This Pregnancy Has Turned Me Into A Hermit.

It’s not that I never leave the house, it’s just that I’m so focused on my family these days that I forget to make plans with my friends (unless it is plans for the three of us to visit with someone). On the plus side, I think I am being a better mom. But I worry that I am going to burn out. So, like, if we’re friends and haven’t seen much of each other in forever, could you maybe initiate the plan-making? I swear I want to, I just have a mental block.

In other news, I’ve been busy!


One nephew down. (Please hold your hermit crab jokes.) Still trying to think of something to make for the little guy, who is turning one on Boxing Day. Suggestions?



This picture is awful but it’s the only one I have so far. Obviously I need to block it and sew on button eyes. But first I have to buy buttons. I am most of the way finished with the yoke of my owl sweater as well, so I’m going to need a lot of buttons.

In other other news, I gave up on making Sam an octopus costume because it was stressing me out too much and he has not shown any real attachment to the idea. Instead I am going to offer him a choice between being a Jedi and wearing his sweet little Chinese pajamas to be a tiny Emperor or something. I assume he’ll choose Jedi but you just never know with this kid.

Oh, and! I have decided what to make him for Christmas! Katherine sent me this neat pattern, which I am using for inspiration. Sam has been ‘reading’ Cowboy and Octopus, moving his finger along the words as Daddy reads or bringing the book over to me and saying the words he knows are on the page. He’s also been very interested in counting the buttons on my shirt. So I’m going to make a complete alphabet wall hanging for him. It’s a semi-big project, but most of the work will be cutting out the letters (and numbers if I can find a good font to use–help?). Two seams on the background felt, insert dowels, tie ribbon to hang, and then sew on a gazillion (36) buttons. Pretty easy. I just need to decide on felt colors and buy the supplies.

OMG no wonder I never see anyone. I have made myself too busy! I didn’t even mention all the pattern designs I’m working on. Getting paid for Babs has really made me want to keep going, and I have more ideas than I know what to do with.

9 thoughts on “This Pregnancy Has Turned Me Into A Hermit.

  1. ChiaLynn

    October 22, 2009 at 8:49am

    I’ve got a jar of buttons you’re welcome to sift through. I’ve got a tiny prezzy for you, too. Connor’ll be here Saturday – maybe we can swing by there, or you can bring Sam over to run around the backyard?
    .-= ChiaLynn´s last post ..So, what was it like? =-.

  2. B

    October 22, 2009 at 10:55am

    i’ve had that pillow bookmarked forever – i love your take on it and can’t wait to see the end result
    .-= B´s last post ..Christmas Kitchens =-.

  3. Cazzle

    October 22, 2009 at 12:58pm

    Dear Annika,

    I LOVE Jon Scieszka almost as much as I love you. I read “The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales” at a school on World Book Day and all the kids went crazy for it.

    In other news, the knitting is very awesome. Where did you get the crab pattern and was it tough to knit?

  4. Annika

    October 22, 2009 at 1:07pm

    The pattern is from Knitty:

    It was not difficult at all but it did become quite tedious to make each leg separately. Again–not difficult, and it’s a terrific pattern, but it got a little boring.

    I have to confess that we have not been as impressed with non-Cowboy & Octopus Scieszka. I have not read The Stinky Cheese Man yet, however. I will give it a shot.

  5. Lucretia

    October 23, 2009 at 10:01am

    Really interested in the number and alphabet learning. Mostly because in our course we are now getting into the nitty gritty of learning, and it is so difficult to teach something you take for granted as an adult. Trying to “unpack” all the little skills that go into counting, for example, is a total headf*ck. I’m interested in the fact that you’ve noticed his interest and are responding to it.

    I am such a nerd.

  6. courtney

    October 24, 2009 at 7:23pm

    omg the crab!!! omg the sweater!!! aaah!!!

    this is what your knitting related posts reduce me to.

  7. leah

    November 12, 2009 at 6:18am

    you make such beautiful items, i am envious of your womanly talents (you have MANY). i tend to be a hermit too in the real life, have been trying to make peace with it for many years, it seems to increase as i get older.

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