13 months!

Wow. What a difference a year, or even a day makes with little ones!
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The chair doesn’t seem too big for you anymore, Lorelai! We’re on our toes all the time with you – as are you – two weekends ago you decided “I’m done with crawling.” and that’s it! You’re walking all over the place and you are fast! Thankfully, you are a great sleeper, a good eater and have handled getting so many teeth without too much fuss. You are also a crowd pleaser – with all the traveling on Christmas you would enter the room and stick close to me or Daddy, but then when you learned the lay of the land you just walked and walked and walked and made certain that people noticed you!

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Even with all the toys / dolls you received for Christmas, reading a book still seems to be your favorite thing! And you’ve started to hold it right side up (which I’m very glad to see) – you love the Very Hungry Caterpillar, the Boynton books (snuggle puppy & doggies!), Opposites with Oswald, this little nature book and a ladybug book. I hope you always love the books and I can’t wait until you can read the story to me!

Practice Socks
I found my practice socks I made while I was pregnant with you (I still have big plans to work my way through that Cat Bordhi book!) and they finally fit you! They are a little small, but they fit and thank you for letting me model them on your feet! I won’t let you wear them in the house because they would be so slippery on our floors… someday I’ll make you a better pair 🙂

So much love for you kiddo!

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December 101 Update

(Whoops, missed November!)
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Original post here. Updates: January, February, March, June, July, August
, September / October
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I like a challenge. I love lists. I think this sort of list would be good to help me keep some focus (on me) now that the bulk of my focus is on my family. This list has been inspired by my family, friends, and the other lists in blogs I read…

Day Zero, Home of 101/1001 Project
The Mission
Complete 101 preset tasks in a period of 1001 days.

The Criteria
Tasks must be specific (ie. no ambiguity in the wording) with a result that is either measurable or clearly defined. Tasks must also be realistic and stretching (ie. represent some amount of work on my part).

Why 1001 Days?
Many people have created lists in the past – frequently simple goals such as New Year’s resolutions. The key to beating procrastination is to set a deadline that is realistic. 1001 Days (about 2.75 years) is a better period of time than a year, because it allows you several seasons to complete the tasks, which is better for organising and timing some tasks such as overseas trips or outdoor activities.

