Monthly Archives: May 2010

A Sock Person

I am a sock person.  Ever since I was small I have had a facination with them.  One of my early childhood memories involves them. I was about 3 years old and my family was about the leave the house. My dad told my brother and I to put on our shoes and socks.  I put my shoes on, then my socks over my shoes.  I can only imagine how irritated my dad was at my little snarky joke.

As an older child I collected fun socks.  I had all the current Disney characters and every morning before school seeing thier faces on my feet made me so happy.  As a teenager I spent most of my school clothes money buying funky socks.  I had so many pairs of toe socks, it was ridiculous really.  I loved fun patterns, knee highs, very colorful striped socks.  I always felt like I had a fun secret from the world that only I knew about.

In high school I always wore the most obnoxious socks to my cross country meets.  I never ran the races in them, but they were a feet treat for after.

It makes perfect sense to me that now that I knit that I love knitting socks.  No, I have an obsession with knitting socks.  I think about them constantly.  I have to buy a skein or two of sock yarn every time I stop by the LYS or make a Knit Picks order (Knit Picks has the best sock yarn).  I don’t even feel like it counts as my normal stash.  Yarn for socks is different than yarn for other projects.

I want to replace all the socks in our house with hand knit socks.  This is quite a goal because my husband needs lots of boot socks for work.  So my current goal is to knit the two of us a pair of socks each month.  I feel like this is an achievable goal and it leaves time in the month to do other projects as well, but always making time for my knitting obsession.  It will feel so good to throw 2 pairs of our old socks out and replace them with new socks made with the most luxurious yarn.

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Solids… actually enjoyable!

Hello Friends!  I’m sort of back from my vacation.  This is going to be a 4 day weekend, so DH and I are going to be enjoying every second together.

I just wanted to write so that it didn’t seem like I fell off the face of the earth, although it feels like I did.

Recently my baby reached a huge milestone- eating solid foods!  I have to admit, I dreaded this. A lot.  I’m not sure why, I suppose because of the baby books I have been reading.  They drill it in your head “no solids until 6 months!  If you start them  early they will have so many health issues” and so on.  Well, he reached 6 months 2 weeks ago and I wasn’t sure what to do. 

I knew he was ready for solids because he showed several signs.  He’s putting EVERYTHING in his mouth, he no longer has his tongue thrust reflex, he sits unsupported and was teething.  Yesterday he got his first tooth!  But mostly his poop changed.  It was still exclusively breatfed poo, but I could just tell his digestive system was ready for something more.  None of my books talked about this as a sign, but I know my baby and something had changed about it.

I started him on rice cereal for the first week.  The next week it was mashed bananas, and this week it’s sweet potatoes.  So far he just loves everything!  After he tried other foods he doesn’t really like the cereal anymore.  I don’t blame him though, it tastes like chalk.

Right now as I type I’m feeding him his sweet potatoes.  He enjoys eating and I enjoy feeding him. I made the potatoes for him, so far I haven’t given him anything from a jar and really don’t want to.  Making the food is fun!

So far the poopy diapers haven’t been a big deal.  I don’t know what I was so worried about.

Anyway, just wanted to say hello to my blogging friends out there.  I hope you all have been well!

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Springtime In Paris

I just participated in my first Ravelry swap.  My cyber friend Melissa has blogged about swaps and I was very interested.  The Itty Bitty Knits group was doing Springtime in Paris themed swap and so I jumped in.  I had to knit the Frenchie Hat from Itty Bitty Nursery and matching booties or Jelly Bean Baby Socks.

When I got my swap partner I was so excited!  Monkeybuttbabies (aka Jessica) and I had been talking online already and discussing meeting up since we live so close.  I was excited to have her as a partner so I could meet someone new I had so much in common with.

The hat and socks knit up really quickly and this was my first time working with Spud and Chloe yarn.   It is fantastic yarn!  But I feel this way about all Blue Sky Alpacas so I wasn’t surprised that I fell in love immediately.  I loved the patterns and I made the socks to match the hat.  I think they make a cute pair, er, trio?

I tried to work out meeting up with her, but I was pressed for time because I have family coming to visit soon (hooray!!). 

I invited her to the bi-monthly knitting group that meets at the LYS.  She didn’t say whether she would be there or not, but I wanted to go anyway.  Oh I had so much fun!  I enjoyed it more that I thought possible and I will be going there from now on!

She wasn’t there (I didn’t expect her to be) so since I was pressed for time, I just delivered the package to her house myself.  I made French bread this morning to include in the package and wanted it to be fresh for her.  I hope it was ok that I just delivered it myself.  Because I didn’t have to ship it I was able to include some fun stuff in it.

I don’t know if what I sent was acceptable.  I had a hard time knowing what to send since previous swaps seemed inconsistent to me.  Some swappers sent more than others and no monetary value was established.  From studying past swaps I figured that a package total of $75 seemed to be the proper amount.  I did my best to include things that she and her family would be interested in.

The package included:

The hat and socks

2 loaves of French Bread

2 patterns (Dindy Beret and French Press Felted Slippers– both themed for the swap)

a skein of Cascade 220 Wool

My favorite coffee (Larry’s Beans…. yum)

Charlie’s Soap (she cloth diapers as well)

A doggie bag gift from my dogs to hers (just some of their treats)

10 stitch markers.  I have been wanting to try jewelery making for some time now and stitch markers have been a perfect place to start.  So easy and satisfying because it’s instantly gratifying.

