Friday Fill-In #174


I’m feeling fickle.  See, I still wasn’t sure about that BSJ I started.  I had originally planned to use some pretty blue Artyarns Supermerino from my stash and when I didn’t have enough I bought 2 more hanks from someone destashing on Ravelry.  If you remember, I’m allowed to buy it if I need it for a project & someone is destashing it, so we’re still good here with working from stash.  But before I received the 2 extra hanks I started to wind my first hank to get started and I decided it wasn’t looking stripey enough for the BSJ I was envisioning.  So I got started with the Needful Yarns Darling instead.  But lets be real here.  It was starting to look like something a cat barfed up and R. Darling was keeping suspiciously mum about it, so when I received my destash supermerino and saw it was a completely (much lighter) dye lot than what I had in my stash, I saw striping potential and decided to cut my losses.  Who knows what the cat barf yarn will turn out to be, probably some kind of cat barf sweater, but for now my baby boy is getting a beautiful blue BSJ.

And just in time for the weekend……


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Friday Fill-In #174
(get yours here)

1. I was always unsure about kids and marriage.  Now I think I know how I feel :)
2. I don’ t have much time to read anymore and I left my book on the coffee table just in case I could sneak a few pages in between chores.
3. Why did I wake up disoriented the other night, sure that I had forgotten the baby in his bassinet in the living room?
4. The giant list of things I need to do and don’t have much time for was in my thoughts today.
5. One of my father’s favorite sayings was “Don’t take any wooden nickels!”
6. Worn out — I know that feeling!
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to knitting a few rows on my BSJ, tomorrow my plans include spending some extra time with R. Darling (he’s been working too much lately) and Sunday, I want to maybe do a few things in my garden!

I’m not very entertaining these days, but there you have it!


BTW:  Why do I always miss out on all the fun stuff?  Did you know it was Knitting & Crochet Blog Week???  Such a great idea.  Well, it’s too late for me this year, but maybe next year I’ll try to participate.  Hope those of you that did had fun with it and have a wonderful weekend everyone!


What Do You Do When….


What do you do when your little boy is starving but won’t settle and eat?  If he won’t sleep unless he’s swaddled and he cries the second you wrap him up?  What if he squalls when you hold him and wails even harder when you don’t?  And what if the second he falls asleep and you go to put him in his bassinet, he wakes up and starts crying all over again?  What if you do this all day, over and over, and nothing seems to work until you suddenly find yourself crying too?


You take a deep breath and love him with all your might……


An unexpected surprise

Yesterday was indeed challenging.  It seems that at least every other day is like this .  But the great thing about yesterday, is that my sweet husband walked in the door just moments after my tears stopped with a great big bouquet of flowers and a smile and all I could say was, “I really needed these today!  Thank you sweetie!” Sometimes things just work out.

Current Projects

So I’m working on some stuff in between the baby stuff.  Those are our baby announcements that I finally got printed up and need to address and send.  Only about 2.5 months late.  Oh well.  What do you expect people?  He spent an entire month in the Special Care Nursery and I wasn’t about to send out a photo of him with an NG tube in his nose.
And what’s that?  No….freaking….way. You mean there’s actually some knitting content here?  Yes, that’s right.  I started a BSJ (Baby Surprise Jacket) for Little Mister.  I’m using some stash yarn because I’m damn serious about working from stash this year.  Not only because I can’t afford yarn anymore now that I work for free at home, but because I have so damn much of it and it’s taking over our house.  It’s kind of embarrassing.  I hid it in boxes and bags for a long time (from myself and from my husband) but now that I’m sorting through it, cataloging it, and getting it into Ravelry, I’m astonished by just how much I actually have.
*If you are R. Darling, stop reading here*
I think I said something a while back about having enough to make 40 pairs of socks? Try 128.  And I’m not done.  And I’m not counting the undyed stuff.  Oy.  (Seriously, don’t read this honey!  I only have enough for 2 pairs of socks!)  So I’m looking at this endeavor like some kind of fascinating puzzle.  Since I often buy enough for a full sweater, without knowing what sweater I might want to make with a specific yarn, I am finding it a fun challenge to find the perfect pattern for each yarn in order to maximize the usage of what I have without leaving too much behind.  Believe it or not, I’m having fun with it.  For the stuff that is just random bits here and there and stuff I’m not attached to, I’m thinking about making a gift stash of items I can give when I need a quick something for a birthday or a thank you or what have you.  I joined a group on Ravelry to help keep me motivated too: Shop The Stash 2010.  I don’t participate much in it yet, but it’s nice to know the company is there when/if I need it.
*You can start reading again here, Honey*
As for my BSJ, I don’t know if I’m liking the yarn I chose.  I thought it would be stripier and instead it’s sort of watercolor-ish.  The fiber might not work either – it’s a cotton acrylic blend that feels like plain old cotton.  I think I like it, but I’m not sure.  For now I’m going with it because knitting a BSJ is one of my 101 in 1001 Days goals and I’m pretty sure it’s one with a time limit that will go a lot faster than I expect, so I wanted to get started before he’s too big to fit in one.  Plus it’s all stash all the way baby, and I need to be focusing on that.  At least it’s fairly mindless garter stitch so I can usually get a few rows in each day before someone needs me for something.  These days my moments are few and far between and usually it’s a choice between eating, sleeping or knitting.  And believe it or not, sometimes knitting does win the competition!


