Knitting Kneedles

Monday, October 31, 2005

HAPPY HALLOWE'EN!!!!

I'm having a blast at work today :)

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Friday, October 28, 2005

"Blob" update

So I had an OB check up this week. I'm about 12 weeks now by the last two ultrasounds that I had, so we were thinking we could check for heart tones. We tried, but to no avail. My doc and I weren't worried though because I'm still quite sick. But we ordered an ultrasound anyway :) Would you all like to know that I have a ginormous baby already? It is apparently measuring greater than the 95th percentile! I have a history of teeny babies at full term, so this somewhat shocked me. So I am convinced that they should never have changed my due date by 2 weeks like they did at that first ultrasound because this ultrasound that I just had measures concordantly with the first day of my last period. I guess we'll see what happens at the next on, which is December 20. I still haven't decided if I'm finding out whether or not this baby is Matthew or Robynne.

I'd also like to share something else with the two of you that read this (LOL). When I am pregnant, I am a huge crying machine. Look at me funny, I'll cry my eyeballs out. It's even WORSE with this pregnancy. I cry over everything, quite literally. Happy? I'll cry about it? Sad? I'll definitly cry about it. So this morning, I'm actually feeling quite calm and not crying about anything for a few minutes. I get in the car and turn on the radio. Now, I'm a country music gal, and I was glad that the song was an upbeat one, got me in a good funky mood, things were going well. Then, it all came crashing down when the song Help Pour Out the Rain (by Buddy Jewell) came on (Lyrics found here http://www.geocities.com/islandlyrics/buddyjewell/jewell01.txt) and I just opened up the water works and sobbed part of the way to work. Then the DJ's came back on, and all was well again for a few minutes. I thought for sure they couldn't play another cry my eyeballs out song (contrary to popular belief, not all country songs are sadness.... with new country there are a lot of fun upbeat, happy ones) but nope. They played a song called Skin by Rascal Flatts. They got out the first two words, which are Sara Beth.... and that's all it took, since I know the song. It's about a girl named Sara Beth who gets diagnosed with cancer. Of course, this in itself is a sad enough song, but with my friend Jeff's passing of cancer last week, it's like putting salt in an open wound. I am literally sobbing my head off. And hungry to boot. So I'm in the drive thru at McDonald's (the baby was DEMANDING a sausage egg and cheese mcmuffin with a coke... what could I say to that demand? hee hee) trying to order what the baby wanted and couldn't even hardly talk to the guy because I was sobbing so much. Then I was embarassed that the guy heard me crying. Then I was crying even more because the song was still on. Why not turn off the radio you ask? Well, the answer to that is easy. I'm a sucker for emotions apparently. I can't NOT turn off the radio, because what if I miss out on something good? I've always been that way (like why go to bed early? What if I miss out on something? My friend used to tell me "If you're asleep what could you possibly miss out on?" "I responded with "I don't know, but you'll miss it and I won't, whatever it is.")

So anyway, that's my blubbering for the day. I've decided that I'm not going to listen to my launchcast account at work for fear of someone singing something that makes me cry while I'm on the phone to a patient, thus making the patient think I'm insanely nuts or something. LOL

In knitting news, I've put away the socks for myself. I haven't taken them apart, it's just that it's getting too close to Christmas for me to work on things for me right now, being the slow knitter that I am. I'm still making my branching out scarf for one of the docs I work for, socks for a coworker/friend, and a pair of mittens for each of my girls. Those are my knitted Christmas presents. Since I'm so slow, I don't think I'll have time for anything else. Oh, and I still have to finish that dreaded baby blanket. It's no longer the Happy JAKE blanket.

So anyway, that's my update :)

Sunday, October 23, 2005

How do you deal with death?

I got a phone call tonight from my mom. She was letting me know that a friend of mine had died, but she didn't realize when she was telling me how much I cared about this person. We dated a couple of times after his mission but nothing really came of it but we did maintain a friendship. His name was Jeff. He was going to be 29 in November. He died of cancer, I'm not sure what kind. Even though we've not been in touch in several years, it still hurts very much. I don't know how to deal very well with death except cry a lot and be depressed for a long time. His funeral is tomorrow, I wish I could go. I need the closure.

