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  • Ready

       Today is my due date. 9:38 pm, I don't think she's gonna be on time. This, of course, is not only typical of first pregnancies, but also typical of me, especially pre-Scott. (My sense of time is... not so good.) It's been 3 weeks of...
    04-25-2007, 8:35 PM by Monica to Two Left Needles
  • Yarn P r 0 n

    Still big and round here. And still gaining weight! Ze Clapotis, she ees blocked: Isn't the striping cool from afar? The Artyarns Supermerino socks are in a baggy waiting for labor. (My sister helped me to realize that planning...
    04-24-2007, 7:56 PM by Monica to Two Left Needles
  • Wherever you find it

    Last week I stopped progress on Summer Anklets because I wanted to photograph the yarn in the skein. The yarn: Fleece Artist Merino sock yarn, purchased in LK Yarns in Halifax, Nova Scotia. They had a basket of mini-skeins and I was hard-pressed to pick...
    04-20-2007, 10:47 PM by Monica to Two Left Needles
  • Knocking 'em out!

    Well, here I am, still waiting, still big and round. Here's how I looked a couple of days ago: (though, to be honest, I haven't been looking quite so cheerful the last couple of days) I've dropped some more, can you tell? Between not being comfortable...
    04-18-2007, 1:21 PM by Monica to Two Left Needles
  • Happy Feet

    You may by now know that Scott is on the picky side when it comes to knits. Well, clothes. Well, a lot of things. He's very particular. About certain things. Not only is he allergic to wool, but being colorblind, there are some (ahem, many) color combinations...
    04-16-2007, 12:51 PM by Monica to Two Left Needles
  • Baby Knits FO's

    Tangerine CardiStarted: 3/12/07Finished: 4/8/07Pattern: Debbie Bliss' "v-neck cardigan with contrast ribs" from Baby Knits for Beginners, size 3-6 monthsYarn: Debbie Bliss Cotton DK in Tangerine Orange, 4 ballsNeedles: #6; #5 for neckbandNotes: The...
    04-14-2007, 12:55 PM by Monica to Two Left Needles
  • Resurrecting Fish Bag

    No baby, but I did have another false alarm. Monday 2am, mild contractions every 10 minutes for 8 hours. We had a regular appointment scheduled for 11:30, so I hopped in the shower and wouldn't you know it, they stopped. Harumph. Next time, I take a nice...
    04-13-2007, 2:30 PM by Monica to Two Left Needles
  • More nesting?

    Perhaps the second part of nesting, for me, has been picking up lovely yarns and fibers to surround me. I'm under the delusion that, during the weeks I'm home, not working, I'll have time to knit. Knit Happens had an amazing sale a couple of weeks ago,...
    04-08-2007, 9:13 PM by Monica to Two Left Needles
  • Nesting...?

    I'm trying not to be despondent about the contest guesses that are later than my due date. Actually, I'm trying not to be discouraged about any suggestions that it will be longer than this weekend. ;) You know the whole nesting thing? Well,...
    04-06-2007, 8:46 PM by Monica to Two Left Needles
  • Contractions and Cabaret

    Thanks for letting me know you enjoyed the carding 'speriment post! Sunday night was the beginning of our first false alarm, complete with contractions and some pain. Not a lot of pain, not like I would expect with "real" contractions, but...
    04-04-2007, 9:55 PM by Monica to Two Left Needles
  • Project Spectrum Feb/March: Carding 'Speriment

    (Warning: Photo Heavy but Fun!) Last year I was slackerly in my Project Spectrum involvement. This year I decided to make a better effort to work on some kind of project for each set of colors. I cut it close by doing the work on Feb/March colors on...
    03-31-2007, 10:30 PM by Monica to Two Left Needles
  • UFO Resurrection: March

    My March UFO Resurrection project was Trellis. Last summer I had finished the back and barely started the fronts before losing momentum. I picked it up again at the beginning of February and quickly finished the fronts and most of the sleeves before again...
    03-30-2007, 10:15 PM by Monica to Two Left Needles
  • 36 Weeks

