Wednesday, May 28, 2008


Egg is about 30 cm (almost 12") tall and weighs 540 grams (1 pound, 3 oz) - we had an Ultrasound last Monday and found out it's a girl! Finally she was cooperating, I almost had given up on finding out.

Now I can start knitting. I had put it on hold before, since I really wanted to know who I was knitting for. Off now to find me some cute patterns...

Monday, May 19, 2008

Wind up

I got back into spinning lately.

This is the first time I spun 8 oz. of roving into yarn - on my spindle. There was this Sunday afternoon where I thought I'd go down to ariadne and try the wheel they have in the store. I got frustrated really quickly - but that's my own fault. I brought the wrong roving, and drafting was just not working out. So back to the spindle for the project it was. In the end it wasn't bad getting it done, I just spun a little every day.

I'd never spun roving with mohair in it before, the drafting turned out to be a challenge in the beginning (it's 50% border leicester/50% mohair). Once I had figured it out, it got way better. I'm trying to see the little bit of unevenness in the yarn as the special charm it possesses. The 2ply turned out to be a DK weight - I could knit it on 3.75 mm needles (US 5).

To give the plied yarn a quick wash to set it, you wind it into a skein. For a while I made do with my umbrella swift, but it's a bit of a hassle. Now I use my skein winder - it's vintage, or maybe even antique, and I got it from an old lady who was in the sheep raising and spinning business for decades, but had to give it up because of health reasons.

I can tell you, these were 50 bucks well spent. I love it.

I have also finished (it only took a day, really) Egg's cap. I'm still not sure if I should attach ties. I don't think it's really necessary. It used only 23 grams of my hand spun.

Where's the baby when you need one?

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

I'm knitting for Baby

And with my hand spun, no less.

The pattern asks for a fingering yarn, I have 48 grams of a nice yellow-orange mix spun of a Black Bunny Fiber Corriedale roving - so here's my first knit for "Egg". - In the tradition of giving the bun in the oven a nickname, I chose one from one of my favourite books: "The Hotel New Hampshire" by John Irving.

Egg is half baked, and here's a picture. Not that one can see much, but it was a relief to see that Egg is healthy and growing. Moving, too. Though I can't feel it yet.

Due to severe shyness the doctor couldn't determine Egg's gender. I fear I'm going to have a Kinder Surprise.

Much thanks to the commenters who left anniversary wishes and others.

Thursday, May 01, 2008

Things you don't really need to know

I don't have anything to blog about. So here's some random info you don't really need.

Today is our 9th wedding anniversary.

My sister is pregnant, too. Her due date is exactly 13 days after mine. No, we didn't plan it that way.

My brother is getting married tomorrow. Writing this I suddenly understand how weird that is.

The 'nursery' is still full of crap I don't know what to do with and where to put it.

I haven't bought a single thing for the baby yet.

I can't think of anything else to add.