Monday, March 2, 2015

That Was Sudden

I am 30 weeks pregnant. Let me ask you, how the heck did that happen? Still, it could be another 10 weeks before Fritz is here... or it could be 8, with each passing day bringing it closer.

Having a bit of an omg flail.

I started a sweater and a blanket but have finished neither. The hook for the blanket has mysteriously vanished, and I had a cut that wouldn't let me knit for a few days. It's better today though so woo hoo. :-)

We've procured a double stroller and a fantastic new diaper bag, which is partly packed. I've gotten clothes, diapers, two bottles, some emergency formula, a set of pacis, tushie cream, bibs, and possibly some other things I can't think of right now. All that's missing, other than Fritz himself, is his car seat. The more I think about it the more I'm ready to go get it, but Jerek is putting it off. Why, I have no idea, when we're getting other things left and right.

Oh, and I need to get a breastpump, but it's hard to decide which one!!

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Little Crochet Mitts

I made some sweet little crochet mitts tonight, and I said well, I might as well blog about them! :)

Actually, this is how I made them.

They are size newborn+, with a bit f wriggle room. :)


Baby weight yarn. I used Bernat Baby Sport Ombre. You don't need much.

Size F crochet hook.

Scissors and tapestry needle.


Chain 1 and chain 2 counts as first stitch in each round.

Abbreviations used:

HDC: half double crochet
DC: double crochet
CH: chain
Sl ST: slip stitch
ST: stitch
REV SC: reverse single crochet, or crab stitch


Chain 2. Join with sl st to form ring.

Round 1: Ch. 1, work 11 hdc in ring. Join. (12 st.)

Round 2: Ch. 1, hdc in same st as join. 2 hdc in each st around. Join. (24 st.)

Round 3: Ch. 1, do not work in same st as join. Hdc in each st around. Join. (24 st.)

Round 4-11: Ch. 1, work 1 hdc in each st around. Join. (24 sts.)

Round 12: Ch. 2, dc in each st around. (24 st.)

Round 13: Ch. 1, hdc around.

Round 14: Ch. 1, rev sc around.

Fasten off, weave in ends.

Friday, February 6, 2015

Teeny Tears and a Haircut

Today I trimmed Tiri's bangs. She was not happy having her hair brushed (usually isn't) but she thought she looked pretty after I was finished. :)

Look how long it is now! And this is after giving her about an inch worth of a trim maybe a month ago.

And then this evening, I decided to do a bit of sewing.

I've known about Teeny Tears for a while, but I didn't have a sewing machine for a loooooonng time. Now that I have one, I wanted to make some diapers. I made one a while back, but they are donated in pairs. Alas, I couldn't find that first diaper. (Tiri probably took it, she was quite fascinated by it.) So, I cut out enough to make two large and two small, and I made my first two Teeny Tears Diapers sets. :-D They're so tiny, especially the small size. :'-(

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Randomness (and possibly grouchiness)

So I made a plan to blog more often, which is a great thing, right? Yeah.

No idea what to write about.

This is me today:

Jerek's back is acting up again, which what's new there, but the back and forth, "yes I'm going to do this wait no I can't wait maybe it's not so bad oops spoke too soon...." Starting to wear on the crazy pregnant lady. I'm busy enough worrying about whether I actually get a baby to take home at the end of this, without worrying about everything else.

I had a midwife appointment yesterday. It sounds like I'm going to be delivering at real hospital, with my midwife there and working with me as long as everything goes okay... If the male doctor (or any man, for that matter) tries to get between my legs, I fully intend to kick, hard.

This sums up my views on that topic:

*Sigh* and this also means that I need to start the whole hospital birth plan thing. Ugh. Back to researching and planning and worrying and all. I am supposed to have another appointment in 3 weeks to finalize, and I guess I get another appointment with LoRusso sometime in the 30 weeks too.

I found out I get NSTs (non-stress tests) at 32, 34 36, 38 weeks, and when she said that I start doing a little mental math...

That's only 6 weeks away!!!

Cue realization that the third trimester will be here in less than two weeks (less than a week, but some calculations.) ::nervous giggle::

Oh dear.

Friday, January 30, 2015

Collages are Cool.

I learned a new thing. is a way to make neat photo collages for free (there is also a paid upgrade version.) Here is what I have so far. :-D There is teeny Tiri, and there is pregnant Rachel! :) Also Rocker Chick Tiri. Teehee.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Really Pretty Blanket Pattern Links -- Or, Reasons Why I Wish I Were More Patient

I've been pattern-searching baby blanket patterns on Ravelry this evening, and all I can say is, I wish I were more patient! There are some beautiful blankets to be made.

A few favorites:

Beth's Little Star Afghan (crochet)

Fast Easy Crochet Baby Blanket

Chromium Star Blanket (crochet)

Come Sail Away Baby Blanket (knitted)

Sweet Blanket (knitted)

Hexagon Baby Blanket (knitted)

Biased Granny Afghan (crochet)

Twin Lakes Blankie (knitted)

After looking at all these, and the hundreds I didn't post links to, I'm sure I'll be making another blanket attempt soon.... I've been thinking of attempting a scaled down version for one of the infant loss charities profiled in the Charity Knitting thread on Ravelry. I love Freddy's blanket, and I'm sure that there are plenty of mothers who lose babies who don't get anything soft to hold while they cry. I hate that, and I want to help.

I should sign off for now though, as it is way past bedtime. Happy knitting and crocheting!