Archive for September, 2010


This will be a (blessidly) short and sweet blog post (I hope). I simply want to share with you that after 2 days of being stuck to my chair while my back heals, I managed to crank out the second Alpaca Dad Sock. It started with only 2 rows of ribbing done on the cuff, and ended this morning with me finishing the toe and grafting it shut.

And please, take note in this picture how very little yarn I had left after completion. We’re talking maybe at most, 3-4 yards of yarn left. Whew! What a close call! I didn’t feel at all guilty throwing all of those little scraps out in the garbage either. I usually do, because well, I hate to throw out yarn, but honestly, it was such a teeny amount, that I couldn’t have done anything with, that I decided just to rid myself of it and be done with it already. These were done in my plain sock recipe pattern, a 1.5 inch, 2×2 ribbed cuff, the leg length was 8 inches total, my typical garter stitch heel flap, normal heel turn, and straight stockinette the rest of it.

The yarn, well, the yarn you simply have to try. It was DROPS 100% Alpaca fingering weight, and it was dreamy and heavenly to work with. I’m not sure how well they’ll wear, but I know they are going to the home of another knitter, so I can trust that at least Mom will wash them properly (which is hand wash only, but you probably already know that), so they will be appreciated as long as they last. The yarn is buttery soft to work with, doesn’t shed too much, and produces a fabric that is so soft and bouncy that it’s kind of beyond imagination. I am planning on picking up two balls of the baby blue for myself, because I think we all need a pair of socks that just feels like heaven when you put them on.

And in one more piece of news, the yarn for Mom’s Christmas present came the other night! I don’t know if any of you remember, but I ran out of yarn, and the pattern being what it is, was too difficult to rip out and pick back up, and well, I think I would have died if I had to tink back stitch by stitch to where I could pick up and start knitting again. I decided to ask the dyer to dye me up another skein, which she so obligingly did (and I will properly recognize her, as well as this piece after my Mom has opened it on Christmas), and I am now in the process of knitting the last of this project with it. The yarn was an almost identical match, being only a bit more red than the original that I have, but oh! It’s still beautiful! And I’m so glad to be knitting on this project again! My conscious was starting to give me a bit of a headache with all the nagging it was doing about all my WIP’s.

So, that’s it. Until I finish this project, or complete the second of Neil’s socks, I really have nothing to share with you. My shoulder is stiff, but I’m hoping tomorrow morning’s visit to the chiropractor will solve some of those problems. I’m still on no-dusting, vaccuuming and dish duty until it heals (aww…shucks!) so it’s leaving lots of time for knitting (yay!) which means I should be able to crank out all of my Christmas projects by the middle of October if I keep at it! Yay for progress!

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Because if he doesn’t have a pair already, or one coming his way this Christmas, you may want to consider reworking your Christmas knitting schedule so that you can make him my newest sock pattern, the Gravel Grid socks. These socks are so named for the fact that they look gravel-ly and well, are worked in a grid pattern. It reminds me of one of those Japanese zen gardens with the sand, where the rake has been dragged across the pebbles in a grid design. Pleasing to the eye, and very simple to knit, these socks will whip along, especially if dragged everywhere, and worked on a few rows at a time (or, do what I did, and spend a few hours in front of the television and knit them in huge chunks).

And did I mention that this pattern is for free? Go to www.ravelry.com and look me up, wcknitwit, and download the pattern PDF file. This pattern can be easily adapted to fit just about anyone, though the pattern size given is for an average man’s sized foot. This pattern is probably best suited to solid or semi-solid yarns, as the pattern is pure texture. And the pattern is very mindless too, and easily kept track of, so they’re great for taking on the go, and for knitting for your man in all those dull, boring colors that we hate to knit socks in. A few nights watching those new shows that are out right now, or a couple of movie nights, and a few outings to Starbucks will definitely help to make the process go by quickly!

I think the thing that makes me most happy about these socks, is that I got to finish the first one! This is day number 4 of dealing with some serious back pain, radiating out of my left shoulder blade. It started about lunch time on Saturday, while out running errands, and kept me down for the rest of the weekend, including through my baby shower on Sunday (at which by the way, I got many hand-knit and crocheted, and even sewn baby items), and had me positively whimpering yesterday. My doctor gave me the green-light to go to a chiropractor if the pain kept on after a 20 minute visit with my heating pad, and some serious rubbing from Neil, which made matters worse, not better.

