the knitted purl

A CT girl's adventures in knitting, marriage, pregnancy and this thing called life. Happy reading...

Wednesday, July 27, 2005

TWO letters from Debbie Bliss!

I'm absolutely thrilled to report.. that in the past 7 days, I have received two personal notes from Debbie Bliss!! As you know, Scott is hand-carving hundreds of needles these days, and I had written to her asking if she'd like to try a set. I was blown away when she actually responded, sending me her home address in London, and a Yes! These are complimentary, of course, and the mere thought that she'd try them is a honor for Scott. She is sending us a signed copy of her new book.

To my Secret Pal 5.. if you are reading this- just you wait.. I'll be sending you the same ones we're sending her as a huge thank you, the minute I find out who you are and what sizes you like!! I can't wait to find out more about you!

Have a COOL day!

Monday, July 18, 2005

My SP5 is the BEST!

I have the BEST secret pal ever!!! She sends the most unique and thoughtful gifts, and knows my taste to a T! I don't know how I got so lucky to have this person be my SP5! Saturday I received a Knitting Journal. It's small enough to carry in my knitting bag, yet has so many fun sections to write in! I need to post the picture, because words do not give this journal justice. Also in the package was the most fabulous smelling hand lotions that I cannot wait to use! (again.. how perfect for the knitting bag?!) and last but not least, there were "M" notepads. Thank you, my SP5! I hope you are being spoiled by your SP! And I can't wait for the reveal to send a thank you your way!

On knitting news, I am working on a baby sweater from the Debbie Bliss Easy Knits for Beginners, again with the DB lilac yarn! It is so soft and wonderful to work with, and I have just enough to make a sweater with, after finishing the hat. I'm a slow knitter, so I'm only 1 inch into the front of the sweater.

The weekend was a HOT one! We hoped to get some golfing in while the kids went to my inlaw's boat, but postponed until next weekend due to the heat.

The hiring process is a bit slow during the summer- however we have 10 openings (in Manchester, CT) for Web Developers, SAP Consultants, Access Developers and Project Managers - if you know of anyone that might be interested- I'd be glad to extend an interview! (work email:

Make it a wonderful day!

Saturday, July 09, 2005

Spilled lots of beans

Last night we told the inlaws the news. Very well received. I've also told 5 of my best girlfriends, it's so hard to keep this a secret! I finished my first baby hat, from Debbie Bliss's Baby Knits for Beginners, out of the gorgeous lilac DB yarn sent from my SP5! I used a chrochet hook to do the seams (I could not locate my seaming needle anywhere..) and it worked well.

My SP5 was very thoughtful to ask to let her know if there was anything I was wishing for. I love little sheep-type instruments - like the sheep tapemeasure (adorable!...definitely on the wish list!), I love small, cute, or fluffy things to put in the knitting bag.

I hope you are having a wonderful weekend! The sun is shining, and we're on our way out shortly for date-night.

Wednesday, July 06, 2005

Mystery solved!

The mystery has been solved... but let's see if you can figure it out before the end of this entry! Last week I had a bad sinus headache, so I took some sudafed. I had terrible stomach cramps, and figured it's that time, so I took advil. But for some reason, it didn't go away. I went home after work and fell asleep at 6pm - and slept right through till the alarm next morning. What's your guess?! I was stumped, yet continued to feel lousy. Gingerale seemed to help, but not much else. Oh, and here's a clue. My boobs kill! Have you figured it out yet? I was clueless as of yesterday even. For some reason, I decided to do the pee on the ept wand thing last night, and WOW! I wasn't expecting this to happen so soon! There were two pink lines, clear as day! Scott was cooking dinner and I walked up with the little plastic wand and handed it to him, saying "this can't be right.." he looked right at me and said "congratulations, you're pregnant!" It still doesn't feel real, but I'm now of course feeling a nice glow! I didn't expect it to happen so fast. I went off the pill 3 months ago, after being on it forever. We decided not have too high of expectations, as I'm 38 and I anticipated having a tough time concieving. says that the baby is now the size of a bb! I have an appointment Saturday morning at my gynecologist.. and she's going to do the official test, and prescribe prenatal vitamins (which I've been taking from the regular vitamin section at CVS). None of my in-person friends have my blog address... so I'm actually writing the news to my blogger friends first, that don't even know me yet! We decided to just tell a few close friends first.. and hold off telling Scott's kids and Mom, just in case. I hope all goes well and it's a healthy journey for me and the teeny one! :-) xo