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14. November 2014 13:40
by Jobo
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Survival Knitting…

14. November 2014 13:40 by Jobo | 0 Comments

My children are adorable… the cutest little munchkins ever.  ‘Kat’ is 5 months, and ‘Bear’ is one month short of 3 years old.  They are sweet and smart and funny…

But Dude… they don’t seem to sleep much! 

When I`m overtired… I have a hard time keeping up in general.  This has been a challenging week.  I do pretty well on 4 hours sleep a night… but this week it`s been even less than that.  Iced Coffee is my BFF.

I love being creative and making things up as I go.  I love modifying patterns and tweaking things to add my own flair.  I daydream and scheme spinning, knitting and yarny things around the clock.  I get excited and talk too fast and too much about my fibery aspirations.  I get all worked up about my hobbies!

When I am this tired though… I can hardly butter toast.

Enter the realm of survival knitting

Sometimes I just need a project to follow row by row.  Something that I don`t try and jazz up.  I follow the pattern exactly as written.  I have to mark the rows I’ve completed in the margin, and make notes of any counts or measurements so I can remember how to make the second of a pair. 

This kind of knitting isn’t challenging – it`s comforting and calming. 

It doesn't charge me up – it relaxes me and makes me feel like I am accomplishing something small in my chaotic day.

Some days all I get is 15 or 20 minutes… but these short bursts of “survival knitting” are what`s keeping me sane.  Ok.  The knitting and the chocolate. 

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Do you ever craft to “Survive”?  Tell me about it either in the comments below, or head on over to JoboDesigns on Facebook!  (remember to “like” the page while you are there!)

 

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17. June 2011 12:17
by Jobo
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Excuses, Excuses... and an announcement!

17. June 2011 12:17 by Jobo | 0 Comments

The last few months, I've been going on about how my knitting mojo has been iffy, and how I've been tired.  Well, there has actually been something going on with me, but I wasn't able to share it with you all before now.  Honestly, I don't even know how to tell you now what the whole thing has been about... because it is just such a monumental and wonderful thing!  (wonderful!  There... now you can stop thinking I'm in big trouble or something.)

So, I guess the best way to get it out there is to just blurt it out.  We're going to have a baby.  Yes folks, a Baby! 

The first trimester has been a bit of a trying experience.  I've known since very early on, since this was a very planned and very wanted baby, so it's been exceptionally hard to keep the secret.  I've had a lot of "morning sickness" from about 5 weeks on (hah "morning".... more like all-day-sickness) which I actually had to get help for.  I wasn't vomiting so much, but feeling like I could/should/might vomit all the time.  I've heard people explain that they were very exhausted in the first number of months... for me the exhaustion is like nothing I've ever felt before.  I've felt tired before, but this kind of exhaustion is so much more than just a hard-days-work tired.  I'm usually a night owl, and lately I'm ready to fall asleep much before 11 pm.   Since starting the nausea medication (which is a complete lifesaver) things are coming around quite a bit better.  Most days I almost feel like a real person again.  My husband might argue that point.  His wife has turned into an even wimpier, hormonal mess who cries over baby commercials, ice cream, and generally unimportant things.  Maybe when we get a little further along I'll get to feeling more like myself again.

This coming Sunday marks 14 weeks - and the little beast is doing great!  We've had several doctor's visits, tests and bloodwork, and lots of questionnaires.  All results are coming back boring and ordinary - exactly what you want to hear in this kind of situation.  In the office last week, Marky and I got to hear the little one's heart beat for the first time.  That little swish-swish-swish-swish sound was music to our ears!  I was disappointed I didn't get to listen for very long, but it was *there* all steady and regular. 

So do you have your calculator out now?  are you trying to calculate out the dates?  I'll save you the trouble!  The baby should arrive around December 20th... just before Christmas.  Unless of course the little Martian is anything like his dad, he will likely be "late" and we will be one of the lucky families to spend the holidays in the local Labor and Delivery department at the hospital.  Honestly, I don't care when he/she gets here... as long as everyone is happy and healthy.

So while none of my old clothes fit, and the belly is starting to grow a little each day.... I'm hoping that my energy will return for Act 2, and that the rest of this pregnancy will also be as boring and ordinary as possible!

There I finally said it!  Jobo is going to be a Mommy :)

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