Stash Surprise

Stash Surprise
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I was digging through a stash box - it's mostly yarn I'm not wild about and / or leftovers - and I found this. It's a ribbon-yarn-scarf - I think the yarn is Plymouth Eros. It just needs a few more ends for fringe. Thing is, I hate it - I'm never going to wear it. I realize it's spring and wamring up, but would anyone like a ribbon scarf? Or know of someplace I could donate it?

The photo is a little dark, but it's blues (like a turquoise / teal and sapphire) and green (mild lime..)

6 Months!

6 Months!
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I can't believe that Lorelai is 6 months old today! Especially touching as other friends of ours had their baby (a boy) today - they are just starting out.... Seems like so long ago that everything was so new and we had no idea what was in store for us. You keep changing it up each day, so we still don't know what's in store, but I would bet it's great!

In the last month you've pulled a lot of tricks - teeth have begun to push through your gums, you can sit up without support, you're working on that crawling thing but are usually content to roll to where it is you want to be. You "talk" more and drool less. You've started solid foods (cereal, bananas, watermelon, english muffins and a teeny tiny piece of pancake). It's about time for another hair cut - gotta trim those bangs!

Love you and every little squiggle!


The Very Patient Bear

Hoo-ray! I finally finished the Bobbi Bear that I started back in 2005!!! All he needed was ears and a face. At SnB last week I was talking with others about finishing, and I challenged myself to get it done by the next SnB - and I did it! Go me!
Bobbi Bear - Finished!
He's huge. And the yarn is fuzzy, so while L. can have this bear, it is going to be more of a decoration than a huggable toy for a while. I have complained about how big he is, but last night I couldn't stop squeezing him and walking around the house! I hope she loves him forever, and can't you see a college kid taking this off to school? Maybe not, but he'll be there for her. I might make it again in a more kid-friendy-drool-proof-yarn...
We're the same size!
L. has quite the 'do this morning - it's kind of like "Flock of Seagulls".

Hi there

Let me take a bite out of you!

On to the next project...


Baby sweater!

Finally, I've got photos of my knits! This weekend I made pretty good progress on all my knits - I finished Lorelai's sweater, a market bag I'm test knitting, I pulled the Bobbi Bear out of hibernation, and I've just about finished one sock (the toe needs kitchnering). The Seamless Baby Kimono was made using Tahki Cotton Classic that I had in my stash. Hot Pink. I dig it, and I think Lorelai does too. I used two skeins and a little bit of a third one. As I'm left handed, the front crosses from the right and ties on the left. I enjoyed knitting this - seamless is the way to go!
Baby kimono sweater

L. learns how to take a "knitter's self portrait"
knitters self portrait

Don't I look smart?
Looking smart in my sweater

Drool proof.
Cotton sweaters...

This photo shoot is over!
This photo shoot is over!


Good Eats

I did say my next post would have knitting - it's all being worked on. Certainly I can distract any blog readers with Lorelai's adventures into "solid" food? She had her first cereal today. She went at it like a champ!
Let's Eat!


"Solid" foods - take 1
It might not look like it from that last photo, but more food went in than came out, really!


About Mememememe

I'm behind on taking photos of my knits, and don't have much to show for them anyway right now - maybe this weekend. Last night I did get out to the SnB and felt so charged up when I got home - silly I know, but to spend ~ 2 hours with other knitters is a rush :) And I got to see people from the Monday afternoon group I used to go to (Sonia, Nancy) and I got to meet some people I only know from online / ravelry (Kelly, Jenn) - so cool! My family is very supportive of my knitting, but it's just not the same. I was telling some people about local gourmet cookies - find them here: Red Rooster Baking.

Peaceful Knitter tagged me - so, stuff about me will have to do until my next post....

The rules: Each player answers the questions about themselves. At the end of the post, the player then tags 5-6 people and posts their names, then goes to their blogs and leaves them a comment, letting them know they’ve been tagged and asking them to read your blog. Let the person who tagged you know when you’ve posted your answer.

1) What was I doing ten years ago?
Let's see, May 1998 - I finished my sophmore year of college...I was probably already back at work at The Paper Trail. I wasn't knitting! Dan & I were together at that point (a little more than 2 years).

2) What are five (non-work) things on my to-do list for today:
Go to the farmer's market.
Take the kids (Jackson & Lorelai) for a walk.
Pick up photo prints.
Locate my copy of the Bobbi Bear pattern (I am challenging myself to finish it for next week - all he needs are ears and some embroidery...)
Seam up the project I'm test knitting.

3) Snacks I enjoy:
Jelly beans, mike & ikes, air heads, (I've got a sugar addiction, I'm trying to detach myself from high fructose corn syrup....) fresh fruit - I can not wait for the berries to come back in season - we're almost there!

4) Things I would do if I were a billionaire:
Go back to school - for what? photography & languages
Purchase shares in a local CSA
Make sure Lorelai has a trust of some sort set for college / grad school (if she wishes) / car / travel
Buy & Live at the beach (Rhode Island beaches!)

