Monthly Archives: July 2012

Trying to stay awake

I’m sorry I haven’t been keeping up with the photo of the day posts. A lot has been going on lately with trying to get all client work wrapped up before my baby arrives. And it looks like it will be a few more days before I can get back around to posting photos of the day. My husband collapsed in the middle of church yesterday and had to be rushed to the ER. They couldn’t pinpoint a cause so they’re passing it off as “heat related” illness. He is home today, but on strict orders of rest and hydration. I will be heading straight to bed myself soon since I was up with him most of the night and didn’t take today off from work. So even though today’s summer storms pose excellent photo of the day opportunities, they will have to wait for another day…or two.

Almost There

I finally finished all the squares for my baby’s first blanket. Now I’ve just got to weave in all the tails and stitch the squares together. It’s another few hours of work, but it feels so good to be this close to being done with it.

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Moving Right Along…

Well, it’s a good thing I took my crochet to labor & delivery class last week. After watching the two birth stories, our instructor went into detail about spinal taps and epidurals. Having my crochet with me was the only thing that kept me from running out of the room in terror. For those who don’t know, I have a legitimate, medically diagnosed phobia of medical needles. My doctors keep my immunizations and blood draws to an absolute minimum because every time a doctor or nurse approaches me with a needle, I have a panic attack. These attacks include elevated heart rate, high blood pressure, and hyperventilation, which in turn leads to passing out. So when our L&D instructor started showing pictures and describing the procedure in detail, I kept my eyes on my granny squares and flinched every time she talked about puncturing the skin. I know the only way I will be having any type of needle stuck into my back is if an emergency c-section is required and in that instance, they better just knock me out completely. I still have no idea how I’m going to handle them sticking me with an IV. The only time I’ve ever had one done I ended up panicking and ripping it out. That caused such a commotion they stuck me in a mental facility for 24 hours.

Even my doctors (I see a team of 4) are trying to figure out how to best handle my needle phobia without causing any additional stress to the baby. I’m starting to think I should have looked into birthing centers or home birth instead of a hospital to have this kid.

Thankfully, tomorrow night’s L&D class is going to concentrate on the actual delivery and post delivery procedures. So fingers crossed no more needle talk. I’m still going to take my crochet stuff with me though. I don’t like the idea of being there with nothing to concentrate on if the instructor starts talking about needle stuff again.

Speaking of crochet, I have only two more squares to go before my baby’s blanket is ready to stitch together. I’m excited because it feels like I’ve been working on this project forever. I also started knitting a blanket for one of my friends’ babies. As I mentioned before, I have three friends who are due a few weeks after me. This blanket is my first experience knitting with circular needles, though I’m not knitting it in the round. I’m also trying something new for me and that’s changing yarn colors without having to stitch together separate pieces. I’m trying to give the blanket stripes. I just have to figure out how wide to make them. I’m hoping to post a photo once I get a few stripes made. It’s such a soft, fuzzy yarn in pretty baby blue and navy blue. I might also do a few stripes in silver. I haven’t really decided yet. Either way, I’m going to save some of the yarn to make a little matching hat too.

Seven weeks to go (give or take) before baby arrives. I’m looking forward to meeting him, but the house is totally not ready for his arrival yet. I’ve got two rooms to clean out, one so we can make it a spare bedroom for my parents to stay in when they visit and the other to serve as the baby’s room. It just seems like I have no time to do that stuff in. Last weekend though, I had my final wedding before baby’s arrival. So once I deliver the images and items they ordered next week, I’ll have my nights and weekends free again to make the house ready for baby. It’s so exciting and even my husband is looking forward to helping prep the rooms.

Finished Projects

Finally got around to snapping (poor) photos of some of my recently finished projects.

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This first scarf is probably one of my favorites ever made. I paired an old teal acrylic yarn from my grandma’s stash with Pattons Cha Cha yarn. I love the patch/stripes pattern it made. This is just a triple crochet using a size 10 (us) hook.

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This scarf is similar to the first one. Same stitch and hook, but I used an acrylic in earth tones with a baby blue fashion yarn, also Pattons but I forget the name of it.

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This one is made with the same earth tone acrylic as the last scarf, partnered with another yarn that had little tufts of fuzzy in it. This was my first attempt at combining knit and purl. I knit one row and purled the next. Except for the way it curls inward toward the purled side, I like the way it turned out.

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This last one is knitted using just the garter stitch. It’s a really light and whispy yarn (sorry I forgot the name of it, but it’s made by Pattons) on size 19 needles. It made it go pretty quick.

Photo of the Day – July 21st

Catching up on photo of the day posts. My husband had another sunrise triathlon this past Saturday. Even though I’m not a morning person, I love the beach at sunrise. I couldn’t decide which photo to use for photo of the day, so here are a few different ones.

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Photo of the Day – July 20th

Catching up on photo of the day posts. Friday evening, my husband and I went to the IMAX theater at the World Golf Village Hall of Fame to see The Dark Knight Rises (Batman). Snapped this one on the way in.

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Photo of the Day – July 19th

Catching up on photo of the day posts. It’s always interesting to feel the ocean on your feet, feeling it pull the sand out from underneath them.

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Photo of the Day – July 18th

Catching up on photo of the day posts. The morning after a rain shower that knocked a bunch of crepe myrtle blossoms into the palm trees around our mailbox.

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Photo of the Day – July 17th

Catching up on photo of the day posts. This little frog is about the size of my fingernail. And they are everywhere right now. I’m always afraid I’m going to step on some.

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Photo of the Day – July 16th

Catching up on posting some photos of the day.

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