My List
Start date : 01 January 2008
End date : 28 September 2010

Key
Not yet started
In progress
Complete

1. Fill the large collage photo frames. (1/3)
2. Hang the photo-filled large collage photo frames (1/3)
3. Declutter: sell or give-away 101 material items I own (34/101)
-yarn, -clothes -books -house items
4. Learn to use the drop spindle. Completed: 3/11/08
5. Make enough yarn on the drop spindle to make a hat.
6. Learn to crochet. Completed: 8/30/08
7. Use crochet to make a simple amigurumi character.
8. Open a savings account for Lorelai and save $250 (250/250) Complete: 5/17/08
9. See 10 movies in the movie theater (5/10)
**1)Sex & The City
**2)Hancock
**3)The Dark Knight
**4)Mamma Mia
**5) Quantum of Solace
10. Submit my resume to the new science museum. Completed: 2/28/08
11. Attend a sheep and wool festival in CT
12. Go to the local farmer’s market 15 times (4/15)
13. Submit photos to the Durham and Guilford Fairs each year (0/6)
14. Submit knitted objects to the Durham and Guilford Fairs each year (0/6)
15. Photograph Lorelai on the 30th of each month (13/33)
16. Cook one new recipe a month (12/33)
**”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.
**Mini Lamb Burgers with Couscous Salad from Real Simple – Delish!
**Baked Mac-n-Cheese with Chicken Sausage from “6 o’clock Scramble” online – yummy!
**Blueberry Cake from Cooking Light – ok, but all the blueberries sank to the bottom!
**Chrispy Chicken Romaine Salad – back of the bread crumb box – ok
**Blueberry Crumb Bars – not bad.
**Cranberry sauce – yum!
**Chai Spice Girl Cookies – pretty good
**Giada’s Peppers stuffed with Orzo – not bad
17. Drink 2-3 Liters of water a day.
18. Write a letter to Koji and Noriko to tell them about Lorelai.
19. Knit a sweater for me that fits and I love. Glee!
20. Knit 30 socks (15 pairs) (9/30)
**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**
**Tidal Wave Sock #1 done 5/25/08**
**Sanrio Socks #1 & #2 done 9/30/08**
21. I want to make the “Heirloom Ring Blanket” for my mom. Deadline: December 2008.
22. Sign Up for the 100 Push Up Challenge
23. Complete the 100 push-up challenge: initial test, Week 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
24. Update the blog once a week for a year. (12/52)
25. Go to four dachshund meet-ups. (2/4)
26. Make updated moo cards. Completed 10/15/2008
27. Make my own granola.
28. Get a routine physical with an internist. Completed 8/5/08
29. Get a body scan to check on the freckles / moles.Scheduled for Feb. ’09
30. Go to the dentist twice a year (2/6)
31. Start doing yoga once a week, build up to three times a week.
32. Take Jackson for a walk daily, weather permitting. (Let’s face it, he’s a dachshund and doesn’t fare well in cold, wet, or snow)
33. Save $1 for every item completed from this list.
34. Sew a pair of pajama pants.
35. Read 10 books. (10/10)
**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
**7) The Know-it-all
**8) Prince Caspian
**9) Smotherhood
**10) Redstripe
**11) In Defense of Food
**12) Garbage Land
36. Create a coordinated Halloween costume for Lorelai and Jackson. Complete 10/31/2008
37. I’m going to allow myself to purchase yarn with the condition that an equal (or greater) amount leaves the house.
38. Clean out and organize the junk drawers in the kitchen (2/2) Complete: 6/29/08
39. Write recipes on recipe cards as needed. No more torn out from magazine papers!
40. Send the grandparents a card / Lorelai photo once a month (9/33)
41. Post an Update of my 101 each month (9/33)
42. Grow plant / veggie garden from seed.
43. Grow 3 “new to me” plants / veggies each year (3/9)
**1) Broccoli
**2) Peas
**3) Corn
44. Give blood once a year. (0/3)
45. Read “The Killer Angels”.
46. Try out peapod or other online grocery service.Complete: 1/2/08
47. Try out g-diapers.
48. Clean out email inbox and maintain so there’s never more than 100 messages in there at a time.
49. Get a professional portrait of Lorelai. Adorable.
50. Buy 5 gifts from etsy.com each year (2/15)
**PrettyInPosies hair clips for Lorelai**
**Gift for Dan**
51. Clean out / organize the bloglines reader to remove blogs unupdated / uninteresting / topics /etc. once each year (1/3) 12/30/08 switched to Google Reader
52. Get back in shape to fit into my regular non-maternity clothes. All the maternity clothes are put away!
53. Bring old maternity clothes and newborn clothes to Beyond the Stork. Donated or put away
54. Replace the lights along the front walk. Complete: 6/8/08
55. Get back to at least my prepregnancy weight (minus an extra 5 – 7 pounds)
**As of 1/11/08 I’m down 28 pounds! 13 more to go to get to pre-preg.wt**
**11/4/2008 another 8 pounds to go.**
56. Buy a scale to keep an eye on #55.Complete: 1/15/08
58. Complete 20 projects using stash yarn (8/20)
**1) Snowman Hat **2)Bunny Cozies **3)Batman Hat **4)rattles **5)Abby’s Hat **6)Abby’s Mitts **7)Turn a Square Hat **8)Turn a Square, Squared
59. Knit 30 baby hats for charity, donate in Lorelai’s name. (3/30)
60. Make my own sushi.
61. Make photocards for Valentine’s Day, Easter, Halloween, Thanksgiving on home computer.
62. See a Broadway show.Complete: 5/3/08 Macbeth
63. Visit New York City.Complete: 5/3/08
64. Snorkel in the British Virgin Islands.Complete: 4/22/08
66. Host a holiday dinner for the family at least once a year. (1/3) Easter ’08
67. Garden indoors with the AeroGarden, maintain the water and nutrients.
68. Get a bikini wax.
69. Vote for president. Completed 11/4/2008
70. Listen to 8 audio-books. (3/8)
**1) Microthrills by Wendy Spero
**2) The Knitting Circle by Ann Hood
**3) Certain Girls by Jennifer Weiner
71. Get my first tattoo
72. Go back to church
73. Knit three projects from each knitting book I own.
**Itty Bitty Hats a)Snowman Hat b)Bunny Tails Hat c)Upside-Down Daisy
**Mason-Dixon Knitting a)Baby Genius Burp Cloth
**Mason-Dixon Book 2 a)Toto potholder
**One Skein Wonders a)Flap Hat
74. Join a local mom+baby group.
75. Copy the phone numbers in my cell phone into my paper address book.
76. Reinstall itunes.Complete: 1/3/2008
78. See if the nerds / geeks can rescue the data from the Dell hard drive.
79. Get back on birth control. completed 1/13/08
81. Sort through the boxes brought home from school.
82. Fully update stash on ravelry.
83. Fully update books on ravelry.
84. Fully update needles on ravelry.
85. Set up an etsy shop. Complete: 6/27/08
86. Sell 25 items from etsy shop. (2/25)
87. Get a table / space at a local craft fair. Completed 10/18/2008
88. Knit Dan & Virginia’s wedding afghan. Deadline: June 2009.
89. Knit afghan for me!
90. Re-read 10 books that I read when I was in grades 6 – 8. (1/10)
**1) Little House on the Prairie
91. Purchase a TerraPass / CO2 offset for my car / home / acrylic knitting.
94. Use the canvas / knit bags not plastic when shopping. This is a full time habit now
95. Try sign language with Lorelai – 5 signs (4/5) **1) More (we’re working on Help, Thank You, and Drink)
96. Come in second in the fantasy football league. OMG, don’t want to jinx it but as of 11/4/08 I’m #1! I won!!!
98. Eat vegetarian for a week.
99. Learn to make pancakes.
100. Eat out at 5 new restaurants (5/5)
**The Time Out Tavern, Durham, CT
**The New Deal Steakplace, Westbrook, CT
**Mia Dona, New York City
**Nellie Green, Branford, CT
**Miso, New Haven, CT
**Tuscany Grill, Middletown, CT
101. Smile everyday. Be a good example / role model for my daughter. Be a good wife to my husband.

