Friday, February 11, 2011

20 weeks and knitting along


So here I am at the twenty week halfway mark and all I really feel like doing right now is knitting. A run-on cold and a minor annoying pregnancy side effect has had me pretty much in bed with my feet up as much as I can. At least it has been a condition that is happily conducive to knitting! I'm very much missing my sewing machine, although I think the break has been good for me. I'll have to be back at it again soon enough to keep up with the Single Girl Quilt-along, which is kicking off with Katy on Monday. Then you'll find part two, piecing, right here on Monday the 21st!

I finished my Big Herringbone Cowl a few nights ago and I seriously don't want to take it off. It clearly doesn't belong with the stripey athletic tee I'm wearing here but that paired with some preggy yoga pants is my uniform these days so oh well.  The cowl pattern is a free tutorial from the lovely Purl Bee blog, and I knew the moment I saw it I had to knit one for myself. And it was a great excuse to use this gorgeous madeline tosh merino yarn I impulse bought from my LYS. The colorway is called Amber Trinket, and it is one of the prettiest yarns I've ever had the pleasure of knitting with. No photos could capture the true beautiful purples, oranges and maroons, but this is a fairly decent representation. This pattern gave me a bit of trouble in the beginning due to first a too tight, then a too loose cast on, and again later when I found out I had twisted my stitches when I joined in the round, but I persevered after ripping out four times and from then on it was easy peasy.




And here is another self-portrait-in-the-bathroom of my belly, twenty weeks along! I'll hopefully have some exciting news to share next week after our ultrasound. I've convinced myself it's a boy but Lucy loves to pull up my shirt and touch the belly saying "see-ster!" No joke. We'll soon find out, and either way, I hope you'll all be able to tolerate the large amount of baby-crafting that will inevitably crop up for the second half of this ride.

Today I'm a bit crabby as my car broke down and our bathroom sink sprung a gigantic leak, and tonight we are having a big party at our winery to release our new Cabernet and Pinot Noir, so I will be forced to have to put on real clothes and leave my knitting behind. But I suppose I'll be back soon enough. I hope you all have a happy weekend filled with lots of sewing, knitting or your current vice of choice.

18 comments:

  1. Gah! You look so good Megan-darling! In hope that your feeling okay and that you don't get too worn out at the party. Your cowl looks awesome and definitely makes me want to knit one myself (I'm almost done the body of my first-ever sweater - eeekk!).

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  2. aw, hooray for baby! i hope you have a great weekend.

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  3. Such a cute tummy Megan!! You make me really want to finally learn how to knit!!

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  4. You look great! Personally, I'm excited for the onslaught of baby crafting!

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  5. You look great, well done!

    I'm in full baby hand-making mode at the moment (with the blog posts to prove it), since I've only got 7 weeks to go. I had to resist purchasing about $75 worth of silk/alpaca at my LYS yesterday to make baby cardigans (because, you know, THAT'S a practical baby knitting yarn). Although I did get them to write down the colourways in case I want to order online...

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  6. You're looking so beautiful! Love the belly. Good luck with the "real clothes". wink.

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  7. your so friggen cute, love the cowl to. Something I wish I knew how :(

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  8. Love this post, love the herringbone cowl, and I'm all for more pregnancy / baby posts. It's such a short period of time to enjoy in the grand scheme of things and so refreshing/exciting to read about!

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  9. You look so cute! My granddaughter (age 3) keeps talking about the child my daughter is working on adopting - they don't know the sex yet, so she talks about her "brudder-sisser"!

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  10. What a beautiful self photo - you look amazing Megan! If you feel like knitting - knit - right??

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  11. beautiful scarf and tummy! You're at the really cute pregnant stage... I'm looking forward to that one. :)

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  12. your cowl turned out gorgeous....and your belly just makes me smile, too too cute! I wish I knew about lulu when I was pregnant, most comfortable clothes ever!!

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  13. That baby is sitting down with back out, probably knitting!

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  14. The cowl is gorgeous, as is your baby bump. And you have a winery??!!?? How come it's taken me this long to find you? I look forward to your baby posts. I am long done in that department, but love watching people prepare for their wee ones.

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  15. Your big herringbone cowl looks amazing! I have had my eye on that pattern at TPB, but haven't taken the plunge yet.
    You look gorgeous pregnant - enjoy your shape, and the glow that being pregnant gives you :)

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  16. Thank you for taking the time to leave a lovely comment on my MBS - I didn't know you were pregnant - congratulations and how exciting - excuse to make yet more quilts!

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  17. How lovely Meg, you look great! I'm glad you're finding out what sex the baby will be and that we'll have some baby crafting going on soon!!

    I just started a beginners knitting class at my LYS - its very addictive isnt it??

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  18. your cowl is beautiful! the yarn you chose really works well for it. i have been eyeing that pattern on ravelry for awhile now. if only there were more hours in the day to make all the things i would like!

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