This morning, Dr. Clarke became my best friend in the world when he discovered that somehow, I had managed to push an entire rib out of place, and the pain was from all the muscles slowly but surely tightening and swelling around the sight. It took him only 5 minutes of pushing me into weird positions for me to hear the most sickening, bone-chilling sound as my rib popped back into place. For a split second, I was seeing stars, it hurt, but then, I was filled with the most complete and total sense of relief, as the pain dramatically decreased to something that was definitley manageable. I was then instructed to ice on and off all day today, and to come back Friday for one more adjustment.

Considering that this back injury was enough to keep me from knitting the last three days tells you just how uncomfortable I really was. But now, I’m happily knitting away again, propped up in my rocking chair with a straight back and only small projects that can be knit close to my body, yes, but happily knitting away again I am indeed! I can only hope that tomorrow I will feel all that much better, because I’m designing a shrug for Morgan out of the leftovers of my Marble Chunky yarn that I used to knit my bolero out of. I found the perfect lace pattern to plug into it, and I want to see how it knits up very, very badly!

Now…I’m off to find another ice pack, and lean back and knit on the second of Dad’s Alpaca sock!

Well, I did it again…

I finished another project for myself.

Yep. Another garment, knit for myself, while the socks for my Dad and for Neil, well, they’re not that much further along than they were last time I talked with you. I would have done a lot of knitting on them over the rest of the weekend, I’m sure, but I suddenly developed some sort of knot in my back on Saturday afternoon that literally had me in bed for the rest of the day. And yesterday was the baby shower, so yeah, when I wasn’t wincing in pain, I was socializing. When I came home, I got Neil to try everything we knew to try to get this knot out, and to no avail.

So, now I’m waiting (impatiently) for my doctor’s appointment at 10am so I can complain to someone with medical knowledge, and possibly a solution, because people, I still can’t knit. And if you know me, well, this is a problem. Especially since I also have to work on Wednesday, an 8 hour shift, and I do not want to have to call in sick to that if I don’t  have to.

Argh… angry inflamed knot, please go away!

Out of the pot

And into the frying pan. That’s the way that old saying goes, isn’t it? Getting yourself out of one hot spot, and right back into another. *insert nervous laughter here*

I was hoping by this time, I would be able to show you a picture of my finished Alpaca Dad socks, and maybe even a completed Mushroom Sock for Neil, but no.

The first Mushroom Sock is lacking the remaining 2 inches of the foot and the toe, despite how much I carry it around with me and work on it.

And since I finished the first sock, and cast on for the second, the Alpaca Dad socks have been neglected as well.

I do have some genuinely good excuses for neglecting these two projects over the last couple days. I had to get blood work done to make sure I’m not anemic anymore, the Mushroom Sock’s heel flap was worked over too many stitches and had to be ripped out and started again, I worked yesterday night, then went to prenatal class with Neil, and then today, all before 10:30am, I had the house tidied, the floors vacuumed, our sheets washed, dried, and put back on the bed, all the summer clothes packed away and the winter ones dragged out, the dishes done, the kitchen cleaned, and even the bathroom counter and mirror were whiped clean again. But what I am about to show you, well, it’s not a good excuse. It’s the frying pan to be exact, as Hey, Teach was the perverbial pot.

That is a 50% or so complete Cloud Bolero shrug designed by Ysolda Teague, knit up in Marble Chunky on my 8mm KnitPicks options needles. Definitely does NOT qualify as completed Christmas knitting, and it definitely, definitely does NOT qualify as time well spent. I have cheated on both of my projects for other people with this bolero, and I haven’t even looked at the Christmas present for Mom that is still on the needles. Yes, the yarn should be here hopefully next week, or the week after, and then I can look at it seriously, but darnit, I feel guilty when I don’t at least go to where it’s hiding, look at it, and promise it that I will finish work on it just as soon as the yarn comes in…

Like I said…pot to frying pan. 4 projects on the go at once. What kind of two-timing knitter have I become? I used to be the kind of knitter who only ever had one, maybe two projects on the go at one time, three at the most if both the others were challenging, and I needed something simple like a stockinette sock to be able to carry around with me, but then, I never really considered the stockinette sock a project either, just busy work in my idle moments.

The only way I’m convincing myself that this isn’t wrong, is by telling myself that if I get the bolero completed by 2pm on Sunday, I can have a nice new piece to wear to my baby shower, and wouldn’t that be nice? I deserve to wear something nice and shiny and new don’t I?

