A nurse who knits…

August 14, 2009

Still pregnant.

Filed under: baby,Crochet,Knitting — yarnnut @ 8:52 pm

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.


August 5, 2009

Blocking sucks…

Filed under: baby,Crochet,Dogs,Knitting — yarnnut @ 4:33 am

I love knitting lace.  I hate blocking it.  I’ve got tons of toys to make it more fun.  T-pins, blocking pads, blocking wires.  But I still hate it and put it off as long as I can.  I’m sure I have finished lace scarves somewhere that just need a good blocking to bring out the lace pattern.  But I digress.

I finished my Hanami stole on July 27, 2009.  So this is not so bad.  But I wanted to get it done and blocked before the baby came.  Because I knew once the baby came, this would have no chance of ever seeing daylight again.  Here are some pictures of the stole being blocked.
This is a view of the cherry blossom side.

Here’s what the basketweave portion looks like.


Notice I used the blocking pads and wires. It took me about 1 hour to get the wires through the edge stitches. Does anyone have a method that is less laborious? I’ve heard of some people weaving a long piece of thread thru instead of blocking wires. That almost sounds worse. The only thing that got me through this exercise was the fact that the stole was going to look great after the block. Sorry for the poor lighting.  I usually like using natural light since my photography isn’t the best.

Here are the stats:
Yarn: Malabrigo Laceweight purchased at Yarning for You in San Marcos. I used two skeins. I actually have a little bit leftover. What to do with it???
Pattern: Hanami by Pink Lemon Twist
This was a very fun pattern.  The pattern is a 12 pager that gives you all the charts and many options.   Melanie tells you what to do if you want to make this all in basketweave or the cherry blossom repeats.  She also tells you a bit about her inspiration for the pattern.   She includes instructions on beading the shawl.  Since I am a chicken when it comes to embellishment,  I have no beads.  Although I’m sure the shawl is stunning when beaded.  My friend Margaret Ann, purchased beads for when she knits this shawl.  I can’t wait to see it. Hint, hint…

I also took some pictures of some handcrafted baby gifts. Margaret Ann gave me this darling hat that she knit out of this new yarn called Sublime.
Waldo was not pleased with this hat on his head. Here’s another picture…
I also loved the handwritten label that she placed on it.

My other dear friend, Gabbies, crocheted this baby blanket.  I love the colors and she wove a ribbon thru the edging.P1020612
So cute. When the baby is finally born, I’ll take a picture of it wrapped in it. In fact, pictures will be taken with everything handmade within the first couple weeks. Look for baby pics…

Speaking of baby, I’m 39 weeks pregnant and trying different things to make the baby come. Today and yesterday, I ate spicy food. I’ve been walking every night but I’m going to start climbing stairs next week if my labor hasn’t started by then. My massage therapist showed me some pressure points to start applying pressure to. Matt doesn’t want the baby to come until after Thursday cause he has stuff going on at work. But it’s never going to be a good time for him. Things come up all the time and if we waited until he wasn’t busy, this baby wouldn’t be born until it was time for him/her to go to college. If anyone has any suggestions, leave a comment. I’ll be trying nipple stim/sex next week even if I don’t feel like it.

I’m knitting Sweet Socks. They are a simple pair of stockinette socks with two cables. Nice and simple. I’m using my yarn purchased on my last baby free weekend get away. Much better than the Froot Loops that I attempted to make. Sometimes, the yarn dictates what you knit. No picture yet though… I also finished my star shaped blanket that I crocheted out of Snuggly Wuggly DK. I forgot to take a picture so you’ll see that in my next post.

I’m also knitting a tunic from a Filatura di Crosa book, Summer 2006 that I purchased from Yarning for You. Elann had a sale on a whole bunch of yarn that was used in that book and I bought enough yarn to knit a sweater, that tunic, and a tank. So much for trying not to buy yarn. Sigh….

Well, this post has been long enough. The weather here in San Diego has been fabulous. Nice and warm at night. I can go out on my walks without a sweater! That’s almost unheard of since I’m always cold.

