Tuesday, March 21, 2006

The start of Odette

There's not been much knitting I'm afraid, however, I did started the Odette Blanket from Rowan Little Treasures at the weekend. Honestly, Rowan couldn't have chosen a smaller font for the pattern. Talk about strain on the eyes.

I'm using Rowan Baby Soft. Its a mix of 50% wool, polymide and cotton. Its a bulky weight yarn and feels very soft in the ball. I thought I'd hate working with it though, but its actually a nice soft warm texture and I can really see a baby snuggling into this blanket being kept nice and warm.

This one's for "Baby B" so I guess money's on a girl then!!

Hopefully, I'll have a bit more progress to show you later on in the week, but I've got my head in a novel and I can't remove it. You know what its like when you pick up a page turner (its a Penny Vincenzi).

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Whiskers, Moustache and Spots... oh my

"Please try the tank top on for me, I just need to check the neckband isn't too tight" Oh the effort as the Bubela tried it on. God forbid I interupt his normal morning routine. Check out the organisation on the Bubela's bed. He's a real daddy's boy, everything in spick and span order.

I thought initially that I had made the V neck rib too small, well, in actual fact I did as I when I was setting out the design I forgot to account for an inch of ribbing. Oy, why don't I just follow a pattern for an easy life. I do have two choices. 1. Keep it as it is; or 2. Frog the whole front and recalculate the V neck to accommodate the inch rib.

I'll try it on again and see what's best. A slight tug over the head isn't so bad, is it?

7 + 2 weeks. Whilst the Bubela was in the bath last night, I thought I'd take the opportunity to get the magnified mirror out and check out these spot I have under my chin. What with the lighting like a football pitch and the mirror magnified x5 I'd really see what's going on.

To my absolute horror and disbelief I spotted about 10 long black whiskers *gasp*. TWEEZERS!!! Why can't I have normal pregnancy symptoms? Give me sore boobs, or heartburn, or even sickness. Why d'ya have to throw the ugly bug at me?

*rubbing my tummy* I love being pregnant. Thank you god.

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Look who's climbing the walls

I've been working on the Bubela's tank top over the weekend. It was a great opportunity to do so. All I did was sit on the sofa and relax (Dr's instrutions, so who am I to argue!!). Well, the back is almost finished. I showed the Bubela and asked him if he liked it and he told me he already had one like that (remember I recycled the yarn), "I want one in blue". Oy, no pleasing the boy.

Today is the Jewish festival of Purim and all the kids are dressing up to celebrate at school. The Bubela wanted to go as a robot, but he told me that at 6pm last night, so absolutely no time to prepare. So, we've delved into his deep dressing up box and found this.

I had another scan yesterday (no, not obsessed with seeing the little heartbeat... well, ok I am a bit). Arrrh, I saw it flickering away again. Still no pregnancy symptoms, unless you call the bad acne and moustache pregnancy symptoms. Hang on, I'm not sure, but maybe I feel a little sick (in my head??).

Thursday, March 09, 2006

All washed and blocking

Its finished. Its taken me about 3 months and I can't believe I've finally finished it. I think this has got to be my best knit EVER. It was exciting and kept me on my toes following a chart. There were a few errors in the pattern, but those were listed on the Debbie Bliss website.

Once this is dried, I'll fold it and box it ready for Gemma's baby shower in April. Better to be ahead of schedule than tying in loose ends at the last minute.

Pattern: Debbie Bliss The Baby Knits Book
Materials: Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino
Measured size: 90cm x 90cm

I've just ordered some yarn for the Rowan Odette blanket for the next baby on the way - "Baby B" due in June. I've ordered pink and cream, however, I have to stress that I do NOT know the sex of the baby its simply my gut feeling. I'll be really embarrassed if I'm proven wrong, so I've also ordered some blue just in case!

The following text is a bit schmultzy, so I apologize in advance.

Yesterday Hubby and I went along to the Fertility Clinic for our first scan. As the Dr inserted the probe, there on the monitor Hubby and I saw our baby. Our baby. A tear ran down my face. Our baby, just the size of a dot with a little flickering heartbeat.

After 4 years of tests, operations, drugs, ivf, heartache, pain and worry, seeing that little heartbeat and Hubby's proud face was the moment the worry lines on my face of all those years of trying for something I so desperately yearned for erased away in a flash.

I feel truly blessed. Thank you all for your prayers and words of strength. I've now just got to keep healthy, relaxed and look forward to enjoying this pregnancy. It goes without saying that I've got 8 month's of worry now. Not to mention the acne and the moustache(!!) I've acquired (I'm presuming its the steroids I'm on?)

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

I was going to post yesterday and show you just how busy I've been, but the Bubela was off from school with a cold so I was running around after him all day.

So, my plan for today was to wash and block the Alphabet blanket, but I'm going to the hairdressers this morning then meeting friends for lunch, so I really haven't the time. Oh the life of a lunching mother!! I'll do it tomorrow... those famous words.

Here's the Debbie Bliss Argyl cardigan all finished (bar the buttons). I've just got to sew the buttons on and voila. This is for "Baby M" if its a boy. I'm also knitting up another quick Debbie Bliss girly cardigan in peach (I've made one before and it was such a quick cute knit) just in case its a girl. I've got 3 weeks, plenty time.

And fabulous news just in that has really made my day. My friend Michelle (you know the one that taught me to knit) she delivered twin girls this morning. MUZEL TOV.

Thursday, March 02, 2006

Project Spectrum... here we go!!

I'm back. As you know I haven't had the strength to pick up a pair of needles for about two weeks. Either that, or the Jaywalker socks I was knitting for the Knit Olympics put me right off knitting. I've tried socks now, I think its one of those Marmite things "you either love it or hate it". I HATE Marmite, its a very British spread for toast that tastes like... I can't describe it, if you want me send you a sampler let me know. Be warned though. Urgh, the thought of it.

So, I welcome Project Spectrum with open arms (I really do). Pink and Red here we go. I'm using this Project Spectrum to knit up one of Debbie Abrahams blankets from her "More Blankets and Throws" book. Its a quick knit, this square only took me a couple of hours and it was really enjoyable too.

The Alphabet Blanket... ITS FINISHED. Well sort of. I just need to sew in the ends and block. Its absolutely gorgeous.

Thank you all for your very kind wishes, brought tears to my eyes, they truly mean so much to me. Thank you, I'm blessed with such caring friends.