Okay, don’t answer that. I can read your minds from here, and I’ll go and work on the men’s socks now.

Hey, Teach!

Well, I promised you that when I returned to Blogland, that I would have a progress report on my Hey Teach sweater, and well, that’s not quite true. If I had progress, I would be showing you a picture of a sweater that was still incomplete. Instead, today, I am showing you a photo of a finished, and I mean down to the last detail finished, Hey Teach cardigan!

I am totally, totally in love with this cardigan. I will be wearing it tomorrow, and probably the day after that, and then probably again the day after that. It fits my pregnant body so well, and I think it will look great post-baby as well. This whole sweater was made with 3, count them, 1, 2, 3!!! balls of Bernat Cottontots 100% cotton yarn, and 1 3-button card that was on clearance at Wal-Mart for only $1.40! I have two left over balls of this yarn, and I think it will be plenty to make Morgan a sweater out of too!

I stumbled upon an interesting problem when I finished all the pieces today however, and that was how to block the cotton pieces? If this were wool, it would be simple – soak in a warm but not hot bath with some Eucalan wash in it, and then press all the water out, and then lay on towels or blocking boards and pin into place, stretching out to the required measurements. But cotton? Well, you don’t really treat cotton that way. I thought about steam blocking it, but my iron hasn’t been able to make steam in years, and the last time I attempted steam blocking I burned myself very badly, and I might still have a twitch when I think about doing it *twitch*…

So, with my mother out of the house and not available for consultation, I did the next best thing, Googled it!

Apparently, you can iron your cotton knitting. Huh. Who knew? I decided to test this theory on a sleeve. This is, mind you, after I rechecked the ball band to make sure it was 100% cotton, and not actually 100% acrylic and I had simply misread it all this time. So, this is how it works. You drag out your ironing board and iron, and you fill up the iron if you haven’t done so already (ask me how I know this), and you spread a non-melting towel over the ironing board. While the iron is heating (if you hadn’t already guessed to set it to “cotton” on your iron, then well, you know now) spread out your piece to be blocked on the towel, and spray liberally, but not too liberally with water. Cover with a thin cotton tea towel, and then… well, you iron it. When it is finished, it will be damp, so lay it out on another towel while you block the other pieces. It should look something like this:

I don’t know if you can see in this photo that the lace is quite flattened out, but it is. As it dries however, it fluffs back to life, only without the curled edges. After all the pieces have been blocked, it is time to mattress stitch them together. If it is a large garment like mine was, it will probably be damp from the blocking still, and that’s okay. It actually made the seaming easier. When it’s all sewn together and all the ends woven in, but before you have picked up any stitches around the neckline or for buttonbands, it is time for your sweater to take a turn in the dryer. Not too long, just until it is dry.

I then picked up the stitches for the neckline, bound off when finished, and wove in my ends. I picked up the two buttonbands, wove in those ends, and then the sweater got one more blocking, on the buttonbands. It took one more quick turn in the dryer, and then, except for the buttons, it was done!

It was tiring and uncomfortable work, but I did it! I finished my Hey Teach! cardigan today! I realized not too long ago that this would only be the second garment for myself that I have made, everything else I own is an accessory or a sock, so I figured it was high time that I treated myself to something large. I shy away from making sweaters so often because I feel guilty about the price. I realize that I own my knitted garments at least twice as long as my store bought ones, so that should give me all the reason in the world to spend twice as much on the materials for one, but I usually take one good glance at my spouse and decide that I don’t need one. Well, with the baby on the way and my me-time probably going straight out the window, I decided I was at least one more garment before my large-project days are on hold.

But you want to know the funny thing? Completing this only makes me want to start a giant lace shawl and see how far I can really push my fast-knitting skills! I think Neil would have a thing or two to say about that, with two Christmas presents still unfinished, and a pair of socks for him on the needles still. Oh well, maybe next time! For now, I’ll be wearing my Hey Teach to death!

A productive day off.

Despite my step-daughter flipping between thinking I am evil incarnate and her best friend in the world today while her father was off dirt biking in the pouring rain, I did manage to get quite a bit done, knitting wise that is. I worked 4 days in a row, and had had quite enough of being on my feet and racing around for other people, so I knew that today, I was going to do a lot of stuff that I wanted to do, and what I wanted to do was knit on my sweater.

