April 30, 2011
I have been thinking of making something like this for the baby. One of my readers linked me to it and I absolutely LOVE it. I might try to do it knit, though.
Photo from AmyGaines Etsy Shop. Pretty cute, no?
So today Paul and I went to the Moscow Renaissance Fair, which was fun. Got some Filipino food and bought a Dr. Vortex bottle. For those of you not in the know, Dr. Vortex makes these really cool bottles filled with weird glittering liquid that when you shake them and move them around look pretty awesome.
Dr. Vortex at the Fremont Solstice Fair.
I also got a few bamboo shoots, cuz I accidentally killed a few of my succulents. I put them on the porch a bit too early… it was really nice out and then I kind of forgot about them and the next night there was a frost and it just was a bit too much for a few of them. My Christmas Cactus is looking really sad and limp… poor plants, just not quite strong enough to live outside in Idaho quite yet, but it almost is Spring around here! It’s 51 degrees out today and sunny!
April 28, 2011
So I am almost at the 22 Week mark! Sleeping has been getting a bit harder, especially since I have always been a stomach sleeper, which obviously doesn’t really work when your belly is sticking out so far.
I’m still choosing to do the black and white pictures since my skin hasn’t been really very pretty lately…
I’ve even started waddling a little bit. It’s kind of embarrassing, but you gotta do what you gotta do. It’s not because my stomach is so big, it’s just because of the pressure pushing on my lower back. I know it makes people look at me funny, but you know, pregnant women just kind of get to do what they want, right?
Sorry I haven’t been blogging much lately, other things have been taking priority. I think I’ve started the ‘nesting phase’ this week… This morning I did the dishes, cleaned the kitchen, vacuumed the house, scrubbed the bathroom, folded laundry, cleaned our bedroom, sorted my fabric, cleaned the craft room and tidied up Paul’s study area, and that was all before Paul got home for his lunch break, so I think that was a pretty productive day. So now I have to run some errands and pick up some extra guitar picks for my husband because he’s playing at an Open Mic night tonight. Sadly I still have no voice because I’ve been sick for the past week, or else I’d be singing alongside him… maybe next week.
April 26, 2011
Sorry for the radio silence for the last several days. Still trying to get healthy over here. But I have been knitting and crocheting a lot. I made this sweater for new little Gemma Grace.
Initially I didn’t have the flower on there, but it looked a little boyish, so I added the flower pin. It’s removable, so if it doesn’t match the rest of her outfit or she just doesn’t want it on there it’s easily removable.
I’m pretty pleased with how it turned out.
April 22, 2011
Well folks, I am taking the day off because I am fighting a nasty case of the croup and a low grade fever. I am going to take it easy and lay low and try to be healthy in time for Easter Sunday. And I don’t have anything crafty to show you, so here’s a roundup of Martha Stewart Easter Crafts, put together by the Twig & Thistle blog.
(Photo’s by MarthaStewart.com, compiled by Twig & Thistle)
P.S. In honor of Earth Day Starbucks is giving away FREE COFFEE if you bring your own reusable tumbler or mug! Seriously, free brewed coffee or tea, hot or iced! So get over there and take advantage of free drinks!
April 21, 2011
So I finally finished my OBEY Scarf. It seems like I’ve been working on this foreveeeer. In reality it’s only been since January, but it was the most complex pattern I’ve ever tackled. So I finished the really hard part January 10th… and in the meantime I’ve just been working on the 5 1/2 feet of stockinette stitch on itsy bitsy tiny needles with very thin yarn. Seriously, it took forever to get that part done. And then last night I finally decided to work on the “Obey” part of it.
It all kind of turns into a tangled mess and you can’t really tell if it will turn out ok until the very end. Kind of frustrating, but I think it turned out alright.
And in this light I know it looks pink, but it’s really dark red. For some reason the lighting outside (on my front porch) made it look really pinkish…
I am just so glad that this project is finally DONE.
Whew. It will probably be a long time before I try intarsia knitting again!
April 19, 2011
Ok, so here’s the thing. I got this super awesome deal on this Cascade SuperWash Quattro Yarn that was really cute and I thought I’d make something fun for my baby boy. So I cast on some stitches without any real idea of what I was making and it turned into this:
Which Paul immediately declared “Too girly.”