    One almost complete baby cardi: Two new projects: for baby for me One very round belly! ...
    03-28-2007, 10:40 PM by Monica to Two Left Needles
  • Comedy of Errors

    (The title should really read "Comedy of Dumbass Mistakes", but I figured I'd keep the post title clean.) You know me too well. Of course I went for surgery! And it was a lot more trouble than I expected. First, I separated the upper and lower portions...
    03-27-2007, 4:19 PM by Monica to Two Left Needles
  • Baby's First Handknit

    Baby's first handknit is gorgeous: Look, Scott, no wool! and knit by Cheryl! The colors are richer than pictured (she has a better picture here) and the sweater is oh-so-soft in pima cotton/tencel. And I love that it's a non-traditional baby...
    03-19-2007, 4:24 PM by Monica to Two Left Needles
  • Lagoon is plied!

    I don't believe it, but maybe you will: That's Lagoon, all plied up. See that little blue tag on the right? Yeah, that one. 925. Yards. Of laceweight 2-ply. That's a mile of singles! No wonder it took so long to ply. (And it did. Take a Long....
    03-12-2007, 8:54 PM by Monica to Two Left Needles
  • A good spinning week

    Last week was a good spinning week for me. In addition to finishing up the Lagoon singles and doing a small amount of sampling: I picked up the Foxhill Farm cormo/alpaca that I started many months ago (but abandoned in frustration while I fidgeted...
    03-06-2007, 9:20 PM by Monica to Two Left Needles
  • A spinning update

    Warning: photo heavy post Spunky Eclectic At the end of December I took advantage of Spunky Eclectic's 99 cent shipping sale and ordered me some yummies: Superwash Merino in Toronto; how could I not buy fiber named after my hometown??? Merino in Boogie...
    02-27-2007, 4:47 PM by Monica to Two Left Needles
  • Sleepy.

    That's what I've been lately (and tired). I been napping all evening, conked out. I hope I can sleep tonight. We went to see Gram yesterday and she's in rough shape. She didn't look like herself and, as it's been lately, it was hard to figure out what...
    02-26-2007, 9:36 PM by Monica to Two Left Needles
  • Spa: I got it

    Here's the thing I didn't get about Spa last year. Last year I had been spinning only a few short months before I went to Spa. I heard people talking about how much they looked forward to it because it was in the cold dark days between fiber festival...
    02-22-2007, 5:53 PM by Monica to Two Left Needles
  • Spa 2007

    Spa was, in a word, wonderful. But we're never satisfied with just a word, are we? Here are a few highlights: Anne met me at my house and had the dubious honor of being the second (fiber loving) person to see my yarn room. She didn't fall over from...
    02-21-2007, 9:43 PM by Monica to Two Left Needles
  • Before I can tell you about Spa

    I took woefully few photos at Spa this weekend (New England Textile Arts annual weekend of fiber fun and relaxation). I was too busy having a good time! It was really wonderful to see old friends and make new ones. I'm not up for a Spa post just yet,...
    02-20-2007, 10:00 PM by Monica to Two Left Needles
  • Re-Grow Revisit

    Our supposed Nor'easter ended up being as much ice as snow: It doesn't look like much, but it's heavy and icy and coming down fast. I hope we're able to get out of our driveway tomorrow. I've hit third trimester tiredness. Over the weekend, despite...
    02-14-2007, 9:35 PM by Monica to Two Left Needles
  • Oh happy socks

    For Maryse: It was surprisingly difficult to get a reasonable photo given: I was alone using the 10 second timer I had one flat surface available to me It was much higher than what I wanted to capture so I had to balance the camera on the camera...
    02-09-2007, 4:34 PM by Monica to Two Left Needles
  • We're a coupla geeks

    Thanks for the nice comments on the shawl! It feels totally weird because, hehe, I knit most of it thinking I might be the only that liked it. But I'll take it. I think we've established that I'm in many ways a geek. It should therefore come as...
    02-07-2007, 9:19 PM by Monica to Two Left Needles
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