I woke up at about 7:30am, and padded out to the living room and made myself a cup of (decaff) tea, and settled right down to my sweater, casting on the left front. By lunch time, I was finished with that front, and after apparently appeasing the child (who until then thought I was evil incarnate for turning off the tv) by preparing tomato soup for us to eat, I settled right back down and cast on the right front. I had almost completed that front when it was time to go to Mom and Dad’s house for a roast beef dinner. Only 10 rows away, my only goal for when we returned home was to finish up the knitting and three-needle bind it off onto the back, which I had already done with the left front. I now have a garment in one piece. Sleeveless and curling like crazy, yes, but a garment in one piece it still is. And all I can say, after working on straights with 100% cotton yarn is, thank the gods that the sleeves are short!

But that’s not all! I also finished the gusset and started the foot on the first of my Alpaca Dad socks, and worked at least 2-3 inches of the foot while I was over at their house. Again, he has no idea that these are for him. He hasn’t even acknowledged that I’m knitting anything. To him, it is obvious only that I am knitting a sock, and that’s all he really needs to know. I doubt he’ll even make the connection when the pair turns up inside the packaging on Christmas morning.

But wait, there’s more! (I know, I’m starting to sound like an infommercial here) I have also wound the yarn and cast on for Neil’s socks, which he is to know about (I really hate the fact that I’m knitting all these things for other people, and he doesn’t see a single thing except a quick-to-whip-off-the-needles scarf for him), and I am stealing the stitch pattern from the aforementioned badly designed socks of doom, which is only a four row repeat:

Rows 1 and 2: K2, P2 to end and Rows 3 and 4: Knit all. Simple? Yeah, I love it too. Easy to memorize, carry around, and get on and off the needles fairly quickly, I think. If I don’t have both men’s socks complete by the end of the month, or at the lastest, the first week of October, well, either work has called me in and maxed me out on hours, or I’ve gone into early labour. Please pray that neither happens. Dad’s socks again are being worked in Drops Alpaca, which is 100% alpaca yarn and soft as a baby’s bottom to work with in a nice charcoal grey, and Neil’s socks are being worked in KnitPicks Gloss in Porcini. I had envisioned Neil’s yarn for a pair of socks I was designing, but not only could I not get the design to take shape the way I wanted it to, but I also didn’t like the color of the yarn. It looked a lot more yellow on the website when I bought it, and I thought it resembled prairie grasses, but when I got it home, I was disappointed to see a dull, grey undertoned oatmeal color, totally not what I was expecting. Neil likes the color though, and since they’re named after mushrooms, and he’s the only person in this house who likes them, well, I thought it was suitable.

It’s on to one more day of work for me tomorrow, to be followed by two blissful days off, then one on, then several more off. Neil and Morgan and I get a full weekend off together next week, except for my baby shower on Sunday, and I’m hoping that the weather will be nice enough to take a walk at the local Heron Reserve park, which has a beautiful water-side path that I would love to explore. Next time I post, I hope that I will have a completed, or mostly completed sweater to show you, as well as a lot of progress on my men’s socks as well. Happy knitting!

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I think there are a couple of key pieces of information to keep in mind… you know, things like the terms “top down” and “toe up” and how very, very different those techniques are. Also, gauge. Please, keep in mind that when you work with a fingering weight yarn, that there are a certain range of needle sizes that can be used by various knitters, and that if you want them to be able to get the same pattern as you, that you should include your personal gauge. For instance, when I knit socks with fingering weight yarn and size 2.0mm needles, I get a 8 stitches to the inch gauge. 

So, imagine my delight when I searched for “toe-up” socks on Ravelry and came up with these really nice, simple socks for men. I bought the pattern for only $3.50 USD (another score!) and then brought it with me on Wednesday night to my parent’s house to be knit up into a pair of socks for my Dad (but he doesn’t know, I pretended they were for Neil), and then, when I went to cast on, realized that the two sizes listed only required 48 or 56 stitches. Okay, huh?

Now, socks for myself, usually require a mid-60’s stitch number, so only 56 for a men’s size large? I wasn’t until I got the pattern home that I realized that the designer was using a size 4 needle….on fingering weight yarn. I would never, ever, ever use a needle size that big for socks, so I simply increased the stitch count. Until I realized that the socks weren’t even toe-up like the one other person who knit them claimed they were, but top-down. Now, this does not make sense to me at all. How can the pattern clearly say to cast on the stiches and begin the ribbing for the cuff, and be considered a toe-up sock? The heel is definitely a top-down heel, the toe is definitely the last part knit on the sock, so really, how is this possible?

