Sunday, December 1, 2013
But the sweater is cute. A Tulips baby sweater! (Follow the link at your peril: the model baby is so cute I want to munch her ears.)
I went for the 12-month size, with the idea that our youngun will almost certainly be tall and lanky and will fit into it in time for the three days of cold weather we might catch in late 2014.
There's a healthy number of FOs on Ravelry of this pattern already - if memory serves, the Yarn Harlot went on a streak with this pattern and everybody took notice. I used Knit Picks Swish Superwash… I'd give my color choices on this one a B+. Almost awesome, but you could do better with those greens and maybe the dark pink, too. Overall, though, I think it's a nice and squishy sweater that will help fill baby's shelves for the next year.
This is what is formerly my closet, about 25 percent of the way to getting cleaned out and ready. Not exactly Pinterest-worthy, is it?
Sunday, November 24, 2013
Little tiny Chuck Taylors!
This is a great pattern, but you definitely have to think your way through it. Most people on Ravelry have made modifications. I suggest reading through some pattern notes first if you decide to make a pair.
I made these from partial skeins of organic cotton. I am thinking that with this girl's parents (that is, us) both being kin to Marshwiggles, they'll likely fit in about 3 months or so.
And, can you believe I made something pink for her? I think this particular pink has enough rock and roll to it when used in this pattern to make that all right.
We're off to see Hunger Games this morning (yessssss), so I have to cut this short - but in other life updates, one of my favorite belly-related comments so far came from a very lovely LYS owner here in town: "Oh my gosh, you look like a basketball. I just want to dribble you!"
Saturday, November 16, 2013
That means a massive rush to get as much stash knit up as possible, with the
By the way: I'm really tired lately. Some nights, I'm lucky to get a few rows in.
Shut up. It could happen.
As part of this effort to move through as much yarn as possible, I whipped out another Noro Striped Scarf, this time in pastel shades. I love what the off-white colorway does here:
And I've coined a term for what happens when you're working with a ball of Noro that you really only bought for one small part of the colorway. You go for it, you're working, it's nice but not as nice as it will be when you get to that beautiful peachy-rose-pink color… You're almost there -- almost there -- almost there -- yes, yes -- you can just feel it -- and --
May I present, the Nor-gasm.
Sunday, September 22, 2013
I used bright colors this time.
As for me, I'm fine. I am not getting anywhere near enough knitting done, seeing as I somehow have to empty out the closet of my knitting room/office, which is set to become a baby room. This is a terribly stressful proposal: I've never in my life been good at clearing out things. In fact, I hate doing it. And I married a guy who really, really likes doing it.
The stash has to find another home in a house with little storage. Mr. MGY knows better than to suggest the attic, but we might not have many other options if I don't start tearing through some of this yarn pretty soon here.
What's that? Sell some of it off?
Otherwise… I would talk about myself, but here's the thing. You go through the nastiness of infertility treatments, and if you are one of the lucky ones, you arrive at a curious place. You've come from a place where being around pregnant women is like wearing a sandpaper bra. Hearing about babies, pregnancies, all that: sandpaper.
Then suddenly your hands are made of sandpaper. Your voice, your entire appearance is made of sandpaper. Somehow, other people don't seem to mind - skin like leather, I suppose. But you suddenly are the thing that caused you terrific pain for all that time.
M: When are you due?!
M: An Aquarius!
T: Oooh. I heard that January and February babies are the healthiest, because they were conceived at the most beautiful time of year.
me (laughing): This one was conceived in January and then spent three months in liquid nitrogen.
M: I guess she'll have two signs, then?
Monday, August 19, 2013
We just had a year of IVF attempts. Outlook was very depressing. Somehow, it worked after multiple tries. I'm knitting a Tulips cardigan now.
Here are some employer-safe bullet points:
- IVF is expensive. Most insurance plans in the U.S. won't cover it.
- IVF is emotionally draining. That sentence is inadequate.
- IVF doesn't always work, despite popular media coverage.
- There was no indication whatsoever that I would experience infertility. None. Zip, zero, zilch. It just is.
- PSA: Ladies, go get your levels checked. Your OB/GYN says she knows all about infertility but in fact she doesn't know squat. Instead, tell her to check your AMH levels. If they're below 1.5, go see a reproductive endocrinologist. Think it couldn't be you? Think there's no possible way because you eat your veggies every day? I hope you're right. But you should know enough to make informed choices.
- Never, ever tell someone to "just relax."
I suspect that me saying this will accomplish for other people about as much as ordinary marital boinking did for us. But I'm categorically unable to go to sleep unless I've said a thing that I think needs to be said. And I could use some rest. It's been a long year.
So about that knitting.If all goes well, the kid shows up in January, which means an opportunity for newborn wool sweaters if you're not saddened by the idea of her outgrowing it after 3 minutes, cotton/bamboo/linen/hemp for much of the year, and then hitting the wool cycle again for the 1-year size.
As for the future of this blog? I imagine I'll drop in here once in a while. These few months are my time to recover my sanity before losing it again. I'm packing the days with knitting, reading (Graham Greene's The Quiet American, currently - fascinating novel), seeing friends, cooking, going to movies, seeing new places. It's sort of astonishing to go for walks in the evening and look at the grass or the sidewalks and feel something besides despair.
Thanks, friends. Hope you're well in the yarnworld, wherever you are.
Tulips, with Knit Picks Swish Worsted:
Sunday, August 19, 2012
It's not the hat pattern. That's coming. Really.
I do have another new design, however!
Limestone Landscape is a simple stole, knit from Rowan Panama. It's worked on the bias, and it features a fun fringe which might feel familiar to the weavers out there. Bonus: Rowan Panama is Rayon/cotton/linen, meaning it really is cool enough for Texas.
Take a look, and check out the beautiful designs from the other ladies involved in this collection, too!
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
This blog has resided in a corner of my mind patiently for some months now, occasionally clearing its throat and wondering if I would ever return to continue our conversation. Then, a thoughtful reader contacted me on Ravelry to ask if my blog had moved or what.
Turns out, in the intervening months between my last post and, well, now, there was "suspicious activity" on my account, which resulted in a shutdown of this blog.
No idea what the suspicious activity was, but my password has been updated and hopefully that takes care of that.
As to my extended absence... It is a challenging time in the life of Mr. MGY and myself. "Sandblasted" is perhaps the best way to describe how I have been feeling in recent months.
For fear of alarming anybody, please know that our marriage is solid, and neither of us is in any danger. However, and I hate to be coy, but this blog is not the place to talk in detail about what's happening. We have family, friends, and coworkers who read my posts on occasion, and in each case we'll need to choose if, when, and how we reveal our personal information to them.
I hope someday that I can use this space to share the whole story. But first, we need to see how it ends.
In the meantime, I do hope to post a bit more here. I have a hat pattern that's been test-knitted and everything by a lovely friend halfway around the world. I have only to incorporate her feedback and post the pattern here, for free. You are welcome to bug me on Ravelry (I'm "MightyGoodYarn") if I don't do that in the near future, yes?
Thanks for reading.