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Let the Blanket Race Begin!

I’m 35.5 weeks along… and I have about 6 inches done on my baby blanket.  It might be time to panic.

Saw the doctor this morning, and everything is going well, but he did instruct me to keep track of where the closest hospital would be while we are in San Diego this weekend.  As if I wasn’t already nervous enough about getting everything done before the little sheep’s arrival, now I have to worry that she’ll be early and born out-of-town where we won’t have any of our hospital things.

If any of you read The Yarn Harlot (and I’m sure there are others as well) you might buy into the superstition that babies don’t show up until their blanket is done.  I have found this to be true, assuming I started the blanket before the baby showed up in the first place.  The last blanket I made was for a friend of mine.  I was quite late on finishing her little boy’s blanket… but he didn’t show up until a day and a half after the blanket was done, making him nearly a week over due (sorry Lindsey!).

Now I’m not trying to stretch out my pregnancy a crazy amount of time, I’d just prefer her to show up a little closer to the date we were planning on being ready by.  I know we’ll never be truly and completely ready, but I’ve still just got a few (okay, more than a few) things on my list to get done before she makes her entrance.

So, I am plugging long on the blanket.  I have the bottom border done so far, and am about an inch or so  into the body of it.

 

I’m keeping the heart border all the way around, and that’s about as fancy as it’s going to get.  I’ve used nearly a full hank of my hand dyed Patton’s Classic Wool, in a colorway I think I’m calling Fuzzy Navel (yes a baby blanket made with yarn that’s named after booze is a little odd, but that’s how we like things around here).  I’m hoping through some trial and error to post this pattern up here once I’m done.

In the meantime, here’s who keeps stealing my seat when I’m trying to put up new posts.

Ivy

 

*I’m also playing around with picture size… bigger better???

**And still trying to figure out the new camera 😛

Obviously I’m Slow

At least with my knitting and getting back to the blog.

I did have a few things going that messed with me getting back to the computer though.  August 5 was Josh and my 5 year wedding anniversary, and also baby shower Numero Uno.  It was a long day that involved a mommy convention type thing with a friend and her kids, then a long drive to north LA for the shower.  Only there did my husband and I actually get to see each other, since he’d had to work all morning.

Among the shower gifts, my mom and grandmother brought a camera for us.  Much needed for the baby, but also it can pull double duty here (YAY!).  That is, once I get the hang of it.  It’s a little more complex than my iPhone camera…

 

Some of my first attempts didn’t turn out so well, but I am getting the hang of it.

 

Those are pictures of the beautiful (I promise it is, the pictures are just that lousy) bonsai tree Josh got me as an anniversary gift.  A traditional 5 year anniversary gift is wood, and he’d managed to remember that I’ve been eyeballing these little trees for a few years now.  He’s good like that 🙂

In other news…

The wedding blanket is done!  Mostly, and late, as the wedding was on the 12’th.  Still needs a good wash, and since I didn’t finish it in time for the actual wedding I’m going to add some ribbon from my bridesmaid bouquet to it as well.  (Pictures to come.  I need a cat free place to block it out first.)  Almost makes it worth having their gift late, eh? Who needs a heavy blanket in San Diego in August any how?

As promised, with the wedding blanket done, I have a new project!  I finally got started on the little sheep’s baby blanket!

Much swatching and sketching was had…

I am liking how the dye job turned out very much.  I don’t think it will be too over powering for a simple pattern to still be seen in it.  I’m also hoping that the pattern turns out well enough that I can put it up here for others to use once I’m done.

Over the last two days, after all the swatching and working for The Mouse, this is what I have so far…

Not all that much.  I promise it’s more interesting that just plain old garter stitch, it’s just really hard to see it at this point.

As you may recall, my wrist has been acting up due to knitting on a deadline.  I’ve gotten myself a more ridged wrist brace that I now where to bed, when I knit, and throughout the day as I need it.  Knock on wood, it seems to be doing the trick! Also knitting on the baby blanket, with more than just big repetitive stitched like the wedding blanket had, really seems to help as well.  (Any other suggestions for help with wrist pain would be greatly appreciated.  Since I’m 34 weeks pregnant still, no pain meds though.)

Now that I’m able to get back in the loop for a bit… What’s everyone else working on?

 

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More Wedding Blanket

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I’m still sweat shopping away on the wedding blanket. It has to be done by Sunday, so I promise real updates and something new after that.

In the mean time, I think the beagle approves of my work so far. He’s going to have to wait for me to finish the baby blanket before he can get one of his own though…

A check in, and some paint flinging…

I’ve been a little MIA lately, but that’s only because on the knitting front, things are a little boring these days.  The wedding blanket is getting steadily larger.

The best part however is that the wrist and hand stretches have actually been working!  I do them once a day before starting knitting and it seems to help quite a bit with the stiffness.  I’m very excited about it!

Other things I’m excited about, I’m nearly 33 weeks along, am having my first baby shower tomorrow, and tomorrow also happens to be my husband and my five-year anniversary!  Now, my husband and I don’t do the elaborate gift thing, but we do like sentimental little items.  Thus, after well over a year, I have pulled out ye old paint box!

Yes those are crappy paints, but it was what I had.  I also dig doing things last-minute, so I only came up with this gift idea earlier in the day.  In any case, we shall be back to the knitting as soon as something gets finished, or magically becomes more interesting.  Anyone out there have something really awesome on the needles?