July 16, 2009

More baby things

Filed under: crocheting,Dogs,Knitting — yarnnut @ 8:56 pm

I’ve finished a few more baby knits since my last post. I did get Waldo to pose in my crocheted baby blanket. I forgot I had already knit the Tiramisu blanket in a yellowish tone. Chalk that up to pregnancy brain. Oh well. This one is different since it has a hood.
Pattern: I got this off the Pound of Love ball band. It is also available online in both knit and crochet versions. The knit version requires that you double the yarn while the crochet is a single strand throughout. I’m not a fan of doubling yarn so I opted for the crochet version.
Hook: size J
Thoughts: My gauge was way off. Since this was a baby blanket I didn’t care. I did think it was super funny though that the specified dimensions in the pattern were that the blanket would measure 28″ square. My width ended up being 37″ so I just went with that dimension. I still managed to have a little bit of yarn left over.
Yarn: Pound of Love by Lion Brand. I didn’t love this yarn. Being acrylic, it felt very artificial in my hands. But that’s to be expected. Overall, good yarn to make a baby gift especially a blanket as it cost me $7 for the ball. I think though, I’d make this in my standby acrylic, Berroco Comfort and this would turn out wonderful. Even Cottonease would be a wonderful yarn for this project.

I also finished an absolutely adorable baby hat.  Waldo wanted nothing to do with this one so I used a much more cooperative grapefruit as a model.
Pattern: Cherry-o hat from Itty Bitty Hats. This book is filled with adorable hats for both boys and girls. Although, I have to say the girls definitely have the upper hand when it comes to cute knit/crochet patterns.
Yarn: I actually used the suggested yarn for this project. It called for Rowan Cotton DK. I even used the same colors that were in the book. This yarn is very nice. Smooth definition in your stitches and the colors are wonderful.
Needle: Size 5 addi.
Thoughts: I still don’t like color work. Even simple stuff like stripes. The stripes had a little jog at the beginning and end of rows. I did some research after I finished the hat and found out how to avoid the jog. I was too lazy to frog it though. I’ll try the technique with my next hat. I think I’m jumping the gun with the cherry-o hat. I tried to convince my hubby that the hat is unisex but he did not buy it. I’ll wait to make my next hat until after the baby is born so I can coordinate colors better. Although I do think that blue and pink are not exclusively boy/girl colors. Actually, I think there may be a double standard with that. Most people that I’ve talked to say that it’s ok for a girl to wear blue but a boy under no circumstances can wear pink. Whatever…

My last project is the Baby Moc A Soc. Absolutely adorable pattern. Again, gauge issues. The bootie actually came out to be more toddler sized even though I used a DK weight yarn called for in the pattern. Oh well, I figured it’d fit the baby eventually.
I am actually blanking on the yarn I used and unfortunately I threw the ball band away. It was a yarn I purchased at Yarning for You in San Marcos. I did remember enjoying the process of knitting the yarn though.

The baby and I are doing well. I’m starting to feel more braxton hicks contractions and at times they are slightly uncomfortable. The baby is constantly kicking me and has settled head down into my pelvis so that’s good news. Next week, I’ll be term and the baby can come out at anytime. My baby shower is on Saturday and I have a bit of food shopping to do. We’re doing a tea theme which probably isn’t the smartest idea during a San Diego heat wave. It’s supposed to be in the 90’s that day. We are going to have teas available. I’ll just have ice waiting for people to decide to ice it. My menu is:

  • Green tea
  • Swedish Berries tea
  • A white tea
  • and an english breakfast tea
  • Raisin scones
  • English Trifle
  • Deviled egg sandwiches
  • smoked salmon sandwiches
  • and cucumber sandwiches (for me)
  • Fruit plate
  • tea cookies
  • Baby shower cake (white chocolate raspberry from Edelwise bakery)

Until next time,

June 13, 2009

My first EPS sweater

Filed under: baby,Dogs,Knitting — yarnnut @ 11:50 pm

Of course, it’s for my baby. I wanted to knit it in a small cute size first where it wouldn’t bother me to frog it if necessary. I knit on it for about six days and this is what I came up with.
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Here’s the stats
Yarn: 1 skein of Berroco Comfort in green. Love this yarn. Especially for baby things.
Pattern: EPS which is found in a number of Elizabeth Zimmermann books. Kinda difficult to come up with numbers if you’re lazy (which I was) or math challenged. I finally sat down and made up a size for my baby. Hopefully, it fits. It’s about 15 inches in circumference. Arm length 5 inches. Yoke depth 3.5 inches. My gauge worked out to 5 stitches/inch.

For those of you who are Waldo fans, here are a few pics of him modeling the baby sweater. It barely fits him.

Here’s Matt holding me up so you can see the detail
Blurry pic cause I was moving
This is what I really think of this sweater.

