Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Posted by Michelle at 9:05 AM
Monday, August 25, 2008
Posted by Michelle at 6:48 PM
Thursday, July 24, 2008
I've been doing lots of light knitting...light in terms of weight. I discovered that if I breastfeed in bed, with both of us lying down and my head propped up on pillows, I can knit socks quite well. My little guy wants to feed constantly, which can be quite inconvenient, but I am sure getting lots of socks done!
This past week I started venturing out with the three kids for the first time. Just little walks to the park. I feel so bad for the kids because they've been mostly stuck inside. They've been so patient and understanding though. I have them occupied with their first Webkinz. Caleb is a little pudge-ball now. I love watching him sleep. I just wish he slept more!
Posted by Michelle at 5:56 PM
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
Sorry this is a little belated, but I just wanted to send out a big thank you for everyone's well wishes and congratulations. Baby is doing wonderful; he's my first child who hasn't needed photo therapy for jaundice, which was a huge relief.
Yesterday was Canada Day, and our tradition since moving into our neighbourhood is to head across the street to the park where our city puts up a little celebration. I fed Caleb, put him in the stroller...
...and like an angel he fell asleep for three hours while his brother and sister had lots of fun.
Hubby took Josh and Grace back later for fireworks while I stayed home. I really didn't miss anything, because this was the view from our backyard door:
Posted by Michelle at 2:40 PM
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
I woke up from an afternoon nap yesterday to an unfamiliar sound. It turned out to be marble-sized hail hitting against all the windows of the house. It was quite bizarre, since we had been out earlier in the day and it was sunny and warm. The hail was hitting so hard, and I was scared a window would break.
Here is something started before Caleb came:
It's Athos from Berroco: Norah Gaughan vol.2. I really like her designs, and this will be my first project from her.
Baby is going for his 5th bilirubin test today. Poor guy!
Posted by Michelle at 9:53 AM
Sunday, June 15, 2008
About 5 months ago, my husband left his job as a restaurant manager to work at home in his own business. At first, it was a huge adjustment. We went from never seeing him, to having him always around. But it soon became a huge blessing. He made a great effort in helping with the kids and the housework while I was pregnant, and was so supportive and patient with me. My husband is far from perfect, but he was perfectly matched to me by God.
I love watching my husband with Caleb. He turns into such a soft and tender person, which is TOTALLY unlike him.
Caleb and I are doing well. Last night he stopped cluster feeding, and slept in 2 hour blocks, which is pretty good. He is a bit jaundiced, so we're having him tested again tomorrow. Both of my other kids had to be readmitted to the hospital for light therapy, so I'm praying we won't have to do that again.
And since this is a knitting blog, here is some knitting:
Basic Koigu socks. The gusset part was knit during contractions at the hospital, but my labour progressed so quickly that I didn't get much done. I don't think I'll be knitting any time soon, but I definitely miss it. I stare longingly at my knitting bag as I breastfeed. If only I had one extra arm, I could do both at the same time!
Posted by Michelle at 10:48 AM
Thursday, June 12, 2008
Monday, June 9, 2008
Posted by Michelle at 12:25 PM
Thursday, June 5, 2008
When I cast on for a pair of Waving Lace Socks, my plan was to just get them on the needles, and save them to take to the hospital during labour. But it had been so long since I knit socks, and I was enjoying it so much, that next thing I knew, they were done!
Posted by Michelle at 3:04 PM
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Monday, May 26, 2008
A while ago, we watched the movie Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium. It was a very strange movie; not one of my faves. However, in it is the cutest little sock monkey. Every since we saw that movie, Josh has been asking for a monkey, and here he is:
Me being me, I gave no thought to gauge or number of stitches, and just started knitting with no pattern. Of course this means that the doll is turning out HUGE! As I was knitting this monstrosity, the thought occurred to me that if I cast on the right number of stitches for a sock, then I'd get the right amount for a sock monkey. DUH!
Last week I also ended my Science Club. I had been running a little club for about a dozen homeschooled kids at church, where we do a little Bible lesson and a science experiment that goes along with it. For our last experiment, we ended with a "bang", and made volcanoes:
Here's the science lesson learned: the more the mess = the more the fun!
Posted by Michelle at 10:31 AM
Saturday, May 24, 2008
I have some FOs to show. I've been working hard to clear up all the projects I've been working on. I know that once baby comes, there won't be much knitting for a while.
First is the Cavern Cardigan:
I had to guess how the front would fit because of my belly. I don't know why, but it never occured to me to use my mannequin to measure. Anyways, as you can see, the fronts are way too big and overlap, but I actually like how they turned out. I still have to sew on a button, but won't put it in until I lose my tummy. I really love this Dream In Color; it is incredible soft, and I'll definitely be using it again.