Thursday, October 20, 2005

I hate the flu

I came home from work Tuesday night feeling like utter poo poo. Like I'd been run over by a truck, then the truck backed up over me. I woke up Wednesday morning to get ready for work. Not a chance. Called in, and felt like the truck victim again. Nothing stayed down, so I was afraid to eat anything. Thought it would just be a quick 24 hour thing, but woke up this morning and was even worse. 4 in the a.m. had me in a meeting with the porcelain people and calling in sick shortly after that. Today, still having the truck victim feeling, and now my vision is blurry and I have zero energy. I tried to knit, but that just made me feel sicker. How sad :( I do have the best hubby though. I asked him to go get me some chicken noodle soup and ginger ale, and he immediately put on his shoes and a few minutes later was out the door. When he got home, he made me some right away, and guess what! It stayed where it was supposed to. And the ginger ale is complete heaven. I'm hoping to be at work tomorrow.

Saturday, October 15, 2005

My poor sock

I lost. But it was my fault. I got to the very end of the sock, bound off, and was so proud of myself. Gleaming with pride and joy at my accomplishment.

I went to put it on.

I bound off too tightly.

I tried to fix that by undoing the bind off, but ended up taking a few rows out and thought "no big deal, I'll just put them back on the needles." That proved to be more frustrating to me than anything because my hands tonight are very shaky. Shakier than normal for some reason. In the end, I gave it all up and now have to little wound up balls of what once was my sock.

The good news is, I don't feel as though I let myself down or anything because 1) I learned to do a toe up sock and 2) I learned to do short rows. We'll just chalk it up to experience. I don't know that I'm all that fond of those short rows. I do like the toe ups, because I could make it to fit my foot, or whoever's foot. But I seem to not have as much problem when doing a cuff down sock. Maybe I'll just stick with that for now. I'm using the same yarn to cast on for another sock tonight. Will be searching around online for a pattern.

I have good news! Niff has only had one accident today! Thankfully, it was only pee and not the poo poo accident. She turned 3 in August, and with a third baby due in May, I'm just not thrilled with the idea of having to buy all those diapers. So we're working on it now, and hopefully she will have been potty trained long enough by the time this baby is born that she won't have a relapse. She does really well through the night, and 9 nights out of 10 she will have a dry diaper. Jessie on the other hand, which is my 4 year old, is a completely sound sleeper, and just can't make it through the night. Any tips? We don't drink anything after 7 if we can help it, and we potty before we go to bed. What else can I do? I am hoping it's not a bladder problem. Poor kid, that would be hard on her when she starts having sleepovers and stuff with her friends. Anyway, if anyone has any advice on that, I'd appreciate it.

I'm proud to say I have FINALLY hit that 10 week mark in my pregnancy. I don't know why I was waiting specifically for that 10 week mark, but I was, and it seemed like a hurdle to go over or something. Weird.

Ok, now I'm off to find a fun sock pattern :) Hopefully all will go well with this one :) And I very much appreciate everyone's help with all of the questions I had.

Friday, October 14, 2005

Toe up and gussett question

Does anyone know if you can do toe up socks with the gusset? If so, can you point me in the direction of a pattern? I'd really love you!

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

The Yarn vs. Me Part II

I WON!

Well, with lots of help from Susan I won :) I shall post photos for you all to see :)

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This is my nasty dry leg with the foot/heel part of the sock. I'm now working on the cuff. Also, as you can see, it's clearly going to be a little big when I'm done, but I figured eh... maybe it will shrink when I wash it.

