Thursday, December 27, 2007

Christmas

Merry Christmas everyone!

This was Bear's first Christmas that she had any idea what was going on, so of course our camera broke Christmas morning. You'll have to take me word for it when I tell you that Christmas morning was one of the most breathtaking experiences I have ever had. Bear could barely contain her excitement when she saw that Ho Ho Claus had eaten the milk and cookies we left out. It was so, I don't even know the word, amazing, heartwarming, to watch her jump up and down and giggle at the sight of the empty plate.

The pink bowl (purchased on ebay for a reasonable price and spray painted pink) was, of course, a huge hit. She carried it everywhere we went Christmas day and has played with it all day today. She also loves her Cozy Coupe - which I don't think was meant to be an indoor toy, but since she won't get out of it long enough for me to carry it outside - the car now lives in her room and sleeps in the kitchen. I think the temptation to climb out of bed and play all night would be just too much for Bear to pass up. (Ah yes, Bear has graduated to a toddler bed.)

And since I know I'm boring you all to death, one last Bear story... Her grandmother (who she calls Tatta - I have no idea) gave her an Elmo dust pan and broom. This afternoon, my husband walked into the kitchen to find her dumping her macaroni and cheese all over the kitchen floor just so she could sweep it up.

I hope your Christmas was as magical as mine.

Monday, December 24, 2007

Advice

If you happen to be snacking while knitting, make sure that you have a handful of snack in your hand and NOT a handful of stitch marker when you blindly toss the handful into your mouth.

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Knit one, Frog two

Knitting is supposed to be cathartic right? The rhythmic, repetitive motion soothing the jagged edges of another snowstorm in December. Peace, comfort, and joy all year long. A creative outlet to your scientific, just the facts 'mam job.

Then, your count comes up wrong. And you realize you missed a mirrored increase and have been purling the knits and knitting the purls for at least 80 stitches. So you switch to another project. This is why you always have more than one WIP going right? You swatched this project almost exactly two years ago and haven't touched it since. But amazingly, you took really good notes, and after re-reading the pattern, you pick it up with no problems whatsoever. Until, you realize that after the first six rows of ribbing, you forgot to switch to the needles two sizes up. So you toss that to the wayside, vowing to knit at least six more rows before 2010. Then you start rummaging around, randomly plucking hanks of this and that out of your stash, madly cruising the Internet and crawling under furniture looking for a pattern you know you photocopied sometime in the late 80s. By this point you are so irritated you desperately need to sit and knit something but then you remember what started this nightmare in the first place and you end up turning a $45 hank of custom dyed alpaca into a garter stitch scarf. Grrrr!

How many garter stitch scarves have you made this season?

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

A Letter From the Dogs

Dear Humans -

Please be advised that this an official letter of intent to file a grievance with the union. The conditions that have been forced upon us this last week are totally unacceptable. In the past, we have overlooked your utter incompetence in regards to maintaining a decent lawn upon which to "do our business", even accepting bare dirt patches without complaint. However, we now feel we have no other choice but to enforce your contractual obligation to provide a lush green area of no less than 8 feet by 3 feet, each. If our demands are not met by tomorrow mornings walk, we may be forced to use the carpets.

Respectfully,
Alice and Samantha

Friday, December 14, 2007

Survival

Part One
After spending more than six hours trying to travel 21 miles (a normally 45 minute commute - tops) my husband walked the last 1/2 mile to retrieve Bear from day care over an hour after their normal closing time. Luckily, a police officer happened by and drove Bear and Andrew back to his car and then helped them navigate their way back down the hill to the hotel where they spent the night. Five and a half miles from home.

Part Two
I used the reverse phone/address feature on whitepages.com to find the name & number of a previously unknown neighbor down the street to ask her to please knock on my upstairs neighbors door and ask her to call me so I could tell her where the key is, because please, could you just take my dogs out to pee and give them fresh food and water?

Part Three
I spent three hours "sleeping" in the chair beside my friend's hospital bed before giving up and working on my mandatory computer based safety training until 5:30 this morning when I hitched a ride with security to the employee parking lot and starting digging out my car.

Part Four
Despite three hours of sleep in (going on) 38 hours, Bear and I spend the eye of the storm shopping today. Gathering all the presents we think we need, hauling them into the house, and running to the convenience store to make sure we have enough wrapping paper, tape and ribbon to wrap them all while the next few feet of snow fall tomorrow night.

I want to sincerely thank everyone for their well-wishes and concern for my safety as well as for that of my family. I survived the night away from Bear, but hope I don't have to repeat it anytime soon!

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Baby Bibs O' Love

I FINALLY finished these bibs for my bf's new baby. Well, at this point, I guess he is newish, being born in September and all. Meet him, and his devilishly handsome big brother.



Pattern: Baby Bib O'Love from Mason Dixing Knitting
Yarn: leftover cotton from dishcloth swaps
Begun: again,weeks ago
Finished: 12/11/07 - again, because I have been putting off sewing on the buttons

Monday, December 10, 2007

The Most Un-Relaxing Eye Pillow Ever

Bear's eye pillow is done. (yippee!) The knitting part was finished weeks ago, I've just been putting off sewing the inner pouch needed to fill the pillow. Exhibit A:

The bain of my existence.


