Friday, 27 August 2010

Update: Still no baby!

Just a quick post to say that there is still no sign of baby no. 3. I felt sure he would be here by now, especially since I had a grocery delivery coming on Wednesday and plans to go out on Wednesday night - what child would be able to resist causing mayhem when you've made plans? At least I can console myself with the fact that he might be quite a good little thing and no trouble at all - unlike his brothers, who are currently beating each other with plastic golf clubs.

Yesterday was spent frantically cleaning. And before you all yell 'nesting!', I'm usually quite anal about cleaning anyway, and yesterday was the first day I had any energy for about a week. I'm quite sore for it today though, and although I can feel some strange period-like cramps, I'm not entirely sure that that isn't because of all the hard work yesterday. So let's not count our chickens just yet!

Fingers crossed it'll be soon though!

Thursday, 19 August 2010

Baby Blanket

Of all the things I've knitted on my recent spree, this is by far my favourite. I love the colours and am so proud that I managed the intarsia method. It's a little buggy blanket, which we'll probably use in the moses basket or car seat. It is double thickness, so really cosy and is checked on one side and striped on the other.

I love it for it's unusual colours. Most baby boy items are pale blue, but I really like colour and so was really taken with the greens and lilac. It is a unisex item but if I was having a girl I would probably have substituted the dark blue for another purple or pink shade.
So, the only thing I haven't knitted for this baby that I had planned to is a hat. In fact, I knitted a hat, but the cotton I used kept separating into it's strands and the end result was quite patchy. I may try again when I've had time to look up another pattern.
All that's missing is a baby! I still have eleven days left to go, though my midwife has mentioned that she thinks I'm a week further along and so it may just be four! Either way, he seems in no hurry to go anywhere. Yesterday was spent in Glasgow which I class as a very long walk and the evening was dedicated to trying out some old wives tales for getting a baby moving. Unfortunately he was not impressed. I have an inkling that this one will be overdue :(

Thursday, 5 August 2010

Action Knitwear!!

I finally received a photo of my dad proudly wearing his birthday jumper. It is a bit of an action shot - both my parents love mountain climbing and this is him halfway up a mountain on his recent holiday. I am proud that the seams managed to survive such strenuous activity though! According to my mum he is particularly pleased with it, being an unexpectedly sentimental fool.

In other news, my latest baby project is currently on hold, at almost 3/4 completion. The pattern seriously underestimated the amount of yarn required and I have to wait for some more to arrive. Now I'm going to have all sorts of issues with dyelot numbers, but hopefully any differences won't be too glaring. The race is on to complete it though, as my due date is about 3 weeks away! Eep!!

Sunday, 1 August 2010

Tiny little booties and anonymous secrets.

So, my latest baby creation is a teeny tiny pair of booties. Those who know me will not be surprised as I've knitted these for my twins when they were little and passed the pattern onto my MIL. These are the ever popular 'Saartje's booties'. This is definitely the most popular bootie pattern on Ravelry at the mo with over 8000 projects and really nice variations. Just google them and the pattern will be the first result. They only take about two hours to knit, but can be fiddly to sew up as they're so small.

I am currently half way through my favourite baby project so far and I'm hoping to have it finshed soon. I was forced to learn the intarsia method as I went along but once I figured out what the book was trying to tell me, it was really quite simple. I don't have any other baby knitting plans after this, though I am undecided about a little jacket which I might attempt.

Now for something completely unrelated - secrets. I'm an avid follower of the Postsecret website. For those of you unfamiliar with it, basically people send anonymous secrets on postcards and they are published on the website every Sunday. There are also books of secrets too, which I would sometimes browse on quiet days when I worked in a bookstore. So every Sunday morning I sit down at the computer and peep at other people's secrets. It satisifies the nosy side of me. Some are heartbreaking, some are funny and some just make you think. But more often than not I find that they make me thankful for what I have. Go check it out if you have time.

And finally, a massive congratulations to the boyfriend who got a new job this weekend!!! He'd been made redundant last Christmas and since then I think unemployment was gradually taking it's toll on him. I couldn't be more proud!