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announcingI guess it’s time for me to formally share with everyone that these little socks will have little baby feet in them come July.

I can still hardly believe it!!!  River is so thrilled about soon becoming a big brother.


a blustery fall day

We have some serious wind going on here. I was up late last night, and the rain was just pouring down. I just love listening to the sound of rain. When we awoke this morning, we found a few potted plants tipped over in the backyard and the trees were dancing wild in the wind.

It isn’t nearly as cold as it looks out, but on windy days, I much prefer to be snuggled up in a warm blanket and knitting or reading. I love the winter, the cold, the rain….but I am not a fan of wind. Maybe part of it stems from my years of wearing contact lenses. I did all I could to avoid the wind in those days. All it took was a tiny piece of dust to get into my eye, and it felt like someone was stabbing my eye with a sharp pair of scissors. Not fun. Oh, I so don’t miss contacts. I am very content with my glasses.

River has been striving to teach me even more life lessons, I assume. It seems like the closer he gets to his third birthday, the more challenging parenting is day to day. He is amazing and brilliant and kind…..but there are days when I want to run away. That is a dramatic statement, and all I can add to that is that I know it is just passing, and each day, he changes and I change. Thankfully. 🙂

I hope to go get us out to a pumpkin patch in the next few days. I promise I will share pictures.

Knitting revival and my photographer

The colder weather really gets my hands anxious to start knitting. I haven’t really done much knitting in the last few months at all, but in the last 2 weeks, I have already finished a pair of felted clogs (slippers) for River, and a hat of sorts for myself. My 3rd project is underway even. The lovely wool makes me want to knit beautiful things for everyone I know. lol!

Here is a photo of the “hat” (headband) that I just finished for myself.

It is the Calorimetry pattern from Knitty, using Nashua Wooly Stripes, Ocean colorway. It was so enjoyable to knit up.

There wasn’t quite enough yarn to finish the pattern properly, so about 3/4 of the way though, I made some improvisations so that I could finish (I just had one ball). This is why it doesn’t look symmetrical, as the pattern intended. It still works, though.

Here is a drawing that River drew of me, “milkies” and all.

And, some photos which River took on his own:

Sitting and Knitting

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Yesterday, my day consisted of the following:

R. woke up, R. threw up, R. nursed back to sleep in my arms, slept for 1-2 hours (in my lap), then the whole cycle repeated itself again. If I tried to put him down, he would start crying, which would make him throw up again, so he got to stay in my arms all day. I did manage to get 4 loads of laundry done, all of which consisted of sheets, the bed cover, towels, cloth diapers used as towels, R.’s clothes and my clothes: all covered in vomit. He didn’t have a fever until late last night, and is currently sleeping in the bed, with a very slight fever, but no more vomiting, thankfully.

So, needless to say, I didn’t get a whole lot done. Actually by the time W got back from work in the afternoon, all I had eaten all day was 2 pieces of toast, some apple, a few crackers, and some rice chocolate (non-dairy chocolate that is actually GOOD.) I felt like I had a newborn again, and couldn’t figure out how to get anything done. It is a good thing I didn’t have younger kids to take care of, I don’t know how I would do it (though, I suspect I would figure out how to out of necessity).

So, I sat on the couch, hours and hours on end, and nursed my baby and knit while he slept. I picked up a project that I started about a year ago but never got very far with. At the time, other knitting projects called louder. I am making from some yarn that I recovered from a sweater that I bought new years ago. The sweater had a turtle neck on it, and I could never get used it that part of it. So instead of donating it to Goodwill, I deceided to make use of the yarn! It is a combo of wool (primarily) and angora I believe (if I remember correctly). I am on the back right now, and will send a pick when I get a little further along.

Until then, I need to go eat something before R wakes up.

Knitting block

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My hands have been itching to knit. It has been about 1 week since I have had anything on the needles. But, I am waiting for my yarn to arrive. I have bits of yarn, here and there, but I am aching to learn to knit socks, I have never done it yet. A good majority of my yarn order is sock yarn…so I wait.
I have cast on a few times for some leg warmers for R., but it just doesn’t feel right, I keep messing up the cast on, and then I had the measurement off, so I frogged the result.

I think tonight I am going to find the perfect bag pattern for my green yarn below. But, that leads me to my next problem. I don’t have a very wise selection of knitting needles yet. They are expensive, so I am slowly building up my collection. I have the following: #3 16″ circular, #5 straight needles, #6 dpn, #7 16″ and 29″ circulars, #8 straight needles, #11 36″ circular, #15 straight needles. That is it. I really like circular needles and dpn. I love the idea of seamless knitting! So, on ebay I found a vintage Boye knitting kit that has interchangable circular knitting needles!! It has size #6-15 needles with 3 or 4 different sized cables. With shipping, it only cost about $20. I haven’t received it in the mail yet, so I am waiting very patiently. They are aluminum needles, not my favorites (I love bamboo!!), but they will work just fine for now.

I can’t wait!

Since we are on the topic of waiting for stuff to arrive in the mail, the other thing that I am waiting on is my first ever sphygmomanometer!! I bought it new off of ebay. It is a palm style, which I think I will like better. I am so excited about it! I am thinking about knitting up a carrying case (but felting it first).

So, mail-lady, please bring my yarn, needles, and sphygmomanometer tomorrow. 🙂

Yarn Recycling Fun

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My latest hobby:

Make this:

into this :

So fun! Total cost: $4.49!! It is 100% wool. I am planning on transforming it once more into a felted bag (or 2).

I have another 100% wool sweater that i also bought for $4.49, but it will have to wait until after I move. We are moving in less than 2 weeks. It has been a lot of fun packing as I have had a really good chance to see what we have and what we don’t need. Lots of Goodwill trips and freecycling.
More later when I don’t have a sleeping/nursing toddler in my lap.

My creations!

It has been a while since I posted, but I finally have batteries in my camera so I thought I would share some of my recent knitteds.

Here is a hat that I am finishing up today:
It is from a pattern that Soulemama created over on her blog. I love this pattern. This is my second hat that I have knit from it (both for myself)

Then we have my mittens frenzy.

These here are for my dh, W, whose hands were getting frozen outside at work. The picture’s lighting isn’t the best, they aren’t as dark as they appear.

Then I knit up some mittens and a matching hat for my ds, R. The mittens look a lot darker because they are…he likes to pick up everything when we go on our walks, and his hats usually end up in my pocket and he will only keep it on for about 2minutes . But, mittens, he loves! He will keep them on the whole time!

Then, I have a mitten on my needles that I started for myself about a week ago, but I have been busy knitting other stuff, and they have gone on the back burner. It is 100% baby alpaca wool. I am knitting with 3 balls together because I didn’t want to have to use teeny-tiny needles. Those are size 6 needles that you see. It is so soft!!!