Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Neglected WIPs

Here is my pile of WIPs. At the moment I'd prefer to grab a pickled cucumber than a knitting needle. Seriously, I've really neglected my knitting in the last couple of weeks as I've been feeling really poorly and tired from all the drugs and stuff.

Anyway, my results came in and I'm so very excited that it was a positive. However, I'm very scared too because the next couple of weeks for me are still quite critical, so I'm going to take it really easy. In fact, Im going to try and wrap my fingers around my circulars and finish that Alphabet blanket, oh and that Argyl cardigan... oy, the WIP list is endless.

I haven't caught up with anyone's blogs in the last couple of weeks, so I'll be coming to visit you all now and see how your all doing. Especially you Bobblicious girls!!

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Thank you!!

Thank you all for your heartfelt comments and support throughout this week. They mean so much to me to know that I have a lot of warmth and support out there.

As for the Jaywalkers I'm knitting up for the Knit Olympics, I'm halfway there on sock No.1. Although, I do have to say that I'm pretty bored with knitting the same thing over. Now I know why I have so many projects on the go.

I foresee this Jaywalker joining a league of many the lonesome sock.

Friday, February 10, 2006

Have they lit the flame?

I've started. I'm not even sure if the Olympic Opening Ceremony has started yet, but I'm laying here on the sofa, nothing on tv, bored so casted on. I hope I haven't cheated if I'm a few hours too early!

I had two embryos transferred yesterday. They were apparently excellent quality (grade 1's). Now its just a waiting game. I'll be testing 20 Feb so keep watching.

Please god let this be my time.

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Soap suds or a spritz of water?

Sorry about the dodgy photo. This Argyl cardigan has been waiting to be blocked for a while now. I thought I'd do it now before I get caught up in the Knit Olympics and it'll get forgotten about.

How do you block? I know some simply pin out the garment and spritz water or steam over it. I've been known to even just take a hot iron over a garment. *Gasp* However, I do find that by properly washing in soap suds it makes the garment feel softer and more manageable. But we all love a short cut.

This Argyl was soaked in warm soap suds and I'm hoping it will dry over night so I can sew it together ahead of Friday's opening ceremony, where I'll be casting on for the Jaywalkers. Go Great Britain Team, Go. Oh and... Go, DPN Team Go.

IVF rollercoaster - I'm getting giddy, but want to stay on longer. 18 eggs collected. 9 fertilised. As of today (day 2) I have 7 grade 1's. So, on the embryo side that's not bad.

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Up close and personal with Bobblicious

Let me introduce you to your Team Captain for Team Bobblicious USA. Here is Betty from A Blog Reborne. Feel free to head over to her blog.

I've had a few queries on how the perfect bobble should look. Here is a photo of Bobblicious up close. This is what your bobble should resemble. The picture on top you will see the bobbles for the right side. No holes are in view. On on the bottom you will see a flat wrong side. Again, no holes are in view.

I'm just going to run through the basic bobble stitch.

Basically, knit into the front of the stitch (as you would normally), but don’t push it off the right needle. With the stitch still on the right needle, knit into the back of the stitch (i.e. not the front of the stitch as you would normally, the same stitch on the left needle, but the loop at the back of it). Do not push these two stitches off the right needle. Again, knit into the front and then the back and front of the same stitch. You will then have made four increases in the one stitch (i.e. 5 loops should appear on your right needle from the one stitch you worked on).

Phew, confusing? You haven’t finished yet.

Turn your work around and purl these five stitches. Turn again, K2tog, K1, K2tog. Turn again and P3tog. Turn work, then slip this one stitch onto the right needle. Voila, there is your bobble.

Sunday, February 05, 2006

Here is the front of the tank top I knit up for the Bubela. He says he likes it, but we'll see if he actually wears it when its finished! I've taken the cable and rib pattern from the original design by Debbie Bliss and just used my calculations to make it into a vest top.

I did have to frog once or twice, the first being because the V was too deep and the second the shoulders were too thin (although looking at this picture they look remarkably thin, but rest assured its just due to curling). I think it looks ok now. Im planning to pick up all edges around armholes and v-neck and do a 2x2 rib.

Are you ready for the Knit Olympics?? I'm plutzing here waiting for it to arrive already.
And guess what? There's a USA Bobblicious Team going on. If you want the link to the pattern, its in my sidebar. Good luck, I'm supporting you!!

I'll be supporting United Kingdom and I've also joined myself to the Team Dpn. I figure the more I join, the more support I get and I won't end up an "Eddie the Eagle".

Thank you all for your well wishes, they truly mean so much to me.

How do I feel today? Well, I'm in tomorrow to lay my eggs. Thank god, because its not so great feeling bloated and incontinent. The larger my follicles were growing, I'm sure something was leaning on my bladder. Oy, the prospect of being old.

Thursday, February 02, 2006

Gone with the jumper, yay more yarn!!

Here's the Bubela last year in a Debbie Bliss jumper I knit up for him. It was before my blogging days so I didn't document it.

In summary, its knit up in Debbie Bliss Cotton DK which is a bulky cotton. I thought this cotton to be very heavy especially for a kids jumper, and the Bubela didn't really like wearing it. I think he always felt uncomfortable in it, the hood was always dragging his jumper back, his sleeves were always troubling him. Oy. I think he looked gorgeous in it, but I think he'd looks gorgeous in sac!!

Anyhoo, the crux of it is that the Bubela just will not wear it. If it isn't tarnished with Spiderman or footballs he is not interested. Its a nice jumper, but if the kid wont wear it, believe me he wont wear it.

So, enough with the kvetching the jumper became my frogging session. Here I am on my "knitting chair", jumper and dpn in hand and unpicking seams.
And here is what became of that Magila ... 8 balls of Debbie Bliss DC Cotton in Brown.

Plans, plans, plans. I'm knitting up a tank top for him now. I'll keep you posted.

As for my life during IVF#3. The drugs are playing havoc with my emotions. There are too many hormones running through my body that I just can't keep up myself, high and low, happy and sad, positive and negative, argh.

My thighs are bruised blue and speckled pinpricked pink, my stomach is bloated from steroids and I can't fit into my clothes.

Monday's scan showed 12 follicles growing nicely. Each follicle does not necessarily contain an egg, but 12 is a nice number to have. I do have couple of hurdles yet (nothing seems easy with me), but I'm still praying.

Eggs are coming out on Monday.

Vogue Winter arrived today. Where's my Rowan 39?