My only conclusion is that these socks were originally designed as toe-up socks, but then at some point changed to top-down, but never coded properly into the Ravelry database. But by the time I came to this conclusion, I had already gotten so frustrated that I had ripped it out, and decided to just knit a plain sock for my Dad since the alpaca yarn wasn’t showing off the stitch definition anyways. I am incredibly frustrated with this pattern, but since I paid good money for it, I of course, can’t stop reading through it and deciding what parts have to be reworked. I’m going to keep the stitch pattern as the base, but I’m going to change just about everything else – the stitch number, the heel, and how long to make the foot, and then which toe to use. And these socks probably won’t go to my Dad, but to Neil afterall.

I’m not going to slander this designer on my blog by saying the name of the pattern, or who she is. I’m nicer than that. But I am going to tell you, that when I do make these socks, I’m not coding them as her pattern, since I’ll have changed everything except for the stitch pattern used anyways. They won’t end up really being her sock design in essence when I’ve finished, and with all the mistakes and the poor writing of the pattern, well, I can’t in good faith connect my knitting to it – too many other minds will be confused by it, and really, isn’t there enough bad knitting ju-ju out in the world already?

Give me a couple days off…

And I can give you finished knitting projects.

Aphrodite socks and the Yarn Harlot’s Hat Recipe touque are finished, and so is the back for the Hey Teach cardigan. Not bad for a couple days, huh?

Here’s the thing, a few weeks ago I posted that I was starting to feel the time crunch with Baby on the way, but at 30 weeks, and all those projects long behind me, I am now feeling the boredom and impatience of the third trimester. The baby is moving constantly in my stomach, it’s growing at the right rate, and I’m always aware of what’s going on, and that’s wonderful, I think that once I have the baby, I will probably miss the feeling of it moving around in my stomach, but right now, it’s all I can do to contain myself. My hands must stay constantly busy right now, because it’s the only thing that’s keeping me from wigging out about how much I want the baby here, right now.

So yeah, if you see a lot of small, completed objects being finished in the next few weeks, you know why. I’m going absolutely crazy over here.

And I now have the song from Wizard of Oz stuck in my head… great.

But that’s how I feel things are going on around here, a little snip snip here, and my bedroom gets cleaned out, the nursery rearranged, and curtains hung. A little snip snip there, and I take a bunch of books I know I won’t read again to the Bookman here in town, and get like $72 worth of credit for my account. Another snip snip and I delete a bunch of WIP photos from my Flickr account so that I am using the least amount possible (because apparently, once you hit 200 photos, you have to upgrade to their Pro account, which isn’t free….). So yeah, my Flickr account is for Finished Objects only pictures, and only a select few projects get more than one photo now… I may have to bite the bullet and upgrade my account in a year or two, but for now, I’ve pared down so I can keep it for free.

But at the same time, as soon as something leaves this house, something else gets brought in. Like oh um, the three projects I’ve started in the last week or so… nothing major… just a big case of Startitis….

Aphrodite socks remain uncompleted, though I’m not daunted by this. They’re a pair of socks, I never rush socks unless it’s for SKA, which these are not. The only thing that is a little daunting is the fact that I kind of need that Addi Turbo needle. I’m debating whether to finish the sock, or to put it onto waste yarn and leave it for now.

My Fixations baby socks are complete. One ball of Fixations yielded one hat each, plus enough yarn left over for one full pair of socks, and enough to make one pair of color blocked baby socks too. Not bad for $5 a ball!

I’ve begun a Yarn Harlot Hat Recipe #2 hat for Morgan, but again, this project isn’t being rushed or anything. It’s my carry around and work on it when I have nothing else to do kind of project, like for today when I venture out to my doctor’s appointment that I will have to wait about 1.5 hours for it start once I get downtown (I’m cursing the bus system and it’s accomdation of high school kids in the afternoon). I’m using Patons Classic Wool and 3.5mm DPN’s.