As for my next projects, I’m still working on the Hanami stole. I am using the Malabrigo Laceweight in pink. (this stuff is crack for the lace knitter.) I’m so glad I have two more skeins in purple to make another shawl. I am also going to start some Baby Moc-a-socs. Aren’t they adorable? I also have the Itty Bitty Hat book by Susan B. Anderson. So many cute hats but I think I’m going to have to start out with the Marshmallow Bonnet. Do you think it will work for a boy? I have some leftover Cottonease in Almond that I think would look super cute. I guess if it’s too girly and I end up with a boy, I can give it to one of my co-workers who’s having a girl.

I went to the grocery store today and got some pregnant comments. One little girl who looked about two years old, pointed at my belly and proclaimed to all that were listening, “Baby in there!” She was so cute beaming ear to ear. One thing that I wish I did was take more belly pictures. I was taking them from about 15 weeks to 20 weeks. But unfortunately, I wasn’t really showing so I stopped. All of a sudden, I popped out at 24 weeks and now my waist measures 36″ at the belly button. And of course no pictures to record my transformation. A journal with waist measurement and pictures would have been a nice thing to show my baby. So… Now I’m looking for a professional photographer to take some tasteful pictures of my belly. I hope it’s something that my baby will appreciate later. Has anyone else done this before? If you have and you have a suggestion for a local San Diego photographer, please leave a comment.

March 8, 2009

S.E.X… (among other things) at Stitches West

Filed under: Dogs,Knitting,Life in general — yarnnut @ 11:24 pm

Stash Enhancement Expedition. Come on, people… get your mind out of the gutter. I attended Stitches West sans hubby.

I had a really good time at Stitches West. It was my first time and although I thoroughly enjoyed the experience, I think I would have had more fun with a few knitting buds. Every knitter I knew here in San Diego couldn’t make it. So… I just started talking to other knitters and had a great time talking yarn and projects.

I forgot my camera at home so you won’t see any pictures from me of the actual event. Oh well, I’m sure you’re seeing other people’s pics all over the blog world. I got in on Thursday morning at 11 am and had lunch with my old college roomie Michelle. She is a non-knitter who learned how to knit before I left. She works in Santa Clara, literally 1 mile down the road from the Santa Clara Convention Center. The convention center had free parking. Yeah!!! and I pulled into the garage at 3 pm to get registered. I wanted to see if there were any spots in other classes that I was hoping to take. But alas, nothing tickled my fancy among the open classes. There was a market session class that I wanted to take but the ladies at registration told me that I would have to wait until the market preview to register for those classes. The market session classes were 1 hour workshops that were held on the market floor. They offered instruction in Toe Up Sock cast on (which is what I ended up taking on Friday), Seaming, and a whole bunch of other stuff that I can’t recall at the moment.

The market preview started at 5 pm on Thursday and I wanted to make sure that I made it to that. It was an absolute zoo. There was one booth that sold discounted yarn in packs of 10. That was the most frenzied I’d seen knitters get. Granted, there were some deals to be had. On some bags, it was 60-70% off. Women and men were digging frantically into 3 huge bins filled with bags of yarn. Customer service was not the name of the game at this booth. Scoring big deals was. So… I found 3 bags of yarn that I almost bought. Almost because I stood in line for 30 minutes without any movement. Then my friends started calling at 6 pm to go out for dinner. I decided that if this yarn was here tomorrow, it was meant to be. I mean, I had only gone thru 10% of the market at this point. How could use my budget to buy this when something else spectacular could be calling my name. So. I threw the bags back into the sea of yarn and knitters and headed out for dinner. I would be back bright and early in the morning to check out the market before class.

My friends took me out for dinner at this Mediterranean restaurant in Mountain View. Very good food although I couldn’t remember the name of it for all the money in the world right now. Pregnancy forgetfulness has taken over at this point. My friends want to go out and have drinks and I have to tell them that I would rather pass out on the floor or couch at one of their houses. So we head back to my friend Ben’s house for a movie. Unfortunately we end up watching “Don’t mess with the Zohan”. This is a politically incorrect movie that was probably funny but I passed out before Zohan made it out of Israel. My friends tell me he ends up in the US. Don’t know how far into the movie I fell asleep but apparently it was very close to the beginning. Oh well.