5) Places I have lived:
Born in Rhode Island, lived in New Jersey for a few years, moved to Connecticut, went to college in Rhode Island and spent 10 weeks in North Dakota, and went to graduate school in Syracuse, NY. ND and NY were ok, but I'm a New Englander at my core and here is where I plan to stay!

6) Jobs I have had:
paid: babysitter, retail sales, 1-hour photo developer, lab assistant, teaching assistant, middle school science teacher, mom, sister, daughter
volunteering: hospital escort, beach monitor for bird nests, Big Sisters, local women & family support center

7) Peeps I want to know more about:


Knitting in Public

I forgot to blog about Macbeth (with Patrick Stewart) - we went in to New York back on May 3 to see the show.

Now, I'm not a huge Shakespeare fan, but as I have gotten older I have come to appreciate it more. Seeing it performed makes a world of difference than just reading it aloud in high school english class. Let me say that Patrick Stewart is outstanding! We were maybe 25 feet away from him - he's a tremendous actor! The whole performance was really interesting - the witches were nurses / servants, there was a lot of blood, and I recognized one of the actors (before reading his Playbill bio): Scott Handy - I remembered him from "A Knight's Tale" - he was one of the "announcers" at the jousts.

I did bring my knitting, and KIP on the train ride in, and then at the theatre waiting to be seated / during intermission:
KIP - burp cloth

Blueberry cake

Blueberry cake
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A recent issue of Cooking Light magazine had a recipe for "Blueberry Coffee Cake" - I gave it a whirl. Granted, I didn't have the pan they said to use, so my end result doesn't look like the photo. Also, all the blueberries sank to the bottom of the cake! It was yummy, but I don't think I'll make it again. I'll hunt for some other blueberry treat.


Me & My Girl

Me & My Girl
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Happy Mother's Day!!



Trying to make one post to cover everything. First, it is Thursday, so there's a Jackson spotlight for Dogs on Thursday:
Smile Jackson
He's been pretty good since we returned from vacation. Only one accident in the house (we give him one free pass when he comes back to us) and he's uber-affectionate. Kisses all around, especially for the baby:

More kisses

She doesn't seem to mind too much:
One more kiss?

Yay for harmony in the house.

There is knitting in this post too - seems like it has been a while, but I've mostly been knitting baby genius burp cloths a la Mason-Dixon - it's now my easy, mindless, grab and go project!
burp cloths
(gosh, Lorelai looks like a little kid here!)

I'm just about done with a sweater for Lorelai too:
mistakes & kisses
(More kisses!) I knit and finished the first sleeve, then last night I was working on the second sleeve and realized I didn't decrease enough times. Whoops. So, I plan to un-do the left sleeve bind off and work back about 8 rows to redo. At least it's not a huge mistake. The sweater is maybe a 6-9month size, so I do have a little bit of time.

Other bits about my life recently - the ants seem to be taken care of - had tons last night at the baits, cleared out the counter and put out new ones last night - nothing this morning, and I put out new ones this morning - so far, nothing. I'll give it another day still.

My favorite band, Barenaked Ladies have put out a children's cd - "Snacktime" - it's really cute. Totally "them" and nothing so annoyingly catchy that I'll be humming it all day. Love it!

Today out at knitting with Mad-Knitter I got to meet another blogger-knitter: Wifemomknitter - so much fun!

I'm also loving:Motherhood Uncensored



I've got upwards of 50 family and friends coming over this weekend for Lorelai's baptism. Not a big problem, but a lot of prep work. This morning we found ants all over the garden window / kitchen sink window. RRGGH. Can't find where they are coming from - see nothing under the sink, there are cracks around the window frame and the window is actually a second story window. Ick ick ick. I've put out Terro Liquid Ant Killer / Bait - they are having a little feasting party. That's how it works, but it's driving me mad!

This makes me laugh however:
see more dog pictures


Earthy Mama

What a great Earth Friendly giveaway!

I have two of the wrap-n-mats that I used almost daily for my school lunches last year - I got Dan to use them too - they are great! Easy to clean and they hold quite a bit of other items, not just sandwiches!

This caught my eye too - granted it is easy for me - we're going to NYC for the day to see Macbeth (with Patrick Stewart!)
Instead of leaving my computer on while we're away, I'll be turning it off! This is something I need to work on anyway - turn it off at night, turn it off when I leave the house, turn it off for the afternoon...



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I take zillions of photos. That is the only way really to get good shots - especially with kids and pets! This isn't the best picture of Lorelai but it is the most accurate reflection of her mood this week - it's been a bit of a bumpy ride getting back into our routines!

Reaching and Grabbing

Reaching and Grabbing
Originally uploaded by nutmegknitter
5 months and a day! Since we were away it's taking a while to get back on track and I missed that yesterday was the 30th! We can't believe how fast you are changing - reaching and grabbing for everything! You always want to "pet" Jackson, you watch our food and how we eat (your turn will be soon!) and you roll over and around the floor like a pro! You've recently been a bit more fussy than usual - is it that you're taking shorter naps? or is it teeth? Time will tell - on to the next month!
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