The pouch and tea.

The finished pillow (action shots tomorrow, I promise!).


Pattern: My own... ribbed edging, cables on the top side, plain stockinette stitch on the bottom, sewn together and stuffed with a pouch made from scraps of the non-maternity skirt. I filled the pouch with tea.
Yarn: Catalina Alpaca in an atrocious pink
Begun: 11/18/07
Finished: 12/10/07

Now Bear is requesting a PINK Tibetan singing bowl. A) They don't come in pink. B) They cost a fortune. WHY did I get her those !@#$% yoga DVD's?

Saturday, December 8, 2007

Christmas Pictures

Last night I took the girls to have their Christmas pictures taken so we could send Christmas cards out before Christmas this year. I LOVE the way they came out...





Then we went to see Santa, where we got this amazing picture.



Which is a vast improvement over last weeks attempt to see Santa without "Sissy"...



Thursday, December 6, 2007

Umm...

Did I say I'd photograph all my shoes and show them to you today? And have FO's to brag about? Yeah, well, you'll all be happy to know that Bear is feeling better. Despite still having a temperature and a very runny nose - her appetite and attitude are back. And she is apparently sick of being in the house. Which would explain why there is popcorn all over my living room floor (she was using a pair of scissors to "stir" it), why her hair ties and wood beads are in EVERY room of my house and why we spent three hours in the children's room at the library re-arranging the geography of the United States floor puzzle.

I do, however, have this entertaining little clip to share with you:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BAwoZMc7JnA

Trust me, it's worth the 33 seconds of your life.

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Update

Bear is still sick. :-(

It's a virus so there is nothing that I can do for her except the cursory basics - fluids, Tylenol, comfort, etc. It's heartbreaking to hear her little cough all night and be helpless to make it better.

I have been getting a lot of knitting done though, as I watch my summer vacation hours tick away. Whatever.

My SITMT pal has asked for a photo essay of what kinds of shoes I like to wear. I thought I would get to that today, but alas, it might have to wait (sorry pal). I am especially sorry because my first SITMT package arrived today. Look!


It's not a great picture but it IS a great package. Two skeins of Knit Picks Simple Stripes in a yellow-orange colorway PLUS two sock patterns. A set of size 7 double-pointed Crystal Palace bamboo needles, two post-it notepads (more excited about these than I should be - my boss' boss banned post-its at work so we have to smuggle in our own), some highlighter tape (so cool!), two pens, scissors, and Rudolph stickers for Bear. All in a fun snowman lunchbox.

Tomorrows post... shoes and some FO's. Stay tuned. :-)

P.S. Check this out. A hot cocoa swap - now that's what I'm talking about!

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

169

I just don't get it. My clothes fit better, I feel good, and my weight just keeps going up.

Exercise miles: 2.3
Yoga: 1 hour
Calories: ~1800

Sunday, December 2, 2007

Sick

Bear is sick. She has a runny nose and a bad cough and a scratchy throat and a pathetic little disposition to go with it all (see Exhibit A).

And while I wish Bear could be her bubbly self every day of the year, I have to admit that I've almost enjoyed she cuddly, snugly Bear that she is when she is sick. Last night she slept wedged in between my husband and I, her chubby little fingers wrapped around mine.

You know, until the coughing started up again and of course she had taken the very last drop of last winters cough syrup before bed so I had to get up and go to the drug store in the freezing cold at 4am. But they were out of cough syrup, and the grocery store was closed (the only 7 hours it closes all freakin' week), so I ended up going to a second drug store - but not before I had to put gas in hubby's car (in the freezing cold).

But then, she curled up on the couch with me under the blankets and fell asleep watching Toy Story.

Friday, November 30, 2007

I'm a Winner!!!

I've always thought so, and now Chan has confirmed my suspicions. I won her charity contest, so I get a box of knitting goodies and the Station Fire Fund gets a doubled-donation (all donations through December 31, 2007 will be matched, thereby doubling your donation).

Thursday, November 29, 2007

More questions from you-know-who

My sock it to me pal has some more questions for me (this is so much fun!) -

Do you prefer solid or variegated yarn?
Can I say sort of both? I like the look of hand dyed yarn - subtle color variations instead of big blotches of different colors.

List three patterns you have been salivating over but just haven't gotten around to
1. The Gym Slip Dress from Knit 2 Together
2. Ballet Wrap
3. Grecian Plait

List 3 sock patterns you have been drooling over
1. Over the Knee Socks
2. Crosshatch Lace
3. Cable net

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

166.5

Exercise miles: 2.3

Um, really folks, it was Thanksgiving.

Sunday, November 25, 2007

The Reveal

Late (very late) yesterday afternoon my mailman dropped off my last SP11 package. Inside the priority mail box were five individual brightly wrapped gifts with silver-penned messages on them. I was too impatient to find the camera before ripping into them, so you'll have to use your imagination. But the gifts were spectacular. Dana truly outdid herself.

