Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Reminder

Just a reminder that tomorrow is the last day to sign up for my swap!

I did some knitting last night. I'm working on the heel flap for my first Pomatomus sock. I need pictures- but with all the snow we've had, there's been no sun, so it hasn't been good picture taking weather.

I've also been in sort of a rut. I don't want to do ANYTHING. I haven't knit much, I haven't cleaned much, I haven't done much. When is that pregnancy nesting supposed to catch on? I'm waiting...

Monday, January 28, 2008

a quickie

Here's a picture so you know I've been knitting. It's a sock. Well, it will be a sock. And it's a sock of the pomatomus variety. This picture was a little while ago: I'm approaching the heel.

In other news, it snowed today. Someone was saying that they're sick of winter. I'm ok with winter as long as it's snowing and not being gross slush.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Baby a Baby Questionaire

My questionaire answers for the Baby a Baby Swap.

1) What is your favorite yarn? Favorite colors? What is your least favorite?

I don't have a favorite. I buy what looks pretty in the yarn store. As for favorite colors, I typically buy the most eye-catching of the yarns there.

2) Knit, crochet, both?

I just knit and can do a single crochet chain.

3) How long have you been knitting/crocheting? Who taught you? Why did you want to learn?

I've been knitting for 10 years- I first learned at a youth church activity, but all I remembered from it was how to knit. I had to teach myself how to do the rest of it as I got better. I wanted to learn because I just like making things. It gave me something to do.

4) What is your favorite snack/sweet?

I like butterfingers. And pretty much anything chocolate. I am partial to sweet tarts, also.

5) What did you want to be when you grew up?

I went through phases: when I was in elementary school, I wanted to be a teacher. In junior high I wanted to be a geneticist. In high school I wanted to be an actuary. I currently want to write and be a public speaker.

6) What names would you NEVER consider for a baby?

Any past boyfriends' names. Any past girlfriends-of-my-husbands' names. And any past enemies' names. What? You can't imagine anyone not liking me? :)

7) What things did you, as a child, vow to never to do your children, but have since decided that you will.

Bedtimes, for sure. And the sugar-coated cereal thing. And my parents would take some of our Halloween candy as a tax- I'm pretty sure I like that idea.

8) What is your favorite thing about being a parent/expectant parent?

I really love being pregnant. It's not as rough as people made it out to be. And I really look forward to not having a job. I know being a mother will be hard work, but it's hard work that doesn't involve driving 4 miles away every day.

Friday, January 18, 2008

Potpourri

Today's post is a mixture of what's been on my mind and needles, separated by different colors.

Conversation in the laundromat last week while I was knitting the Baby Monkey Socks.

5 year-old girl approaches me knitting.
5 year-old girl: Couldn't you just buy socks?
Me: Yes, but then they wouldn't match mine (I take off my boot to reveal the Monkey socks and smile).
5 yog: But you could just buy socks.
Me: That wouldn't be as much fun (still smiling)
Little girl walks away.

Picture of my first knitted soaker, still being knit on.



Plug for the Baby A Baby Swap I'm hosting.


Remember, you don't have to have a baby to be in the swap, you just have to know a baby.

A little KAL I'm in: The Copycat Knitalong.


Monkeymom has a friend who's knitting a pair of socks each month, so she decided to do the same. I feel special because I'm actually mentioned in the entry that Monkeymom posted this.


Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Tadpoles turn into Frogs

Last Tuesday at the SnB, I started some tiny tiny Monkey Socks. Now, I decided to use short rows- since babies don't walk I figured a short row heel would stay on better. Well, it wasn't until Sunday that I finished the second sock. Why did it take me so long? Well, I had to frog the first sock 3 times. Getting the lace pattern to continue down the front of the sock after the heel turn was a little tricky. I wanted 24 stitches of lace on the top of the foot, but the lace pattern is a multiple of 16. I also had to get extra increases in there- and I tried a couple different sorts of increases until I was happy (you know how yarnovers make terrible holes in your work).

This is a picture of the third frogging attempt. It doesn't look like much, but they are tiny socks.

But in the end, they are cute and match my own Monkey Socks. Awww...

The colors are more like the first picture (the frogging).

I still have more of that yarn- I bet I can make another pair of baby socks! They go a lot faster after you decide on a pattern. I didn't frog the second sock at all.

Swap Sign-ups have started


Interested? Go to the blog and sign up!

Coming soon: FOs!

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Scavenger Hunt Swap Questionaire

(revised at 6:33 MST because I realized I missed a question)

