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Giving this blog some much needed love.

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I’ve been very lazy about writing in this blog. Several times over the past few weeks I’ve thought about WordPress, but then went to Facebook or Tumblr instead. I just didn’t feel inspired to write anything. It felt like it would be a chore.

Fortunately, crafting isn’t a chore to me! I’ve been working on a crocodile stitch messenger bag, from a pattern I found on Ravelry. I mostly started working on it because I can’t stand the fact that my current purse cannot be slung over my chest. I almost feel naked that I cannot do this.

Here is the progress…

Also, I’ve been been inspired to draw, which feels wonderful. Here is a blurry picture of a sketch that I plan to scan later and turn into a Photoshopped masterpiece…

Ch-ch-changes!

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lilah in the sun

More than a few interesting and awesome things are happening to my baby, and it’s all part of her (sadly and happily) growing.

One tooth, a central incisor, is now obviously coming it. When I feel it with my finger, it’s very much like a scissor. I am a little nervous when I feed her, because she has been keen to bite down before she latches off. However, I am not going to let any amount of teeth stop me from continuing to breastfeed.

As for being able to get around on her own, Lilah can successfully scoot backwards until she bumps into something. She can also get on her hands and knees and rock back and forth. I am not sure how far away crawling would be at this point. It’s always possible that she will just skip crawling, but who knows?

As far as personality goes, my baby is certainly a screecher. My little pterodactyl loves to let out her crazy sounds anywhere and everywhere. Some people assume that she is doing this because she is upset, but she is certainly smiling and having a good time just testing and exploring her vocals. Also, she now goes “BA BA BA BA BA” over and over sometimes, and it’s so cute when she does.

I can’t wait to see how much she will change, and I bet I will be even more shocked by how quickly the changes occur.

Speaking of baby, I have completed some Lilah-oriented crafts recently…

toy hammock

A humble abode for her stuffed animals. I completely forgot about these hammocks until I came across this pattern. Then it all came rushing back, and I remembered how I had one of these in my room when I was little. I just HAD to crochet one! ^_^

wristlet

On the Raverly website I came across a pattern for baby wristwarmers. It was a pretty fast crochet project, taking only about 30 minutes. I put them on Lilah and they were the perfect size!

As for my next baby-oriented project, I was really thinking about crocheting a poncho!

(several) missions complete!

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Oh look, how epic! My neighbor showed me how to use a sewing machine, and little by little over the past two weeks, she helped guide me in assembling this, a dress for my Lilah. Of course she needs to grow into it some, but I am so happy with the result!!

I made a Flower Hot Pad for learning some new skills in crocheting, but it turned out quite a bit differently than in the photo of the finished product. Oh well…

Then I made a 30 minute baby hat, which was my instant gratification project… cute, huh?

Oh yes, and I am STILL working on the wavy baby blanket…

Finally… a craft?!

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Well, I’ve certainly gotten lazy about posting now, haven’t I?

I can’t believe it’s May already. I can’t believe Lilah is approaching her half year birthday! There are a lot of things happening around me, and it’s all happening so fast. Truly is the case that time flows faster as one grows older. (Something I always heard growing up, but never took seriously… until I experienced it!)

After Lilah and I got over our colds, I finally had the strength and a little bit of extra free time after she went to bed for the night, to begin pursuing my beloved hobby of crocheting. I’ve been crocheting almost a year now, all thanks to my wonderful crochet master sister teaching me the way! ^_^

So far I’ve… started working on a doily, then abruptly stopped 3/4 of the way through it to work on a headwrap for my cousin. I had so much fun making the headwrap that I made 2 more, one of which I was very displeased with.

Now, I’ve started working on a blanket based on this pattern. I discovered it last year, but now that my sister has allowed me to delve into her yarn preserves, I’ve decided to give it another try. Here’s what it looks like so far…

I’m just going to rotate colors throughout the whole blanket. Next up is orange, then pink, then I’ll fit blue in there somewhere. Basically a nice bright rainbow. I can’t wait to finish it! Seriously… I can’t wait! I wish I could finish it in one night. @_@

GRANNY SQUARES FOR EVERYONE!

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If you were wondering, this is what 22 granny squares looks like piled up on top of each other. Looks like a lot, huh? Well I am not even halfway! EJrkwefaklwsvfsndlk!!! O_<

That's okay. Making them is fun, but I can't wait to see the final product when it is complete. Sometimes I wonder what I am even crocheting this damn Weekend in Stockholm throw for, because it's so darn girly where the heck would I put it when I don't even have a couch to throw it on!? At least I know at the end I will have made something totally cool that my daughter can have when she gets older.

