Anything Else You Want to Know?

Interesting tidbits I found the other day.  Go here if you want to try it for yourself!

 

Ten Top Trivia Tips about Steph!

  1. Steph can last longer without water than a camel can!
  2. Steph is the world’s smallest mammal!
  3. The word ‘samba’ means ‘to rub Steph’!
  4. The colour of Steph is no indication of her spiciness, but size usually is.
  5. Steph is the traditional gift for a couple on their third wedding anniversary!
  6. Steph is only six percent water!
  7. The difference between Steph and a village is that Steph does not have a church.
  8. Bananas don’t grow on trees – they grow on Steph.
  9. Never store Steph at room temperature.
  10. If you blow out all the candles on Steph with one breath, your wish will come true.

 

Some of these sound a bit, well…. naughty!

37

In the baby countdown, we are now at 37 weeks! The baby could come soon, or it could be another month!

I realized that I haven’t shown you pictures of the baby’s room since I painted, so here are some of the things we have ‘installed’.

This is a handmade dresser I found at a ‘bargain furniture barn’. Perfect height for a changing table, rim around the edge to keep stuff on, plus it’s the right price and I love the fact that someone made it themselves. It has it’s own quirks, which makes it great!

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As you can see, the wall color has deepened some from the bright neon green it was before being dry.

I also got a gliding rocker from a coworker. (It’s great to get stuff handed down that you don’t have to buy!) And the little rocking chair used to be Davis’.

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We have the crib to put together, and a few pictures to hang. Hopefully we get it put together before the baby gets here!

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In terms of knitting progress, there has been none. I have been sewing a small amount, but nothing that is in a stage near completion (except curtains for the baby’s room I have to hang).

Fiber in the Raw

This weekend at our local Ag center, there was an alpaca show. Mostly it was animals and showing, but there was some yarn. Davis even came with me!

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Alpaca are pretty cute. I love the tufted ears!

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Doesn’t this one look like an Ewok?

Knitting to Match my Cat

Mmmmm…

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Yummy yarn that I wound up for a new project.

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This is how far I am. Not that far. Definitely much farther to go.

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I did notice that when this is done, and Davis wears his sweater, he will be matchy-matchy with the cat. (he’s so excited!)

Sticks (Big Fat Ones!)

The other day we got this in the mail:

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Now, do you see what it says?

It is an advertisement for a ‘rewarding opportunity’.

But the opportunity is not going to be revealed at this time.

You will find out next week.

So in the meantime, Sears sent millions of people big, fat, notices that they should be on the lookout.

Millions of pieces of paper that tell you NOTHING!

Millions of pieces of paper, most of which will probably end up in landfills.

And then, they are going to send out more.

Next week.

Way to go Sears. You get my sticks!

Easter Family

On Easter, I got to spend time with my family.

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These are my first cousins and sister. We are missing one, she is in TN. Yes, I’m the shortest one (my sis, in the brown and white dress, is squatting a bit so she wasn’t blocking the people behind her). However, I get to be the oldest, so that counts for something!

I watched the baby play.

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And I taught another generation to knit. She has tried this a few times before, but this time she did a much better job of not twisting the yarn, dropping stitches, or picking up the wrong loop. She says knitting is fun, so we might get to keep her in fiber!

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Knitting Meme

I have seen this on a few blogs, and wanted to play along. Feel free to do it for yourself if you would like to be tagged!

Bold for stuff you’ve done, italics for stuff you plan to do one day, and normal for stuff you’re not planning on doing.

