Friday, September 30, 2011

So, I Really Think It's Time For Baby Knitting...

...because we're having a baby!

Ok, this is totally unplanned. We knew we wanted kids, but LATER, like when we're 30. But, these things happen, I guess, and what can you do but be thrilled? There is nothing more special than knowing I'm prego with my husband's baby. I'll admit, I was a bit devastated and I cried last night when I took the tests, but now I'm happy and excited. I was mainly worried that Charlie would be upset at how "the plan" was being pushed up by about 5 years, but he wasn't. Of course, this was a shock and surprise to us, but we're really happy. The LPN in him is coming out and I've already been briefed on what I can and cannot do :) Haven't been to the doc yet for the blood test, but I've taken 3 tests (all say prego), have been throwing up the past week, and have been sooooo fatigued. Oh, and I missed the littled friend this time around. Soooo, we think it's safe to say that the pets will have a new brother or sister (we're hoping for a brother!) around April or May of next year.

My parents are beyond excited (ok, my dad is excited about the baby, not so much on how the baby got here, lol) and Charlie's parents are too. My brother is so freaking happy he's going to be an uncle.

It's a little scary since I have no clue on what to do, but we have a great family of support and we have each other, so we'll be fine. It'll be an adventure, that's for sure!

Now, just gotta get on the baby knits. Good thing I've been queueing them forever since they're so cute and quick.

In other less exciting news, here's my latest FO, a simple hdc crochet hat in some of my handspun and some farm wool. Colors are much more muted in real life. Partner likes wearing hats.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

All Spun Up

I finally spun up this corriedale/angora blend... I'd been dreaming about it (literally!) and finally sat down and did it. I bought the tweedy yellow corriedale roving at either SAFF or Stitches South in 2009 from Miss Babs (also got a pinkish one that I spun up soon after purchasing... loved it as well) and I ran it through my drumcarder with angora I got off the rabbits I had then. It was in 9 small fluffy batts, begging to be spun. Of course, I let the fiber decide what it wanted to be and this wanted to be a soft worsted weight yarn. I love it! According to my method of figuring yardage (which, by the way, I believe is very flawed), it's only about 140 yards or so. I think it's more than that, honestly. I have a 5 ft niddy noddy, so I count how many times around the yarn goes. Multiply by 5, divide by 3. Should be the yardage, right? The math makes sense to me, but I really think I'm getting a lower number than I really have. I need to get another fishing line yardage thingy and use that. Or even a scale would probably be better. Either way, I loved spinning this and love the resulting yarn. It was also the first time Charlie has seen me spin, so it was neat having him watch a little and ask questions and stuff. Love that boy to pieces.

Monday, September 26, 2011

I Won I Won I Won!!!

I won one of the prizes for the TTL Shawl KAL! My prize is a skein of Tempted Yarns Good Grrl in the Deviant Behavior... isn't it gorgeous? I've been sick this week and this was just the thing to brighten my day. Also, I haven't knit a pair of socks in forever (I don't think I've completed a pair all year... my attempts have all been frogged), so this will get me out of the sock knitting slump. Yay!

(picture taken from the TTL forum)

Saturday, September 24, 2011


I actually finished the Roma Shawl for the TTL Summer Shawl KAL on time! I made it a little smaller by using laceweight and omitting a few stripe repeats. Really like it as a scarf... there might be another one in fingering weight in my future!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Finally, an update

The move was loooooonnnnnggggg, but not too bad. We were so glad to finally be up here. We don't get internet until Friday (we're at my FIL's right now), so updates will be more regular after that.

This is my favorite little corner of the house! It's our little country corner. My saddles, all my fiber stuff, the gun case. The skins on the wall are deer (my birthday gift from Charlie) and lynx, a gift from my uncle (he killed it and prepared the pelt himself).

I finally have a yarn dresser!!! This was part of a three-piece set we picked up at the Salvation Army. One dresser for the clothes, the nightstand by the bed, and this one for me! The overflow fiber is in a box next to the wheel.

Barrett. Took this today. She's grown up so much!

Partner, Charlie, and Kel, his rat. I've had Partner for 9 years, since he was a month-old pup being given away at Walmart. He was my brother's dog, but since Arty is in San Antonio for Army training Charlie and I decided to bring him up here with us. I missed this old boy and it's nice having him again. He's a great protection dog.

Red LOVES Gideon! She's always with him, playing with his tail, cuddling him, etc. He isn't as thrilled about her being around, but he's good and tolerates her.


~168.3 yards of Australian Wool singles. I bought the fiber back in 2009 at a fiber festival... Stitches South maybe? I can't remember now which one/exactly when.

~121.5 yards of Australian Wool. Bought at the same time as the other yarn. This is a 2-ply.

That's it for now. I'm working as hard as I can on my Roma Shawl... only have 2 days before I have to have the FO pic up on the forum! Yikes! I really hope I finish it. I would definitely have time, but I can't knit on Friday... I started a job at a dog grooming place and have to work Friday. Maybe tomorrow I can get a good day of knitting in between running some errands.