March 101 Update

So many things “in progress”…Refreshing the memory…I’m giving several of these a second think over and am likely to change them.
Original Blog Post here, Updates: January, February
Day Zero, Home of 101/1001 Project
The Mission
Complete 101 preset tasks in a period of 1001 days.

In progress

1. Fill the large collage photo frames. (1/3)
2. Hang the photo-filled large collage photo frames (1/3)
4. Learn to use the drop spindle. Completed: 3/11/08
8. Open a savings account for Lorelai and save $250 (10/250)
15. Photograph Lorelai on the 30th of each month (3/33)
16. Cook one new recipe a month (3/33)
**”Chicken Bruschetta Bake” from the Stove Top Stuffing Mix Box. Just ok.**
**”Curried Lamb” from Woman’s Day Magazine, crock-pot recipe. Bland.**
**”Stuffed Pepper Soup” copycat recipe of 99 restuarant recipe. Burnt the soup. Ick.**
**Turkey & Brocolli Casserole thing from Taste Of Home Magazine. Not bad.
17. Drink 2-3 Liters of water a day. This needs work.
20. Knit 30 socks (15 pairs) (5/30)
**Bartholomew’s Sock #1 done 1/21/08**
**Bartholomew’s Sock #2 done 2/4/08**
**Lenore Socks #1 & #2 done in 10 days! 2/14/08**
**Two wee socks (one for the wee sock swap) 3/30/08**
22. Knit two mitered squares a month. (4/66) – March isn’t happening
24. Update the blog once a week for a year. (12/52)
26. Use “the baby” SLR and shoot one roll of film every month (2.5/33) March is halfway done
27. Floss twice a week (5/286) Rgh. I need to change this somehow.
35. Read 10 books. (3/10)
**1) The Good Good Pig
**2) The Memory Keeper’s Daughter
**3) The Tender Bar
**4) You’re Not You
**5) Water for Elephants
**6) Diary
40. Send the grandparents a card / Lorelai photo once a month (4/33)
41. Post an Update of my 101 each month (3/33)
45. Read “The Killer Angels”. OMG, how I hate this one. I can’t get into this book at all!! I’ve given up on it. Need to fix this.
48. Clean out email inbox and maintain so there’s never more than 100 messages in there at a time. This needs work.
58. Complete 20 projects using stash yarn (2/20)
**1) Snowman Hat 2)Bunny Cozies
61. Make photocards for Valentine’s Day, Easter, Halloween, Thanksgiving on home computer.
66. Host a holiday dinner for the family at least once a year. (1/3) Easter ’08
70. Listen to 8 audio-books. (1/8)
**1) Microthrills by Wendy Spero
**2) The Knitting Circle by Ann Hood – in progress, OMG is it sad!
73. Knit three projects from each knitting book I own.
**Itty Bitty Hats a)Snowman Hat b)Bunny Tails Hat c)Upside-Down Daisy
77. Expose myself to new music: Listen to one new artist a week (5/143) This needs to be fixed.
100. Eat out at 5 new restaurants (1/5)
**The Time Out Tavern, Durham, CT
**The New Deal Steakplace, Westbrook, CT

4 months old

4 months old
Originally uploaded by nutmegknitter

You’ve come so far little one – and you’re changing by leaps and bounds each day! This week you started rolling over and that seems to be your favorite thing to do – you’re not one for sitting yet, you prefer to skooch down and be on your back. You also started sucking in your lower lip and making “MMMMMMMMM” noises. We can’t get over those blueberry eyes!

Harder than it sounds

Peaceful Knitter tagged me to do the Six Word Memoir. I came up with several, but this one stands out to me:
Conduct and effort, no matter what.

Here’s the NPR story

Here are the guidelines, should you choose to participate in this yourself:

Write your own six word memoir.
Post it on your blog and include a visual illustration if you’d like.
Link to the person that tagged you in your post and to this original post if possible so we can track it as it travels across the blogosphere.
Tag five more blogs with links. I tag Theatreknitter, PiccoloGirl, Mad-knitter, DancingSheeptoSheep and KnelleyKnits

Oh, the other ones I considered?
Tiny dog, big bark, cute face.
Already large family welcomes one more.
Cute dog, cuter baby, still knitting.

Dogs on Thursday

Let’s start with the funny side, yes?

Jackson could easily pass for several dogs in that video.

On the heavier side, I caught him going after my yarn. Of course it was after the fact. I come into the room and spot the yarn, find the dog and grab the camera. That yarn (nice yarn by the way – it’s easily 3 balls – it’s so tangled I”m not even sure now!) has been in a bag on the floor for WEEKS!!! Stinky weiner dog.
Dachshund destroys yarn

Gushing, tagged and new favorites

Lorelai was gifted a beautiful handmade sweater from her Aunt Virginia. Virginia picked up the knitting needles around Christmas – armed with many of my knitting books. She had made a bookmark for a first project and jumped right in to make herself a sweater. We’ve emailed back and forth about stitches and patterns and she’s on ravelry too. Look at how absolutely gorgeous this sweater is:
New sweater 2
Baby sweater
It’s black with the trim in pinky-purple and the flowers are pink – purple – white. Stunning! Virginia is hard on herself “Oh, you’ll see all the mistakes” but I’m blind to them – it’s a gorgeous sweater!

I was tagged by mad-knitter to do the Alphabet Meme – Here is what you do. Use the 1st letter of your middle name to answer each of the following questions. They have to be real places, names,things…nothing made up! Try to use different answers if the person you took this from had the same 1st initial.You CAN’T use your name for the boy/girl name question.

1. Middle name letter: U (I decided to go with the challenge as my maiden name is now my middle name!)
2. Famous artist/band/musician: U2
3. 4-letter word: User
4. U.S state: Utah
5. Boy name: Ulysses
6. Girl name: Ursula
7. Animal: Unicorn
8. Something in the kitchen: Utensils
9. Reason for being late? Untied shoes
10. Body Part? Uvula
11. Drink? Ultimate Mudslid
12. Something you shout: Up, Up, and Away!
13. Something you eat? Udon
14. A movie you’ve seen? Upside of Anger

It looks like she has no arms, but I think this is my new favorite picture:
How you doin'?


Gotta love – Here’s today’s picture:

photo credit: “Research Group James” originally uploaded by giles breton.

Could be a twin for Lorelai!
Easter dress 3
Ok, maybe not. 🙂

Easter was great, we had everyone over. The best part was seeing everyone interact with Lorelai – her uncles, aunt and great-uncles haven’t seen her since early January! Yesterday we were all just zonked. It’s nice to take a moment and just knit, not have to worry about getting ready for the party. I can take my time cleaning up and putting decorations away.