Archive for March, 2007

Color My Mailbox

Last week, I heard about a new online yarn shop called Sheep of a Different Color while listening to the Lime and Violet podcast. I usually don’t order yarn online, since I live near some LYS’s that are really great and have most everything I want. But in this case, I couldn’t resist (and I’m so glad I didn’t!) Look what turned up in my mailbox today!


Three gorgeous skeins of hand-dyed dishcloth cotton, proving that even the lowliest skein of yarn can be transformed into something incredible. Just look at the cute little sheep tags! There was a sheet of fabric softener in the package so my yarn smells soooo nice! Every detail of my package was charming, right down to a card with a handwritten note from the owner.


The colorways, from L to R: Pumpkin Swirl, Carnival, and Mermaid. The colors that I bought are all sold out now, but she puts up new stuff regularly, and I bet there’s something there right now you would fall in immediate love with. Go! Order! Now!


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My First Ultrasound, or How Having Things Inserted into the Vagina Often Leads to More Things Being Inserted into the Vagina


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Yesterday I went for my first ultrasound, a little earlier than normal since I couldn’t remember the first date of my last period, and therefore really had no idea how far along I might be. I was really bent out of shape about the whole thing, and was worried in particular that I might be too fat for the ultrasound to work. This is actually not a totally unfounded fear, since the ultrasound works using sound waves and having fat around your uterus is kind of like putting it in a soundproof room. Fortunately (?) for me, modern technology has come up with all sorts of ways to take pictures of baby in the womb (see title of this post), and there wasn’t really anything to worry about after all.

So, that little thing in the picture is my baby. Pretty neat, huh? Even with all the symptoms, even with positive test after positive test, I had been walking around with this lingering sensation of the whole pregnancy thing being some kind of weird hoax. While I was on the table waiting for the ultrasound to start, I felt like maybe there wouldn’t be anything there. And how was I going to explain that? Before I even had time to come up with a list of possible explanations… there it was, right on the screen!

So I got to feel relieved for about 10 minutes… now I’m worried about everything under the sun again. Yeesh.

Everything was good news as far as we could tell. I’m 9 weeks and 4 days pregnant, which moves my due date back to October 22nd. (Which happens to be the day after my best friend’s birthday and the day of my sister’s birthday.) Now that I have what I figure is a more accurate due date, I tried to go back and figure out when I actually might have conceived, and guess what? It happened either on or very, very near my birthday! The baby’s heart rate was 171, which the ultrasound tech said was very good.

Which brings me to… my super scientific Gender Prediction Experiment.

So far, I’m getting exactly what I expected- a lot of mixed results. I haven’t tried everything yet, and some of the experiments I plan to repeat (especially the pencil/wedding ring/necklace test), but here’s the tally so far.

Pendulum Test– There are a million variations on this one, but basically you’re supposed to dangle some pendulum-like object over your wrist or belly, and the way it swings is supposed to tell you what you’re having. (Back and forth- boy. Circular motion- girl.) I’ve only done it once so far, with a pencil, and the result was overwhelmingly BOY.

Chinese Conception Calendar– A quick Google search for "Chinese conception calendar" will yield several different "calculators" for determining the baby’s gender based on a chart that was supposedly discovered in a Chinese royal tomb 700 years ago. It works using the mother’s age and the date the baby was conceived to predict sex. The problem is, you need to find your lunar age- not the age you are on the Gregorian calendar. For example, I just turned 23, but I’m 24 in lunar years. Once I figured that out, I stopped getting mixed results- according to this method, I’m having a GIRL.

Heart Rate– Below 140 is supposed to be a boy, above 140 is supposed to
be a girl. As I said above, the baby’s heart rate was 171, so GIRL. Now, this should probably go without saying, but science has pretty
much torn the heart rate theory to shreds. You can go look at the
charts here.

Intuition– I don’t know about yours, but my intuition is essentially
useless. At this point I’ve had strong feelings both ways. I think I’m
influenced by what is around me at the time and by what I think people
"want me to have". I started out with a strong feeling that I was having a boy, but now I have no feeling whatsoever. I will update this if I have any strong premonitions, one way or another.

I know a lot of people say this and probably don’t really mean it, but I seriously don’t care what I end up having. Bob, on the other hand, has a definite opinion- he wants a puppy or a ninja. I think ninja is more likely, don’t you?

Thanks so much for all the congratulations! I miss you all and hope to see you around soon! Mery, I love the present you sent for me (and I keep meaning to take pictures to put on the blog…) I emailed you when I got it! I don’t know if you got it or not, but just in case you didn’t… thank you!!!! It’s awesome! We love and miss you!

Knitting? What knitting? You mean this is a knitting blog?

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I’m sorry I didn’t make it to Sophie’s on Wednesday night, ladies. Unfortunately, my pregnancy has decided to make itself known in extremely unpleasant ways. Let me just put it this way- I can now answer the question, "How was your day?" by saying, "I’m not sure… let me count up how many times I was in the bathroom puking my guts out."

Not pretty. Not pretty at all.

I’m almost done with the first trimester, so I’m hoping that the worst will be over really soon. In addition to the vomiting, I am exhausted pretty much all the time, and all of this puking and sleeping is really starting to interfere with knitting time. I am full of ideas for baby knitting, but I feel so tired and crappy that I really haven’t gotten much accomplished.

The red thing at the top is a baby sized Spiral Rib Hat from Ann Norling’s collection of patterns. I’m using sock yarn at a gauge that’s somewhat smaller than the gauge options in the pattern, so I’m compensating by following the instructions for a small adult sized hat. I mentioned that I’m working on an Umbilical Cord Hat in my last post, but I can’t finish it until I can rustle up some stitch markers. Little sucker needs 8 stitch markers for the decrease! Yes, I know I could just make my own out of little scraps of yarn… but what a pain in the butt! Besides, it’s not like I need it by tomorrow.

So, I will let you in on a little scientific experiment I’m doing. I’ve become really interested in all the different ways people try to predict a baby’s gender. I was never really interested in finding out the sex of the baby through an ultrasound, but it turns out there’s quite a range of folk methods for these kinds of predictions. So far, I’ve checked the Chinese conception calendar, and today a friend did the pencil test on me. So far both of those methods have confirmed my "womanly intuition", but I’m keeping it all a secret- for now. If you know of some other kooky folk method for gender prediction, let me know! I’m going to try them all, as long as they’re not dangerous, and keep track of the results. Then when the baby arrives, we can see what worked and what didn’t!

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Never Say Never

Can you guess why I’m…

1. glad that the Top-Down sweater I’m working on is a cardi and not a pullover?
2. not cleaning out my litterbox? (Well, not my litterbox ya know, but the cats’ litterbox.)
3. excited, happy… and terrified?


Have you guessed yet?





Do ya give up?


I just found out this Wednesday, and even though this was totally NOT on my list of things to do in 2007, I’m just tickled pink. I’m at about 9 or 10 weeks (though this is just a guess because I really have no idea when I had my last period), and my due date has been tentatively set at October 5th.

So far, the only baby knitting I’ve started is the Umbilical Cord Hat from the first Stitch n’ Bitch. I’ll post pictures when there are more interesting things afoot. For today, I figured my big news was interesting enough!

Oh, and don’t worry, Bob is totally on litterbox patroll.

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