The scarf is green, lacy, and super soft. The little yellow spot in the middle is Bee Bar hand and body lotion. It's perfect - shea butter, jojoba, beeswax, lanolin, cocoa butter, sweet almond oil, and vitamin E. Yum. Inside the blue and white bag is Aveeno moisturizing soap - and I love the washcloth bag. AND some pink louet Gems yarn with two patterns. I've also been scoping out the possibilities on Ravelry. Now, Dana, I have a question - what are these two mesh thingies you sent with the tape measure? I can't quite figure them out. (I forgot to put the tape measure and mesh thingies in the picture - oops!) All, in all, I have LOVED this swap - both the giving and receiving.

Now, my SITMT spoiler would like to know if I were a cartoon character who I would be and why? I've been thinking about this all day - I've even taken the two quizzes google found for me (which told me I was goofy and tweety bird respectively) but I think I might be my favorite cartoon character Arthur - I have a solid group of friends that I've known forever, love the library, get a little single minded about my hobbies and favorite TV shows, want to do the right thing, but am sometimes unsure of myself. She (and I'm assuming my pal is a she) also asked what season I am and why? I think I'm spring - I want to be warm and sunny, but sometimes the storms just can't be stopped. Hope that helps.

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!

I may not be a famous millionaire, live in a 35 acre mansion, or drive a fancy car but those things are not important. I am blessed with a beautiful baby girl, a loving, dedicated husband, and two dogs who just want to snuggle. I have a step-daughter who is maturing into a young woman I am proud to know. Today, I am also thankful for the basic everyday things that I take for granted - a home, heat, hot water, plenty of food and drink, a stable job that I love. I feel lucky to be part of this online community, when I started this blog I never expected to make friends. And finally I am thankful for all the wonderful people in my life, the aunts, cousins, friends, family, co-workers, everyone that makes my life a good place to be.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

A Different Kind of Thankful

Chan is having a contest over at her blog. She wants to know what your favorite charity is and why. My entry is the Station Fire Fund. In February 2003 there was a horrific fire at a nightclub in Warwick, RI. A local DJ and 99 other people were killed (1/10 of 1% of Rhode Island’s population), and many more were injured, including a friend’s sister who was forced to relinquish custody of her daughter due to her incredibly lengthly hospital stay. The Station Fire Fund directly supports victims of the fire and their families, including the 76 children who lost one or both parents that night.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Sock it to Me Twice

How long have you been knitting? Do you consider yourself beginner, intermediate, advanced?
About 18 years though I've only been really serious for the last three years.

How long have you been knitting socks?
Since this summer.

What are your favorite fibers to work with?
I like wool, love wool bamboo blends, and something with a little Lycra in it for socks.

What is your favorite color?
Green, blue, orange, sun kissed earth tones.

What are your current WIPs (works in progress)?
Everything, or just the things I really am working on, lol. Um, two tanks from Rowan, the Roundabout Leaf tank from Knitting Nature, a honeymoon cami for a friend (for about two years now), the Back to School U-Neck vest for me, and a vest to sweater transformation for my daughter. Oh, and a Christmas dress for Bear too.

Name your favorite yarns, (brand, fibers, colors, etc.).
Rowan Linen Drape, Cascade 220, Classic Elite Wool Bamboo

What are some yarns/fibers that you stay away from.
I'm pretty much done with novelty yarns and I don't like the feel of most acrylics.

What is your family situation? (Married, kids, pets?)
Married, 1 daughter, 1 step-daughter, 2 dogs

Name some of your hobbies.
Knitting (lol), running, yoga, board games

Name some of your favorite movies?
Troop Beverly Hills (I know), The American President, Supersize Me

Do you like to read?
Yes

Do you collect anything?
Not really, I'm not big on dust collectors.

Do you own an iPod or mp3 player?
iPod

What are your favorite type of knitting needles?
Bamboo

What knitting notion could you not live without?
Scissors

Who are some of your favorite designers?
Um, me :)

Do you subscribe to any magazines? (Knitting or otherwise.)
No :(

When is your birthday?
March 16, 1978

Do you have a "wishlist", (on Ravelry, Froogle, or Amazon)?
Amazon

Do you have a Ravelry ID?
Meganlynn

If you had a sheep, what would you name it?
Pickles

Monday, November 19, 2007

Honorable Mention

Bear's picture made the 2008 Knitty Calendar's Honorable Mention!!! Check it out here.

163.5

Average Daily Calories: ~2000 (that's the PMS talking)
Miles: 4.1 (walk 5 minutes, jog 2 minutes, repeat)

One of the nursing units that I work on is having a Biggest Loser competition starting this week and continuing through the end of January. I signed up and am wicked excited. Wish me luck!

Sunday, November 18, 2007

The Saga of the World Series Vest Continues


I've added a seed stitch border with some picot edging, but I really think it still needs sleeves. Luckily, my husband agrees, so today I was able to feed the habit with a skein of Nature Wool Chunky and some Catalina Alpaca in an atrocious pink (that apparently does not exist according to a google search). Why did I get pink yarn? Because Bear picked it out. She wants a PINK eye pillow for the resting pose at the end of her kids yoga video. And I'm going to make it for her. No, I'm not wrapped around her finger at all.
Anyway, I'm also going to make a pocket for the front - since her Daddy's hooded sweatshirt has a pocket in the front, Bear needs one too.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Gift knitting

makes for boring blogging.

