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30. June 2011 14:03
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Sunny Summer Days on P.E.I.

30. June 2011 14:03 by Jobo | 0 Comments

I think summertime is finally arriving here on PEI... with flowers blooming, the garden growing, and even a few warm sunny days too!  My garden is picking up finally... we ate freshly harvested spinach last night, and the lettuce won't be too far behind.  I can't wait for the yellow beans, tomatoes, herbs, and other plants to catch up though.  I'm still knitting a bit, but photography is a challenge since all I have is my iPhone to snap pictures with.  I've almost finished the baby hat I started earlier in the week, and my Purse-socks are almost done too... I'll have to be coming up with something new to work on soon :)  Maybe over the weekend.

Pei Lupins June 2011 Lupins in the ditch on the way home...

sunny day PEI June

Blue Skies and Red Fields... in Cherry Valley.  Love the wispy clouds!

28. June 2011 05:47
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Electric Orange Handspun Mittens

28. June 2011 05:47 by Jobo | 0 Comments

    • Orange_Mittens_web_thumbs_medium2 I had some odds and ends of dyed Merino and Mohair Locks… and some very VERY bright orange merino roving leftover from last year’s “Spin Wild” Maritime Handspinner’s Retreat… So I carded some technicolor batts, with Orange as a base, and whatever odds and ends matched the Red, Yellow, Orange, Black, kitchen sink. 
    • The Fiber was carded on my Strauch Petite, with much gusto, and little thought or planning.  I unfortunately forgot to photograph the batts...
  • The Yarn was spun extra chunky on an Ashford Traveler, and plied back upon itself instead of leaving as singles
  • The leftover screaming orange Merino was spun in a similar manner (what else was I going to use it for?)
  • The Mittens:  a makeshift pattern
  • -Cuffs in K1P1 Ribbing, cast on 22 stitches, 7 rows
  • -Knit 10 rows plain, then knit 3 stitches in waste yarn a-la-Elizabeth-Zimmermann thumb technique, then knit up approximately 14 rows and decreased like a usual mitten top (K2 K2Tog around, 1 row plain, then K1 K2Tog around, 1 row plain, K2tog around, draw through.)
    -Thumbs: 7 stitches picked up (3 bottom, 4 top) from the stitches after the waste yarn was removed, knit 8 rows, and drew through. Results: VERY orange Mittens…. hopefully some kid decides they really like Orange, and I can give these away. They aren’t as ugly as I thought they would be, but not exactly my style either!
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17. June 2011 12:17
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Excuses, Excuses... and an announcement!

17. June 2011 12:17 by Jobo | 0 Comments

The last few months, I've been going on about how my knitting mojo has been iffy, and how I've been tired.  Well, there has actually been something going on with me, but I wasn't able to share it with you all before now.  Honestly, I don't even know how to tell you now what the whole thing has been about... because it is just such a monumental and wonderful thing!  (wonderful!  There... now you can stop thinking I'm in big trouble or something.)

So, I guess the best way to get it out there is to just blurt it out.  We're going to have a baby.  Yes folks, a Baby! 

The first trimester has been a bit of a trying experience.  I've known since very early on, since this was a very planned and very wanted baby, so it's been exceptionally hard to keep the secret.  I've had a lot of "morning sickness" from about 5 weeks on (hah "morning".... more like all-day-sickness) which I actually had to get help for.  I wasn't vomiting so much, but feeling like I could/should/might vomit all the time.  I've heard people explain that they were very exhausted in the first number of months... for me the exhaustion is like nothing I've ever felt before.  I've felt tired before, but this kind of exhaustion is so much more than just a hard-days-work tired.  I'm usually a night owl, and lately I'm ready to fall asleep much before 11 pm.   Since starting the nausea medication (which is a complete lifesaver) things are coming around quite a bit better.  Most days I almost feel like a real person again.  My husband might argue that point.  His wife has turned into an even wimpier, hormonal mess who cries over baby commercials, ice cream, and generally unimportant things.  Maybe when we get a little further along I'll get to feeling more like myself again.

This coming Sunday marks 14 weeks - and the little beast is doing great!  We've had several doctor's visits, tests and bloodwork, and lots of questionnaires.  All results are coming back boring and ordinary - exactly what you want to hear in this kind of situation.  In the office last week, Marky and I got to hear the little one's heart beat for the first time.  That little swish-swish-swish-swish sound was music to our ears!  I was disappointed I didn't get to listen for very long, but it was *there* all steady and regular. 

So do you have your calculator out now?  are you trying to calculate out the dates?  I'll save you the trouble!  The baby should arrive around December 20th... just before Christmas.  Unless of course the little Martian is anything like his dad, he will likely be "late" and we will be one of the lucky families to spend the holidays in the local Labor and Delivery department at the hospital.  Honestly, I don't care when he/she gets here... as long as everyone is happy and healthy.

So while none of my old clothes fit, and the belly is starting to grow a little each day.... I'm hoping that my energy will return for Act 2, and that the rest of this pregnancy will also be as boring and ordinary as possible!

There I finally said it!  Jobo is going to be a Mommy :)

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