No, really…I’m still here!

I know, I know. I said I’d write at least 250 words each day, and I haven’t even come close for the past two months, even if I count my Facebook comments. The truth is, I’ve been really, really busy, both at home and at work. And it seems the busier I am at work, the harder it is for me to refocus my attention once I’m at home, which in turn makes it nearly impossible for me to accomplish anything more than doing the dishes, taking a shower, and going to bed.

Oh, and knit. But surely you didn’t think I’d let a little thing like life get in the way of my knitting, did you?

So far this year, I’ve finished the Turkish socks (which were supposed to be a Christmas gift), but I wasn’t pleased with how they turned out. Which meant I had to knit an extra pair just to close out my knitting for Christmas 2010. It just so happened that my mom bought me a great book (“Think Outside the Sox”) and a bunch of Stroll yarn from Knit Picks for my birthday, with which I was able to knit …



Drip Candle Socks from “Think Outside the Sox”, in a variety of Stroll Handpainted yarns

I also knit a sweater for my college roommate, Dara’s, brand-new baby girl. I either made it too big, or too yellow, because I don’t have a photo of Miss L modeling her sweater yet. In fact, I don’t even have a photo of the finished sweater, because I sent it out as soon as I’d sewn in the last end. But I do have this



Spirited Jacket by Justine Turner (Ravelry Link) in yellow (obviously) Cascade 220 Superwash Sport

which was taken just after blocking, but before anything was sewn together. As a note, this is a really pretty sweater, but Ms. Turner was not joking when she states in the pattern that (I’m paraphrasing here) extreme amounts of concentration and focus are required. Still, if you’re reliably able to count to 4, and can do basic math, I encourage you to try this pattern out. I, apparently, still have some math issues left to resolve.

I really meant to bring you all up to date with what’s been on my needles since you last heard from me, but it’s already 11:29, and I’m sleepy. Look for a post tomorrow (or later today, depending on which time zone you’re hanging out in) with a shawl, a sock, and another baby sweater, all in the midst of being made!!

Good night!

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Making some progress

I think I’ve finally figured out a way to make some progress on my Christmas knitting. I can knit on the scarf (which is a single color) while I hold onto Penny, and I work on the mittens (which are two colors) during her little mini-naps. My goal is to finish 10 rows on the mittens and 10 repeats on the scarf each day. So far, this seems to be working out. Here are the mittens after two days of knitting:

Even though I’ve made some progress on the scarf, it looks pretty much the same (only longer) as the last photo of it, so I’ll spare you.

Now, an update on my trip to Julian to visit the yarn store there. I have it on good authority that the store is cool, and that they have really neat stuff in there, but that’s all I can tell you. When I got to Julian, I found that many of the shops and restaurants are closed on Tuesdays, and some are closed on Mondays as well. This is very unfortunate, as the entire town is super busy on the weekends and I try to avoid going there on Saturday and Sunday, and shepherding a three year old through the stores while carrying an infant (which is how I’d have to do it on Wednesdays or Fridays) is just too overwhelming to think about. Which leaves me with Thursday. Thursday is do-able, but not this week. I couldn’t justify two trips up the mountain in a single week, and next Thursday is Thanksgiving, so it looks like the very last thing I’ll be doing on my maternity leave is checking out that store (my leave ends on 3 December).

Finally, for anyone coming to the blog for updates on Penny rather than my knitting, she’s doing great. She slept from 9:00 pm until 5:30 this morning, which means that I got my first full night’s sleep in several months. I feel wonderful and ready to play – and knit – my Friday away. The girls are off next week for Thanksgiving, and my sister-in-law is hosting Thanksgiving dinner, so I just have to whip up a few very simple items to share rather than stressing over the house and the turkey and the pies (oh, my!).

I hope you have a lovely day.

Wow…

…it’s been a while, hasn’t it. Allow me to catch you up with what’s been going on in my little house, and share some photos along the way.

