Friday, March 24, 2006

Good News

Just got the results from the doctor, and no sign of gestational diabetes. Woo Hoo!! It would have been hard for a vegetarian to travel and not be able to eat bread or potatoes. Not to mention the irony of going to Denmark, and not being able to partake in Danish pastry.

The Trip

Here's a map of the places we're visiting in Scandinavia. Please try to ignore the fact that it looks like a serial killer drew it.

Rough Itinerary By Day
1 - Land in Oslo
3 - Drive toward coast
4 - Arrive Alesund
5 - Head toward great-grandfather's birthplace
6 - Meet relatives and explore area
8 - Drive to Bergen
9 - Catch ferry to Denmark
10 - Take train to Copenhagen
13 - Catch train to Stockholm
16 - Fly home

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

My First Tapestry

I'm taking a tapestry weaving class, and this is my first sampler. It's about 9" x 6" and I mounted it on fabric stretched over a frame.

Here's a close-up. These are closer to the true colors.

Friday, March 10, 2006

Baby FAQs

Hopefully it isn't a shock to anyone I've directed here that I'm having a baby. And because I've become really lax in communicating by phone or mail lately (sorry) here are some facts:

• Estimated Due Date: July 12th 2006
• Gender: Male. Genetically confirmed by CVS, visually confirmed on ultrasound
• Name: Kenneth Edward III (after his father and grandfather)
• How I am doing: Health is good. Worry level is elevated
• Housing Situation: We are staying here, and the office/sewing room is becoming office/nursery, the dining room will now house a sewing machine
• Stuff for him: We registered at Target and the Baby Center Store (links on bar at right)
• Will there be obligatory belly photos here?: Maybe. In the meantime here's an obligatory ultrasound at 19 weeks

Søre Sunnmørebunaden

I mentioned in a previous post that I'm going to purchase part of my bunad kit when we're in Norway next month. It is the one on the right, with cross-stiched apron. I've left the Virga bunad, which is similar, so you can see the reticule (purse), and that the vest is red or orange.

Photo from: "Norges Bunader og Samiske Folkedrakter" by Heidi Fossnes Cappelen

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Fashion Victim #1

Me!!! Socks are for cold weather, sandals are for warm. There were perfectly good hiking boots in the tent. Hey, at least I wasn't wearing shorts.

My sister and I report in to each other about unfortunate fashion victims we spot. There are just as many victims in Idaho as there are in San Francisco. Strangely, there are just as many pairs of Uggs in this maritime climate as in icy Idaho. I hope to post renderings of the most tragic cases in the future. I don't have a cell phone camera, and would feel creepy actually taking photos.

I just want to point out that we are not making fun of people, just reporting crimes. It happens to all of us, the clothes, they lie. "It's okay to wear me in public, Target calls me "pyjama pants", not "pyjamas." Thousands have been tricked by smooth-talking sleepwear that was dying to get out off the house. That is why we call them fashion "victims", not fashion "criminals".

Monday, March 06, 2006

More Baby Headgear

I liked the strawberry hat so much, that I decided to make one for our friends' new baby. Found out via his dad's blog that said baby has the nickname "Tomato Boy".

Ta Da.

No Gold but Two F.O.'s

I did not receive a gold in the Knitting Olympics. Which is not to say I did not try. Here's the progress I made on the sweater, in my opinion, the hardest part - the colorwork on the body from the hem up (including extra inch that gets turned up to make a scalloped edge). The rest is solid black except for the sleeves, which have more colorwork, but are done in the round, so no purling.

In addition, I finished making this tote bag, which I started about three years ago. It even survived a move. Note the piping.

And finally, I knit this hat for a friend who is due to have a baby any day.