Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Knitting the Time Away

In an effort to keep worry at bay, I've kept busy with knitting projects. Yesterday I finished a Yoda Sweater for my stepbrother's baby boy who is due in March. It was so easy to knit, but it was my first time working with cotton. Cotton is great for babies because it is machine washable and very soft. But it turns out that it can be a pain to knit with since any change in tension can show up in the stitches. Overall though I'm pretty happy with it, and I just started a matching hat with the leftover yarn.

I also finished my first sock. It is not the best looking sock ever as I kept forgetting to knit through the back loop in the proper places. However at some point I realized that I had to press on despite the mistakes as I would never get it finished otherwise. I've now started on sock #2, and I'm about half way through the ribbing at the top. Let's just hope #2 doesn't take me 4 months like #1 did!

On the baby-growing front (as opposed to the baby-making front) I have noticed a little cramping today. It was a bit worrisome, but Dr. Google (I know I said I'd stay away, but it is just so hard!) says this is normal as the placenta is digging in to the uterine lining and setting up camp for the next 9 months. And since I'm determined not to drive myself crazy with nervousness, I'm doing my best to ignore any sensation below my waist and trying to distract myself with hobbies.

14 comments:

Jaime and Chris said...

The sweater looks great! At least you will have one sock with this super cold weather :) Maybe you can just switch feet every twenty minutes, or just put on a mismatched sock.

Glad to hear that my little neice/nephew is setting up camp.

babytlc said...

Jen,

You haven't told Mel yet. I have been looking for the announcement. :o)

jenn said...

that is such a cute sweater! I love it!

Congrats on the great second number!

nancy said...

I had hard core cramping with my first pregnancy (and ~none~ with my second). The cramping was so worrisome that I landed myself in the ER at 7 weeks because I was terrified something was wrong - and then felt like an idiot because even if I was miscarrying, there was nothing they could do to stop it.

But those cramps are the little girl giggling in the room right next to me right now at this very instant.

Katie said...

Cramping is not only fine, it's a great sign! I know it's worrisome, but it's completely normal.

The only time to worry is if there is any spotting, but that's not going to be an issue!

Kathy V said...

The sweater and the one sock look good. Hopefully the hat and the matching sock look just as good and don't take as long. I hope everything is going well in there? Do you have an appointment before the scheduled ultrasound?

Jen said...

Thanks ladies for the reassurance on the cramping! And Kathy I'm afraid there are no more appointments for me until the 12th. So I'm just going to have to be patient I guess. Too bad that is not my strong suit!

Lauren said...

Congrats on your pregnancy! I just read back through your last few posts. Very exciting!
And I love the green sweater. How long have you been knitting?

Kelly said...

The sweater looks great!! So does the sock! I think it would take me a couple of years to make something like that!!

You have to admit that Tom Brady is way cuter than Brett Favre!! Favre is an amazing quarterback but Tom Brady is the whole package! Minus the whole personal life saga!! :) ha ha ha

Jen said...

Lauren - I learned to knit about 4 years ago, but it is only during the past year that I've been doing it with some intensity.

Kel - Maybe Tom Brady is better looking, but the ego gets in the way for me, LOL!

Nicky said...

I had to work really hard to distract myself before my week 7 ultrasound, and every ache and cramp gave me pause. Hang in there!

Also: please, Favre is way better than Brady! Brady is so freaking smug, and never seems to be having fun, while Favre is a true pleasure to watch. (But then, I grew up in WI and actually own several cheeseheads, so I may be a bit biased.)

Barb said...

You are such a gifted knitter. You seem to pick up this stuff so darn quickly!! I wish I could pick it up so fast!

Melissa said...

Cute knits!!!
Sending the best, happiest, stickiest baby vibes your way. =)

Missy said...

I'm just catching up on your blogs and was excited to learn of your condition. Congratulations!