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Other Obsessions: Baby Things

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Chevron Baby Blanket, knitted by my friend!

Chevron Baby Blanket, knitted by my friend!

Last Saturday, I hosted our monthly knitting meeting. I've been knitting with these women since I graduated from law school, so we've known each other for more than 5 years! 

About 2 weeks ago, a knitter from our group texted me and asked me to choose a blanket pattern, yarn, and colors. It totally made my day! I went straight to my Favorites on Ravelry, and picked out this Chevron Baby Blanket by Purl Soho, and Knit Picks Wool of Andes Superwash, and picked out colors. I tried to find the colors that were used in the Purl Soho's sample, which were Grass, Avocado, Oyster, Marble and Cobblestone. 

I guess it's not unusual for me to be obsessed with baby things at this point. So far, my husband and I purchased the stroller, which came with an infant carseat, and Pack n Play thing which comes with a napper/bassinet and a changing station. We're going to wait and see if we need a baby crib when the baby is actually here, since so many people said that they never used their crib, and I'm really trying to take the minimalist approach to this baby gear things. Since Logan is our first, we really don't know what we absolutely need, so we would rather wait and see about most things. Especially with our Amazon membership with free two-day shipping (usually we get our things the next day actually), I think we can wait on a lot of things.

We did get a Boppy baby lounger and a  cradle/swing from a friend who just had a baby in August. These things already are filling up our second bedroom! 

And this Saturday we're hosting a small gathering for friends which will unofficially be our baby shower. I know that traditionally, baby showers are arranged by someone else, but with all our family members living abroad and close friends living far away, in addition to my husband and my tendency to keep everything very low profile and casual (like our wedding!), we decided to just do something at home, treat our friends to some delicious treats, since for most of them this would be the first time they're seeing our new-ish home that we moved into 2 years ago. 

Other than that, I'm doing ok. I got to chat with my mom on the phone for a bit before she had to lie down again. She's still feeling very weak. Having a busy to-do list is helping me too, since I don't have a lot of down time to sit and think negative thoughts. And the past few days have been so hot here in So Cal -- 85 deg during the day! And extremely dry. My husband said I was struggling to breathe last night. I eventually got up and made some wet towels to hang around the bed and that helped. Ugh! It's January! Some  might think it's a blessing, but it's still extremely annoying to have to constantly change between shorts/short sleeves and long coats in the same month. My closet is always full and I never really get to wear any of my handknit sweaters.. Not to mention this dry weather is really dangerous around here because of the brushfires and extreme draught. So hopefully the weather forecast is correct and it'll cool down this week. 

Life Things: Knitting brings me joy.

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I have been so tired lately. Between the exponentially growing belly this week and not having any appetite or desire to eat since the beginning of this pregnancy, my body is finally asking for more energy.  I'm sleeping 8 hours a day--something I was never able to do before because of insomnia; and yet by 5pm-ish, I feel like I'm ready for bed again. Heck, I wake up feeling like I should go back to bed already =P 

So lately, my fix has been visiting all the yarn shops in my area. Since I started knitting more seriously 7 years ago, there have been many LYSes that opened, renovated, and closed. I haven't been to a lot of the LYSes in the past 2 years, opting to order stuff online since I worked so much and never had time to go visit shops. 

I live 15 minutes away from Purl Soho's warehouse in Tustin, CA. I heard that when the owners decided to open Purl Soho, one of the owners didn't want to move to NYC, so they decided to keep the warehouse in California. It's not a full-service LYS (no classes, no social knitting circles, etc) but the employees are nice and you can even order stuff online for in-store pick up. When I first found out about the warehouse 3~4 years ago, I thought the yarns were outside my budget but now that I work and can afford nicer yarns, this has been my knitting heaven. I got a new set of Addi's Sock Rockets but had such a wonderful time with all the yarns they carry, especially their own line of yarns. 

Yesterday, I still managed to go to my ballet class in the morning, and I went to a yarn shop right after class. Sheared Sheep has been around for years, I think even before I started knitting seriously. But since they moved to the new location and renovated their website, I needed to pay them a visit. I was not disappointed. Their website is still not complete, but at least the new location is a lot more artsy and cozy. The shop is so beautiful and the plaza has a lot of interior design stores and cafes, it's a perfect place to hang out. 

Visiting both stores this week has cheered me up considerably. This pregnancy has been very very kind to me, physically (and I'm very proud of the fact that I'm still dancing), but emotionally, it has been messy. I don't have mood swings like other women but facing my body image issues and getting to the bottom of my general feelings about motherhood and babies have taken a toll on me. 

Knitting has been the constant source of the healing process. I like the fact that when I'm concentrated on knitting, reading charts, writing patterns, even writing about my knitting on this blog have all helped me feel calm and stress-free. Not to mention, the wonderful people on the Ravelry forum with March due dates! It is so nice to know that Ravelry is not just a knitting help website but so much more. We got designer groups, attorney/law student groups, expecting family groups... Just as the attorney/law student groups helped me through law school and the bar exam, the March due date group people are there for all my questions, concerns, and general venting. :)

So knitting is my thing. I love the community of knitters, shopping experience, and the things I create. It is that one stable thing in my life right now.