Wednesday, October 26, 2011

I'm Back (plus one!)

There are currently many needles occupied in this apartment. (There's probably some sort of ratio for that--how many knitting projects are underway vs how much academic work I should be doing. But we won't get into that!)

On one pair of them is a lacy scarf for myself knit from the delicious Tart colorway in Madeleine Tosh lace. I. Love. This. Red. It is amazing. But the pattern is a very slow knit.

Another is a Christmas project for my brother. (I don't think he reads this blog? But if he does: Anthony, STOP READING.) It's that odd grey thing with the blue bumps, which Doctor Who fans might be able to recognize as the beginnings of a dalek. This is my first experience with bobbles, and I must say that I don't like the amount of time they take to knit. I much prefer nupps, which are made over the course of two rows rather than knit all at once. But I'm more than halfway through the bobble rows, so.

Last but not least ... I am knitting a Baby Surprise Jacket.

Yes--we are awaiting the arrival of a new little member of our family into the world next April. This little person is already such a part of our lives! We heard his or her heartbeat several weeks ago, and in several more weeks we will get to see him or her for the first time on ultrasound (and hopefully find out whether it's a him or a her!). Until then, my mother is knitting a white baby blanket, and I am using what I hope are fairly gender-neutral colors for this jacket, although Keith likes to point out the pink stripes in there. (There's also blue!) But he is already convinced (and has me halfway convinced!) that it's a girl. We will see! :)

I don't think I'd ever wear one of those shirts that says "I'm so crafty I make people!" It seems a bit too flippant. But I must admit, it's nice to know on days when I'm tired and get zero work done that my body, at least, is doing some hard work on some important stuff. ;)

(I apologize for the horrible quality of these photos. It is a grey and drippy day here in Pittsburgh, and my camera is throwing tempertantrums when I try to use anything other than the automatic settings.)

Joining up with Ginny's wonderful yarn along!


  1. I knew it!!!!!! (sorry, I like it when I am right) Congrats on the baby to be. I have to agree with you that the red is gorgeous!! I love the colors of the BSJ-so baby like!! I hope you are feeling well.

  2. Congratulations!
    And I have to agree, I love the red :

  3. congratulations!! adam and i have been suspecting for a loooooooooong time. ever since we saw you at a spaghetti dinner at the beginning of september and you said you'd had blood drawn. so, so happy for you guys!

  4. Love the scarf--the blue bobbles are quite interesting--need to look up the Dr. Who thing (I used to be a huge fan, but I guess that was sort of in another life....); and happy, happy baby days!!! Hope things are going smoothly for you!

    Pittsburgh, huh?? Go Steelers. (My husband and I both were born and grew up in the steel city!!)

  5. Congratulations! So happy for you!

  6. I KNEW IT WAS A DALEK!! Even before you said it! SO COOL!

    Congrats too!

  7. oh how exciting! congratulations. i've only just met you here on yarnalong, but i'm so happy for you. :) good to hear all is going well, and this reminds me what my grandmother used to say, 'all babys look best in pink' .

    love your red mt too. :)

  8. Congratulations! My daughter is a few weeks ahead of you in her pregnancy. My first grandchild...YAY...lots of knitting going on in my house for her. I love your little BSJ, such a fun pattern. Madelinetosh yarn is my favorite. I've wanted something out of that 'TART' color for a while now. I bet it feels heavenly!