Sunday, January 16, 2011

The luckiest

Sometimes I just feel like the luckiest girl in the world.

I had a wonderful year. I realized my dream of getting pregnant and I've had a pretty uneventful pregnancy. Gestational diabetes suck but I'm able to control it pretty well with diet alone so I really can't complain. I'm currently 33 weeks pregnant and I'm not tired of being pregnant yet. I am, however, tired of going to work every morning. Only two weeks left to go!

This morning I went out for breakfast at Benedicts, a nice breakfast restaurant (that also has good lunch and dinner options too), in wonderful company (one of my best friends, her boyfriend and their brand new baby boy). And she gave me the most wonderful gift: she asked me to be her baby's godmother. I'm so happy and touched. And her baby is sooo cute!

I'm also lucky to have a great man in my life who is going to be a wonderful father. Now I love him for many reasons, he's smart and funny and sexy and handsome of course. And also, he got me yarn for Christmas!


A little before Christmas, I sent him my Knit Picks wishlist and told him if he didn't know what to get me, I'd be happy with anything on it. We didn't talk about it after that.

He ended up giving me earrings for Christmas and I was thrilled (I love them). But then a few days after Christmas, I got a package from KnitPicks! It had four skeins of the yarn pictured above, which is Imagination in the Seven Dwarves colourway.

I'm thinking of maybe pairing it with something else to make the Chevron scarf. At first I thought a black yarn would work, but then I saw this version, which uses the Seven Dwarves paired with another Imagination colourway (Looking glass). I really like it though I'd make mine so the Seven Dwarves is the dominant colour.

Oh and there was something else in the Knit Picks box: a Knitting Chart Keeper. I'd had my eyes on it for a while so I was really happy to get it.

But wait, that's not all.

After I had sent him my Knit Picks wishlist, I also sent him links to a few things I liked on Etsy, including a link to this Etsy shop. I just LOVE her bags and fell in love with a particular one, but hesitated buying it because I do have a lot of bags.

Well, guess what I got in the mail last week, completely unexpectedly...


I love it! I'm really spoiled and I know how lucky I am.

Monday, January 03, 2011

Projects projects projects

I am in a very knitty mood these days.

All I want to do is knit, buy yarn, touch yarn, look at yarn (my Knitpicks wishlist is now up to 490 $!) and look at patterns. I have tons of projects in mind and of course, very little time to knit.

I've been working pretty much exclusively on my baby blanket during the holidays and I got faith it's going to be finished soon. My goal is end of January, but I think I can finish it before that. We'll see.

Speaking of blankets, there's a contest going on right here where you can submit a handknit or crochet baby blanket to win a 50 $ Knit Picks gift certificate. It isn't clear on the site whether you have to design the blanket or not, but Knit Picks said on Facebook that you can use someone else's pattern. I may enter mine when it's finished.

Also on my list of «things to knit before baby gets here»:

- This baby cocoon (for pictures)

- This baby hat (also for pictures only)

- This very cute baby cardigan (newborn size)

- Some hats and booties

Most are small projects, but being a very slow knitter, I doubt I'll be able to finish it all. But I'll try.

I'm also itching to knit socks. I haven't made a pair in forever and it's my favourite thing to knit (plus I've got lots of sock yarn that's calling my name).

I'm telling you, when I stop working on January 28, my goal is to use the weeks before baby gets here to knit, knit, knit!

Sunday, January 02, 2011

Happy Year 2011

I can't believe we're in 2011, which is going to be my son's birth year! It's hard to believe I have only two months left in this pregnancy.

I have to say I'm not unhappy the holidays are over. I managed to have dessert-free holidays (because of gestational diabetes) and that, my friends, was no fun at all. I have a sweet tooth and my godmother makes a table-full of dessert for the New Year's Day party. Trust me, resisting was hard. But I did it, I saw the doc and so far, I don't have to be an insulin junkie and I'm very relieved about that.

GD sucks but it's been pretty manageable for me. However, my sugars can get really high in the mornings and I found I just can't eat carbs at all for breakfast if I want my sugars to stay at a normal level. So I've been eating eggs, bacon (or sausage) and cheese every morning and I'm already sick of eggs. Oh well. I can't skip breakfast because I've already lost some weight and the doc didn't like that.

Oh and between seeing my GD doc every two weeks and my regular doc every two weeks, I feel like I'm always at the hospital!

So, 2010 is over and what a crazy, wonderful year it has been. Among the highlights:

-Chris and I went to Berlin and Copenhaguen in March. It was a great trip, though Chris' back problems made it difficult at times. But I'm glad we went as we're not expecting to go to Europe again anytime soon.

-We bought a house! And when I say "house", I really mean a condo (first floor and basement of a duplex), but it feels like a house to us. The place is 100 years old and we still have work to do on it, but we love it and we love our neighbourhood.

-And of course, THE highlight of the year is my pregnancy. After 20 months of trying, I finally got a positive on June 25th, one of the most wonderful days of my life. I'm also lucky to have a pretty easy pregnancy (even with GD) so far. I hope the birth will go as well ;)

As far as knitting goes, 2010 hasn't exactly been a great year. I lost my knitting mojo for months, plus I had bad luck with some projects. Therefore, I have only finished EIGHT projects! And small ones at that. It's pretty unbelievable. Now, I don't know how much knitting I'll have time to do in 2011, but I'm hoping I can have more than eight FO.

My favourites of the year:

Potpourri mittens (February)
Potpourri mittens

Cable and rib socks (February)
Cable and rib socks

Kai-Mei (May)

I haven't finished anything for baby yet, but my goal is to finish my baby blanket before the end of January (I finally started the border). I also have a few small projects in mind that I think I may be able to finish before he gets here.

I'll end my first post of 2011 by sending tons of virtual hugs to my friend Tara and her beautiful daughter Émilie. You are strong and wonderful and I'm keeping you in my thoughts.