And I know, I said I wasn't going to do it this year, but really, you're all invited to my house for wine and cookies Christmas Eve for the annual knit until dawn fest.

I did finally break out the Back to School vest again last night - I knit through new episodes of America's Next Top Model, Forensic Files, and Project Runway. I think I might be able to wear it by Thanksgiving. Tonight, I'm supposed to go to a friend's house for Grey's Anatomy but I forgot my knitting at home. So, I could leave work early (came in two hours late today, probably not the best choice), skip the gym (not happening), go home and get my knitting (um...) or buy some new yarn and needles on the way over.

Now, the obvious choice is to just pick up some yarn and needles on the way over but I made my husband a promise a few weeks ago that since we both want another baby next year, I would not buy any more yarn or shop on ebay until at least March (my birthday). He'd never notice more yarn in the house, but I am SUCH a crappy liar I'd give myself away in minutes. Ah, what to do...

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

16*.5

Weight: 16*.5
Average Daily Calories: ~**00
Miles Run: *.*

I feel good, so I'm not worrying about the numbers this week.

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

165

Miles: (I was making alphabet confetti for Bear's party) 0
Average daily calories: ~2200
Cholesterol: 176
Blood glucose: 87
Body fat %: (I can't believe I'm telling anyone this) 33.9%

Sunday, November 4, 2007

Happy Birthday Bear!

I will anounce the winner of my contest in a moment - first you must suffer through some Mama gloating.
Tuesday, my little girl turned two. Hard to believe that in two (very) short years, she went from this...

to this...


Yesterday we had her party at the local Children's Museum. She talked about it all day (my party, mElmo, my party, mElmo, my party, mElmo) and managed to keep herself pretty much composed during the whole affair. Only once did she have a little meltdown, when she got in trouble for pushing another two-year old who tried to take her new shopping cart.



A friend made the cake and Bear insisted on having the nose - the entire nose, though she basically only ate the frosting. She came down from her sugar high hard and practically begged to be put to bed when we got home last night.

video


This morning the toys were all unbound from their boxes and ready to go. Here are some pics from the (morning) after party.


And now, the part you've all been waiting for. April, from Clandestine & Candour, is the winner!
She wins this very lovely prize of warm winter yarn and a set of four knitting pattern note cards. Congratulations April! And thanks to everyone who entered - I hope everyone will keep visiting.

Friday, November 2, 2007

More Contest Fun

To celebrate her 333rd post, Cass is having a contest. She wants to know a few of your favorite knitted-related things to give or recieve. This card tops my list. Go on over and enter and make sure to tell Cass I sent you!

Friends don't let friends knit drunk

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Halloween

First of all, let me say HOLY COW!!! I cannot believe the amazing response to my contest - thanks everyone! I realized I forgot to let everyone know when it ends - so I arbitrarily pick Saturday at midnight (my time). Sunday I will figure out everyone's entries, pick the winner, and announce the prize.

Secondly, I thought I would share this cuteness...

A witch, a cow, Arthur, and Elmo.

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

100

How to play the 100 things contest game:

First, pick a number 1-100.
Write it down.
Next, read through the 100 things post (or just scroll down to the number you picked, I'll never know.)
Leave me a comment with a similar fact about yourself.
No changing your number.
One comment = one entry.
Post about this contest on your blog and get one additional entry (make sure I know you posted).
Let me know someone sent you and you both get an additional entry.
I haven't figured out the prizes yet - keep your pants on.

Here goes:

  1. I am 29 years old, really.
  2. I will turn 30 on March 16th.
  3. I hope to be pregnant shortly thereafter.
  4. Andrew and I hope to have four children.
  5. I have one sibling - a brother.
  6. He is 3 years younger than I am.
  7. Our first pet, a cat named BJ, died a few days ago.
  8. BJ stands for Bob Junior. Bob Original lived in the bus yard where my mom worked. He was run over by a bus. When Bob Jr. started poking around, my mom took him home.
  9. I am much more upset about his death than anyone else the family.
  10. My husband and I have two dogs.
  11. Samantha is a golden retriever/yellow lab mix.
  12. Alice is a miniature Australian Shepard.
  13. Alice barks all day at every little noise.
  14. Our neighbors upstairs say they like it, no one will ever break in.
  15. I think they're lying.
  16. In college, Andrew and I lived in a, let's say, rough neighborhood.
  17. It was cheap.
  18. Our cars only ever got broke into once.
  19. They stole my radio and apparently tried to hot-wire the car but couldn't figure out how.
  20. Once, the kid at the drive through window dropped my friend's mom's change and climbed out of the drive through window to pick it up for me.
  21. My friends mom slowly turned to us and said, "This is why you will all go to college."
  22. I went to Wells College for one year.
  23. Wells was an all-women's college when I attended.
  24. I threw up on my kitchen floor when I found out they were admitting boys to Wells.
  25. I have an Associates degree from the Community College of Rhode Island and a Bachelor's degree from the University of Rhode Island.
  26. I am two courses (statistics and physiology) and a thesis away from having my Master's degree.
  27. I thought about becoming an engineer until I took (and almost failed) Calculus 3.
  28. I have only ever failed one course in my life - Physics 2.
  29. I got an A in Physics 1.
  30. My first ever C was in second grade in handwriting.
  31. Those who have seen my handwriting do not believe this.
  32. Today is my daughter's second birthday.
  33. She calls me Mama.
  34. I had her picture taken professionally ever month for the first 19 months of her life.
  35. She has been accepted by two separate modeling agencies.
  36. We have never actually signed her up for modeling.
  37. People tell me she looks like me, which I find amazing because I think she is breathtaking.
  38. She will be Elmo for Halloween this year.
  39. I will be Arthur.
  40. I am Arthur for Halloween every year. I wear jeans, a white button down shirt, brown shoes, my glasses, and a yellow V-Neck sweater I bought on clearance at the Gap for $10.
  41. I am thinking of making Bear a D.W. costume for next year.
  42. I took sewing lessons three years ago.
  43. I made a skirt that fit me throughout my entire pregnancy.
  44. It was not a maternity skirt.
  45. I let my best friend borrow all of my maternity clothes.
  46. I hope she gives them back soon.
  47. Andrew and I have been married for 5 years.
  48. We had ten people at our wedding, including the two of us and the justice of the peace.
  49. I wore my best friends wedding dress as my something borrowed.
  50. I took it off in the woods to pee before the ceremony.
  51. A hiker stumbled upon me and ran in the opposite direction, tripping over a tree root as he went.
  52. What? He'd never seen a half naked bride peeing in the woods before?
  53. I was an hour late for my own wedding.
  54. So was my husband.
  55. We're rarely on time for anything.
  56. I was born six weeks early.
  57. I like to say I've been making up for that my entire life.
  58. I have four engagement rings.
  59. And two wedding bands.
  60. They're all from my husband.
  61. A boy in high school once gave me a cubic zirconia engagement ring.
  62. I gave it back.
  63. A few days later the boy my best friend liked used it to ask a girl we didn't like to marry him.
  64. They're still married.
  65. I don't know if she still wears my rejected fake ring.
  66. My husband was my second long term boyfriend.
  67. I dated the first for two years starting in 8th grade.
  68. We started seeing each other again in college.
  69. He lied to me, begged my forgiveness, and then never spoke to me again.
  70. I started dating my husband a month later.
  71. He was my boss.
  72. We hated each other when we first met.
  73. When he (finally) asked me out he asked if I was working Wednesday night.
  74. I answered with, "How should I know? You make the schedule."
  75. We saw Live in concert.
  76. It was my first concert.
  77. I also dated my track coach (not the weight coach).
  78. After I graduated from high school.
  79. I think he has a boyfriend now.
  80. To pay for college, I worked as an assistant manager at Bath & Body Works.
  81. I've also worked part time as a lifeguard, girl scout camp counselor, nanny, diet aide, and standardized test monitor.
  82. I've worked as a dietitian for 3 1/2 years now.
  83. At the same hospital where I did my internship.
  84. Last month, I took over the bariatric patients.
  85. Last week, I spoke to a class at a local college about my glamorous life as a dietitian.
  86. Yesterday, I listened to a patient tell me stories about WWII for an hour.
  87. I don't really have that kind of time at work, but how could I leave?
  88. I love it here.
  89. My boss is the best.
  90. I have had bosses who are not the best.
  91. One used to nap in his office every afternoon between 2 and 4pm.
  92. Another would schedule me and my friend Alicia to work every Friday from 11-2pm, even though we were still in high school.
  93. I drive a black Volkswagen Jetta.
  94. It is a 1997.
  95. It has more than 180,000 miles on it.
  96. The air conditioner does not work anymore.
  97. Neither does the cruise control.
  98. Bear gets car sick if we drive more than ten minutes.
  99. My car smells like baby puke.
  100. See why I don't get a new one?

Monday, October 29, 2007

163.5

So here's my new format for Monday posts...

I'll keep logging my weight struggle loss, but I'm going to add my miles logged (9 miles of mixed walking/jogging this week), do average daily calorie intake for the week (instead of posting daily calorie intake) and update other indicators of my overall health as I get them - body fat %, cholesterol, etc. Weight is just one indicator of health and since mine is a whopping net five pounds lost over 7 months, I have to look elsewhere for inspiration these days.

Tomorrow will be post #100 - so I'm thinking a contest is in order. Stay tuned.

Oh, and by the way, we ARE the champions!!!

Sunday, October 28, 2007

World Series Vest

Finished last night in the middle of the sixth inning, after which, I switched to a straight knit-in-the round piece that required no thought whatsoever. Those in New England who watched the Red Sox give up their six to nothing lead will understand why this was necessary.

Anyway, while the measurements of the World Series Vest are technically correct - the underarm to hip length does not take into account Bear's tremendous belly. Anyone need a Christmas gift for a two-year old not shaped like Santa Claus? I've tinkered with the idea of knitting up two more inches of ribbing and attaching it to the bottom, but I'm just not sure yet. Any suggestions?


