Sunday, March 30, 2008

Swap: going, going, gone

This may be the quickest swap ever! The itsybitsy weeTinySock swap is ongoing this weekend, and i've finished up my WeeTinySock. It's knit in AlpacaSox yarn, and i like it much better knitted in this sock, than when I tried to knit it for socks for me. Aaanywaaay, i'll mail it off tomorrow to my swap partner. And I'll be done!

Saturday, March 29, 2008

The Temptation that I fell for

Aren't these cute? Little stitch markers with letters and an argyle pattern. They came from girlontherocks Etsy shop, my splurge for the month. They're a splurge because I really don't have anything planned that I NEED lettered stitch markers for. Well, maybe for the lace stole, if I ever finish up on the current WIPs...

picture from girlontherocks etsy site. All rights belong to her. :)

Friday, March 28, 2008

happiness is....

My happiness today, was when I Realized I could fit into a pair of my husband's jeans! Yay!

Well, I haven't been able to for several months. I should buy myself some new (non-maternity) pants, but I hate shopping. loathe it, whole heartedly. so, beingg able, urhmm, "borrow" my husband's is a wonderful alternative.

Monday, March 24, 2008

Baby stuff

I keep an eye on a couple of the Ravelry groups on breastfeeding, LLL Knitters and Crocheters and Breastfeeding Knitters. A couple of posts have been talking about baby-wearing, and it reminded me that I had a homemade baby sling hiding in my closet. I had used it with Little J, but hadn't got it out yet for the little girl. So today, while the little ones were getting a nap (thank goodness!) I put the sling back together. has good instructions for baby wearing, and, SlingRings has the rings to make your own baby sling.

Yes, mostly i've been having baby things lately. I haven't had a lot of knitting, I've been dealing with family life. I _am_ slowly knitting more on the pomatomous socks. On the second sock, I'm currently working on the heel flap. Yay! Halfway done!

Thursday, March 20, 2008

two very important things about babies

that I had totally forgotten about.

First, babies go through an amazing amount of diapers. Little G is using more than a dozen diapers a day. that's a lot of diaperness.

Second, a new baby requires a lot of time. Much, much, much. especially if you, like me, are constantly holding her. But even if not, feeding, changing diapers (see above) and entertaining her still require a large amount of time.

posting may be intermittent for a while. Besides Little G, who dosen't like me on the computer (i start to ignore her. Bad mommy.) Little J is being needy these days. poor child, his routines have all been changed.

Overall, we're doing well. Little G is growing, and I'm not getting enough sleep...pretty normal.

talk to you later :)

Saturday, March 15, 2008

what you've all been waiting for

Baby pics!

These are from in the hospital; isn't the Little girl cute? (yes, rationally, i know they look like all the other baby pictures you've ever seen, but, she's my little baby, so I'm emotionally biased in her favor)

I had knitting to take to the hospital. Simple garter stitch baby bibs. I even took extra cotton yarn, in case I wanted to do a particular color. But what did I actually work on? My pomatomous sock that was in my purse. I knit on it in the
hospital, until I was too sleepy to have my hands work properly. This is a good sign that I do have the pattern memorized, yes? didn't even have to frog any!

When I finally did cast on for a baby bib, Big J looked at the straight needles, and said,"don't you have anything less dangerous?"

Sunday, March 09, 2008


Our baby girl, Little G was born on Friday, March 7th, 2008 at 3:30 pm. She was 7lbs, 11oz, and 18 1/2 inches long. Little G came home today, and is currently sleeping while I type. Welcome home, little one!

Thursday, March 06, 2008

Dr.'s guesstimate

At the Dr's appointment today, her guess was that the baby would come sometime this weekend. That would not be my favored time! It's supposed to be cold, and snow, and tomorrow there's a Winter Storm Watch. There's "a possibility of upto 6 inches of snow. Lovely! well, it would be very lovely, I would like to have a reasonable accumulation of snow ONCE this winter, except that the hospital is 30 minutes away. The receptionist at the Dr's asked if I knew anyone who lived closer to the hospital that I might be able to stay with, just in case...sorry, no, i really don't know anyone. I'm not going to even consider that this baby might be born in the car...

Let's see...i knitted in the waiting room. Not much progress. Between taking care of Little J, and simple tiredness from being pregnant, my knitting is going slowly.

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

No baby, but the knitting advances

Still no new baby. Le sigh. Big J keeps telling me that she needs to start being born, b'cause he dosen't want to go into work...hey, I have my own reasons for wanting labor to start. For just a few, to stop having to wake up to pee three times a night, the feeling of little feet being pressed against my spine and the concurrent pressing OUT of her little back against my belly, and just, simply, I'm tired of being round.

