Sunday, March 30, 2008

Baby Project #3

Easy garter stitch cuff to cuff baby sweater in red. One arm is done, stitches for the front are on a holder and I'm making my way across the back. I chose this pattern so that I could avoid piecing together arms and fronts and such. I guess from here I can only go up to more interesting patterns. I won't be in the same boat as my bib. Which, I should probably knit a couple more of those.

Now red is a good uni-sex color. I love red. I have red all over the house - walls, couch, blankets, etc. It's our "color" for our wedding and since the wedding will be at our house it will already have red touches everywhere. Bought a book yesterday at B&N - Offbeat Bride. It's the closest reference/idea book I could find that seemed appropriate for our non-traditional wedding. Non-traditional in the sense that we've stripped it of all the pomp and circumstance - that's just not our style.

In Baby news: I've been feeling the baby move! I'd say it feels like a flutter but not quite. More like lightly tapping a few keys on a piano. I know it's early for a first-time mom but I don't doubt that it's the baby I'm feeling. Certainly not like anything else I've felt before.

Additional Baby news: I went shopping at Motherhood Maternity last night. A friend and I ravaged the store. Actually she did the ravaging while I waited in the dressing room with the faux bump strapped to my waist. We had a LOT of fun. Giggling, laughing and making fun of most of the clothes. For $100 I ended up with 3 ribbed tanks (workout wear), black work capris, black fancy top for a possible occasion, 1 work top WITHOUT ties, and a belly band so I can wear my non-maternity clothes for a while longer. Everything was on sale. I plan on checking out Old Navy's maternity wear for more work, workout and casual clothes. Thankfully work is mostly casual anyway.

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Finally Some FOs

My second Lizard Ridge square, Noro Silk Garden Lite. Knitting backwards is awesome. (Seriously, it bothers me that I call it a square. I can't figure out what else to call it - section? piece? Rectangle is obviously correct but I can't do it. It's just too ... perfect. I don't know.)

I even used my new technique on the baby bib, just the strap. Easy pattern and cute. As I mentioned, I've looked for other bibs and they're all so boring.

However, I picked up this brightly colored cotton for this bib. If all goes well with the pattern, I'll have multiple bibs in lots of different color combinations. Now that will make the projects interesting. Hats maybe if I get bored with bibs? I'll have to see what yarn that crazy looking cake hat calls for. (can't find the right pattern - I'll keep looking and let you know.)

Mames suggested a baby surprise jacket - that's a definite. Just need the yarn and pattern. Ha! Isn't that always the story? LOL In the meantime I think I'll look for another jacket which can utilize some stash yarn. I found some soft-ish red acrylic (I know) that should work for a unisex project.

Tonight we're watching the Australian Grand Prix. Very exciting race. Or rather chaotic. This is the first race of the season and everybody is rusty, pit crews included.

Tomorrow is a track day...unless it rains. FH's shoulder still isn't quite healed yet. He tore it out of the socket (Yikes!) over a month ago. Sure it bothers him day to day, but last weekend he tried to ride and couldn't finish a lap. The pull of the bike under acceleration pulled at his shoulder and then of course breaking hurt, too. Hopefully he feels better soon. He loves to ride and I love to watch him :)

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Remember Your First Post?

Mariknits helped me remember mine. Eh. So-so. My pictures have hopefully gotten better - my FOs, too. I learned something from that one at least. Go enter her fun contest and tell her I sent you. What's the prize? Mmmmmalabrigo! Yummmmy!

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

I Have Decided

I'm not casting on for another baby item until we know it's sex.

I just finished a bib (pics another day, the camera is upstairs). I don't have much other than white for yarn. Boring. All the blue yarn in my baby yarn bin is deceiving - we don't know if it'll be a boy. And actually, I don't know how I acquired so many blues! They were in my stash YEARS before my nephew was born.

I could knit another bib or washcloth but meh. I'm not interested. I SOOOO want to use my new yarn from NH Knitting Mama but only if it's a girl. So here I wait. I guess I'll work on my Lizard Ridge or Beach Blanket or finish up any number of UFOs like Lucy's Blanket or the Baby Bell Bottoms for my nephew Caleb before he grows out of them. Yeah, he's huge. I'm knitting the 12mo size and he's 8mos right now. His mom and dad are both over six feet tall. He's going to dwarf everyone he meets for the rest of his life.

Okay, maybe I'll knit this one when I enhance my stash with some bright contrasting colors.

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

PMS Anyone?

Nobody really, but how about when it stands for "Promote My Shop?" That's what I thought - intriguing, so here it is:

I read about NH Knitting Mama's PMS contest on her blog practically a week ago (okay it was only Sunday) AND I even bought an awesome skein of her Watermelon fingering weight superwash this weekend at her Etsy shop. It's now almost Wednesday and I haven't told you about it. Go visit her blog before March 9th for the contest details and maybe win some awesome yarn or buy some like I did!

(I couldn't help myself - my first EVER online yarn purchase and first ever Etsy. It has begun...)