World Series Vest

Pattern: My own, created with the help of Sweater Wizard 3.0
Yarn: 1 1/2 skeins Araucania Nature Wool Chunky in color #101 Red
Size: 21"
Begun: 10/25/07
Finished: 10/27/07

Notes
Aside from not being long enough to cover Bear's belly, I love it.

I also picked up Big Girl Knits & Mason Dixon Knitting at the library on the way to work yesterday. I'm hoping the short rows tutorial in Big Girl Knits will make it all clear so I can make some progress on my Back to School Vest tonight. Unless this series lasts all 7 games, with about 30 innings per game, I don't think my Cozy V-Neck sweater is going to get started, much less completed. Ah, such delusional thoughts of grandeur when I make my knitting plans.

Friday, October 26, 2007

Rockies 0 games/Red Sox 2 games. And in other news....

Jill's Fall Into Autumn dishcloth swap box arrived today & not only do I love it, Bear now loves swaps too! She has claimed the pencil & cookies and she put up a strong showing in the wrestling match over the (not pictured a.k.a. hidden) sour patch kids.

The booty.

Though I love everything (the Peaches & Cream yarn is gorgeous fall colors that my camera somehow failed to capture, I've been ogling those lantern moon key chains, and I'm torn whether or not to use my Italy-souvenir notepad now or save it for something very special) my favorite piece has to be this:

Halloween clay pot turkey.

Does no one proof read anymore?!? What exactly is Halloween about a TURKEY? CHANGE THE TYPESET BETWEEN PRODUCTS PEOPLE!!!


Thursday, October 25, 2007

Rockies 1 Red Sox 13

That's the kind of score we like to see!!

And since my Pastaza hadn't arrived yet, I decided to make Bear a hooded vest out of some stash purchased specifically to match her red LL Bean mocs. Here's what I have so far...

Back of the "World Series Vest" - finished in five innings.

13 rows of the front.

The ribbing is the Oblique Rib from Knitting on the Edge, which I'm thinking about also using on the hood. Or I will just do plain st st and trim the hood with a twisted I-cord to match the arm holes.

Updates after tonights game. :-)

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Running

This past weekend I decided to take up running again. I ran track in high school but besides train stops and rain storms I can't say I've done any running the past 6-7 years. Yeah, I can't seem to remember what was so great about track. Something about a 21-year-old weight coach - pretty irrelevant now. The only time my weight has been where I am happy with it (well, since I was 17) has been when I was running. But guess what, I am already sleeping better and dealing better - oh yeah, maybe that was what was so great about running. Though I think at 17 the weight coach held more appeal.

Monday, October 22, 2007

WORLD SERIES HERE WE COME

You'll all be happy to know that my Back to School U-Neck Vest is fairing well, despite Julio Lugo's butterfingers in the seventh inning. I've already picked out my World Series knitting... the Cozy V-Neck Pullover with Deep Ribbing in RED. GO SOX!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Red Sox

THIS is what happens when I try to knit while watching the Red Sox give New England anxiety.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Fall into Autumn Question #5

Now that it is getting cooler here, it makes me think of apple picking and hay rides. Are you the type that likes to go to participate in all the fall festivities like apple picking, pumpkins, decorating for the fall, hay rides, baking fall goodies, etc. or do you just sit and count the days till Thanksgiving/Christmas/Hanukkah?

I love the fall season, with the exception of the fact that fall signals winter is just around the corner. We go apple picking every year - Bear essentially eats her weight in apples. I especially love spending time outside. It's not so cold that you have to wear all the bulky paraphernalia to keep you warm but it's not so hot that you want to go back inside 5 minutes after starting your activity. I still love Thanksgiving and Christmas, but I enjoy all the days leading up to the holidays too!

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Catching Up - Part Two

So Bear went to bed at eight last night (an hour late) and woke up at midnight - hungry and ready to party. We got her back to bed at one and heard a very chipper "Hi Daddy" at 5:30 this morning. I think this is her not-so-subtle "No Siblings for Me" plan.

So... this is what I came home to yesterday


Got to love ebay. And swaps.

My SP11 partner outdid herself knitting up all my presents. Calorimetry in her own hand-dyed, a pair of twisted rib fingerless gloves, and a cupcake for Bear. She also included a skein of her own peachy keen hand dyed, two sets of stitch markers, and some Studio 18 knitting note cards.

I love calorimetry! It's been on my list of things to make for myself since I first saw it. I wore it last night to pick up my mother-in-law and today to work. Love it!

[Insert picture of me wearing Calorimetry here]


And today, my SITM package arrived. The socks are a warm squash color that will photograph much better in the natural light of the sun. I am wearing them to work tomorrow. Melanie did a fabulous job - the color is fantastic and they fit perfectly. She also sent a key chain sock blocker with a mini sock pattern and blue wool yarn, Mary Engelbreit stickers, stitch holders, and some absolutely amazing Alchemy Bamboo yarn. Soft, shiny, and the perfect color blend - Forest Waltz. Mmmmmmm.






