Sunday, October 26, 2008

Princess Party

So Bear will be three next week - can you believe it?!? On one hand, I feel like I gave birth yesterday. On the other, she is so incredibly grown up. She says the funniest things, especially when she is talking back (with attitude). Andrew and I find ourselves laughing hysterically on a daily basis, though we try to wait until she leaves the room, discipline being totally undermined by hysterical laughter and all.

Yesterday we had her third birthday extravaganza party, hosted at her gymnastics school. I convinced two of the nurses that I work with that it would be FUN to dress up like princesses and come play with three-year-olds on their day off. Amazingly, they actually showed up. Bear was a little afraid of them at first, but that wore off quickly, and soon she was bellowing for the princesses to follow her all over the gym.

The party was a big hit with kids and adults alike. Really, what's not to like about trampolines and soft mats? A friend of mine made a Cinderella cake which was amazing. Bear seemed a little confused about it, but she remembered how to blow out the candles!

She got about a gazillion presents - she didn't even open them, she was too busy playing with Cinderella and Snow White, so I opened them and tried to get her to at least look at them and acknowledged the people that gave them to her.

Andrew and I got her the Little Tykes Kid Tough Digital Camera. (And her Sissy gave her a photo printer - yes, my three year old got a digital camera and a photo printer for her birthday.) She uses Andrews old cell phone to take pictures all the time, so we knew the camera would be a hit. Well, today the weather was gorgeous, so we went for a bike ride on the (almost connected) bike path. Bear started her photography career with some actually, not so bad, pictures.

Saturday, October 18, 2008


I knew the minute I started winding that first hank of yarn the other night that I was definitely going to need a swift. The back of a kitchen chair is useful in a number of ways, doll prison, for example, but as yarn swift, the back of my kitchen chairs failed miserably.

Of course, I knew the hubby wasn't going to approve that particular "yarn" purchase. My first response was to buy it anyway google "how to make your own yarn swift" and then attach the instructions to an email to my dad along with a message that read somewhere along the lines of Plllllleeeeeeeeeeeaaaaaaassssssssseeeeeeee build this for me. But then I found this tutorial. Saving my dad hours of time and me hours of negotiating that I really will clean my room this weekend if he would just make me a swift.

A trip to Target later I am up and running with my own Tinkertoy swift.

It works like a dream, and by changing the length of the arms (orange sticks in this picture) it is fully adjustable. Even I, the engineering school drop out, was able to put it together in mere minutes.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Secret Pal 12

I received my SP12 package yesterday from my still unknown swap partner. (She forgot to reveal her secret super-hero identity but we're working on that!) She had emailed me a while back explaining why my package was going to be delayed - but let me tell you, it was well worth the wait!

The box was chock full of fun. 16 hanks of yarn - including 10 of that boucle you see there (Knitting Fever Noro in Katorea), 2 hanks of beautiful purple wool (Briggs Little Atlantic in Mulberry), and 4 balls of DGB Confetti sock yarn (2 in a brown mix and 2 in a gray mix). Plus candy, a toddler poncho pattern, a sock blocker key chain kit, two beautiful bright washcloths (seen only in the top picture when they were still in the box because Bear instantly scooped them up as blankets for her babies), a journal, note cards, Sour Patch Kids, Sour Cherries, a knitting magazine, a magnetic photo display kit, and wait, the most amazing part...

a ball winder!!!!! Oh, the excitement. I even wound a hank last night, JUST BECAUSE I COULD. Oh, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU secret pal!

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Red Sox

Seriously? It's 1:08am. Bottom of the 10th and still tied 8-8. Can the freakin' Red Sox just win it in 9 innings like everyone else? I feel like a crappy fan but I'm starting to fall asleep in my knitting. Sheesh.

Monday, October 6, 2008

Girly Girl

When I found out I was pregnant, I immediately thought I was going to have a boy. All my dreams in those early weeks were about babies dressed entirely in blue. When I found out I was having a girl, I cried. I told my doctor that girls were cranky and high-maintenance and I didn't think I could do it (hormonal much?).

When Bear was born, I, of course, fell in love. I loved snuggling with her and kissing her sweet baby lips. She has the sweetest little girly personality. She loves dolls and coloring and M&M's. She runs like a girl. I routinely buy her dresses and adorable little outfits just because they are so darn cute. So a few weeks ago, when my aunt asked if she could buy Bear a Cinderella costume for Halloween and give it to her at her birthday party, I said absolutely.

And then Bear broke the news to me. This year, she's going trick-or-treating dressed as Spiderman.

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Cozy V-Neck Pullover with Deep Ribbing

Pattern: Cozy V-Neck Pullover with Deep Ribbing by Stefanie Japel
Yarn: 6 hanks (almost all of it) of Cascade Pastaza color #019 cherry
Size: Bear sized
Begun: 8/31/08
Finished: 10/5/08

This was super easy to knit - it took a month because I didn't touch it for almost two full weeks. The llama wool is incredibly itchy, but it's barely noticeable with the button down shirt on underneath. I like the fit, though the ribbing on the arms looks very chunky to me. I will probably make a Bear-sized version of this also, though not in Pastaza.