You say Tomato, I say Tomahto

Posted on Mar 19, 2007. 16 comments

A year ago this week I discovered I was pregnant. I won't print my first words after discovery here as I don't think my child would appreciate it when she's old enough to read about her incubation period described with two words, the first being "holy" for those who prefer to be in the know.
Pregnancy and having a baby is much like unknit yarn.
A seemingly blank slate. Some parts determined by innate characteristics, others by the knitters in charge.
Before you know it the project has taken on a life of it's own, in much the same way you develop your own parenting style. Reading about the techniques and tricks, ciphering through them and finding what works for you. Tucking away the good well meaning advice for later, and discarding the bad.
You find yourself doing things you never imagined, things that non-knitters would never understand. Some (and by some I mean the Husband) brave souls would even refer to you as crazier than a junebug and list the perils of your technique. (The Rest are smart enough to have the decency to judge you behind your back).
You (and by you, I mean me) wake up at 4:30am just to think about my big project. Is it well? Developing according to schedule? Do others find it as lovely as you?
All while you contentedly sit doused in baby spit up (or you know, bits of wayward mohair, or possibly both), hopped up on coffee yet still bleary eyed from lack of substantive sleep, looking like a candidate for a basic cable make over show.
If I could talk to myself last year at this time I would say "Self, go buy as much yarn as you can it is so totally worth the trouble." In another year, or in ten years, or twenty when I look back at this time I hope I'll say: Damn, I did good.


  • Posted by Carrie K on Mar 25, 2007

    She’s so adorable! Enjoy the non verbal years!(and by non verbal, I mean the time when you know perfectly well she’s dissing you but you can pretend her gurgles mean something else). :)
    Is Miss Maya still enjoying her classes? Helping with the thesis?

  • Posted by Kasturi on Mar 29, 2007

    I love the look of that skein of yarn, and I also love Ms. Maya’s serious look. The diagonal knit piece looks great, and I expect Ms. Maya will evolve beautifully as well.
    I’m finding the small print difficult to read – sheez, one measly year and what has happened to my eyes? – so I think I missed some of the important words. Anyway, whatever it is, it looks good!

  • Posted by Laura on Mar 30, 2007

    OK, I’m back with a second comment in 2 minutes! You just have to check out my blog from yesterday. I swear I did not see yours first! It was part of my warn Sarah what’s coming series! :)

  • Posted by Annie on Mar 22, 2007

    She is adorable!! SO cute! Love the dress… and you’re doing great!

  • Posted by joanm on Mar 22, 2007

    Maya looks so perfect. Sorry I haven’t been by, I have been supporting my daughter through a difficult pregnancy number two, which has about three more weeks for baby cooking. I don’t know where you get time to knit. I’m sure I didn’t when mine were little.

  • Posted by Kim on Mar 20, 2007

    Awesome crochet – that is a lot of work! Great job on your FO Maya. I’ve been having fun watching, and hopefully we will be having similar experiences sometime this year or next year or….

  • Posted by Jenn on Mar 20, 2007

    Yeah, yeah, yeah. You and that blog thingy. I’m working on it. I really am. Unfortunately, I can’t find anything catchy for my titles. I did find one – JennX-stitch: A cross stitch girl in a rock and roll world, which I loved, but of course, it was already taken.
    Plus I am having the raving guilties over not having yet finished Miss Maya’s project, but I am down to the outlining part of it, which I hate. I’m a perfectionist and do outlining block by block so the lines stay neater, and it’s a pain in the ass to do. I promise before she turns a year old, she’ll have it. LOL

  • Posted by Jenn on Mar 19, 2007

    Can you really get her to do the shark thing? That would be AWESOME! :-)

  • Posted by Jennifer on Mar 19, 2007

    So, I’ll ask non-baby questions. Whatcha making? How ya doing? Did you do all that crochet??
    OH…and the doctor “cleared me for takeoff” yesterday. Want to start a pool on how long it takes?
    Oh, and Michelle, ya did good.

  • Posted by Michelle on Mar 20, 2007

    Blogless Jenn-I’ll see what we can come up with. Maya does sort of resemble Dr Evil doesn’t she?
    1. I’m knitting Stonington Shawl by EZ in Knitting Workshop. All garter stitch all the time. I love it.
    2. Grandma made the blanket, isn’t it beautiful?
    3. Well I hope 85-90 years. Are you feeling good?
    4. Thanks! I’d like to think so, especially when she’s crying her wee little eyes out :)

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