was griping this morning about how awful it is that gas is going up. Then I thought "Hey, at least we have a gas station that I don't have to line up 10 miles to get to..." "At least I still have my dry car" "At least I have my home." "At least I know where my family is and how they are doing." Paying more for gas seems so small in the scheme of those things. And everything will work out in that aspect. And there is always public transportation which we should all be taking advantage of anyway.

So I'm perusing blogland and saw that Margene and Susan have set up a donation fund to help out those who need it the most. If you read this, and you have the extra money, or can give up something this week to make sure you have the extra money, someone will be so blessed from it. Maybe even you yourself. Think about it. Put yourself in their shoes. Would I be someone that I would want to help? I would hope so. Anyway, just wanted to pass this along, as every little bit helps out! Also, if you enjoy loom knitting, then Isela has some auctions up for some of her company's looms, and all of the proceeds will be donated to the relief fund. Or, if there is some other way you can help out, like sending clothing, toiletries, etc to the Red Cross or another fund that is helping them, maybe you could do that too. :)

Thanks for taking the time to think of others in their time of need. God blesses you for it :)

Tracey