Archive for February, 2011


Road to Recovery

Well, since my last post, again a lot happened. The first of which is the bandages came off about a week and a half after my surgery, and everything is looking really good. My incisions are still a little swollen, and they are weirdly firm to the touch, but I am healing very well. Stil the occassional bit of pain if I get hit on any of them, but that’s going away very quickly.

Secondly, the Elinor Stockings are finally available on KnitPicks.com! For only $2.99 you can download the pattern, and the yarn suggested is Palette, which sells for only $1.99 a ball, and 3 are required for this project. You can download from Ravelry as well if you prefer, search wcknitwit to find my store.

In knitting news, I finished the feather and fan baby blanket I started when I was pregnant with Andrew. I thought about keeping it for him, but really, he has so many blankets that I decided it would be better served as a gift to Andrew’s Auntie Kim, who is pregnant with her first child, a younger boy cousin for Andrew. She’s due in May and she is like me, scooping up baby items with relish, so I knew she would like to get that early. She said she’s also constantly looking over the baby items and touching them, the way I did while I was expecting. The plain vanilla socks I knit out of Claudia’s Handpaints (a gift from Mom for Christmas) are now done. Started on Boxing Day and finished on Valentine’s Day. they are one of my favorite pairs of socks. The yarn was really nice to work with, and they feel great. I’m now working on my German Stockings by Cookie A. Since yesterday afternoon, I’ve finished the heel flap, heel turn, gusset, and now I’m working on the foot. They are one of the most intricate pairs of socks/stockings I’ve worked on, other than Twisted Tulip by Chrissy Gardiner. If you are experienced with knitting and socks, they are a must knit in my opinion, but if you’re a beginner, I don’t suggest attempting them yet. I’ll put up a picture once the first one is done, but it’s not worth photographing yet until it can be tried on, the detail has to be really stretched out.

Andrew is growing quickly for those wondering. So many strides have been made since my last post. He’s sleeping better and better at night, and he’s even slowly getting integrated into the crib finally!. He’s in the Jolly Jumper, and he’ll finally sit in his little seat, a contraption called a “Bumbo” and now will bring a toy up to his mouth to suck on it.

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He’s getting very, very strong with his legs and head. From a lying down position he’ll lift his head up and try to sit up, and his favorite thing in the world is to be stood up and look about the room. His favorite people right now are myself, his Dad, my Dad (he goes by Taid with Andrew) and my mom, his Grandma. He seems to know and respond to these people the most, but he will definitely respond to most smiley faces when he’s in a good mood.

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Lots of news!

So first off, I must again apologize for my long absence – motherhood is going well, and keeping me busy, and I wouldn’t trade it for the world. Andrew has been the perfect addition to my life, even if it does mean that my knitting time is greatly reduced. I haven’t been completely without my hobby however; since December 26th, I’ve finished 1 sock, 1 sock for my sock blocker key chain, and I’ve worked dozens of repeats on the baby blanket that I started when I was still pregnant with Andrew. This blanket was intended for him, but since he has more blankets than we know what to do with right now, this one will go to his Aunt Kim, who is expecting her first child, a boy, in May!

But if the holidays weren’t a distraction enough, two new things were added to my plate recently that kept me from doing much knitting, and of course, making this post. The first is the collaboration with my mother on a memory book for my Dad for his 50th birthday. You would think that pulling together a few photos and slapping them into an albumn with a bit of embellishment would be a fairly easy task, but I forgot before we started how much we love everything to be perfect – let’s just say that it only took us all of January to come up with the perfect theme and method of photo arrangement and selection. Next week, we’ll be getting the actual prints and finding the perfect papers to use on each page, before we spend the rest of our time assembling the project. It has to be done by February 26th, and I have every confidence that we will finish.

That is, if I don’t have to go into the hospital for another emergency surgery! That’s right, 15 days ago I had my appendix out. I felt so good about escaping a C section with Andrew that when I learned I was going to be losing that useless organ, I got really upset. I didn’t want to have to deal with not breastfeeding him for a couple days, incisions healing, recovery time, all that garbage. And while I’m still fighting with what I can and can’t do (you’d be surprised how much core strength it takes to lift a baby and hold them for a long time),  I am now recovering quickly. Within the next two weeks the swelling around my incisions should fade, doing more should become easier, and lifting my baby and doing all the household chores should be doable (awww! =\) again.

The one thing I’m proud of though? Only 5 days after surgery, I was off of pain killers completely and exclusively breast feeding Andrew again. If I hadn’t had him, I would have continued taking my T3’s sporaticall for probably another week. I’m glad that getting him back onto the boob was my motivational factor, because it left me no time for moping, and only a little time to whine about the discomfort I was in.

But now enough about my life, because I have a knitting related announcement to make. I’ve been dropping hints for awhile about a new pattern coming out, and I wasn’t joking around. I finished my part of the sample just before Andrew was born, and my mother completed the other half quickly, and on short notice too soon after. This sample was for Knit Picks – they accepted my proposal for a pair of feminine stockings, and a little after Christmas I finished writing the pattern, and I sent everything in. They are now available on Ravelry for download, and will be very shortly available on Knit Picks as well. So, without further ado, the Elinor Stockings!

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These stockings are worked from the toe-up, have lace detailing on the outside of each leg, have an eyelet row which ribbon is strung through to tie them in place, and is finished with a picot trim on top. But to me, the best part of this pattern is it’s genius way of being able to make the stockings fit any leg – there is a formula (don’t worry, it’s EASY math, if you have a piece of paper or a calculator, you’ll be able to do it) to adjust the width, and they are worked to your own personal prefernce for length; no more worrying about thinner or thicker calves making the stockings wearable or not! No more playing around with given stitch counts! This pattern is available for only $2.99 right now Ravelry (search wcknitwit for a link to my shop and other patterns) and very shortly on KnitPicks.com!

Well, I hope everyone has a pleasant Valentine’s Day (I’m totally in love with Neil and all the extra work he’s been doing while I’m recovering, including when I was fresh out of the hospital getting up and feeding Andrew and rocking him to sleep before going back to bed, and then to work, so Valentine’s Day is feeling very important to me this year), and hopefully my next post won’t contain so much catching up, and will be merely be a continuation. Happy knitting!

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