Friday, September 21, 2007


Random Friday

1. Kay! This one's for you! I'm due the first week of January.

2. Here's our newest portrait of the little boy:

3. Do you guys read Crazy Aunt Purl? I love her. And I kinda sorta followed her lead in making August a month of intense house cleaning. Except that my month spilled over into September, and while she was busy ripping up carpet and sanding wood floors, I was congratulating myself on getting laundry done from last winter.
I've been trying to get the house in order for when the baby comes. Since it's just been Rick and me for sooooo long, our house is far from baby-proof. And also, we live in a small, two bedroom house. One of those bedrooms is being converted from a home office/hobby room/media center/complete junk room into a baby room. I love our small old house in a way that is probably completely irrational, given that it has bricks falling down in the chimney and other such delights, but it is definitely a challenge keeping a small house organized. This cleaning spree has been time-consuming, to say the least, but sometimes, it's really fun to turn inward and just get your house (and your life) in order. (I think this is what they call nesting). Although it probably hasn't been very fun being married to me lately. "What do you mean you want to go to a movie on Friday night? I was planning on organizing the file cabinets on Friday night!"

Life in the fast lane, yo.

4. Last weekend, I scooped up all my yarn from all over the house, organized it by weight, and stored it underneath the bed.

Shiva helped me organize...until it all became too tiring.

5. Still waiting on you guys think I'll finish this baby blanket before January?

6. Rick's really been into lightweight backpacking lately (as opposed to the ridiculously heavy backpacking that was required for Denali), and wanted to learn to sew his own backpacking supplies out of super lightweight materials. Always one to support my husband, I bought him sewing lessons back in July. Check out one of Rick's first projects:

It's an incredibly lightweight backpack, complete with drawstrings and adjustable shoulder straps. Isn't he talented? Thank God Rick's never shown an interest in knitting. His first project would probably an intricate lace shawl and I'd never be able to pick up needles again.

7. Actually, it's just six. That's all I got! Hopefully I'll hit my blogging groove again this fall. In the meantime, I'm just enjoying what I'm doing. Hope y'all are, too.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007


Third Time's the Charm

So much for that promise to blog more. Sorry I lied to you, Online Yarn Store. You know what else I'm sorry about? I have knit the Big Bad Baby Blanket from Stitch 'N Bitch (good guess, readers!) twice before, and each time I have used a different yarn than is called for in the pattern. Mainly because I hate knitting with two strands of yarn held together, but also because knitting with two strands of Koigu together? While this would be wonderful, I'm pretty sure it would also be The Most Expensive Baby Blanket Known To Man. Anyway, I have always substituted a worsted weight yarn and recalculated the total amount of yarn I would need. And each time, I have underestimated that amount. By almost half. Because I'm that good at math.

Do you think I considered this bit of history when I ordered yarn for this Big Bad Baby Blanket? That's what I'm sorry about. Because now I'm waiting on yarn from Online Yarn Store again.

So last night, I made an addendum to my Stitch 'N Bitch:

Hopefully I'll learn this time.

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