Monday, October 31, 2011

Friday, October 28, 2011

Pumpkin Carving!

So Charlie has been going on and on about how he's an expert pumpkin carver, way better than I am. So we got 2 pumpkins from Walmart night before last (I had this romantic idea of going to a pumpkin farm and going on a hayride with my love and drinking apple cider together, blah blah blah... Charlie and his idea of Walmart won out) and we chose to carve them at 4am today. We have really messed up sleep right now due to unemployment and video games.

Anyway, Charlie chose to go with a biohazard symbol and I went with a rat (in honor of the litter of 12 that Grendel blessed us with today! Kel is a proud daddy). I drew out a baby rat, but we only had steak knives to work with, so I chose not to carve it out.

I think we did a pretty good job.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

It's here!

My order came in yesterday! I was soooo exhausted, though, that I didn't open it until today. Above is the Hearthwarming Stockings kit. Will get started on them once I finish the granny square blanket and at least get a good start on the Chroma blanket.
The Chroma!!! I've been interested in this yarn since KP offered it, but I have little use for self-striping stuff (Noro and the like are gorgeous, but not practical for the knitting I do). I'm very excited to have a good use for this (check out some of blankets done in Chroma on Ravelry...). It's pretty soft and I love this colorway. Not girly, but doesn't strictly say boy either.
The US 2 and 3 24" circs I needed so badly.
Extra yarn for a stocking. Looking at it now, I may have over-purchased. Oh well... leftovers will be incorporated into soakers for little Knolly.
The Swish yarn for the Rhino Romper. Love it! I made a mistake, though, and must have accidentally deleted the CC for the project before purchasing... not in the box and not on the invoice. Oh well. I'm sure I have something complimentary in the stash anyway.

Today is Charlie and my's 6 month wedding anniversary. We spent it sleeping in waaaaayyyyy late and then going to eat Mexican (a challenge since I can't have that yummy unpasteurized queso). Now he's gaming and I'm about to start working on the granny square (ready to be finished so I can cast on for the Ten Stitch!).

Monday, October 17, 2011

More Baby Stuff...

I don't want to make this the baby blog, but Knolly is what's on my mind these days and has been on the receiving end of my knitting. This is the RHSS blanket wip. Just a simple granny square. Plan on going until the camo runs out, then I'll pick up with either dc or sc with a complimentary color (a "tweedy" tan).

Still waiting for the KP order (hopefully it'll get here by this weekend) so I can start the Chroma blanket. That's going to be soooo nice.

The biggest news of the day is our first doctor's appointment! We are waiting for Tricare to kick in on the 1st, so we were going in planning on paying out of pocket. Fortunately, our doctor is amazing and did this visit on the house. He got my history and, since I'm not high-risk for anything, he said we could wait until my Nov 11 appointment for all the labs and such. We did get to hear Knolly's heartbeat! It was really neat. It was so kind of the doc to let us wait until the next appointment for the expensive stuff. I'm so ready for that appointment... I'll be 16 weeks by then and we'll see a good ultrasound (maybe even be lucky enough to tell the gender!).

Also, we're going to Georgia for Thanksgiving!!! I'm soooo excited about this. I haven't seen my parents in over a year and my extended family for even longer. Thanksgiving was always a big deal in my family; it was the one time a year we all got together (I have a lot of aunts, uncles, and cousins, so it's always a lot of fun). We think this is going to be my paternal grandmother's last Thanksgiving, unfortunately, so the whole family is making sure to come to Georgia for it. We were a little worried over the cost of travel, but my parents said that they can cover our gas to and from so we're all set to go. I'll be 17 weeks prego then, so it'll be neat to see everyone and show off my belly :)

Friday, October 14, 2011

Sweater Number Two

This Maile Sweater took me exactly one week to make. It is knit bottom-up and the sleeves are attached in an interesting and slightly annoying way, but in the end it wasn't all that difficult and I love the resulting sweater. I used Knit Picks Stroll Tonal yarn in the Gypsy colorway. The lighting is so terrible in our house and it's been overcast the past few days, so the colors are WAY off in the picture. It's actually a very deep dark tonal red. Used less than one skein. I actually have plenty left over for a few pairs of baby socks, a baby hat (or several), etc. I know lace is kinda girly, but I think this is gender-neutral enough. Charlie thinks red is a boy color, I think it's a girl color, so there ya go.

I started a simple granny square blanket using, gasp, Red Heart Super Saver. I know, but it's cheap, washable, readily available, and it comes in camo, which Charlie really wanted for the blanket. Washing RHSS really does soften it up a bit so I'm not too worried or ashamed. It'll more than likely be the kind of blanket you lay baby down on for nap or play, not the kind it'll be wrapped up in and such. I ordered yarn for that...

Charlie gave me a 100.00 allowance for yarn today! How sweet, right?! I went on Knit Picks and spent 119.00. I can't wait for it to get here. I got 5 balls of Chroma Worsted in the Mesa colorway for a Ten Stitch Blanket, the Hearthwarming Stocking Kit (plus extra yarn to make a third stocking since the kit comes with enough to make two), and yarn for a Rhino Romper in the 6 month size (I'm really excited about this adorable and useful knit! I got a gorgeous tonal blue for the MC and a bright grassy green for the CC). I also got 2 sets of 24" circs (US 2 and 3).

I have my first ob/gyn appointment on Monday! Hopefully we get to see little Knolly on an ultrasound...

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Baby Knit Number One

First knit for Knolly! Concentric Stripes Cardigan, my handspun yarn, modded for short sleeves and to add color to the edging.