Knitting Kneedles

Thursday, December 22, 2005

Addi Turbos

How have I been knitting for over a year without ever having used these???? I bought some today with a gift certificate for my favorite LYS, The Black Sheep Wool Co, in Salt Lake City. I got them in a US 1, 42 inches, because I'm using them to magic loop my socks. I imagine that if you knitted with a piece of heaven, this is what it would be like. I love the joins the most. The yarn just slides right on through to the metal part of the needle off of the cable. I don't know that I can ever use anything else now LOL!

I also got a new book a week or so ago called Cool Socks Warm Feet by Lucy Neatby. It's a great book so far. I'm knitting one sock at a time using the magic loop because I haven't quite figured out how to cast on for two socks at one time. But I do seem to knit faster using the ML method, as well as the 2 circs method. My stitches are tighter with DPN's though, and I like that. I guess they each have their own goodies about them.

Talked to my mom tonight. She is going to start buying little boy things. I'm excited :) I told her I want lots of blue. :) I also bought some yarn to practice with, Frog Tree or something like that, to see if I like it to make my baby a sweater for next fall. I bought one skein of a dark green, and one of a seafoam type of color, to make hats to see if I like the way it works up. Then I'll buy the amount needed for a sweater that I have a baby pattern for :)

Hope none of you get sick of hearing about my baby babble :)

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Merry Christmas to ME!

I must say congrats to Isela belatedly. Not belatedly on purpose, mind you, but because I found out that I WAS WRONG! I had my little "What is the sexy of my baby" contest, and EVERYONE guessed that it was a boy when really I thought it was a girl, and even the doctor thought it was a girl. Well, after yesterday's ultrasound, it is CLEARLY not a girl! So, Isela, congrats! You win some yarn! I have a new favorite sock yarn that I'm prizing you with, but you most likely won't get it until after Christmas. And it might not really be "new" as in new to the whole world, but it's a newer one to me, as I've never used it :) I hope you like it as much as I do.

Here is Matthew Asa :)

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****EDIT**** I can't seem to make the picture bigger so you can see :( If anyone knows how, I'd be much abliged!

Monday, December 19, 2005


I'm sitting at my desk at work, and this lady comes in looking for one of our physicians. She has a bag of something to give him. His secretary isn't in, so I offer to give it to him when he comes in. I look at it... it's roving! For his wife. I said, "She's gonna spin this up isn't she?" I opened the bag (she told me to) and felt it and holy hannah banana.... I'd like my skin to be made of this stuff! That's how I like to rate my yarn. :) I told her that eventually I'd love to learn to spin and she said "Great, we'll start you out with a drop spindle so you can get the hang of it." Then she told me about some place in town on Redwood Road and 7800 South (???) that caters to spinners. I'll look into it to see if they have some classes to offer for people with no clue like myself :) Any ideas on how much a good drop spindle costs? I'm excited :)

Saturday, December 10, 2005

Delivery method stuff...mostly complaining, be forewarned! :)

I had to choose a new day for the baby to be born. That's the only good thing, in my opinion, about having c-sections. I get to be in control of the day, if she hasn't come by then that is :) I was wanting May 3, but my doctor is out of town until that day, so I decided on....Cinco de Mayo! :) I thought that would be fun, so many people celebrating my Robyn's birthday :)

I do wish that c-sections weren't a party of my delivery plan, but, such is life. I had an emergency c-section with Jessica, after an induction for pre eclampsia. Her heart rate was dropping to the 60's, when it's not supposed to go below 120. It went up, but didn't really stabilized, so they crash sectioned me. I was awake, though so drugged that I remember I just wanted to sleep. Then, with Niff, my cervix wasn't ever changing towards the end. At 38 weeks, it was still closed, thick and high, meaning that diddly squat was happening. So I said "Let's just schedule it." To this day, I regret that decision. Niff was so tiny I am sure I could have delivered her vaginally. She was only 6 pounds and 18 inches long. But, that is the decision I made. I talked with my OB about having a VBA2C, which is a vaginal birth after 2 cesareans. She was very supportive of it, if that is what I wanted to do. I researched the holy heck out of it, read lots of stuff on the internet, good and bad, and read lots of stuff at work, in our OBGYN office, like some articles from journals, ACOG (American College of OBGYN), and talked with 3 different OBGYN doctors who were all supportive of it as long as it was what I wanted. I stressed about it for about a year, and it was definitely the most difficult decision I have ever made in my life. The scariest risk, to me, of the VBA2C is a uterine rupture, which could also happen with just a VBAC. But with the VBA2C, the risk is slightly higher. I couldn't deal with that, so in the end, I just decided that a repeat c-section, while it also has risks, is the better decision for me. While I'm still not thrilled with that decision, I do know it's the right one. That's the only thing about this pregnancy that I dread. And I'm not sure what the reason is that I hate the sections so much. I should be greatful that my babies are healthy. And I am, completely. Just makes me disappointed that I have to let someone else birth my babies I guess.

Whew... guess I just needed to get that out! Sorry about that :)

I'm making enchiladas and spanish rice and beans for dinner tonight. I'm looking forward to it. I love mexican food!

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Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Seaming question

I found this great mitten pattern for kids mittens. Well, I like it anyway, because it's so quick and easy. The only problem is, my seams on the side (they are 2 needle mittens) looks awful. There's a ginormous ridge where the sides are seamed together, and I want to eliminate that. Can someone point me in a direction where I might find some directions on making that better?

Here is the link for the mittens if anyone is interested:

I'll try to post pics tonight when I get home of the 2 pairs I have done :)

Monday, December 05, 2005

Update on the spider

It's dead. I didn't do it. I called a neighbor, who wasn't able to help. So I went across the street to the other neighbor's house and he came over and helped. And giggled at me of course, but it's all good and the creepy crawly is gone. I'm no longer trembling as I was last night. :)

Sunday, December 04, 2005


You should all know this about me. I HATE SPIDERS. And there is one on the wall above the computer. And I am so terrified of the darn things that I can't even kill it. I HATE THEM I HATE THEM I HATE THEM. And hubby is at his bowling league, then work (he works graveyard shifts) and my kids clearly can't reach it if *I* can't even reach it, and I'm too scared to even kill it..... SOMEONE COME HELP ME.

On a happier unspidery not (ACK IT'S GETTING CLOSER) I started knitting mittens yesterday. I got two pairs done and am working on the third. One each for my girls and one for my niece. Will post pics later, when there are no unwanted creepy crawlies on my house.