Friday Fill-In #172

Little Sprout - April 11, 2010


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Friday Fill-In #172
(get yours here)

1. I’d like more than 1 hour of sleep at a time someday soon.
2. One of my most favorite romantic memories is the day my husband proposed to me:  a train ride, dinner, a winery tour, cherry blossoms floating down around us, him down on one knee, a stunning diamond solitaire…..just like a fairy tale.
3. Last night, I had breaded chicken cutlets, asparagus and a baked potato for dinner.
4. Sorry for the lack of knitting content lately :(  It’s tough to find time these days!
5. Can we take a nap now?
6. One of my worst temptations is candy; the sour gummi ones are especially hard to resist!
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to spending some time with my hubby, tomorrow my plans include taking care of my boys and Sunday, I want to maybe take Knittymunchkin for a walk if the weather is nice!


BTW:  The hat Knittymunchkin is wearing was so thoughtfully knit for me by my good bloggy friend Amy.  Her original blog post about it is here on her old bloggy.  She has since moved to Mrs. Darsie’s Menagerie and you should totally check her out :)  We love this little hat and Knittymunchkin wears it when we take him out and about in our cold northwest Washington spring weather.  Thanks so much Amy!  We’re honored by your lovely gifty :)
I’ve received some other beautiful hand knits for Knittymunchkin from some of my other bloggy friends as well and I hope to have photos and thanks for those friends coming up soon here on the blog.  Thanks so much everyone!  We’re so touched by your kindness and generosity!

Have a wonderful weekend!


What I’m Doing

Hey Slugger!

Feeling like there’s so much I want to share and so many things I want to blog about, but not having any time to do it ♥ Wondering what the first thing I’ll knit will be when I no longer have these milk-fed p@rn star boobs to contend with (seriously, who would want boobs this big???) ♥ Spending too much time in my pjs every day ♥ Watching for my son’s first smile in response to seeing my face ♥ Experimenting with cloth diapers (we’re trying Bummis, Bum Genius, & Flip styles) ♥ Trying to get my yarn organized ♥ Dying to knit something, anything ♥ Wondering when I’ll ever get to sleep in again, much less get more than 1.5 – 2 hours of sleep at one time ♥ Realizing that, holy crap, I AM A MOM! ♥ Still wearing maternity shirts despite the fact that I’ve lost 27 lbs. in the 9 weeks since Knittymunchkin was born and am only 13 lbs. away from my pre-pregnancy weight (did I say p@rn star boobs?  Yeah.) ♥ Feeling bummed about that ♥ Doing tons of baby laundry – how can one little munchkin generate so many dirty clothes???? ♥ Feeling good about not having purchased yarn for over 4 months now (maybe longer) ♥ But feeling guilty about my out of control stash ♥ Loving my son and my husband more and more each day! ♥ Longing for the time when I can take Little Mister out and about so I don’t feel so trapped in the house (the pediatrician says we have to wait until after flu season – end of May – to be able to take him places freely) ♥ Wondering where the time goes when I realize my little preemie boy has already more than doubled his birth weight (he’s over 9 lbs. now!) and no longer fits in newborn sized clothes ♥ Working, a few rows at a time, on the sweater I started for Knittymunchkin just days before his unexpected arrival ♥ Trying to rest when I can and not feel guilty about it ♥ Learning to let go of housework (even more than before!) ♥ Wishing I had more time for my garden ♥ Trying to find ways to be good to myself ♥ Noticing that my son has developed a new whiny sort of cry to display his anger at being manhandled or his general unhappiness with whatever you’re doing (or not doing) ♥ Dying to cast on for a Baby Surprise Jacket, but trying to be “good” and finish something else first ♥ Hoping I’m an o.k. mom.  I mean, I’ve never done this before! ♥ Wishing you a happy day!