18 May 2012

Rabbits and Dragons and pumpkins, oh my!

I have been busy as a bee lately. Since the box with my WIPs/UFOs is buried underneath other boxes, I have been trying to work on things that I come across, at least until we get a better system going on in the house. This is what I've scavenged from the detritus.

Above is a very sweet floss tag I started from The Needle's Content. She offered these charts in 2009, as a series you could purchase and have sent to you. I don't know if they are still available, but I really enjoy this one. It was a bit pricey to kit up the set of charts with Gentle Art, but I really love how the colors work, especially on this ivory Jobelan I bought. It's probably going to be a challenge for me to assemble this, but I don't think it's unachievable.

I rounded up all the parts of Icy Dragon and am also working on getting him finished:
 He has been a two year WIP, and I was doing him as a SAL with Riona. Well, that got to put the side when I took that new job last year, but maybe this new work at home schedule is just the impetus that I need to get him done. Really, there isn't that much left to do as it is.  Just finishing the clouds and border, beading it, and a little more outlining. I can do that. Piece of cake!
And my bunnies are done. I just love how this turned out. The perfect balance of rustic and elegant. I did have to frog quite a bit because of the linen, but I still love it (the linen, that is). 

I am probably going to have to ask Left-brain to reorganize the office/storage room so that I can get to the UFO box again. I have some stuff out, but not that much. I realize, I am probably not going to have a lot of stitching time after Babygirl comes, but I have heard babies sleep a lot that first month or so after they come, so I don't know. I don't want to stop the forward progress.

As far as she goes, we had another ultrasound on Tuesday. She is turning into a Chunka-monk, all the way up to 5 pounds now, with 7 weeks left to gain weight. She moves A LOT; we were hooked up the monitor at the doctor's office and she was squirming like crazy. She got a case of the hiccups that was so bad she was doing it for 5 minutes or so; the doctor thought that there was something wrong with the machine. Nope, just my kid! They have been hassling me about my weight, not because I gained too much, but that I haven't gained any weight. I can only do what I can do, and the low-carb diet is not exactly conducive to weight gain. The baby is growing--the only pre-baby clothes that fit anymore are sweatpants and my big t-shirts--I'm just not getting big, but I did have a lot of fat she can have.

 My baby shower is tomorrow, and I am pretty excited about that, at least a little bit because one of my best friends is coming into town and I haven't seen her since my wedding (we had been discussing a trip to Kentucky before the baby came, but hadn't firmed up plans, and then the baby happened, and a 10 hour car trip was not happening). I think we may go to the movies, probably Dark Shadows, but not sure yet. She said she could help me get the room ready, but it's as ready as it's going to be til the couch leaves. Besides, it's a vacation for her, not a working trip. i want her to enjoy the limited pleasures of Metro Crazyville, LOL.

So that is all that is going on here. I hope that everyone is enjoying a nice week, and has exciting weekend plans.


Julie M said...

How nice that you get to see your friend and that she gets to attend your baby shower!

I didn't gain but 12 pounds with my middle child. She made me sick the entire 9 months of her pregnancy, not to the point of vomiting but enough so I didn't eat a whole lot.

Great stitching! Get it done while you can because although baby girl will sleep you will want to sleep while she does or you will be doing things like laundry and cleaning.

Have a great weekend!

valerie said...

Great stitching Rachel! Have fun at your baby shower tomorrow!

Cathy Pavlovich said...

Glad all is going well with you and the little one. Love the updates. Your stitching is beautiful. The rabbits are wonderful!

Siobhán said...

The stitching looks great! Good for you on the weight stuff. I had a friend who did WW throughout her pregnancy--started it while pregnant! I should have done that, but was pregnant with my eldest when my father died unexpectedly. I gained 11 lbs that month. :( I am glad to hear that baby girl is doing well!

Carol said...

Wonderful stitching, Rachel... I love the little floss tag, and, of course, your adorable bunny finish!!

Hope you had a wonderful time at your shower--gosh, the time is growing nearer, isn't it? Enjoy the remainder of your pregnancy :)

I do my thing and you do yours. I am not in this world to live up to your expectations, and you are not in this world to live up to mine. You are you and I am I, and if by chance we find each other, then it is beautiful. If not, it can’t be helped--Frederick Perls