I went to the Yarn Basket in Carroll today to look for Karen's Christmas present. I couldn't decide on a color, much less a yarn, but I did espy many a thing I would like for myself. Dream in Color has a beautiful colorway that looks exactly like a sunset cloud; all peach with delicate streaks of pink. I was good, however, and didn't buy anything for me. I also didn't buy anything for Karen, because I am indecisive, especially when it comes to matters of other people's taste.
My friend (pseudo-sister, bridesmaid) Jenn requested flip-top mittens for Christmas. Why do I agree to knit things for other people? Choosing the yarn for her was easy, though. I didn't even have to leave Wal-Mart. She wants red and dark purple. I bought a skein of Dark Plum Simply Soft on my lunch break, and I have a skein of Autumn Red Simply Soft at home. It was going to be roses on a shawl for my mom, but that project is on the back-burner for now (because I started it and hated it). I already have a pattern for convertible mittens in Stitch and Bitch: Nation, and bless the designer, it's for bulky weight yarn. I can knit very, very fast with two strands of yarn held together.
Mom's mittens are aaaaalmost done - just two more rows on the thumb, cast off, weave in ends, block. (Ha ha, I think I'm going to block something for once in my life).
I've been on a pretty steady emotional high since the ultrasound and the following appointment. The midwife, in trying to find the top of my uterus, commented that it was difficult because of my tight abs. I drily (if bemusedly) thanked her. My secret, folks? Spending all day trying to hold my stomach in because I think I look more fat than pregnant. It doesn't do much in the way of actually trimming my waistline, but it's good for the muscles underneath. Now if I could just be as diligent about Kegels.
In trying to find the baby's heartbeat (which used to be my favorite part of the visit, and now I dread), she got another surprise - he kicked the doppler wand hard enough for her to feel it. She made Ryan come over to feel it. According to her, while it's normal for me to feel kicks around this time, it's really unusual for anyone else to do so (particularly, I imagine, given my thick layer of padding and sexy ab muscles).
Gabriel was a fierce kicker, too.