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A Lot Can Happen in Two Months

So much has been going on since my last post. The beginning of June was crazy, wrapping up the end of my first school year. During the last two weeks of school, I found out my position had been cut, so I applied and interviewed for a position at a Catholic school. Well, I got it! And my first day is this Wednesday. Ironically enough, after I accepted the position, I got offers from four other schools. Crazy how that works out.

Another big piece of news is on Father’s Day, I found out I’m pregnant again. My husband and I couldn’t be happier! This pregnancy has been very different though. I have been diagnosed with an autoimmune disorder so this pregnancy is high risk. That means twice as many doctor appointments and twice as many ultrasounds. On my last ultrasound, the doctor found a small hematoma, which they are monitoring. They are hoping it will be reabsorbed by my body. I find out next week if it has gone down any or gotten worse. It’s scary because just when we got my autoimmune disorder under control, this pops up and could cause a miscarriage too. I have full confidence in my doctors though. I’ve been very tired and nauseated most of these 10 weeks, but I don’t mind it because that’s how I know baby is still with us.

Other than the new job, and a new baby on the way, I have been working two jobs all summer, as well as going to art workshops, so unfortunately I have not been able to clean and organize my house the way I was planning to this summer, and I haven’t had a lot of time to spend with my son. Somehow, I have managed to find time to work on a few crochet projects. I made two toy hammocks for my son’s room and I’ve been working on an earth toned granny square pillow. I’ll have to take some photos later.

Speaking of photos, today I helped photograph a charity event with Locks for Love and ended up donating my hair in the process. Here are some before and after photos.

Before

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After

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Pretty big change, but I think it’s cute.

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Sapphire Artist Etsy Shop

New knit and crochet items are posted in my Etsy shop. Please feel free to share this with others. I have not had a chance to add fine art prints to my shop yet, but that is the goal for 2014. Are there any of my Photo of the Day posts you’d like to see available for purchase as a print or canvas?

 

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Handmade Gifts

December was a busy month in terms of crochet and knitting. I crocheted a lovely scarf and pillow case for my family gift exchange. Our family is so large now we draw names instead of buying for everyone. I wish I had a photo of the pillow case because it’s absolutely adorable! I do have one of the scarf though. I call it Fuzzy Fall.

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I also made a scarf for my sister. She loves the color pink and this bright pink yarn just screams her name.

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In addition to the pink scarf, I crocheted a purple one for my friend’s 3 year old daughter. I ended up sewing a purple button in the middle of it so she could fasten it and not have to worry about the scarf ever falling off.

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I was also very busy knitting slipper socks. A scarf takes about two hours, but each slipper sock pair takes 4-5 hours. I made five sets of these cozy beauties. Three in baby blue, one in purple, and one in burgundy. I only have a photo of the baby blue ones, but will be making more of the other colors in the future. I gave the burgundy pair to my friend for Christmas, and the other four were purchased in my Etsy shop.

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I had to break my long time resolution of not purchasing yarn in order to stockpile for these slipper socks since I recently found out the yarn I originally selected has been discontinued. I’ve started the search for alternatives since I bought up all I could find on eBay, but have not found a suitable replacement yet.
My crafting resolution for 2014 is to finish the four blankets I have started by December of 2014. They are the top four things on my w.i.p. List so hopefully rotating between them will not only keep me from getting bored, but will allow me to finish them as well.

Broken Resolution

I know I’ve been MIA for a while now, and with good reason. My son, my business, and life in general has kept me VERY busy. But I just had to take a moment to blog about something that happened yesterday, and promise to get back to my regular posts soon.

On January 1, 2006 I made the New Year’s Resolution to not buy any more yarn until my entire stash was used up. It’s a resolution I have renewed year after year and most importantly, kept year after year. Well, yesterday, that resolution was broken. I bought yarn from a little Etsy shop specifically to make two little baby hats I’ve been itching to make, but haven’t had the right yarn for. Six and a half years of discipline, gone. But, I do plan to continue to keep it from here on out and to renew it once again next year. Wonder what kind of yarn could possibly have made me break this awesome streak? Here’s the link: http://www.etsy.com/shop/LittleBirdFiberArts?ref=pr_shop_more. The photo below is one of the yarns I purchased (and was taken by the shop owner).

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The waiting game

Well, it looks like another day of playing the waiting game with this baby. After nesting too much Friday and Saturday, I tried to take it easy on Sunday like I was told to. It was very difficult. All I wanted to do was rearrange the entire house.

My husband and I were hoping the baby would arrive on Saturday, in remembrance of the baby we lost last year. Baby boy seems to have other plans though.

So on my relaxing Sunday I made this cute little hat for the baby and started another one I’ll get finished tonight. It is a crochet pattern I got off Ravelry and although I can’t remember the user who posted it, the pattern is called Fuzzy Bear Hat. I can’t wait to take baby’s first photos in it.

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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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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.

L&D Class and a New Project

Tonight, my husband and I have our third Labor & Delivery class. Hopefully, it will go better than last week when I started sobbing in front of the whole class because I was reminded during our practice breathing of our loss of baby Alex. We’re supposedly watching a few birth stories tonight that were actually filmed in the hospital, so they won’t have all that Hollywood flair added to them. “Very real-life” we’re told by the instructor.

Well, with the anxiety I’ve been feeling and my doctor telling me to find something to channel it through, I’m taking my next crochet project with me to class. I’ve finished two scarves this week (I hope to post them soon), and I’m not entirely sure what I’ll start on next. I do know that it will be baby related since I have just eight weeks to finish several projects I’ve put on my list of “to-do’s.” Now that I think about it, I’ll probably start a little blanket and matching hat for my friends Amanda, Shannon, and Kirstin who are all due a week or two weeks after me. Well, that solves it. Off to Ravelry to find a cute pattern for two little boys and a surprise.

Something’s in the Water…

So I found out earlier today that one of my cousins, whom I grew up pretty close to, is joyfully expecting his first baby with his wife. They are due in February. I’m very excited for them! This is another baby thing I will get to make and since they live in Ohio, I will get to make warm winter things like a hat and thick blanket. You know what this means? I’m going to frog the scarf I just started (I think it’s too wide anyway) and use the yarn to make a fuzzy blanket instead.

With that in mind I have the following projects I need to get moving on:

  • My son’s summer blanket (almost done) and winter blanket.
  • My son’s hat and teddy bear.
  • A hat and blanket for my sister-in-law’s baby (must be ready by Christmas because that’s when we’ll see them)
  • A hat and blanket for my cousin’s baby (to be shipped to them by the end of January).
  • A hat or blanket for my friend Amanda’s baby (she is due two weeks after me).
  • A teddy bear for my friend Shannon’s baby (she is due the same day as Amanda).
  • A hat or blanket for my friend Kirstin’s baby (she is due a week after me).

And who knows who else will be added to this list of baby knits/crochets. My brother and his wife perhaps? Or maybe my sister and her husband? Only time will tell.

Photo of the Day – July 11th

The photo of the day is my most recent crochet project by the light of the computer monitor.

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