The next day, I set out at the bright and early hour of 10 am for Stitches. I was staying over at my friend Michelle’s house for the weekend and she lives in Mountain View. About a 15 minute drive especially at the non traffic hour that was was up. So… I wandered around the market for 2 hours until my market session. I found the Webs booth and found their yarns on closeout to be a much better deal than the Zoo booth. So I bought some Rowan CashCotton DK and some Malabrigo Sock yarn. It was my first time ever buying Malabrigo Sock and I found it yummy soft. I fell in love with a brown color, Cordovan, that I was thinking would be a very smart Clapotis but I am not sure whether I could take another turn at Clapotis. It was brutal knitting it the first 2 times around. Here’s a looksie.

My market session was highly successful and I conquered the toe up cast on. We learned the figure 8 cast on and the Turkish cast on. We also tried the Judy Becker Magic Cast on but that was way too complicated for me. This class enabled me to finish my first toe up sock which is going to be for my baby. I used some left over Happy Feet from my Monkey sock. I have one Monkey and one baby sock to complete.
Baby sock
Here’s a pic of my Monkey and baby sock together so you can see the size difference. Isn’t the baby sock absolutely adorable??? I just used a figure 8 cast on with a short row heel and ribbed the foot and cuff.
Monkey and baby

My next class was “Stuck on Steeks”. I had tons of trouble following along and after the class I remained “Stuck on Steeks”. I did manage to cut a steek but I’ve come to the conclusion that steeking isn’t for me. I don’t know if it was the way the instructor taught the class or if pregnancy brain was to blame but it was an exercise in futility. The instructor didn’t demo the skills before hand. She described the skill and then went around and corrected people. After she described the skill, I had no idea what to do and had to wait until she came around. The whole thing didn’t want to make me try a complicated fair isle sweater then cut it to make a cardigan. No siree… I’ll stay the course and knit flat.

After the class was over, I was exhausted and went home to rest for a bit. My friends wanted dinner out again so we went to a Cuban restaurant. Sooo good. I had black beans and rice and a tamale. It came with fried plantains. Yummm…. I ate too much though and had horrible heartburn the rest of the night.

On Saturday, I took a break from Stitches since I didn’t have any classes scheduled. My friends and I just hung out and watched Gran Torino with Clint Eastwood. Good movie. Very un-PC. Set in Michigan with a look at immigrant gang life and what it does to middle America.

Sunday was my last day and I had an 8 am Hairpin lace class. I checked my class confirmation and realized it was with the same instructor I had in my steeking class. Ugh… but I’m glad I gave it because I was actually successful with hairpin lace. I’m not sure if I’ll use the technique for projects but it was fun learning the basics. After the class, I hung around the market to find out if I won the $1000 grand prize. In case you’re wondering, I didn’t win. But I participated in more S.E.X. My husband was not pleased. Here is a picture of the damage.
Stitches West Yarn
In addition to the Malabrigo Sock and the Rowan Cash Cotton, I have some Rowan Silk Cotton in a light blue, a skein of Socks that Rock Lightweight, 1 skein of MadelineTosh sock, Colinette Jitterbug, a shawl pin, and another set of Addi Turbos Size 1. I did get to play with the Addi Turbo interchangeables and was extremely tempted to buy them but I might wait until next year. This is the first year they are out and are probably still working out any bugs. I didn’t particularly like the cord as it isn’t like the fixed Addi’s but the click feature was down right cool.

I also bought a pattern for a stole and skein of 100% silk in a natural shade. I got this from the Yarn Barn. Who knows when I’ll find time to knit it…

And for you Waldo lovers out there, here he is looking as snug as a bug in a rug.

January 24, 2009

So many changes…

Filed under: Dogs,Knitting,Life in general — yarnnut @ 1:00 am

This month has brought so many changes both to me and my new hubby and the country.

First off, the inauguration of Barack Obama was riveting. I was fortunate to have the day off on January 20th so I got to watch the whole thing. President Obama gave me a feeling of inspiration and hope for the country’s future. And the fact that he started working on his campaign promises the very next day reassured me that he would get as much done as humanly possible. And for the record, I thought Mrs. Obama looked perfect at the inauguration and all the balls. I keep seeing tv segments criticizing her fashion choices. In the first place, who cares? In the second place, she looked great.

As for me, I’m trying to get a per diem position at my hospital. This means that I won’t get health benefits but I will get paid a lot more and work 2 days a week instead of 3. This will give me lots of flexibility. I’m not so concerned about the health benefits because I got added onto Matt’s insurance after we got married. I don’t know why more nurses don’t do this if they don’t need benefits. I do get to keep contributing to my retirement accounts because I’m still an employee of Sharp.

