Who cares about titles? BABY PICTURES

Happy Holidays/New Years/Appropriate Seasonal Greeting/Whatever you do or don’t celebrate!

God it’s been a while, huh? It feels like I’m always doing a post apologizing for being too busy to write and saying I’m going to try better only to do the whole song and dance again four months or so later. (This probably is like, the second or third time I’ve made this same observation; I’m honestly too scared to check.)

Life has been rough for a while now. I’ve had some serious personal losses that I haven’t wanted to talk about here. But since these events were so big and are things I’m still dealing with this ended up making me want to write less and less. I don’t know if I will write about what’s been going on lately (I don’t think anyone wants another influx of negativity and sadness) but I will try harder to find a way to get writing back. I might write up a whole account of the bull shit that’s been going on and just like, not do anything with it. Just try to get the whole shebang out and see if that’ll help me move past it to write about some of the better things that have been happening.

Ivy is almost seven months old now (!!!) and has been an absolute joy. She’s eating solid foods now with her milk and has been enjoying tasting new fruits and veggies when she can. I’m going to have to start giving her meat soon for the iron but I’m going to look into crafting my own foodstuffs for her in that department since I have yet to find a commercial baby meat product (that’s meat product for babies, not meat product made out of babies) that doesn’t look, smell and (I assume) taste like cat food/vomit. Seriously, corporate America, get your shit together on this. The first one of you to make a baby meat food that doesn’t taste like total dog-ass will probably earn ALL of the money as desperate parents flock to your products in droves.

BUT ENOUGH BLABBITY BLAB. LET’S SEE SOME ADORABLE FREAKING PHOTOS OF MY DAUGHTER ALREADY! I’m only gonna post one up front and the rest will be after the jump.

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More after the jump!

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Return of the Knit!

An update on the knit project:

This is where the one in beige looked a lot like a ball sack.

This is the stage where the one in beige looked a lot like a ball sack.

I haven’t lost any steam on the shawl yet. I know it’s not super impressive to look at right now, mostly because of the size. Despite what it looks like, one round is something like, 288 stitches at this point (to give you an idea of the tiny-ness of the yarn).

It looks like the finished size is going to be much smaller than the last one on account of me using smaller needles and yarn than the pattern calls for. It’s looking like it may be less of a shawl and more of a shrug. A hankie. A napkin. A small whiff of fairy cloud that vanishes if you look too hard at it.

The center is meant to be an arsenic atom (because Madame Bovary kills herself with arsenic poisoning! See! It makes sense!) and there are lace holes that represent the electrons in their shells for the atom. The center is the nucleus. (The author mentions that you can adjust this pattern to be whatever atom you’d like but it’s been so long since I took any chemistry I will just have to stick to what’s already been spelled out for me.)

I mostly knit on this while watching a movie I’ve seen a million times already or listen to a podcast. The stitches are so tiny that anytime I have to actually pay attention or count anything I have to hunker down and squint at my needles to see the stitches. (The deep, dark green needles make it especially easy to pick out each of the individual dark blue stitches. This is what we call planning ahead, people!)

I don’t really have a cohesive way to end this so…. HERE MOAR PICTURES!

IMG_7197This is to show the thinness of the yarn in question along with how HONKING BIG THE SPOOL I HAVE OF IT IS. I could make maybe 500 more of these shawls and still have yarn to spare. PLUS I have a spool this big in dark green and beige (ack!)

IMG_6296Some detail of the shawl. The center (towards the right) is supposed to be the nucleus and towards the left we get the electron shells, complete with an electron in the front and center! You see it, right? Right? Please tell me you see it. *sobs*

IMG_2527This is the work-in-progress cabled scarf made of 100% wool that I abandoned to work on this new project. I think it’s been sitting on my shelf, untouched since at least April. I know it’s so close to done but… It’s suuummmerrrrr… It’s hoooooot. I’ll work on it again when it stops being in the 100’s or 90’s around here.

IMG_3393Detail from the scarf. I love cabling. It looks all fancy and complicated but it’s surprisingly easy. This pattern comes from a magazine I bought of patterns inspired by Harry Potter.

(Does anyone else get this weird like, extra loose spacey looking stuff in the stitches when you transition from one DPN to the next? I swear, I try to knit tighter in those spots and keep the yarn from being loose but I still end up with a finished product where you can clearly tell where each needle was. GAH!)