AND I finished my first ever pair of socks for my SITM partner. Now super-secret partner, don't look any further, because I am going to show everyone else your socks. (And look everyone else! They're the same size & length! They match!)


Sunday, October 14, 2007

Butternut Squash Pancakes

1 15-oz can Butternut Squash
1 egg
1 egg white
1 C skim milk
2 C whole wheat pastry flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground cloves

In a bowl, combine squash, egg, egg white, and milk. In a separate bowl stir together remaining ingredients. Add the dry ingredients to the squash mixture, mixing well.

Place a skillet over medium-high heat and spray with non-stick cooking spray. Pour 1/4 cup batter per pancake and cook about 3 minutes. Flip the pancakes and press firmly to flatten. Cook until lightly browned, about 3 minutes more. Repeat with remaining batter.

Notes: The batter is thicker than most pancake batters, so I place a round egg ring on the skillet, fill with 1/4 cup batter, spreading evenly, and then remove the egg ring when it's time to flip the pancake and flatten the pancake with a large spatula.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Catching Up - Part 1

I wish I could say that there's been some life altering event (winning the lottery perhaps?) that has kept me from blogging for a week. No, just Bear refusing to go to bed. Not putting up a fight or giving us a hard time, but flat out refusing to go to bed. She giggles, smiles, snuggles, pulls out her new found vocabulary, etc. etc. We put her in her crib and she just yells "Mama, Daddy, Mama, Daddy!" It's like if she doesn't acknowledge that it's bedtime we can't actually put her to bed and I am just plain exhausted.

So here is me posting all of the Fall Into Autumn Dishcloth Swap topics. Well, almost all, the flash my accessories (and the flash my stash for SP11) will have to wait until tomorrow.

1. Now that in some geographic locations the weather is starting to turn cooler, do you change the type of yarn(s) you knit/crochet with? If so, what do you now knit/crochet with instead and why? If not, why do you not switch and what do you knit/crochet with?

Not intentionally, but I tend to start working on more sweaters and hats and start pushing the summer tanks and stuff towards the bottom of the WIP pile.

2. When you knit or crochet dishclothes, washclothes or face clothes, what do you use? What size needle or hook? Wood? what type? Metal? Plastic? A specific Brand? Why do you love that needle or hook so much? Is there one you are dying to try? Is there a particular yarn you love and use all the time for clothes? What is so special about it?

When I knit dishcloths I use wooden needles and Lion cotton, though I am looking forward to trying out some of the new organic cottons. I like wood because it seems “warmer” than metal or plastic. I don’t use metal because I can’t stand the clinking sound they make when the knock together. As for clothes, I don’t have a particular favorite – I really like Rowan Linen Drape but it’s not very practical for fall and winter. I like Cascade 220, Wool Bamboo, Alpaca, just about anything.

3. Autumn has now officially begun here in the States!! What is your favorite thing about Autumn/Fall? Why?

There’s a lot I really love about fall. I like the pretty trees and leaves. I like that crispness to the air. I like snuggling with my husband and daughter on cold, rainy afternoons. I love the smell of apples and pumpkin and spice.

4. How about you? Are there any recipes you especially enjoy having in the Fall? Any foods that are seasonal that you especially enjoy?

I like being able to break out the crock pot and make all those great stew-y recipes that make the house smell wonderful when you come home from work. One of my favorite recipes for breakfast is squash pancakes and they just taste better in the fall.

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Another Reason I Love Being a Mom

Heard at 5:30am through the baby monitor
Bear: MAMA!!!!!!!! DADDY!!!!!!!!!! MAMA!!!!!!!!!!! DADDY!!!!!!!!!
Slowly opening door to Bear's room
Me: Whose making all that noise?
Bear: Hi Mama!
Me: Why are you naked?
Bear giggles.
Me: Where are your clothes?
Bear: Right here! She holds them up. More giggling.

Monday, October 1, 2007

Am I really this stupid?

I CANNOT for the life of me figure out how to answer your comments. I hit reply from my gmail account and I get pages upon pages of "automatically generated emails" saying that my reply had fatal errors. Is this just a fluke? Are you really getting my responses or do you just think I'm a comment snob?

Anyway... thanks for all your comments. Thanks for the positive remarks about my Two-Toned Ribbed Shrug and especially thank you for all the thoughts and encouragement with the recent loss of my best friends friend. The wake was tough, we waited in line for almost two hours to pay our respects - which goes to show just how well loved Terri was. And Terri's sister thanked me for my post - I guess she googled Terri's name and found my blog. My best friend is doing much better. The funeral was both heartbreaking and humorous. Her brother did his best to make people laugh and relive the good times in his eulogy. It was very healing for everyone I think.

If anyone knows the solution to my gmail problem - please let me know. If not, I'll have to start a monthly reply post.

