Thursday, June 28, 2012

WIPs and Arthur


I have 49 squares so far for my sock yarn blanket! I am addicted to these little crocheted squares; so quick, easy, mindless, and portable.


This is my first Miranda Hat for the Miranda Charity KAL. It's a free pattern by Evelyn of Project: Stash. The hats will be donated to charity (there are prize incentives for participating!).


It was Arthur's 11 week birthday yesterday! I can't believe that he's already almost 3 months old... he gets more grown up everyday.


Our guinea pig had 2 babies on the 25th and yesterday we thought it'd be cute to get pics of the babies together, lol. Arthur was completely oblivious to the baby cavy on his lap, but it was cute anyway.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Family Vacation



We made a last minute decision to join a friend on a camping trip to the "UP" (upper peninsula of Michigan) and took along Arthur (of couse) and Partner and Barrett.


"Um, Mommy, please don't take pictures of me on the way to camping."


"Yay! I'm so excited my puppy gets to go camping with me!"


The site was really nice and on the lake. There were tons of these little chipmunk guys everywhere... they were quite bold and would get within inches of us if they thought there was food around.


Partner loved being back in the woods (I've had him since he was a 4-week old pup and he's always, up til the last year or so, lived in the country with access to the woods) and Barrett didn't know what to think! She's such a city dog it's sad.


This is a constant-flow springfed well. The water is cold, crisp, and so clean. It reminded me of swimming in the springfed pools back in Georgia.



The bugs were horrific! We used a food cover net as a mosquito net for Arthur. It worked great! As always, he was the perfect baby on this trip. We thought that he'd be a burden, but it ended up that he was the easiest and the dogs were more troublesome!


We took one day to go to Mackinac Island, which was the main thing I wanted to do on this trip. Mackinac is a smallish island and no cars are allowed. The only way to get there is by ferry and the only transportation is by horseback or bicycle. We only got to stay about an hour and a half, but it was nice to see it and scope it out for our next trip (without dogs). We took Partner along and he enjoyed the ferry ride (pic above). Barrett didn't get to go because she's not as socialized and well-behaved.






Mackinac is famous for their fudge and it did not disappoint! The best was peanut butter (our favorite), though the chocolate peanut butter and rocky road were also very good.


Partner approved!




People-watching.


Eating a little lunch on the island.


Arthur had so much fun on Mackinac that he passed out on the way back. He didn't even stir at the loud ferry engines. I got a carrier and he happily rode around on my chest the entire trip.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Daddy



Here's a picture of my daddy and me taken at Thanksgiving last year. I was 18 weeks pregnant at the time. My dad and I have definitely had our ups and downs, but we have always had a good relationship... we are just alike, both having strong opinions and being stubborn as mules (thus some of the downs, lol). He was shot in the line of duty (deputy sheriff) in 1999 and is disabled because of it, but has been working hard and is doing so great now. Daddy taught me all the important things and has really made me who I am today.


Here's the other daddy in my life... Charlie is such a wonderful father! I'm so glad to be able to say that he's my husband and the daddy to our amazing little boy.

Happy Father's Day!

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

WIP Wednesday



I'm going to start participating in WIP Wednesday and, if I can manage to knit a little more, FO Friday. Here's the progress on the baby dress/tunic I'm knitting for miss Hannah Louise, my niece who's still cooking for a while longer. It's a simple pattern, but boring. I changed the bottom to seed stitch (it was supposed to be garter stitch).

I'm also working on the sock yarn squares blanket, but won't show a picture since the square pretty much look exactly alike. It's a GREAT way to stash bust those sock yarn leftovers! I normally stress over how precious the yarn is, even the leftovers, and this has been a wonderful exercise in realizing that yarn is useless to me if it's languishing away behing a closed cabinet door. I've been using up the entire leftover balls for this blanket project... I feel kind of freed by it.

I plan on casting on for a Chiton Pullover soon, probably using Knit Picks Cotlin. I had started one of these last year using 3 strands of laceweight yarn together, but ended up letting the cats have it to sleep on because it was much too large and I was running out of yarn. It was a definite failure, but the pattern itself is very clear (though runs large) and enjoyable. Now that I know to go with a size smaller I think it'll be a success.



