December 2004 Archives

December 30, 2004

Joshua is here!

Joshua Brandon was born at 1:56 pm today, weighing 7 pounds 9 ounces. He and mommy are doing wonderfully. You can see more pictures and video at his web site.

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December 27, 2004

One way to destash is to use your yarn for rocking horse hair.

We had a wonderful Christmas. Charlotte loves her rocking horse and has spent the last few days either riding it herself or giving all of her stuffed animals a turn on it.
As far as knitting gifts go, I received an autographed copy of Stitch 'n Bitch Nation from Michael. While I'm having a lot of fun looking through the patterns, I have to admit that reading the knitting group descriptions makes me homesick for Knit Happens and all of my Virginia friends. I also received some gift money which will be spent on a knitting bag.

Posted by crsattic at 9:13 PM

December 23, 2004

Here's my donation to the Safe Shores Hat drive.
I used this pattern. (Don't let the fact that the pattern is on the Red Heart site deter you; this pattern works for most yarns.) If you're interested in donating a child's hat, you can find the information here. Hurry, hats must be received by December 30th!

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December 21, 2004

I've had lots to blog about, but not much energy for blogging. To make up for my absence, this entry should have something for just about everyone.
First of all, I'd like to say thank you to Emma and Anna for the lovely holiday e-cards. You guys really know how to choose them; they've both made it on Charlotte's all request list.
We've had a couple of doctor's appointments since last time. On the 9th, we were about one and a half centimeters dilated; by the 16th, we were up to 3 cm. Our next appointment is this Thursday, and, as long as the baby stays put, we are planning on being induced Dec 30th. In less than two weeks, we should have another baby at home.
As far as knitting goes, I've managed to rack up a couple of scarves and pairs of socks.


Both pairs of socks were made from elann's Sock It To Me Collection. I particularly like the Spiced Blues colorway used for the second pair. The scarves were made using Collinette Giotto and some gorgeous, soft Michelle Gregg yarn.
Charlotte and I have been busy finishing up our holiday preparations. This picture is from making bird seed pinecones earlier this week.

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December 4, 2004

What makes leaving the house at 35 weeks pregnant worthwhile?

A phenomenal deal on yarn!
My local yarn store was having their annual holiday sale today, and everyone that arrived drew out of a bag to determine their yarn discount amount. Discounts started at 20% and went up to one piece of paper with 75% off. Guess which lucky lady got the 75% discount! I went a little nuts, but I doubt I'll ever be in this good of a purchasing position again. Here's what followed me home.

Kidsilk Haze for Brie, Cascade 220 for two BUC hats, and 1 skein of Opal sock yarn

4ply Soft and Lurex Shimmer for Florentine

Handknit DK for a Lacy Sweater and Sweet Pea from MinnowKnits, Too

Wool Cotton and 4 ply Soft for Marshall, Truelove, and the Child's Smock in Debbie Bliss's Knitting Workbook

Yorkshire Tweed DK for Clark

Other than a coat to go with the Sweet Pea dress (there wasn't enough yarn in the color I needed), I think I have all of my projects purchased and lined up for the next year! Now I'm really trying to clear out the Christmas knitting to make room for some new projects. Hopefully I'll have another FO (or two) in the next couple of days.

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December 2, 2004

Charlotte News

We went to the mall tonight so that Charlotte could have her picture taken with Santa Claus, but unfortunately, it didn't work out. As some of you may know, Charlotte isn't overly fond of men, and introducing her to a strange bearded guy just sent her over the edge. We didn't even make it to Santa; she got close enough to see him and starting crying and clinging to Mike for dear life. Maybe next year we'll get a picture.
She also started opening doors. This puts a kink in our bedtime routine because normally we'll close the door to her room after she's settled down. If she wakes up, she'll fuss for a few minutes and then go back to sleep. Now, she gets up, opens the door, and is ready to be entertained.
I don't have any FOs tonight, but I did complete the back of the Debbie Bliss Hooded Striped Top.
I'd forgotten how nice the cashmerino is to knit with. It'll be nice to clear off some of the WIPs in my sidebar so that I can work on my Weekend sweater again.

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December 1, 2004

A Finished Gift

Here's finished gift number 6,
an herbal neckwrap based on Geane's Extreme Hedonism pattern. Only 8 more gifts to go.
Thank you Uli and Emma for your encouraging remarks. This pregnancy has been so much harder than my last one that it is a relief to know that I'm close to the end. I really hated taking the contraction pills because they made me so jittery. However, now that I'm having contractions all day (mainly Braxton Hicks), my abdomen has just become unbelieveably sore. Also the baby has started pushing on the nerves at the top of my legs, so I've had sharp leg pain for the last two days. On the positive side, only 37 more days until January 8th!

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