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This is the best photo I could get of part of the short row heels, short of cutting off my foot for a better view. I opted not to go that route :)

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This shows my biggest nasty of the sock. See that little hole near the ankle part? I'm not to worried because I figure those holes will eventually not show up once I do more socks and short rows. And I figured I could just put a stitch or two in there to help hide it when the sock is all done :)

Also, I got my order from KnitPixie from my gift certificate from my SP :) I had ordered Lorna's Laces, but they emailed me shortly after to let me know that the colorway I had requested was not in stock, and that I could have Vesper for the same price. So I ordered Vesper in Meteor. Here is a picture of it, after I balled it up from the hank. The hank, by the way, was lovely!
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So now I'm rewarding myself with this yarn. I have to finish at least one project before I can start using it. I'm thinking sockies for my girlies :) I think I could maybe squeak out two pairs of the footie socks for them. They have kid feet. (We call those anklet socks "footies" in case someone wasn't sure what a footie sock was.)

I haven't decided which method of sock knitting I like best, the short rows or the gusset. Right now, I think I prefer the gusset, because the picking up stitches is cake for me. I'm hoping that the more short rows I do the better they will look and the better I will get at it. Also, I think I should have used smaller needles. I'm using a 3.5 I think (the numbers have worn off of the wood and I think that's what I remember the little measurer saying they were) and I wish I'd have used a 2 because the yarn I'm using is too fine for a 3.5. At least, for my liking.

Well, that's it for now. Susan, thank you tons for helping me last night! It was a ton of fun going to Stitch n Bitch and I plan to come hang out and knit with you all more, if that's ok :)

Monday, October 10, 2005

The Yarn vs Tracey

The story starts out lovely. I am the star, of course, and am knitting along happily on my sock, proud of myself that I mastered a toe up. Looking forward to the "ease" of short row heels. I have no tinked and frogged and tinked and frogged until I want to singe this yarn so that it no longer is recognizable to it's yarn sisters and brothers. It's not really the yarn's fault, I realize that, but who else is there to blame? The needles? They are just the innocent little guys stuck in the middle.

Me: I HATE YOU YARN! YOU WON'T DO WHAT I WANT!
Yarn: MUWAHAHAHAHA! WE'VE GOT HER FRUSTRATED! KEEP IT UP!
Me: Why won't you just cooperate?
Yarn: Let's work in cahoots with the short row heel instructions and really screw her up!
Me: I give up. You've won round one. Round two is tomorrow and I plan to be better prepared.

I just don't understand these short rows. Well, part of them anyway. I am using Wendy's Generic Toe-up pattern here http://wendyjohnson.net/blog/sockpattern.htm and have gotten to the part where you have to start increasing the short rows AND IT JUST IS NOT FREAKIN WORKING. I'm a terrible learn-by-reading person, and learn much better with hands on, someone showing me how to do it. Tried the video at www.knittinghelp.com but she doesn't do all that I feel that I need here. I'm pondering going to Stitch n Bitch for the first time tomorrow, have actually been wanting to go for a long time. I wonder if someone might be able to help me. But I don't want them to think I'm just there for the help. If someone has an easy way to make me understand short rows, I'd love you for ever and ever *bats eyelashes*

That's all on my rant for now. I had to put the sock down for tonight for fear that I'd frog the entire thing, and it's not the entire thing that's having issues.

Sunday, October 09, 2005

Too many UFOs?

Can one really have too many UFO's lying around the house? Currently I am working on the braided cable scarf, out of some lovely knit picks yarn my SP5 sent me, the Branching Out scarf from knitty, out of the misti alpaca my SP6 gave me, a toe up sock out of some denim something or other that I had in my stash, the never ending Jake blanket (that I have only three weeks to finish...I only have about 25-30 more rows, but stockinette stitch is boring the jeebers out of me, hence why it's not finished...anyone wanna finish it for me? I'd prize you with ... something LOL) out of the blue cotton ease I got on clearance, and a baby hat out of something I had in my stash that I can't find the label to. I like to have one or two projects going at a time, but I've gotten myself in a deep UFO hole here LOL. Of course, I intend to finish all of them, but how on earth did I get myself into this? Do others have a gabillion UFO's lying around? If so, what's your limit, if there is one. Or do you just prefer to have one project going at a time. I'd love to hear what you have to say about it :)

So I've been keeping tabs on my weight, since with my last two pregnancies I lost some in the first and second trimester. With Jessie, I lost about 8-10 pounds, and only gained back so that I was about 3 or 4 pounds above pre-pregnancy. With Jennie I lost about 15 and only gained back so that I was a half a pound above pre-pregnancy. With this little one, I'm currently at about 10 weeks (why O WHY did they have to move that due date?) and am down about 4 pounds from when I started. Any guesses on what the final weight gain might be? I am hoping that when I deliver, nursing the baby will help me lose weight. It didn't in the past, but this time I intend to eat better and healthier.

