Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Knitting realm

I am alive, but McKay's school schedule last week and this week made it hard for me to find time to knit. When McKay's busy, I'm busy.

I did finish the dog sweater, though. And got some work done on the Baby A Baby swap project. And I worked on Pomatomus, which is supposed to be done by the end of this week. We'll see how that goes.

Our house is (surprisingly) clean and we now have a few baby things, thanks to a shower from Saturday. And baby stuff keeps showing up at the house. I received 3 more gifts yesterday from people who couldn't make it to the shower and some stuff from Carolyn that she got 2 of when she had her baby.

I also got my Scavenger Hunt box out yesterday to my partner.

Other news: this is my last week of work! Today I get to train my replacement, which should make the day go faster. I'll be so glad to be able to sleep in. I hope this baby waits a little while before coming so I can enjoy some work-free days of knitting next week (it should wait, I'm only at 38 weeks). Maybe it'll come at 42 weeks and I'll be caught up on all my knitting... Ah, wishful thinking. Of course, if it came sooner, I wouldn't mind. :)

Monday, February 18, 2008

Stashing = Nesting? Maybe?

I designated this weekend as nesting weekend since it's a good three day weekend. But unless buying 8 more skeins of yarn and starting 3 more projects counts as nesting, I don't think it's working.

I got a package today from my Scavenger Hunt Swap Partner. It was filled with so many goodies. Immediately, I was thinking, "I can make this and this and this with all this yarn!" But I have other things in my queue. Want to see it?

This is what I call "knitting in the round." I lined up all my projects in a row, turned on the radio, and started knitting. Each time there was a song change, I finished the row I was on and then switched projects. I don't actually get a lot done this way, except that it breaks up the weaving in ends monotony. I weaved in ends on some socks, and a green hat I made a month ago, and another green hat:

This is the Linus hat. I think it's going in my etsy shop once I trim the pompom and get a nice picture.

I also finished up the fallopian tubes and assembled this:

Baby's second uterus (or in the case of a girl baby, I suppose it's a third uterus). Aww.

Things not pictured: a dog sweater. I'm almost done with it; I have some ribbing to do for the cuffs and that's it. I also started a scarf for my grandfather, my Baby A Baby Swap gift, and set aside yarn for another scarf for McKay.

I have a small pile of yarns and projects by my bed, and by "small" I mean not small at all!

Thursday, February 14, 2008

It's started...

I started that project I mentioned last night on our date (McKay and I went to an a capella concert). I didn't have enough time to copy the whole pattern down, so I didn't finish it, but it's a quickie!

Meanwhile I need to find a pattern for the Baby a Baby swap! I have the yarn, but no pattern! Ack!

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Mr. Roboto

Secret secret. I've got a secret.

So when I was reading blogs for the contest I created for the Baby a Baby Swap, I found that one of the ladies had a special project for labor/pre-labor. Actually, I think it was one of those "once I finish this, I can go into labor" projects. I've been considering one of these for MONTHS, but it was actually on the line of "once I go into labor, I'll start this project for relaxation" projects. Knitting is pretty repetitive and I figured it'd keep my mind busy and off of any discomfort for the first bit of labor.

Except that I really really really want to get started on it and I don't want to wait for labor to start to start working on it! So what do I do? Start it now and then not have a project to work on during labor? (yeah right- I've got about 7 WIPs right now- there will be something for me to work on) But this was a special project, for the baby, and it's pretty small.

But what if I go into labor and it's so fast that I don't get to finish it? What if? What if?

What is this project?- that's the secret. Why am I being vague about it? Well, McKay is a little uneasy about the project. He's kind of against it, especially if we have a boy. If we have a girl, he doesn't mind so much. Admittedly, I would knit it bubble gum pink no matter what the gender is.

Also, I know that some people might not find it appropriate for a baby. Well, frankly, I don't think babies care about stuff like that, but if someone saw my baby with one, they might question my... taste? mental state? I don't know. I think it's a cool pattern. I have great justifications for this and I've wanted to make it since I saw the pattern.

I've got a secret I've been hiding under my skin....So if you see me acting strangely, don't be surprised...

btw- I'm a Styx fan. Domo Arigato.

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Photo shoot

McKay had to take a picture of me with all the projects in my hands.

This is one for my etsy shop. It'll end up with bear ears on it and be a baby hat.

This one is also for the etsy shop. It's a beanie (I have far too much of that green yarn!). I'm attempting some stranded colorwork, so we'll see how it comes out.

A pair of baby monkey socks for the etsy shop. I ended up with 5 full socks. I'm going to undo that spare one and turn it into something else. Meanwhile, I'm selling one of the pairs and keeping the other for myself.

My pomatomus sock- about to turn the heel.

That's good for today. Have a happy Sunday!

Friday, February 08, 2008

Salt Lake City

Today McKay had a job interview in Salt Lake. I was planning on staying home and cleaning and knitting. It didn't work out like that.

Instead, I went to Salt Lake with him. he dropped me off at the yarn store, Black Sheep Wool. Yarn stores really overwhelm me: sensory overload. So many colors and fibers! And I didn't have much of a plan when I went in, so a lot of the time was spent thinking, "That's so pretty- what would I do with it? Nothing. Then put it down!" I bought some things for my Scavenger Hunt Partner, some yarn for my Baby A Baby Swap, and some swag for a contest for the Baby A Baby Swap that I'm setting up. I spent a lot of money and only $4 was for me, and I got that out of the clearance basket.

McKay's interview went long, so I finished off a pair of Baby Monkey Socks. It's either going on etsy or to a lady who was watching me knit them the other day. She was really interested in them because she had just made a blanket with the same colors.

Photos tomorrow.

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

stressed, a little

So I need to post here more often, but I hate posting without pics.

These past two days I've been busy arranging the Baby a Baby Swap that I'm hosting. It's a lot more work than I expected. I really appreciate swap hosts now.

Tonight I'm going to our local SnB. I'm sad Meadow won't be there, but maybe I'll get to see her next month.

I'm not sure what I'll work on. I guess my February socks for the Copy Cat Along I've mentioned before.

I'm also almost done with a couple of projects for my so maybe I'll work on finishing them- I really want to get that up and going, even if there're only 2 things in the shop.

Meanwhile, I haven't really sat all day! Work was just crazy. Lots of kids absent due to illnesses, but February is just so busy! I don't have a free weekend all month! Plus, I have 7 WIPs, I need to update my ravelry with the Baby Swap people, and I need to update my reader with blogs and actually READ my reader today! And I need to do some dishes- why do we keep eating? It just dirties more dishes!

And for my SHS pal and other people who read this blog: I have another blog that I update regularly, too. It was my first blog and it's my non-knitting one. Sometimes I'll post a lot there and not here and vice versa. Just so you know I'm not ignoring the blogging realm.

Friday, February 01, 2008

House of wool contest

There's a contest at My House of Wool. Leave a comment and spread the word (and let them know I sent you).

And Marigold, if you read this, I told them you sent me. :)

I'll be back later with knitting pics.