I’m also in the process of getting my name officially changed. What a long drawn out process… (Matt and I better stay together forever. What a pain if I ever had to change my name back. J/K). The first step is to get your name changed at the social security administration. To do that you need the official copy of your marriage certificate. No problem you say? It takes the State of Hawaii takes 3 months to process marriage certificates. I didn’t get mine until after the first of the year. So when you get the marriage certificate in your hot little hand, you fill out a form that is available on the social security website and either mail or take your certificate, your original social security card, and another form of photo id to the social security office. I did that last week. I was horrified when I drove into the parking lot. The lot was full. Ugh… I’m in for a wait. There is a weird check in process. I got accosted by a security guard because I checked myself into the computer instead of him. There was a computer at the front door. A card at the entrance said to check in with the security guard. No security guard was present so I checked myself in. When the security guard came in, he took me out of my seat, gave me a lecture about how I didn’t follow directions, and searched my purse for dangerous weapons. Thankfully, I left my Addi Turbos at home. I mentioned that I would have followed directions but he wasn’t present. His explanation… smoke break. So… I sit for what I expect to be hours based on the number of people in the room. 10 minutes later, my number gets called and I show my documents to the clerk. Voila, my social security card is in the mail. I received my new social security card earlier this week and headed into work to change my name there. Next step, the DMV. I decided that I didn’t want to wait in that line at all so I made an appointment. Next available appointment is in Feb. Oh well.

Back to the fun stuff… knitting, I’ve never been much of a one project kinda gal. I typically have more than a few projects on the needles at any one time. For a short time, I was finishing projects left and right by concentrating on one project at a time. But I’ve regressed. My current project is the garter stitch blanket from Elizabeth Z’s book, Knitting Workshop. It is extremely easy but for some reason took me 4 tries to get it right. Her directions/patterns are more like recipes and if you misread one line, you’re royally screwed. The idea behind this blanket is to create triangles by increasing/decreasing by one stitch every other row. I misread and decreased by one stitch on each row. When i was almost done with the triangle, I realized that it didn’t look like the diagram. I ripped the whole thing out and started again. This time I realized that I needed to decrease every other row. Unfortunately, I decreased by two and got a weird looking triangle. I ripped again. Then did the same thing over again. The fourth time is when I got it right. But I have a good reason…. But first here is a few pictures of my newest project.
One quarter of the blanket done

Here is one quarter of the blanket finished.

I’m knitting this blanket with the wonderful, washable Berroco  Comfort in grey, maroon, dark blue, and purple.

Here’s a closeup of the blanket on the diagonal.

I have another project.  I’m going to have a baby sometime in August.  10 months after my wedding.  LOL.   We’re not planning on finding out the sex of the baby until his/her birthday.  So every baby thing I knit will be neutral or my vision of neutral.  I don’t particulary like the traditional baby colors like baby blue, pink, or yellow.  For the blanket I’m making (which is for our baby), I chose jewel tones.  I got funny looks at the LYS that I bought the yarn from but I don’t care.  Maybe the next thing I knit for the baby will be baby green or yellow.  But I think this will be a distinctive baby blanket.  Although, this blanket looks huge.  But I’m not frogging it again!  I think I’d kill myself with a knitting needle if I did that again.

Here’s a ultrasound picture of the baby at 8 weeks.  You can’t see much but I told my parents by putting this in a frame and waiting for them to figure out what it was.

I’m at the end of my 10th week now and so far, I feel like I’ve been having a pretty easy pregnancy. I am fatigued but I’m considering myself lucky because I’m not experiencing morning sickness. It’s hard cutting out my nightly glass of wine and my morning/afternoon cups of coffee but I’m adjusting. I don’t look any different and my doc thinks I’ll start showing around week 20 or so. I’ll start taking pics of my belly when I look different. Waldo and I have become fast cuddle partners during our frequent naps.

Until next time….

December 2, 2008

Oh… so sore.

Filed under: Knitting,Life in general — yarnnut @ 7:08 pm
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After our family Thanksgiving binge, I decided I was tired of being out of shape. I’m not overweight. Just soft and weak. So I decided that the next week, I would start going to the gym again. So… yesterday, I spent half an hour lifting weights (lunges, squats, dead rows, bicep/triceps curls) and a half hour on the elliptical trainer. I thought, this is great. I feel so alive. I need to work out for at least an hour every day that I have off. I’m doing something good for my body by doing this.