I’ve got my eye out to replace these:
97. Read more than just the Art section of the New York Times Weekend Edition (\2\4/143) – No time to read this anyway.
93. Embroider a onesie for Lorelai. – she grows too fast for those onesies. Make her a sweater. Or toys.
92. Knit all holiday gifts by December 13. – Not realistic for a knitter that thinks she’ll make more hats on Christmas Eve for gifts.
77. Expose myself to new music: Listen to one new artist a week (3/143)
80. Write a letter a month (2/33)
65. Try 10 recipes from Alton Brown’s “Good Eats” (0/10)
57. Rediscover my yarn stash – pair up 20 new projects with stash yarn. (8/20)

Christmas in Motion

Does it happen any other way? The Holidays always seem to be a blur to me – we always travel. I have forever gone to Rhode Island and back to CT multiple times. Dan’s family is from Long Island. They always travel. For us it was RI on Christmas Eve, back to CT to do our Christmas, down to Long Island for Christmas, back to CT for another Christmas. I’m exhausted. It’s all good – everyone in the families gets along and it’s a good time – lots of food and interesting stuff like that – but I also feel like I missed so much of what I’m used to (sitting back and just observing family dynamics) – because either Dan or myself were watching Lorelai the entire time. Sure, everyone wants to see her, but they will turn away when she does, they aren’t watching her 3 steps ahead to see the full soda can in her reach, or the glass dish full of popcorn, or the knife… It’s all good though.

Classic Christmas Eve Dress:
Christmas Eve Dress

Ready for traveling (outfit by Auntie VIK – big hit!)
Strut, strut

Lorelai has decided she’s done with crawling. She just wants to move! She was appropriately spoiled – clothes & books & and noisy toys (that are tolerable) and a gorgeous handknit from Aunt Virginia that deserves its own post!

I’m excited for a few gift certificates to LYSs and 2 new knitting books and the Yarn Harlot page-a-day calendar. I’m working on my knitting new year resolutions (I’m thinking about knitting 100 balls of yarn, personal sock club, etc).

And I’m pooped. I want to go and play with my yarns. I’ve promised a certain 9 year old a guitar strap and it’s overdue. And unfortunately some bad news has come his way… And I want to work up some preemie hats for the “Save the Children” “Knit One Save One” campaign (how did I miss that in 2008?)

