June 12, 2006

Girl, Interrupted

No pictures today. Why, you ask?

Well let me tell you! The past week and a half my phone has been in and out of service. I found out that a switch is not working in their system, which is causing my phone to have no dial tone. Sometimes I can call out, but sometimes I can't. My DSL was turned off because my modem isn't working. So I am using my back up, dial up account. Unfortunately since the phone isn't always working or doesn't have a dial tone, my computer can't dial out and get me online. Even then, the dial up is so slow that most of the time I can't get on a webpage. This should be fixed by this Friday, I hope.

In Knitting News:

In my last post I proposed to do a cabled pullover sweater from "The Life Aquatic" series in an old Vogue Knitting. My Cathay yarn arrived on time for me to start with the World Knitting Cup. So, I have the pattern. I have the yarn. I have {a lot} a bit of incentive (I wanted to make myself a sweater that I could wear before I started to show.)

The Good: The yarn is beautiful. Very, very beautiful. Kudos to Debbie Bliss! The color is gorgeous, it's almost a dark blue ink pen stain color. When Shawn came home and saw it, he asked for me to make him something with it! Silly {little} big boys!

The Bad: Friday evening I did my rib pattern stitch gauge on the suggested needle size. Nope! I changed the needle size. Yes!

The Ugly: The pattern has confused me to no end. Friday night I was about to go crazy. I had done the first row of the chart backwards, so to speak. My purls should have been knits and vice versa. Come Saturday I was having yarn over and ssk problems. Whatever the reason, my mind simply isn't putting 2 + 2 together correctly.

Well. I was in better luck. Saturday I received my first issue of my Interweave Knits subscription. Though I didn't chose a pattern from this issue, there are a few that will definitely go into my to do pile. The best luck was that I found a pattern from the last issue of IK that I had wanted to do, though I didn't think I had enough yarn. But my 100 m of Cathay x 20 skeins makes this other sweater a definite possibility.

So definite that I redid my gauge swatches. I had to go down a needle size, but it worked! It's a Caftan pullover done in this silk blend. There's a lot of seed stitch, which normally I don't care for, but it looks quite fantastic in this yarn. I am happy. Even if I am a little behind for the WKC, I am still happy that I found something to fit this soon to show belly.

In Other News:

I am 8 weeks pregnant. I feel: exhausted, drained, hungry, nauseous, tired, anxious...Can this be good?

{I was so lucky to have an easy pregnancy the first time. With my son I always had to eat breakfast, or I'd feel sick all day. I didn't start to really show until I was 5 months. I experienced edema after consuming too much salt. So I ended up feeling bloated. My skin was tight from the water retention, but that didn't start until I was about 7 1/2 months pregnant. Labor was easy too! I got a hospital room and check up by 7:30 p.m. My son was born at 9:58 p.m.}

But now! I just feel so tired and helpless. Nevertheless, Shawn and I are discussing names more and more (I'll save that for a different day). We've done some crib browsing and found a nice light wood one. My first exam is scheduled for this Thursday, but it coincides with Shawn's sister's High School graduation. So I might reschedule, if possible. We think the baby is a girl. Maybe that's why this pregnancy is so different. That or because I've been having dreams of my new baby and the baby is always a girl.

More to come soon! With pictures!


Jae said...

Sometimes you have to try the wrong yarn/pattern combo to get to the right one. Glad it all worked out. Hang in there and get plenty of rest! Maybe in a few weeks, you'll start to feel better.

the knotmaker said...

I had the samething happen to me once, I could not for the life of me figure out how do to a yarn forward ... strange how your brain decides to just not work sometimes... I'd say get all the rest you can but with another little one running around it is hard. I have 2 kids that are 23 mos. apart, its good now, they are 6 & 8, but when they were little it was hard.

Good Luck!

Lynne said...

Congratulations! How exciting to be expecting a baby! OH, the many little things you can knit!