The knitting progress is on the Pomatomous socks. I've finished up the
first sock. I feel so proud of myself! It looks stunning on a real human foot. Almost stunning enough that I want to keep them for myself. I also cast on for the second sock. The ribbing, and about half of the first chart repeat is finished.

Did I say that I had a friend visit on Monday? My friend Fleur, from Wisconsin, stopped by for a quick visit. She was on her way from Tennessee, where she had been visiting, and where she wants to move to. She had a job interview there, and I hope it goes well. I haven't heard back from her about that job. Anyway, even more important, she brought along a baby blanket and hat she had made. She crochets, and this is a lovely crocheted blanket, very fuzzy. I had told her "not pink", and well, baby yarn dosen't come in many colors, so the blanket is white with blue edging, and the hat is blue. Which is okay with me, but I forsee many many questions of "How old is your little boy?"

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Endangered Love

Big J and I love this song...i'm not even sure how we found it, we don't usually watch VeggieTales

Sunday, March 02, 2008

February's reading

I realized that i had a stack of books by my bed...that I haven't put on my reading list. I need to put them away before the baby gets here. So, here we go!

  • Sisters of the Raven, by Barbara Hambly
  • Circle of the Moon, by Barbara Hambly
  • The Gladiator, by Harry Turtledove (good! probably at the Y.A. level, explores communism)
  • Moving Pictures, by Terry Pratchett
  • Men at Arms, by Terry Pratchett
  • The Sharing Knife: Beguilement, by Lois McMaster Bujold
  • The Sharing Knife: Legacy, by Lois McMaster Bujold (I'm waiting for the next in the series, "Passage", to come out in April.)
  • Dark Lord of Derkholm, by Dianna wynne Jones
  • To Visit the Queen, by Diane Duane
  • A Wizard Abroad, by Diane Duane
  • A Wizard's Dilemma, by Diane Duane
  • A Wizard Alone, by Diane Duane
  • A Wizard's Holiday, by Diane Duane (I have a new copy of Wizard's War, that I'm planning to read after the baby is here. And, a Wizard of Mars is supposed to be out in the fall, yay!)
  • Komarr, by Lois McMaster Bujold (I told the Little J that I needed to get a book to read, and he went over to the bookshelf and picked this one up for me.)
  • Every Guy's Got One, by Meg Cabot
Okay, that's not all i've read, but it clears out the stack of books.

Running total: 43

Saturday, March 01, 2008

How does a Knitter Nest?

by being fixated with her stash. Yep. Yesterday, I organized alll the yarn i had downstairs. For no particular reason! I suppose, you could say that it's because i want to have all my projects in order for when the baby does get here, but really, it's like when I was pregnant with Jaiden and decided to clean out all the closets. No reason in particular.

It did serve a semi-practical purpose. I was able to remember where I had put the purple baby sweater and hat, and put them in the hospital bag. My hospital bag is half-full of books, there's 4 balls of cotton yarn, and then mostly babystuff. I think I'm probably forgetting something, but really, what else do i need? I am planning on taking my favorite pillow, but that won't fit in my bag. It's going to go in the car with me, probably clutched in my arms.

last night, I realized that I really shouldn't knit any further on the Pomatomous sock (no matter how much i like the pattern) until I measure the feet that it's going to be on. This wasn't an "Eureka!" moment - i had decided to try the sock on my own foot, and saw how close to the end I was getting. Oops!

But instead, I picked up the Jaker's sweater again (If I've mentioned it before as Piggly Winks', and you're getting confused, sorry! Lo siento!). I could be doing the front and back of the body, but instead I cast on for the other sleeve. I would like to have both of the sleeves finished, it's such a sense of accomplishment. Looking over my notes, I realized that I didn't have a very important piece of information wrote down: what size needles I was using! again, oops! so, I fixed that in my pattern notes, along with a few other details. Hopefully, I'll have it done soon enough that Little J can wear it a few times before summer, and then maybe I'll be able to submit the design someplaces for the fall. ooh, wouldn't that be cool, a design of my own actually published...

The plumbing is still being worked on today. the landlord decided to replace some of the sewage lines, and he assures me that what was there before would "turn your stomach". hah! he dosen't know that he's talking to a person with a biology degree. If they don't finish up soon ('soon' is within the realms of possibilities), me and the kidlets may be heading over to the library, just to use the toilets.