This is just a cute something I wanted to share. Erin, my younger SIL, bought Charlie and me a zombie family decal set for Christmas and I finally got around to putting it on the car yesterday! Charlie has been a HUGE zombie fanatic his whole life (not just since they've gotten popular in the past few years). I love how we have the family on here, minus 2 dogs, 2 cats, 1 fish, 2 cavies (guinea pigs), and 8 rats (if we added all the critters it'd kind of detract from the family part, lol).

In other news, Charlie and I started the Insanity workout program yesterday night... Whoa! It is insane! I reached muscle failure and today my poor little out-or-shape self is definitely feeling it. I hate working out like that, but do like knowing that it's getting my body back. I will say, though, that if I complete this program and get fit again, I will have to do pregnancy yoga or something the next time I get pregant because there's no way I'm letting myself get that badly out of shape again. I gained 35 lb and have lost about 15 or 20 of it so far and am really not happy with my body right now. My shape is different and I'm carrying a fair amout of extra weight. Pretty depressing stuff so it's time to do something about it. From what I saw online, Insanity doesn't produce quick weight-loss, but really does change the body over a period of time. It's more about building muscle tone rather than just losing fat. We'll see how it goes.

Monday, June 11, 2012

Babies



Today is a big day on the baby front...

It's Arthur's 2-month birthday and he was so happy about it this morning! Mornings are his playtime and he normally spends them laying on his back, kicking and waving his hands. This morning was like that, but with a bunch of big smiles and he was talking like crazy. All morning. It was the cutest thing and I was sure to get lots of pictures and some video.

Not only is it a big day for baby boy, but it's also a big one for Alicia and Ryan, my SIL and BIL. They found out that they are having a little girl! Her name is Hannah Louise (as long as they don't change their minds before she arrives this fall) and I couldn't be happier. I've been thinking lately that I might want a little girl one day, but I think I'd be better off with sons and nieces instead, lol. I really would want a girl so that I could knit and accessorize for her and having nieces takes care of that. I feel like I'd be a better mommy to boys than to girls (just watch, now that I said that I'll go and have 3 girls in a row lol). Anyway, I've been searching Ravelry for cute girl patterns and there's no shortage. Here's what I cast on for today...



Doesn't look like much so far, but it's going to be a Super Simple Baby Tunic. I'm doing it in the round, using Knit Picks Brava Sport (which is really closer to worsted weight, in my opinion).


This is a rare time when I don't have a lot on the needles/hook. I frogged the Oak Barrel Socks the other day when Charlie accidently too the needles out and I was too upset to try to salvage it and the OpArt Blanket has been put on hold, possible to be frogged, because it's just too boring. I don't think it's possible for me to knit a blanket. However, I can crochet one, thus the squares in the picture above. I'm using sock yarn scraps (of course) and am making squares that will be joined together eventually. The squares are from a DROPS pattern. I'm still working on my Noro hexagon blanket and am just as in love with it as I was when I first started, but it's kind of slow going since I'm almost out of yarn and am working mostly on joining the hexes I do have right now. I'll eventually get more yarn for it and it'll pick up some steam then.

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Arthur




(In case you're wondering about that red bump on his head, it's a hemangioma, or 'strawberry birthmark.' It's just an abnormal growth of blood vessels/capillaries under the skin and is pretty common in infants. It will continue to grow for a while, but will eventually get smaller and go away (we could have it lasered off now, but it would be purely cosmetic, very painful, and would leave a scar). Charlie had the same thing in the same place and doesn't have a mark there anymore.)

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Felted Rug



Here's the felted version! I started this rug immediately after finishing the unfelted one. I used the same yarns, minus the acrylic, and was able to use up a few random balls/scraps of worsted wool I had.

This rug is much larger than the first one and is felted. I ran it through the wash twice to get it felted to where I wanted. I always run felted stuff through entire cycles, including spin... it helps speed up drying and I've never had an issue with permanent creases/folds.

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Stripes

Both FOs today are stripey!


I made Arthur a stripey polo shirt! It's a little big, but he'll get good use of it this summer/fall. I heavily modified the Telemark Pullover pattern and used Knit Picks Felici Sport yarn (Dockside colorway). It was a quick little knit and is just so cute. This was my first time working with Felici and it's incredibly soft. I don't usually like self-striping because choosing the right pattern can be tricky, but I find myself drawn to them more and more lately.


This is a little scrappy rug I started yesterday and finished today. I had intended for it to be much larger and felted, but I realized partway through that one of the colors is actually acrylic! Ugh... So, now it's an unfelted rug. I still like it though and do plan on making a felted one soon.