Tuesday, May 31, 2011

36 Weeks in Ecuador


Hi everyone! I've missed you. I really haven't meant to stay away this long, but truly there has been nothing to report. And in a lot of ways, it's been nice to take a blog break. It's getting me ready for the inevitable one to come once baby Olivia gets here.
So here I am at 36 weeks - in one of the few photos I've allowed of myself this end of the pregnancy. As you've heard me complain before, I've been feeling a bit less than sexy so photo shoots are not something I find enjoyable. But I thought I owe you a belly shot and I needed to show off the project that's been occupying me this month.
This is a test knit I just completed for the talented designer Joji, and also my entry for the Madtosh May Sweater Knit-along. The pattern is called Ecuador and has just gone on sale, available on Ravelry. It's a circular design sweater with lots of drape using a loose fabric knit from a light fingering weight yarn. I used madelinetosh merino light for mine, in the Calligraphy color way. I'm not the fastest knitter in the world, and this one took many, many hours for me to complete so I'm very happy that I'm quite pleased with the way it came out. Right now it makes me look like a bit of an orbiting planet but I think I'll love it once I lose the tummy. I also took some photos of my cousin modeling it, if you'd like to see what it looks like on a non-gigantically-pregnant woman. My Ravelry project page is here.


Now is the part where I sit and wait in between big bursts of nesting energy. The first one hit last weekend and my house is nice and clean and organized but it completely wiped me out. I'm hoping for a few more before baby arrives so I can finish all her bedding, swaddling blankets, bibs and burp cloths. I'm just now hand-sewing the binding on her quilt so I'll have that to share with you this week, too.

It looks like she could come anytime after this week. I'm measuring almost two weeks ahead, and because Lucy was such a big girl (nine pounds two ounces and not exactly an easy birth experience!) my doctor is not intending on letting this baby get that big. And trust me when I tell you that every one around me would like her to make an appearance sooner rather than later. I'm afraid they are all a little sick of my bitchy mood and constant whining. But you know, when you can't even make it through a trip to the grocery store, you have constant body parts jabbing into your lungs making it painful to breathe and have a whole other list of unmentionable symptoms, who can blame a girl for wanting it to be over? I know a lot of you have been right there with me!

Much love to you all, and please keep posting all the lovely sewing eye candy for me to drool over while my own machine sits in nearly complete hibernation.

21 comments:

  1. aww, you and your new sweater are beautiful. but that baby needs to come out because you need to stop buying yarn. :o)

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  2. First of all, you look absolutely lovely in the picture! And the sweater is beautiful! Here's to a healthy (and easy) delivery of your new little one!

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  3. Darling, you really do look gorgeous! I know you don't feel so hot but trust me you are looking beautiful!

    I can not wait to see your new little girl! I will be anxiously awaiting pictures!

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  4. I'm with Kaye!!! Gorgeous! Sorry you are so uncomfortable - best wishes for a sooner than expected wonderful birth, then.

    I am going to buy this sweater pattern and supplies and ask my expert knitter-mom to make it for my birthday!! It looks beautiful and is exactly the type of sweater I just might wear.
    You've done a beautiful job on it!

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  5. It's true... You and that sweater = gorgeous! ( though I totally get the feeling miserable part!) wishing you all the best! Can't wait to see photos of Olivia! ( love the name too, btw. One of my faves, and would have been on the list had max been a girl instead...

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  6. The cardigan looks stunning, as do you!

    xx

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  7. I'll say it again, most adorable pregnant lady ever! :) You and your sweater are beautiful!

    I hope she arrives soon! :)

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  8. Amen! The end is the worst!

    LOVE the sweater. Seriously, I know I say this every time but I wish I could knit.

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  9. You look spectacular.....don't wish this state away, you'll miss the body part jabs when they're gone! I love your sweater, perfect for your current body shape! Have fun, good luck and best wishes on the imminent extension to the family!

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  10. You look beautiful! Love the sweater too. I never made it to the nesting stage - my son was 7 weeks early - so I find it rather fascinating.

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  11. You're gorgeous and so is the sweater. Olivia does look like she would be ready to join the family any time. Relax and sleep when you can.

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  12. you look fantastic! really, i'm pregnant, i wouldn't lie to you :o) good luck i hope she does come a little early for your sake. i'm praying for early too.

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  13. gorgeous sweater on a gorgeous pregnant mama... so sorry you've been uncomfortable though! I'm at 21 weeks, and getting quite nervous for getting big! It's scary what our bodies go through! here's to a healthy, complication free delivery for Mama and baby... and quite soon. ;)

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  14. You look beautiful in that picture! You should not hesitate at all to do an end of pregnancy photo shoot :)

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  15. You look beautiful! Really!

    Good luck with it all!

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  16. Not long now! How exciting. Just think in a few weeks when you are snuggling your baby girl it'll just be a memory. Wishing you all the best for the coming weeks.

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  17. That sweater is beautiful and I debated on buying the calligraphy colorway a few weeks ago--it's nice to see it knitted up. Good luck with an easy delivery and healthy baby girl!

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  18. You look wonderful! You've only got a bump - no extra fat at all. I am green with envy. I'm sure you remember how royally sick of it I was at this stage with J, so you have my deepest sympathies - it is so frustrating not being able to GET ON WITH LIFE and being in that pre-baby limbo (although the nesting is nice!). On the plus side, having such a rubbish end-of-pregnancy means that I'm actually finding looking after two kids easier than looking after one while heavily pregnant!

    Also loving the sweater, looks like a fab pattern, and a great yarn choice!

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  19. Really pretty sweater - and an even more amazing baby belly :-) Hang in there - the end is near!

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  20. I have to say, I saw the blog post title and thought, "she traveled to Ecuador at 36 weeks? Brave woman!" Then I read on. You look great, believe me.

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  21. You look great! I can't believe you knit that sweater. It must have taken forever!!! It was wort it. Good luck to you!

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