1) Do you knit, crochet or both? How long have you been doing it?
I knit and have been knitting for about 10 years. I can't really crochet unless you think a single chain is advanced.
2) What is on your needles/hook right now?
I'm making a pair of baby socks out of the yarn I used for my Monkeys. I'm also working on a baby blanket, a lace capelet, and have a DNA strand to assemble.
3) What is the most frequently used tool in your knitting bag?
Scissors and my tapestry needle. Boring, huh? But I can't help that cutting yarn and weaving in ends is required for every project out there.
4) What are your 3 favorite yarns (fiber type or brand)? What are your 3 least favorite? I've not really ventured into the realm of expensive yarns, partly because of cost and partly because I knit mostly for other people and I try to make things as washable as possible (aka wool/acrylic blends). I like wool, silk, anything. I'd like to try hemp. I am not a fan of a lot of the novelty yarns out there, but I think they have their place, too. They're great for gifts for non-knitters.
5) What is your favorite color?
Blue, I mean yellow! Ok. I don't have one. It really depends on my mood.
6) If you had a 5 minute shopping spree in your LYS, how would you plan your attack?
Well, I'd run upstairs to all the pretty spinning wheels and grab one of those first. I'd also grab a swift. Then I'd take an empty garbage bag and start filling it with sock yarn, fleece, un-dyed yarn, and everything else I can.
7) What is your favorite FO and why? (post a pic if you have it!)
Right now my favorite FO is my Monkey socks, but as soon as I finish these baby socks, it'll be those. Usually my favorite FO is my most recent one.
8) What are your favorite things to knit/crochet?
I really like socks because they're quick. Usually I just try to knit the most useful things I can think of (eg. right now it's baby stuff because I'm going to have a baby).
9) Do you collect anything?
Yes, actually. I collect Peanuts stuff. I have 12 years of Peanuts comics, a Peanuts blanket, enough Peanuts dish-ware for a Christmas party, a Peanuts wastebasket, etc. I just like Peanuts.
10) What are your five favorite things (not necessarily knitting related)?
Five favorite things, well that's a can of worms. Define "things." I like activism and doing something for a cause- I'm kind of picky with my causes, though. Really, I like motivational speaking- I wish women really knew how strong they are and how important they are. I also like cake and lemonade and trampolines. And I like just being happy in general. Is that five things? I like hats. I like doing things out of the ordinary- once I ate ice cream on a plate because I hadn't before.
11) Are you on Ravelry? What is your ID? I am on Ravelry; I'm TopHat.
12) Do you drink tea/coffee/cocoa? I don't drink tea or coffee at all. I will drink cocoa, but I'm not that big of a fan of warm drinks. I explain it a little here.
13) Favorite Sweets? Cake, ice cream, butterfingers, Reese's cups, white chocolate. Anything.
14) Any allergies? Allergy-free here.
15) Do you have pets? kids? No pets right now. No kids yet; give me a couple of months and maybe I can change that kids answer.

Tuesday, January 08, 2008

January progress

I see everyone's doing the Cocoa Swap. I'm not. I know I mentioned I might but I decided not to for a couple of reasons: money, and I don't really like cocoa that much (you may all bring your pitchforks and torches to my door now). I don't really like warm sweet drinks in general: no cider, no cocoa. My brain puts sweet drinks in the cold category (milk, lemonade, juices), so my taste buds aren't big fans of cocoa.

But I am doing the Scavenger Hunt Swap! I love scavenger hunts. When I was a kid, I was always making up scavenger hunts for my siblings to do and I always hoped we'd do one for Family Home Evening. My questionaire for that swap will be posted in the next couple of days.

I also have some FOs!
Monkey socks!

A swirly hat!
I know I never mentioned this hat. Last week, I cut my thumb with a steak knife, so knitting on my tiny needles for the Monkey Socks was out of the question for a few days; I had to go to bigger needles if I was going to knit. I own a lot of lime green yarn from an abandoned project a couple of years back and I don't know what to do with it. A hat seemed reasonable. And I always wanted a swirly hat.

Tonight, I'm going to the SnB, but only for a little while. It's McKay's birthday and I probably should finish glazing his cake.

In the works: The Baby A Baby Swap! I've been writing up the details today- just a little more work and it'll be up and running!

Also in the works: an etsy shop. I've been brainstorming things to make and put in it. It'll be mostly baby items because I think they'll be the most profitable and least time consuming. I think I'm going to wait a little longer until I have more things to put in the shop before I post anything, though.

Tuesday, January 01, 2008

101 Posts

Happy New Year!

I just realized that the last post was #100 for this blog, which I think is fitting for the last post of 2007. I feel like my life is starting over and I'm ready for the next 100 posts! Bring it on!

You'll notice that I made a few changes and updates to the sidebar of this blog. I've updated my "Blogs I read" list. I've also made room for swaps and KALs for this next year. I know a lot of people keep their links for previous swaps and KALs, but I'm a spring-cleaner sort of person. I hope that doesn't make me a bad person. I'm still deciding on how I want to organize that left sidebar, though. Any suggestions welcome.

I do have an ultimate dream for this blog and how I want it to look, but it's going to take lots of designing and html-ing that I'm not up for at the moment.

Picture time!

I forgot to mention I got a ball winder for Christmas. Here I am this morning playing with it.
Note to self: it weirds out your husband when he comes out of the bathroom to find you spinning your ball winder making toy car sounds. Vrroomm.

I finished my first Monkey Sock.


You'll notice I have very small, albeit WIDE feet. I sometimes forget to take into account the width of my feet. They are just as wide as McKay, just 3-4 inches shorter. It took a little effort to get the sock over my wide heel. Oh well.

When the weather is nicer and I've got 2 socks, we'll take these for a nice photo shoot outside.

Because of the smallness of my feet, I'll probably have a lot of leftover yarn. I think I'll modify the Monkey Sock pattern and make tiny baby monkey socks, so the baby and I can match. Of course, it depends on how much yarn I have leftover.

And kasiaiscarly asked about the birthing ball. Well, I plan on using it for labor and birth, hence its name. And I'll be able to use it for low-impact exercise for my pregnancy and post-partum. It's not uncommon for hospitals and birthing centers to have birthing balls on hand- and I'd say it's pretty common for midwives to own one or two for births that they attend. I have one because we're planning on having this baby at home, plus it's fun to bounce on. You just can't be sad while bouncing on a ball.

My sister-in-law got me the ball for Christmas and I knew it was coming. All month when we were at stores, McKay would ask me, "Do you want a ball?" I had to keep saying "No" so he wouldn't get me one. Poor McKay. I did want one, but it was already wrapped up and under the tree!