Afghan/Blanket
I-cord
Garter stitch
Knitting with metal wire
Shawl

Stockinette stitch
Socks: top-down

Socks: toe-up
Knitting with camel yarn
Mittens: Cuff-up
Mittens: Tip-down
Hat
Knitting with silk
Moebius band knitting
Participating in a KAL
Sweater
Drop stitch patterns
Knitting with recycled/secondhand yarn
Slip stitch patterns
Knitting with banana fiber yarn *maybe someday, didn’t even know that there was such a thing!*
Domino knitting (modular knitting)
Twisted stitch patterns
Knitting with bamboo yarn
Two end knitting
Charity knitting
Knitting with soy yarn
Cardigan
Toy/doll clothing
Knitting with circular needles
Knitting with your own handspun yarn
Slippers
Graffiti knitting (knitting items on, or to be left on the street)
Continental knitting
Designing knitted garments

Cable stitch patterns (incl. Aran)
Lace patterns
Publishing a knitting book
Scarf
Teaching a child to knit
American/English knitting (as opposed to continental)
Knitting to make money
Button holes
Knitting with alpaca

Fair Isle knitting
Norwegian knitting
Dying with plant colors
Knitting items for a wedding
Household items (dishcloths, washcloths, tea cozies…)
Knitting socks (or other small tubular items) on two circulars
Olympic knitting
Knitting with someone else’s handspun yarn

Knitting with DPNs
Holiday related knitting

Teaching a male how to knit
Bobbles
Knitting for a living
Knitting with cotton
Knitting smocking
Dy[e]ing yarn
Steeks
Knitting art
Fulling/felting
Knitting with wool
Textured knitting
Kitchener BO

Purses/bags
Knitting with beads
Swatching
Long Tail CO
Entrelac
Knitting and purling backwards
Machine knitting
Knitting with self-patterning/self-striping/variegating yarn
Stuffed toys
Baby items
Knitting with cashmere
Darning
Jewelry
Knitting with synthetic yarn
Writing a pattern

Gloves
Intarsia
Knitting with linen
Knitting for preemies
Tubular CO
Freeform knitting
Short rows
Cuffs/fingerless mitts/arm warmers
Pillows
Knitting a pattern from an online knitting magazine
Rug
Knitting on a loom
Thrummed knitting
Knitting a gift
Knitting for pets
Shrug/bolero/poncho
Knitting with dog/cat hair
Hair accessories
Knitting in public

 

Ha! and I have only been knitting for 4 years!

Belly Hugs

Welcome Spring Break! Or what we get of one around these parts. I have big crafting plans for this extended weekend, so hopefully I’ll get lots of blogging fodder done around these parts. I have joined the legs for my baby pants, but have been having some troubles getting going on the waist. I started on DPN’s, thought it might be easier on 2 circs, fought the circular needles for a day, then went back to DPN’s. So I’ve only done about 5 rows, but it looks like it will turn out ok. I’ll have picks later. You thought sock knitting on DPN’s was dangerous, wait till you have 9 needles going on a project!

One consequence that my cats are unhappy about due to my pregnancy is lack of a lap to sit in. There are very few times they can actually curl up on my lap because of shrinking lap space. Last night there was a rare moment when I was reading blogs, and Freyja jumped up and found a comfy position. I caught this picture, which was cute, as well as showing you how much my belly has grown!

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It does get done

This knitting one thing at a time does prove that projects do progress and they will seem to get done faster!

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I finished my green monkey socks on Friday. They fit well, I have to wash them, which will cause them to ease a little, so that they are perfect! The pattern I have done before, but I had to give those away. These are all mine! I love the fact that I have another pair of hand-knit socks, and I am happy that I have a project off the needles.

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I also had my child-birth classes this weekend. Davis and I both went, and it was ok. But I have been thinking about what relaxes me, and knitting definitely helps me stay calm. I’ve heard other people knit during labor (if anyone has any specific experiences that they know of, I’d like to hear your thoughts about it), so I was deciding that I need a simple, stockinette project to take with me. I think a sweater, in the round, would be great. I especially need to get to the part where it is a straight stretch of knitting, so if I do a raglan from the top down, I would have to work to below the arm-pits. There would have to be no shaping as well. So Davis just might get a sweater out of this birth!