Next is a log cabin blanket for baby:
Yarn is Cotton-Ease in Almond, Lake and Taupe, and it comes out to about 45" x 45". The beginning was so fun and quick, but those outer rings were torture!!
Lastly, are some newborn-sized hats, made from left-over Mandarin Petit:
Teeny-tiny, about 36cm circumference, to wear home from the hospital.
Hospital bags are packed. I'm almost ready. This Sunday is my last day of teaching Sunday school, and Grace has a birthday party to go to on June 1st. After that, baby is welcome to make his appearance! 'Til then, he better stay put!
Posted by Michelle at 12:12 AM
Saturday, May 10, 2008
This past week had gone by so quickly. It began with a trip to the David Dunlap Observatory. This place has the largest telescope in Canada, and is only a few minutes away from my home. We've lived here for a few years, but this was the first time we've visited.
We had a great presentation by one of the scientists, then actually got to go into the silo (don't know what this type of building is really called) to see the telescope.
Posted by Michelle at 9:34 AM
Thursday, May 1, 2008
Just a quick post about some quick FOs, as I'm about to head out for a doctor's check-up. I love the instant gratification of crochet. I saw this adorable hat pattern the other day from Owlishy. I ran out the the new Michaels that opened 2 minutes from my home (I love where I live!!) and picked up some Paton's Grace in taupe. I used a 3.75mm hook, increased to 80 sts, and worked even for about 3.5". Should fit newborn to 3 mo. (about 40cm circumference). I had an extra ball of yarn, so I made up a matching teddy bear rattle. I think I'll make the same hat, but knit...the crochet is too stiff for my liking.
Posted by Michelle at 10:28 AM
Saturday, April 26, 2008
...for Hubby that is! He finally got his long awaited sweater, and boy was he happy! (Men are so easily satisfied)
Posted by Michelle at 5:47 PM
Thursday, April 17, 2008
My mom saw Grace's bolero, and asked for the exact same sweater. She liked how it was something little to warm her shoulders. I didn't think a short little bolero would look very good on her, so I chose something a little more grown-up:
Posted by Michelle at 8:23 PM
Friday, April 11, 2008
Poor Hubby has been patiently waiting for his Transformers sweater. A few inches from the end, I ran out of yarn:
Posted by Michelle at 12:04 PM
Wednesday, April 2, 2008
Hello Everyone! Sorry I haven't posted in a while! To be honest, I've been seriously thinking about ending this blog. I haven't been feeling very motivated to keep it up. My husband, of all people, doesn't want me to stop, so I'll still be popping in every once in a while.
A lot has happened since the last post. My baby girl turned 5!
Easter toys were knitted:
Pattern: Fuzzy Mitten Lamb
Yarn: mystery mohair and Bernat Satin
Pattern: Which Came First from Mochimochi Land
Yarn: Elann Peruvian Highland Wool
Baby vest completed:
Pattern: Vest from Essential Baby by Debbie Bliss
Yarn: Patons Grace, 2 balls
Hubby's Transformers sweater is almost done, 2 new sweaters and a cowl have been started, and I've purchased a load of new patterns. The problem is, not much knitting is being done. My usual knitting time in the evenings has been replace with an early bedtime. Everything aches right now, and even sitting on the couch knitting is not very comfy. I've also been trying to give the kids more quality time, since I know they'll be neglected once Baby #3 arrives. I have only 10 more weeks to go...I'm so excited, but so not ready! But like Hubby says, "That's okay! It's not like we were ready for the first two!".
Posted by Michelle at 11:03 AM
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
I love my Knitting Needles bag!
It was such a quick and easy pattern. I used Patons Shetland Chunky in Dark Olive, about 2.5 balls. The wooden needles are 9mm, and the lining is Amy Butler. The thing I was looking forward the most about making this bag was trying out my new sewing machine. I have to say, it was a lot harder than I thought it would be! I hadn't touched a sewing machine since grade 8 home ec., so I had to read the manual cover to cover. I'm not going to tell you how many hours it took me to sew two pieces of fabric together, 'cause it's really embarrassing! I'm so pleased with the result. Now I have to convince Hubby I need to join a sewing class.
I also got this little cutie from Schrodinger Originals:
On a completely different topic...have you heard about homeschooling being declared illegal in California? I don't know all the details, and as far as I know you can continue to homeschool without fear the government coming after you, but still. It's very scary, the way society is now. I know there are a few homeschooling moms that read this blog from California, and I just wanted to let you guys know, you and your children are in my prayers!
Posted by Michelle at 4:23 PM