My husband and I have been blechy this weekend. We both slept off and on through out the day, and thank goodness I have such good kids. They actually let us do that. For me, it was more of a one eye open type of sleep so I could still wake up if they needed me, but how wonderful they are to not get into things. They just played Barbies and watched a movie. I'm greatful for them for being so good :) Today I'm still feeling somewhat blechy, but better than yesterday. I think it's my body trying to fight off a bug. My body is achy and I have no energy. Kenny felt that way, and had a migraine to boot.

Well, back to work some more on one of those projects...I am thinking it's a sock day :) It's a toe up sock that I'm rather "winging" since I've never done one. I want to do a k2 p2 rib into it once I get done with the toe increases. Only on the top part though, not on the bottom/heel part. Also, it's going to be a short row heel sock. I'm looking forward to not picking up stitchs hehehehe.

Have a great day everyone!

Monday, October 03, 2005

Interesting little thing....

So my tooth/gum on the right bottom side of my mouth has been swollen and irritated. I thought at first a week or two ago that it had popcorn kernals in it, but haven't eaten popcorn, so thought it had been there a while if that's what it was. I flossed the crap out of that gum, and eventually I was just flossing through the gum tissue and bleeding all over that area. So today I thought 1) I'm getting an absess or 2) the filling is coming out. So I called the dentist, they squeezed me in. It was neither of those issues, thank goodness. At first they thought it was an absess, then after further hot/cold testing on the three teeth involved in the swollen area, they discovered that it is a Pyogenic Granuloma. Also known as a pregnancy tumor. Not that that might help, I'd never heard of either one of those things before. Here's the definition:

What are "pregnancy tumors?" Pregnancy tumors (pyogenic granuloma) are rare, usually painless lesions that may develop on your gums in response to plaque. Although they are not cancerous, they should be treated. Pregnancy tumors usually subside shortly after childbirth.

Just thought I'd share, because I found this interesting. I hope I don't go through this the entire pregnancy, because it's one of those irritations that is irritating

Saturday, October 01, 2005

Thank you SP6!

So I got home from work the other day, exhausted and ready to just sleep for 12 days. There was a box at the door. I bend over, pick it up, see it's from my Secret Pal and all of the sudden I'm wide awake now! LOL I fumble to get the key in the door because I'm so excited, finally do, and Kenny says "Whatchya got?" I said "A present!!!" So I open it, and in it I find this:
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There are actually two skeins of that yarn, but the other is already in use. It's so soft and nummy that I couldn't help myself. I have a list of things I want my skin to be made of, and this Misti Alpaca is right there at the top. And it's a beautiful Plum color. Also, she sent me this wonderful vitamin e lotion bar. It's called Naked Skin. It's carved into a beautiful little flower, so I'm afraid to use it and mess up the flower LOL. It smells nummy though. THANK YOU SECRET PAL!!!!
I am now knitting myself a lace scarf from a pattern I fell in love with months ago but never had the perfect yarn for. Thanks to you, I have it all now :)

On the baby note...I had a dream last night that my c-section date had approached and I had an ultrasound and they said "Well, it will actually be six more weeks. The baby's too small." And my doctor accidentally told me the sex of the baby, which I still don't want to know while pregnant. She told me it's a girl. I also was diagnosed with gestational diabetes in my dream. Blech, I hope THAT part of it does NOT come true, although the idea of it concerns me, because I was borderline in my last two pregnancies, so I know it's a possibility. I'm also overweight, which doesn't help, and have a metabolic issue, which might not help. But maybe everything will be on my side and I'll be fine :) I guess we'll see when that 28 week mark rolls around in February :)

Also, thanks to those of you who are putting up with my baby blabbering. I hope it's not boring you or anything. :)