But the biggest new thing on my needles is Hey Teach – a cardigan, for myself. Because what I really needed right now was another WIP… And probably one that won’t fit until after I stop breast feeding too… Yeah, I know. Maybe wasn’t the smartest project to start right now, but I was getting really, really sick and tired of all the socks, hats, and little things that I was doing. I wanted a project with some staying power, and yet, I wasn’t ready to tackle a big sweater for Neil yet either (though that will be coming up soon too). So for about 48 hours I flipped through Interweave magazines, and scoured the Ravelry pattern database until I saw Hey Teach, which is a free Knitty pattern.

I’ve seen Hey Teach before, the Yarn Harlot made one, and I looked at all the other versions of the sweater, and decided I really couldn’t do any wrong with it. If I do finish it before I have the baby, I’ll be able to wear it while pregnant (I don’t plan on putting in the bottom buttons) and it’ll be a nice spring cardigan, because it’s made from cotton, and it’s lacey and light, and the color I’ve chosen, Country Taupe is neutral enough to go with just about everything in my wardrobe. Besides, the fact that I’m making a sweater makes me happy, and that has to be reason enough, doesn’t it?

The price tag for this sweater was irresistable too. I chose Bernat Cottontots 100% cotton (and yes, I’m accomodating for the stretch the sweater may experience by shortening the bottom part a bit), and I bought an extra ball, just in case. Even with the extra ball in there, the total cost of the sweater has come in at a reasonable $30.82…and really, can you argue with that? That’s less than I would probably pay for a cardigan like this in stores, if I could ever find a cardigan like this in stores. So, I’m telling myself that despite all the reasons I shouldn’t knit it right now, that it’s still a good idea nonetheless. Please hope that none of these reasons come back to bite me in the butt…

I’m still waiting on the yarn for the only Christmas present that’s in the works right now to come in, so I’ve got plenty to keep me busy until that comes, and with only one pair of socks and a hat and a pair of mittens left on my might-happen but it’s okay if it doesn’t Christmas list, I’m feeling fairly confident that I can still bring a lot of joy to people this Christmas with my hand knits, and enjoy some stuff for myself as well. So, a nasty case of Startitis I might have, but I also forsee a lot of finished objects in the future.

A little rant.

Okay, I’d like to start off this post by reminding people that I’m 29 weeks pregnant and about as hormonal as I can get. I rarely go to town and give a good old rant on this blog, but for some reason, I feel very compelled to do so today. I’m not naming names, I’m not pointing fingers, I’m just venting my frustrations. End of story.

A couple weeks ago, I got an email from the girl who is hosting my baby shower. Until now, things have been going off without a hitch – she found invitations with matching thank-you cards, we found a place to host the shower, we even found out we are getting help to pay for the food for the shower, which was great news to me. The invitations got sent out with plenty of time to spare, but as of yet, only 2 people from the original send-outs have RSVP’d, and 2 people that I added to the invite list after the invites were sent out have RSVP’d as well. But that’s IT.

Now, I’ve posted 2 facebook status updates, and sent out one giant email, and want to know how many responses I got out of those? One. Yeah, one. And her answer was kind of a slap in the face. “I haven’t RSVP’d because I can’t make it.”

Okay, forgive me and my hormonal self, but isn’t the purpose of an RSVP (responde sil’vous plait) to let the person know whether or not you are coming? I don’t recall a giant change in the protocol of an RSVP meaning that you CAN make it. When you RSVP, you are communicating with the person that yes, you can make it, or no, you can’t. I won’t repeat the rest of the email, because this person chose to go off on a tangent that she’s sick of hearing about needing to RSVP on Facebook, and then getting an email on top of it, and it made me really, really angry, and if I talk about that email anymore, I might say things I will regret. I chose to ignore her rude response, and simply pass along to my host that she won’t be making it. And made a mental note not to talk to her for awhile, until she comes down off her high horse.

But seriously people, I know that pretty much anyone reading this post is either not able to come, or has already sent in their response, but if you do happen to be one of those people who was invited, and you haven’t responded yet, can you please do so? Planning a shower was not really supposed to be my job, I have my lovely host for that. I really don’t enjoy chasing people down, trying to find out if they’re going to come or not. I really don’t want to be a bitch about my own shower. Isn’t it my job to just show up and enjoy? I have a lot of other things to worry about right now, and your lack of RSVP’ing should not one of them!

And if you do RSVP a yes or a no, can you please, for the sake of me not snapping, do it politely? I might go postal on the next person who tells me I’m being a pest because I haven’t gotten the answer yet.