First, Miss Penelope Aryanna made her appearance on the 25th of October at 9:52 pm in a rather dramatic way (you can read about it here, courtesy of her really cool dad). I was actually scheduled to go in to the hospital the next day for induction, but Penny decided au natural was the best way to go. If her entrance into the world is any indication, she’s going to be an interesting teenager (very “my way or the highway” sort of personality). Penny wore her pumpkin hat, lovely sweater, and new socks home from the hospital, and was oooo’d and aaaaa’d at by all who passed us by.

Even Max thinks she’s cool…

During Penny’s first two weeks here, I started a Christmas gift scarf six or seven times before finally settling on a pattern I liked. However, due to her insane eating habits and tendency to be awake for most of the day, I’ve only finished about 15″ of it. This is not the only gift knitting I have left to do. Oh no. Not even close. I have the second Turkish sock to knit, one mitten plus a thumb to finish, and two little pair of mittens that I’ve not even picked a pattern for  yet. Yikes!! And by my calculations, I have about 3 weeks to finish all of them.

Last week my mom & dad came out to meet Miss P and to spend some time with the rest of our monkeys. It was a lovely visit, even though we mostly hung out at the house and just talked and goofed off (honestly, this was perfect… very relaxing and wonderful). Max helped dad out in the yard, Penny maxed out her Grandma-spoiling opportunities, and Jojo and Sami had a day off from school, which they spent designing Christmas cards with my mom.

Well, Miss P and Max have executed a perfectly synchronized wake-up, and my coffee cup is empty. I will be back.

One pumpkin done, one on the way

Well, if everything goes as planned and on schedule (HA!), Penny should be here in about 5 weeks. We’re all very excited, although Max still doesn’t seem to understand what a “Penny” is. The other night, when I was putting him to bed, he asked me to rub his “penny,” and lifted his shirt so I could pat his belly. I’m confident, however, that he’ll do fine once she’s here, since he really does like babies a lot… at least, he likes them in the wild, as we pass them in the store and leave them there with their own families.

I’ve started doing the Non-Stress Tests (NST) due to my “Advanced Maternal Age” (that still kinda ticks me off – I’m not a youngster, but I’m not old, either), and at the end of yesterday’s test, the very lovely nurse gave me a couple new pics of our little pumpkin.

Isn’t that cool? While she was doing the ultrasound, we watched Penny rubbing her eyes and swatting at her cheeks. It was especially cool because I could feel her movements and see them at the same time.

On a similar topic, whilst at Starbucks on Tuesday, as I sat selfishly knitting on a pair of socks for myself, a lady asked if I’d made a lot of things for the baby. I was rather ashamed to admit that, while Penny has received several very lovely handmade gifts from friends and relatives, I’d yet to knit a single thing for her. So the next day Max and I ventured forth to Clever Knits to pick up supplies and ideas; fortunately both are always in ready supply. We came away a skein each of orange and green Cascade Heritage sock yarn, and a plan for a pumpkin hat for Miss Penny to wear home from the hospital.

Here it is, as modeled by a ball of Cascade 220. I’ll make the leaves if/when Max takes a nap this afternoon, and get another picture for tomorrow.

Next to be added to my needles will be this:

The smallest size is for a 6 month old, but I think that if I do it with the green sock yarn and smaller needles, I should end up with something that she can wear a bit sooner. We’ll see. I may have to go pick up some tiny onesies again to use as a size guide. I thought about just bringing my tape measure to Target with me and measuring some random babies, but I’m shy, and that would almost certainly be an awkward exchange that could possibly end with in the Security office being held until a psych evaluation can be done. And I’m pretty sure they don’t let suspected crazies play with yarn and knitting needles, so this would be a doubly tragic scenario. I’ll just stick to the onesies.

Finally, I apologize for being so long between posts. Now that school has started again, Sami & Jojo have commandeered the kitchen table for doing their homework, and since that’s where I usually set up to take my pictures and write, I’ve had a tough time getting to it. I know.  That’s a really lame excuse. But it’s the only one I’ve got, and I’m going to stick with it.

See you all soon!