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Coming Clean

As I told you in my last post, there are Things that I have been keeping from you. Time to come clean, I suppose, before we can move forward.

Firstly. I have learned to crochet. And I love it. Maryse gave me a lesson at knit night a few weeks ago, and I am hooked (groan). (sorry, I am a total cheezeball.)

Here is a picture of my first little sampler swatch:

Nothing special, just rows of single crochet and double crochet, except I now have the skill set to make one of these, or these. That’s really the only decision left. Babette vs. Granny Square Blanket. Feel free to weigh in, I am susceptible to good arguments and peer pressure.

Secondly. I am pregnant again. Good news on all fronts: strong heartbeat, nausea is gone, energy is back, and I am not filled with the bottomless, irrational rage that came with my first pregnancy. So I don’t expect this blog to become a pit of darkness for the next 6 months. Lucky for all of us, really.

Thirdly. I have hardly been crafting this past month. (See “Secondly”) I have, however, gotten back on the horse this week with the most unlikely of my crafty pursuits: Sewing. I expect to finish my project today, and am excited to have something real to post soon.

Fourthly. No secret to anyone who has read this blog before I moved to NYC, but holy god I hate February with the fury of a thousand blizzards. I mean, really, it was Negative Five (absolute, not windchill. Windchill was Negative Twenty.) (Fahrenheit not Celsius.) the other morning when we woke up. There are many things that I am doing to mitigate my dread of its arrival, and one is to try to appreciate the good things that belong to February.

The days are getting noticeably longer, and the sunsets can be glorious.

Now, if only I could feel my toes.

13 Comments Post a comment
  1. Jessica #

    Oh yay! Congratulations, Jackie!! :)

    I feel the exact same way about February- every year at this time I find myself thinking, “why do we live here anyway?” Luckily it passes fairly quickly. I think next year I am going to plan a trip to somewhere warm the 2nd week of Feb.

    February 4, 2010
  2. Melissa #

    Congratulations, that’s great news!!

    February 4, 2010
  3. congratulations! that is such exciting news! crocheted baby things are precious, too!
    i have been thinking about learning to crochet, but keep being reminded of my horrible experiences with it when i was twelve. man, i was no good at it then! ha ha.
    yes, it has been frigid out, and snow doesn’t help. :)

    February 4, 2010
  4. Kate #

    Congrats! February will be over before we know it. I swear the Feb. blahs is the exact reason why the month is so short.

    February 4, 2010
  5. congratulations!!

    I live in NYC and call me crazy, but I wish it was more like winter here. Sure, its cold sometimes, but how about some real snow?! You know what’s nice about cold and snowy – staying inside, cozy and knitting.

    February 4, 2010
  6. Congratulations! Feb. is also my least favourite month which is why I try and leave Canada for at least 1/4 of it!

    February 4, 2010
  7. Manise #

    Congratulations Jackie! I was starting to wonder along those lines. :-)

    One of the good things that belong to February is SPA. Granted it’s at the end of the month. Seeing the sun rise sooner and with lovely colors too is something I have been noticing too.

    That sunset of yours is spectacular.

    February 4, 2010
  8. Congrats! I think the big benefits to Feb are fires and warm drinks like tea and fancy coffee — and sweaters. Have fun crocheting, Thea

    February 4, 2010
  9. that is one stunning sunset! i remember the night! hope all is well up the street!
    congrats! i love babies!

    February 4, 2010
  10. Wonderful news! Congratulations! I vote Babette (but then I’ve always loved February, so what do I know?).

    February 4, 2010
  11. YAY–congratulations! Both on the pregnancy AND learning to crochet. :) Babbette is gorgeous and it tempts me too, but I don’t think I’ll ever have the energy to crochet all those pieces, sew them together, and weave in all the ends. My hexagon blanket is taking me literally years because of all the pieces and the ends and… omg. I say go with the big granny for now. :)

    February 4, 2010
  12. Congratulations, Jackie! :) I am so excited for you, and I am glad that both you and baby are doing well.
    I am about to learn how to crochet too! I just bought a couple of books, hooks, and Cotton-Ease.

    February 6, 2010
  13. Kristen #


    I’m a, well, a little behind and had NO idea about the second little one until just now – but congrats!

    (and I’ve yet to meet EJ…which makes me so damn sad. I miss being able to up and go visit people, and see friends and babe’s. I’ve yet to meet Sam too, and the last time I saw B? he was just mastering walking.)

    I’ll try and be better at keeping up – congrats again :)

    March 22, 2010

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