Today is another story. I am so sore, I can barely get out of my chair. I will take a bit of a walk later but I cannot go to the gym. I have to work tomorrow and have to be able to move quickly. Ugh… I took some motrin and hope that the soreness will go away. I will spend the day in a chair knitting. I do plan on going to the gym on Thursday though. I really want to get in shape and toned for 2009. I know this sounds like a New Years Resolution. I’m just trying to get a jump start on it.

My project for the day is my Feather and Fan shawl. I’m on round 180. Only 9 more rounds to go. I know that doesn’t sound like a lot but each round takes me about 2 hours. I am afraid to calculate how many stitches per round but it feels like it’s over 1000. For those of you who want to see what it looks like finished, check out Sabrina’s Feather and Fan. It’s her first shawl and it looks beautiful. What an impressive work of art. I keep thinking, “I’m so close to the end, I can’t give up now.”

Anyone going to Stitches West in Santa Clara, CA? I’m going! I booked my plane tickets, rented a car, and am staying with a friend of mine who lives up in the bay area. I’m super excited. My first Stitches event. I’ve been looking forward to this since I started knitting. I’m taking 3 classes. The Focus on Sox on Thursday, Stuck on Steeks on Friday, and Hairpin Lace on Sunday. Steeks and hairpin lace have scared me in the past and I’m determined to get over the fear! The Sox class is just because I like socks. If anyone wants to meet up at the event, let me know. I’d love to meet some knitters as I’m going alone as of right now.

Hmmm… I never thought I’d be a big sock knitter but I’ve completed more socks than sweaters at this point. They are also my most worn type of knit. Hopefully, I’ll have Feather and Fan finished soon so I can show a FO pic instead of long text posts.

August 12, 2008

Two WIPS and a wedding update.

Filed under: Knitting,Life in general,wedding — yarnnut @ 11:40 pm
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I hope everyone is doing well. I’m getting a bit worried as my wedding date is fast approaching. I called my wedding coordinator and she says everything is taken care of. And I haven’t done much of anything. I hope she’s right. We did discuss things like my flowers, flower arrangements for the reception, and the bridesmaids’ bouquets. I want a dark red rose bouquet bound simply in a cream ribbon similar to this bouquet.
Red rose bouquet

I want my bridesmaids to carry a simple bouquet of calla lilies. Just like this.

We also discussed hair and makeup for myself and my bridesmaids and my mom. Everyone’s going to get a girl’s day in my room. Yeah!!! How fun.

Matt and I put my wedding ring on order. I’ll post a pic after my wedding. But I love it!

Enough of wedding stuff. I’ve also attempted to nurture an organic garden. So far this is the extent of it.

It’s a tomato plant and I think it’s infested with a bug that I can’t find. I did find some worm holes in several tomatoes that grossed me out so i picked those off and threw it away. I also threw away a bunch of leaves that were yellowed or brown. That left us with a very sad looking plant. Since I didn’t want to use chemicals on the plants, I bought an insecticidal soap that says that it is appropriate for gardeners who are trying to stay away from chemicals. Hopefully, it works. i have a tomato that I’m placing all my hopes into. I never realized how hard gardening really is.
Here are two WIPs that I’ve been working on: Jaywalker Socks and the Lotus Tank.

I have one sock done and I’m on the foot of the second one. I’m determined to avoid SSS (Second Sock Syndrome)

Here’s my Lotus tank.

I’m super nervous because I have the back to finish and the tiny sleeves. And this is all I have left.

I’m scared I won’t have enough yarn to finish this project. I had bought this yarn several years ago and it is a discontinued color. It would break my heart if I have to rip it out and use the yarn for something else. IK had specified 2 balls of yarn. When I read that when I bought the yarn, I thought, “This is too good to be true. A project that won’t break my student budget.” Hopefully, I am not wrong.

I did find some pictures of the San Luis Rey Mission that I took on my phone. It’s hard to appreciate the beauty of the grounds from a camera phone but I hope you enjoy them anyway.

And here’s Panther the mission cat resting under California’s first pepper tree.

