The title says all. My actual due date is tomorrow 08/15/2009 so I’m not late. But I wish the baby would make an appearance already. I’ve been having braxton hicks contractions for weeks now. They aren’t uncomfortable but they sure make my uterus hard and freaks my husband out. The baby is really low. I feel like there is a bowling ball inbetween my legs. So hopefully soon. I did check my own cervix a few days ago and it’s still closed:( It hurt pretty bad so I won’t be doing that again until I’m actually in labor.
Everything is ready for the baby to come. Car seat is installed. We got a new car. Yes… we bought a new car. Matt and I decided to take the plunge and use the “Cash for Clunkers” program that the government is offering and bought a 2009 Toyota RAV 4. It’s a base model but has room for the baby and we don’t have to worry about the Jeep breaking down. The Jeep Grand Cherokee had very bad gas mileage but tons of room for the baby. I hated driving it because it has a very high center of gravity. I always felt like I was going to tip over when I drove it.
To qualify for the Clunkers program, you basically had to have an MPG of less than 18. Your car also had to be drivable, less than 25 years old, and you had to have insurance and registration of at least one year. We’ve been hearing that the government can pull the plug on this program at anytime even though they said that the money will last until at least Labor Day. So if you have a clunker and want to get $4500 for it, buy your new car now. I’ll have Matt take a picture with me in front of it so we can show our baby that we got the car for it.
I have been a good girl when completing projects. Finally here’s a picture of my Super Star Baby Blanket.
Pattern: Crochet Superstar Baby Blanket by Bernat Studios. I got the pattern as a tear off freebie from Michaels. It’s available on their website.
Yarn: Snuggly Wuggly DK in green and white. This yarn was not very soft. Maybe it was the colors I chose because my friend Gabbies crocheted me a baby blanket with the same yarns but different colors and it was much softer. Hopefully it will soften up with a wash. I also did not think that this yarn was a DK weight. I got more worsted gauge but figured it didn’t matter as this was a baby blanket.
Verdict: I would crochet this again. But maybe use the suggested Bernat Softee instead. The day I picked up the pattern, all Michael’s had was baby pink and blue. I didn’t want to jinx myself by picking either color so I went with the green/white combo. I think they did have yellow but my baby has at least 2 yellow ones knit by me.
Here’s another project that I’m knitting.
Pattern: Sweet socks. It’s available as a free download on Ravelry. Very simple sock that shows off my varigated yarn. It’s mostly stockinette stitch with 2 cables running down the side. Enough to keep me from biting my fingers off in boredom.
Yarn: Panda Soy. I bought this yarn at the Adobe when I was in San Luis Obispo. The yarn is very soft but splitty so you have to be careful while working with it. The colors were just busy enough that knitting it in a lace pattern was too much. The lace didn’t show up and the colors weren’t right. This type of colorway is really suited for plain socks but this pattern is great for it. I’m still working on the other sock. I’m trying to avoid SSS or second sock syndrome.
Now I have been a bad girl. I’ve added to my stash. Shhhh… don’t tell Matt.
This is some Elann Lara that I bought last week. I was seduced by the full bag sale. I bought a full bag of burgundy for $16 but couldn’t help leaving the site without buying the Tiffany rose as well. I’m going to knit a lacy scoop neck cardigan from Vogue Spring/summer 2008 but what to knit with the burgundy? hmmm…There was also a sale on some Filatura Di Crosa yarns on Elann a few weeks back and I did some damage there as well. But fortunately, I don’t have evidence, err… pictures of it.
I also took a tour of some LYS’s that I probably won’t get to visit for a while. I went to Needlecraft cottage last week and came out with this.
Hopefully, I’ll get to use this for a baby sweater. If not, I’ll still use it for a baby sweater but for my friend who’s ultrasound says that she’s having a girl.
I was very pleased with the Panda Soy yarn I bought at the Adobe that I snatched the Panda Cotton up when I saw it at the Needlecraft Cottage. These should be some fun socks to knit.
There’s a new shop in Vista called Clever Knits. It’s a cute little shop that opened in June. I went there on a Thursday afternoon and there wasn’t anyone in the store but the owner. She was super nice and answered a few questions for me. There are tons of sock yarns including Cascade Heritage Sock which I hadn’t seen until that day. She hosts a knit night on Tuesdays and has a few classes going on. If it wasn’t so far a drive from my house, I’d go there every Tuesday for the Knit night. Here’s a picture of my haul.
The owner gave away a measuring tape with each purchase. But I walked away with two sock yarns. I love the Wendy Happy. Such a bright cheerful color. I’m going to use the Cascade sock to knit a Cookie A. pattern. Her patterns usually look better in solid colors. At least in my humble opinion.
Wow… I didn’t realize how late it was getting. I have to get ready for my OB appointment. I was really hoping that I wasn’t going to make it to this one but… I’ll probably post next after the baby is born. At least, I hope.