Sunday, September 30, 2007

Two-Toned Ribbed Shrug



Pattern: Two-Toned Ribbed Shrug from Fitted Knits
Yarn: Roughly 4 balls Classic Elite Beatrice in Autumn Highlands for the body and 1.07 (I weighed the second ball when I was done) skeins Louet Riverstone in Citrus Orange
Size: 15"
Begun: late July
Finished: 9/30/07

Notes
I LOVE the way this (finally) looks. It's a bit smaller than I had imagined - not fit wise, but length wise - it barely covers the top 1/4 of my back & the arms are definitely not as long on me as they are on the model in the book. It is fitted, but very comfy. I really wanted to do something great for fall with the Beatrice yarn and I think this is it. Because of the yarn substitution, I ended up knitting on size 2's to get the right gauge. I also had to frog the whole thing after sewing up one arm, so it took a lot longer to knit than anticipated. All in all, I give this two needles up. :-)

Saturday, September 29, 2007

5 years

Basking in the sun on our anniversary

September 29, 2002

Dear Friends and family, we have come together to share in the joy of Megan and Andrew’s love for each other and to share in the celebration of their marriage. We are gathered here not to witness the beginning of what will be, but rather, what already is. Megan and Andrew’s commitment does not start with a public ceremony. The marriage ceremony is only a public testimony, a community affirmation, of that which already exists.

And so, we have gathered here today to celebrate one of life’s greatest moments --- to give recognition to the worth and beauty of love and to add our best wishes to the words which shall unite Megan and Andrew in marriage.


(Reading of Kahlil Gibrand’s words about marriage as found in theProphet.)
Love one another but make not a bond of love:
Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls.
Fill each other's cup but drink not from one cup.
Give one another of your bread but eat not from the same loaf.
Sing and dance together and be joyous, but let each one of you be alone,
Even as the strings of a lute are alone though they quiver with the same music.
Give your hearts, but not into each other's keeping.
For only the hand of Life can contain your hearts.
And stand together, yet not too near together:
For the pillars of the temple stand apart,
And the oak tree and the cypress grow not in each other's shadow.

I Megan, choose you, Andrew, to be my husband, my friend, my love, the father of our children. I will be yours in plenty and in want, in sickness and in health, in failure and in triumph. I will cherish you and respect you, comfort you and encourage you, and together we shall live, freed and bound by our love.

I Andrew, choose you, Megan, to be my wife, my friend, my love, the mother of our children. I will be yours in plenty and in want, in sickness and in health, in failure and in triumph. I will cherish you and respect you, comfort you and encourage you, and together we shall live, freed and bound by our love.

Andrew, take this ring as a sign of my love and fidelity. Wear it with love and joy. As this ring has no end, neither shall my love for you.

Megan, take this ring as a sign of my love and fidelity. Wear it with love and joy. As this ring has no end, neither shall my love for you.

Some people forget that love is
Tucking you in and kissing you "good night"
No matter how young or old you are.
Some people don’t remember that love is
Listening and laughing and asking questions
No matter what your age
Few recognize that love is
Commitment responsibility no fun at all
UnlessYou have each other

With the power invested in me by the State of New Hampshire, I declare you husband and wife. You may now kiss.

Friday, September 28, 2007

Sock it to Me

Due to my own stupidity (hellllooo... post offices are only closed for federal holidays not ridiculous state holidays that have only survived because what's better than getting paid to go to the beach in August?) my SITM partner knows who I am. Be that as it may, these are my first pair of socks, and by golly, I am going to share them with the world. I've just decided that in order to make up for spoiling the surprise, I'll just have to send a really fabulous last package.

So... here is the first sock, modeled on my (clean, I promise!) foot.


Thursday, September 27, 2007

Apologies

So first off, let me apologize for having to add the "type in this nonsense word" thing to my comments. I've started getting spam comments - which I guess is sign that I'm moving up in the blog world - but I'd like to prevent the spam if I could.

Secondly, I know I haven't been posting much these past couple weeks. I just haven't had it in me. A very good friend of a very good friend was diagnosed with cancer two weeks ago and passed away suddenly on Monday. I knew this woman peripherally - we worked a part time job together in college and she was very involved with my dad's boy scout troop - but I am still deeply saddened by her death. My friend is beside herself with grief and there is absolutely nothing I can do to make things better.

Her services will be this weekend, hopefully that will start the healing process for everyone.

Terri Ficca

Saturday, September 22, 2007

Wool Day

[Warning: Picture heavy post ahead]

This afternoon, my mom, Bear, and I drove to Shaker Village in Canterbury, NH for Wool Day.

I suspect that the Star Trek Convention people are laughing at us right now, but it was SO COOL! We got there kind of late in the day since we couldn't leave RI until after Bear's wee gymnastics class. The first stop was the big tent where there were weavers, spinners, dyers, amazing lace, and a trio of women all working on one shawl all at the same time. Bear even did some felting of her own!



We watched a sheep be shorn of it's wool. Wicked cool. And watched Todd, the amazing Border Collie, work his herding magic.

video







Then we went on a hay ride through the gorgeous Shaker land.









And of course, ended the day with some stash enhancement. Shaker handspun (and hand-dyed I would assume).



I also picked up some soap for my Fall Into Autumn swap pal and made progress on my SITM socks on the drive there and back (about 5 hours total). The Star Trek people are definately laughing at me now.