I didn’t think it was too girly, but I can understand how he’d think so… the sleeves kind of flare out a bit, so I can see how it might seem a bit feminine. Here’s where I need your vote: Too girly or is it ok for a boy? It’s not like I don’t know any baby girlies who wouldn’t mind a little shirt.
So go cast your vote!
April 18, 2011
I love knitting baby sweaters. This bodes well for my little Togglebuttons, as I am sure he’ll get a whole host of knitted sweaters and outfits. At he’ll be born at the end of the hot season, so just in time to get to wear a lot of knitted hoodies, sweater vests, etc, etc. Anyway, I’ve got a few things in the works for little ToggleButtons, but there’s been a whole bunch of baby showers so I had to put those aside to make some cute things for other little babies who need knitted goodies.
This sweater is for our friends Chris and Abby’s brand new baby, Owen. He sure is a cutie. And since I don’t have a baby to model it for you, you get to see it laying on a chair in my kitchen!
I stole the buttons off an old pair of Paul’s pants.
And actually, Paul picked out the colors for the sweater, too! He’s a handy guy to have around.
So, on a whim I decided to pull out my trusty ol’ canister to see if it made the hood any more appealing to look at… I can’t ever get the hood to look right when I am trying to show you my knitted things… but it ended up just looking like a Jawa from Star Wars, but I’ll show it to you anyway because it makes me laugh.
April 15, 2011
I made another Hammerhead shark. I like this guy.
He’s a bit chubbier than the last hammerhead I made, which I think works for this guy since I couldn’t get his eyes quite right.
I actually ended up having to remake this guy 3 times just to figure out how to get his head on right. I couldn’t remember how I did it the first time I made him and of course I wasn’t smart enough to write down the pattern, naturally.
But all is well. He is with his new cute little owner now, who I hope will love him as much as I did.
In other knitting news, I am thinking of making some kind of a knitted mobile for the baby, and wanted your input. What sort of things should I knit for it? A sea-creature mobile? An animal mobile? Geometric-shape mobile? Birdie-mobile? Slugs, snails and puppy dog tails? Let me know in the comments what you think I should make! I like it when other people are creative for me!
April 14, 2011
So I have been knitting, I swear. I just finished two projects today, in fact! But today I am just going to show you one. You know, so I can have something to blog about tomorrow.
So, without further ado, here is Louella’s Birthday Dress, made in honor of her 1st Birthday, which is tomorrow!
I thought the dress needed a bit of girly-ness, so I added the flower buttons.
I love it. I may end up making a sweater version of it for myself, just because the pattern is so darn cute. (Um, definitely not while I am pregnant, though.)
And for those of you who were wondering, here is the pattern link. (Raverly Link)
My mom, sister Erika and nephew Ez were in town for the weekend and I found these on my camera after they left! How cute is my nephew?
What a ham!
And a parting shot for you: We’re narrowing in on 20 weeks, and strangely enough I feel smaller than I did last week, even though horizontal stripes are supposed to make you look bigger.
Alright, I am off to the grocery store to pick up a few items to make Tortilla Soup for dinner. Yum.
April 12, 2011
So, 40 some-people thought that little Togglebuttons was going to be a girl, but the 14 who guessed boy were right! We’re going to be having a little boy in September! We’re totally thrilled.
(TinyTong gave us a good profile shot! He looks like he’s got a big nose…)
The ultrasound tech saw pretty much right away that he was definitely a boy! We even got a picture to prove it, but I don’t think it’s really ‘internet appropriate’, so we’ll just keep that one for the baby book.
I have to admit, I was completely convinced that it was a girl! I even told the ultrasound tech when she asked what I thought it was going to be that I was fairly certain it was a girl. It only took about 45 seconds for her to prove me wrong, but I couldn’t be happier about having another man around the house.
So now I am riffling through tons of knitting patterns, getting excited about making little boy hoodies, sweater vests (So he can be just like dad!), booties, hats and baby blankets… and my baby will be born in the late summer/fall, so it’ll be just in time for sweater season! Hooray