Christmas Catch-Up

(Maybe I should make a resolution to not title my posts with “catch up” I feel like a use that a lot!)

First off, a big big Thank You! to Amy – she had a contest on her blog and while I didn’t win, I was a close second! She sent me a great package!
Gifts from Amy!
There’s the Earthbound Organic Cookbook that I can wait to try out in the next few weeks, RetroKnits – this book is a hoot! And I think I have found a few items to knit up! and altfiber – OMG, fantastic! And she sent three of the most fragrant soaps from Two Rivers Soap – they are fantastic, and reading their website – Fair Trade, Secret Pal friendly!! So of course, now I’m thinking of knitting soap sacks, in a retro pattern with alt-fibers! 🙂 Thank you again, very much Amy!

I was working on a pair of Plum Blossom Mittens for me!
Plum blossom mitts WIP
But, there are issues. They are a bit too snug (so I guess I’ll make the L instead of the M), the cuff needs to be longer and I think also a bit more snug there so I’ll go down a needle size. I haven’t given up on them, but they are in a time-out.

I finished all my Christmas gift knitting – wove in the last of the ends on the second pair of the hot-hands / potholders. I really want a pair, so I will make them eventually.

I made Dan a hat and it worked up so quick that I was bit by the “I can make these for Christmas Gifts!” – Yeah, that was December 22. I did make 2 hats, but I was sidetracked by the ends to weave in that in the end we’re keeping both hats. For now. I have nothing but love for Brooklyn Tweed and the Turn A Square hat. Works up SO fast! I used one skein of Lamb’s Pride to get the black for both hats! The blue is Cascade220 (Dan’s hat) and the other is a red-orange yarn I bought from a Farmhouse Yarn bin sale (no tags on the yarn). Love love love love!
Turn A Square:
Turn a square
Squared:
Turn a square, squared
I think I’ll still make hat #3, the yarn is out and staring at me. Plus then I can call it “Cubed” (geek flag!). Anyway.
Cheese

And that’s that. I think we’re caught up! Yay!

Avoiding the chills

It’s cold out and we’re surrounded by 6-8 inches of snow and ice. I don’t mind, and I’m not complaining. I like New England winters – sure they are unpredictable, but when the first snowflakes start to fall it is just so pretty out! And as long as there is snow, it makes the cold worthwhile. It was a good weekend for knitting – I started and finished my Abrazo from the Fall ’08 Knitty.
Abrazo FO!

I made the medium size / 36″ and it only took 2 skeins of Kathleen (colorway: Betty Friedan) – I have yet to go back and crochet around the arms / neck edges (I may just skip that) so I even have some leftover! And talk about a quick knit, I cast this on Thursday afternoon, had 11 inches done by the end of SnB and was weaving in ends on Saturday night. Sweet. I wore it all day yesterday – it’s just right – doesn’t feel bulky or anything!

Lorelai has started, in her own way, playing dress up. Many times during the day she will put on a teething ring as a bracelet (most often the red one). We were folding laundry on Friday and she clung to my fleecey pajama top – so I draped it over her shoulders like a little cape and she seemed to like it. I hope it wasn’t that she was cold!
Pjs for a cape

I’ve gotten a bit of the crazy-last-minute-knitter bug – wasn’t planning on it, but I think I can get two (or 3) hats done so I’m knitting away like a mad woman. If it works I will rock!

Tickled

First off, Congrats to Theatreknitter and Piccologirl on their becoming “official” aunts! Not that they were any less special as Aunts to any of the children that surround them, but their sister had her baby, Patrick, yesterday! Yay for babies!

Second, I’ve taken a break from my must-do knitting (super secret project, CPH sleeves, Dan’s hat, Christmas gift, etc) and cast on for Abrazo from knitty. As part of my payment for knitting for Schaefer yarn, I received yarn to make this vest. I wound up one hank last night and ran out of yarn at SnB! I’ve got about 11 inches done already!
Abrazo WIP
Now I’ve got the bug and just want to keep knitting this to finish it!

For the most part in the house I don’t put much on Lorelai’s feet – she tears off the socks anyway and she has better balance / grip when she’s barefoot. When we go out I do put tights / socks / shoes on her. I got her to wear little boots last night. Dan brought her home and he put away her shoes with all the rest we I leave there. So cute!
Little shoes in the hall