And finally the whole package was given to her in a market bag.  It seems like this is her favorite part, which is funny since it was an afterthought.  I’m glad I included it! 

Now I can’t wait to receive mine!  I wonder who has me…

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Birthday Yarn!

My new LYS sent me a birthday card in the mail.  If I brought the card into the store I could get 20% my purchase one day in my birth month.  So- this weekend I bought some new yarn.  Not that I needed any AT ALL, but it’s my birthday.  I got 2 skeins of Malabrigo Merino Worsted, 1 Malabrigo sock, 2 skeins of Blue Sky Alpacas 100% Alpaca Sport, 2 skeins of Noro Silk Garden, Some Gingher embroidery shears, and some new tapestry needles.  For some reason I’m always losing my tapestry needles.  My husband put some new ones in my basket and I didn’t even realize until after we got home.  It was a little gift from him I suppose!  He picked out some winners!  Until now I’ve been using plastic and they aren’t very good.  He got me some metal ones that are slanted at the tip.  He really did a good job of picking them out.

 

I LOVE the little Gingher scissors.  They were expensive but worth it.  Them and the new tapestry needles make weaving in ends fun!

I have had a love/ hate relationship with sewing.  I have struggled with it like you wouldn’t believe.  I want to sew but I have issues and I don’t know what’s wrong.  Anyway, this past weekend we bought a few simple sewing books that are written for the very beginner.  I hope I can read the patterns step by step and figure out what’s going wrong.  I want to be a good seamstress, I really do.  Hopefully I can work through my issues.

I collect cards with Pugs on them.  For my birthday my husband and baby gave me this card:

Derek made me the best cake ever.  He’s getting into chocolate making and slathered my chocolate cake with peanut butter chocolate ganache.  He is so talented and the best husband ever!  I just love him so much. 

The cake itself is vegan, but the ganache is not.  I guess that’s why I don’t call myself vegan, so I can be flexible.  And I think I deserve to cheat a bit too, which is a good thing because I cheated and had veggie pizza for my birthday dinner!  I was such a naughty girl, lol!

Also this weekend we went to Hard Rock Cafe.  Ever since the Beef O’ Brady’s fiasco, I’ve made a habit of asking the host if there are vegetarian options before trying a new place.  The host got all excited and said “I’m vegan and I eat here all the time!”  Then he went through the menu with me and said if things contained dairy and eggs. 

I ordered the veggie burger with no cheese.  Our waiter came back out and asked if I wanted the mayo since I didn’t specify when he took the order.  I was SO impressed with the service we received there.  Most places make me feel like a picky brat by not wanting animal products.  I don’t want to make it a big deal, but as often as I can I want to keep myself from exploiting animals.  Some people stay away from alcohol or pork or need their food to be kosher.  I don’t understand why it’s such a big deal to offer options to everyone, regardless of their beliefs and especially allergies or dietary restrictions because of medical reasons.

Anyway, the waiter made me so happy.  Hard Rock Cafe is true to their slogan “Love All, Serve All.”  And now I love them!

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The Postpartum Belly

My plan is not going the way it was, well, planned.   I didn’t lose a full pound this week so there’s no way I’m going to lose 6 total by May 19.  That’s okay.  I was surprised at my reaction because I honestly didn’t care.  I’ve had a huge realization this week.

I need to love my postpartum body.  A pregnant belly is seen as something so beautiful, and it’s celebrated because a life is growing inside.  When pregnant, the belly isn’t obvious until well into the second half, so there’s several months of work in there before people begin celebrating it. 

For some reason our culture thinks that as soon as the baby’s born, the mother needs to look exactly the same as before.  I was really hating my saggy, stretch marked belly and then I came across an article about postpartum weight loss.  It said it can take up to a year before your belly skin shrinks back down.  A full year!  That’s longer than I was even pregnant.

So this got me thinking… if a pregnant belly is seen as something so beautiful, why shouldn’t a postpartum belly be beautiful as well?  After all, it’s the same belly, only better because I endured the 40 weeks of pregnancy and I pushed him out with my own strength.  Not only that, but I’m a small person and I had a large baby and too much amniotic fluid.  It literally looked like I was carrying twins at the end. 

As long as I’m trying to better myself (to me this means eating healthy and exercising) then I can love my body and especially my beautiful and still round belly.  It hasn’t even been 6 months yet and I’m already back to below my pre-pregnancy weight. 

And for the stretch marks?  I thought I was going to hate them.  In fact I did so well and didn’t get a single mark until 38 weeks.  Then one day I felt my skin tear and now my belly is covered in them.  But I earned them.  I lovingly call them my “mama marks”.  And I don’t care if someone else thinks they’re unsightly.The first pic is pre-pregnancy, then 40 weeks pregnant, and almost 6 months postpartum.

I did have a few things happen this week that I am so proud of.  I lost an inch off my waistline!  Now I have 2 more inches to go until I’m all the way back.  I’ve been doing push ups and sit ups followed by yoga in the evenings and I can’t believe how well my body is toning up.  This extra workout is making such a huge difference.  I’m very excited about it.

Because I lost another inch off my waistline, I had to put away my pregnancy underwear!  This was a really big deal to me.  I wasn’t fitting in my pre-preg ones because my belly still needed the extra room to be comfortable.  Well, I’m excited to say they’re put away for good, or if I get pregnant again.

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