Friday, December 31, 2010

Some recent finished projects

We traveled over the holiday, and this is what I did to keep myself busy:







All items are now available for sale at Up and Dyed (mom's store). I basically knitted like a mad woman for a week and got it all done. Now that I have restocked my inventory there a bit, I'm back on the commission train. I've got 3 multi-item orders to keep my busy through the next month.
I felt baby girl from the outside for the first time last night. It's hard to believe she's getting so big in there, and so active! She's beebopping around in there right now actually. She's carrying lower than R. did at this point. I feel her way down in my pelvis most of the time. The OB says that's not unusual, things are more stretched out and relaxed in there the second time around. I have a lot more ligament pain this time. And the heartburn is unreal. I have to go back for a second ultrasound because they didn't get all the pictures they wanted the first time. I get tired easily, but for the most part I still feel pretty good.

We had a pretty good Christmas. R. got a nice haul of cool new toys. Mostly kitchen pretend play things. He adores it all. We were gone from home for over a week, and everyone was really glad to be back home. I doubt we'll travel next year for Christmas with both the kids. It's just too hard.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

It's A

GIRL! According to the ultrasound tech anyway. I didn't see the goods for myself. With R. is was obvious, even before they told me. I'm still getting used to the idea. We haven't picked out a name yet. I think that will help. I keep pushing J. to talk about it, but he never wants to. I *need* the baby to have a name. It helps me feel connected. Here's her first picture:


And speaking of pictures, I have some more knitting pictures to post:



I actually made two of these mohawk hats, to match.



Sunday, December 12, 2010

easy microwave fudge

This is, hands down, the easiest fudge recipe in the history of fudge. It's also impossible to mess up, and yields really scrumptious results.

3c chips (semi-sweet, extra dark, white, milk, peanut butter, whatever combination you want!)
1 14oz can sweetened condensed milk
4tbs butter

combine in a glass bowl, heat in microwave for about 1.5 mins. take it out, stir until throughly combined. heat for another 30sec if necessary to melt the rest of the butter. At this stage, you can add nuts, marshmellows, mint extract, orange zest, whatever you want. line a 9x9 pan with wax paper or plastic wrap, pour the fudge in the pan, let it set in the fridge until hard. store in an air tight container.

Friday, December 3, 2010

knitting, etc.

SO busy this last month! I've been feverishly knitting, pushing through commissions. Since my last post, I've completed 3 more hats, most of a 4th, and part of a scarf as well. We also had Thanksgiving somewhere in there, and a trip to see my elderly, dieing grandfather. I've got one more order to get done, then with some luck, I'll have time to do a couple of Christmas gifts, or pieces for the shop (where I am about sold out). I've had to turn work down, simply because I don't have time. I'm a one woman show, and I have a toddler and a house to keep up with as well. I'll try to get some more pictures posted soon. I think so far, I've made close to $440 since the beginning of October. Goodness knows we've needed the extra cash.

Pregnancy still seems to be going well. Baby moves a lot, all day long. 2 more weeks and we'll find out the gender.

R. is a typical two year old right now, and occupies nearly all my time and 110% of my patients and energy. We were diaper free during the day before our Thanksgiving trip, now we've hit our first major regression. It's been hard. He's also stopped sleeping all night in his bed, which is also hard, more on me than J. I really need the rest.