July 18, 2008

Broadripple socks

Filed under: Knitting,Life in general — yarnnut @ 4:49 pm
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I finished my Broadripple Socks

Here are my stats:
Started: July 3
Finished: July 15
Yarn: S.R. Kertzer On Your Toes Bamboo purchased from The Grove
Needles: Size 2 Clover Bamboo DPN’s (Oh my gosh, say it isn’t so… I never use DPN’s for socks anymore. I exclusively magic loop everything. But I didn’t have size 2 needles with a long enough cord to do magic loop.
Pattern Review: This is a great sock pattern. Not your usual ribbing pattern but very easy to memorize. Please check it out on Knitty.

And of course, I have to show pictures of the finished product. The first one is of me wearing them. In the next one, Waldo is modeling the socks. Sorry the picture is so dark but he was already mad at me for making him wear socks. Flash might just drive him over the edge.

He’s doing very well after his surgery. I found out that it was a benign nevus. And the best part is that his teeth are clean and he has fresh breath. Yah!!! No more stinky breath.

This weekend, Matt and I are going to our wedding prep retreat. I’ll let everyone know how it went when I get back.

July 4, 2008

I’ve been busy…

Filed under: Dogs,Knitting,Nursing — yarnnut @ 4:08 am

Matt is in Japan for the week and I’ve been working quite a bit for the last month or so. Last pay period, I had 92 hours! My usual is 72 hours for a 2 week period. I need the money for our wedding.

I’ve had many interesting patients in the past few weeks. I had one patient who had rings on and was scheduled for a tubal ligation after her baby was born. When I inherited her, I saw the rings, complemented them, and explained the hospital’s policy on jewelry in the OR which is no jewelry allowed. She exclaimed, “They’ve been stuck on for the past 3 months.” I was told that patients can have their rings on as long as they know in a circulatory emergency, they will be cut off. I explained that to my patient and she said that she understood.

A few minutes later, her baby’s heart rate faded in and out of the monitor. I ran into the room to put her back on and found her sitting on the edge of the bed with her husband trying to take her rings off. He had his foot on the bed to brace himself and he was really going at it. He used some lotion as a lubricant and was successful in getting 2 out of the 3 rings off her fingers. The last one was stubborn. So I got the bright idea to use the water based lube that we use at the hospital for cervical exams. I offered a packet to the husband and he tried it. He got the ring off and exclaimed, “I can’t believe that I used vagina cream to get the ring off. ” That one had me laughing for the rest of the afternoon.

Even though I’ve been working a lot, I’ve also been knitting a lot. My Icarus is finally blocking. I threaded the blocking wires thru the required stitches. It took forever… I thought I was going to lose my mind so I threaded the wires thru every other stitch. Hopefully, it blocks ok.

I have finished the knitting for the Ribby Cardigan. All that is left is finishing… What a surprise. That will probably be on the back burner for a while. Oh gosh.. there is a zipper. I might get it done in time for Christmas.

I decided that after the Icarus, I needed something extremely mindless. So I cast on for Maggie’s felted tote by Fiber Trends. It’s essentially a garter stitch square with picked up stitches around the square. I didn’t follow the striping sequence specified in the pattern. I used Paton’s Classic Wool that I had in my stash. This is a great stash busting project. I was knitting on this project when I met with a new knitting group that met at a wine bar called Mellow at Liberty Station. Now that’s my kinda knitting group. If you’re interested in going and need details, let me know.

Surprisingly, the part that pissed me off the most is the I-cord handles. It took me several tries. So… does that make me an idiot? So this project is basically done. The handles are about 50% done. Then I have to felt.

I got tired of the bag so I cast on for Broadripple socks. The pattern is very easy to memorize. And I’m moving along.

And here’s Waldo modeling the sock.

Speaking of Waldo, he had surgery on Wednesday to remove a mass that was on his chest. The vet doesn’t think it’s anything to worry about but we’re getting it biopsied just in case. He has the hardest time at the vet. His vet is this really sweet woman who’s been taking care of him since she got out of vet school. Waldo had a different vet when he was a baby and maybe he wasn’t as nice as Dr. H. He trembles whenever we even get near the parking lot so you can imagine what a mess he was when I dropped him off for surgery. I had to get him in the cage and I could hear him whining when I left the room. My heart sank into my chest. I imagine that this is what moms feel like when they drop off their children for their first day of kindergarten.

I have a few pictures of Waldo and his love for wool. Whenever I knit with it, he cuddles up to it and uses it as a pillow. I think if Waldo had thumbs and longer arms, he’d be a knitter. LOL.

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