Speaking of my daughter, who is still inside of me for not too much longer, I have been working on tiny pink squares for a baby blanket. I do them when I need a break from the much bigger squares.

I think they look cute and bohemian-like, and it is going to crochet up way more fast than those darn stockholm squares!

First successful adult-size crochet hat.

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After some agony over yarn and sizing, including studying many different crochet patterns for hats, I finally came to a comfortable place in which I can just make hats on my own now. It helped having some background in knitting as well, to know when things get misshapen or weird.

I have always liked this style of hat, with the little flaps and the cords that people usually just leave untied. I had made a knit style of one once, but it looked ridiculous because of the bright red color I used and it was a tad too small. Since it is that time of the year, and the snow has finally stuck to the ground, I decided to try my hand at crocheting an adult-sized version of the hat. I have already crocheted a baby-sized version that I haven’t shown off yet because I still want to add some cat ears to it. ^_^

Aren't the colors groovy?

Aren’t the colors groovy? It’s soft as well. Took about a day to make it, putting my crochet down and picking it up again several times, including having to unravel almost the entire thing the first time I tried because it was a bit too big. >_>

Highlights of my birthday yesterday…

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1.) Getting blood drawn to check for my iron levels at my appointment. The midwives that I see are all very nice people. The midwife I saw today gave me a hug when I told her it was my birthday. Also, I got a free stainless steel water bottle, but not sure if my birthday had anything to do with that. 😛

2.) The first snow here in Fairbanks also occured. It melted by the time the day was over. Then this morning it was looking pretty promising as snow-free, but then that quickly changed and it started to snow again, and it hasn’t stopped since. I don’t really like the winter all too much, even though I’ve lived in Alaska most of my life, and grew up in pretty much the most snow-ridden place during the winter: Valdez. I remember opening the front door in the morning and there would be about 4 feet of snow blocking the way outside.

3.) My boyfriend Justin and I went to Denny’s for dinner. We pretty much never go out to eat because we are trying to save up as much as possible, but of course because it was a *sparkle* special day *sparkle* we had to. We both had burgers, and I had no idea why the heck I ordered a double cheeseburger of all things. I thought after I took my first bite into it: “Way too much meat! Dripping everywhere! Cannot fit in my mouth!” I also got a chocolate milkshake, which was pretty tasty, but I noticed that Denny’s doesn’t give you extra anymore like they used to. Five dollars just to have a tiny glass? When you mofos’ used to give me the tiny glass AND the metal thing you mixed it in?! Milkshake was enjoyed anyway.

4.) I got to buy some yarn with a gift card that Justin’s parents gave me. To me, one of the most fun and refreshing things I can do is just stand there and stare at all of the yarn, then reach my hand out to feel the textures, to admire the colors. Then based upon that, I try to envision what sort of awesome blankets, hats, bags, baby stuff, etc. I could make with it. This envisioning part usually never goes too far, because at that point I would have already grabbed about 5 yarn skeins, mainly Red Heart because it’s the cheapest. Justin had to literally drag me away from the yarn isle because I wouldn’t have budged for at least another half hour. The good thing is that now I probably have enough yarn to finish crocheting that Weekend In Stockholm throw I have mentioned before, that I started back in July.

A rare walk alone.

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Here is a picture from my walk today. I normally never go for walks by myself, but I was told by the midwife the other day that I should be walking at least 2-3 times a week to get my baby positioned correctly for birth.

Usually I will not go for walks unless someone goes with me. Today I just threw on my walking shoes, headed outside and walked to the nearest nature place I could think of: creamer’s field. There are a bunch of geese there right now, and it’s fun to listen to them talking to each other. I wonder how well she heard them, being inside of me. I definitely want to show her the geese when she is old enough to appreciate them.

The walk there I kept sniffling from the morning chill, and there was also the glare of the rising sun in my eyes. So basically I squinted the whole way there, but didn’t have to on the way back. It was also noticeably warmer, probably because the sun was on my back. I was actually sweating pretty hardcore.

I was feeling moody before I left for the walk, but when I got back I felt a lot better. I am guessing that it’s my late pregnancy hormones ready to bite anyone who irritates me. Anything I can do to make that subside is a good.

So I stopped crocheting cold turkey, not because I had to, or wanted to. I just did. My addiction is slowly morphing back over to drawing again, so that is what I have been doing the past couple of days. When I get some more white yarn I will finally finish the Weekend in Stockholm throw that I started two months ago. It will be the first blanket I ever completed.