14 months!

“Well I have a thing to tell you and it won’t take long. The way I feel about it is a kind of a song….” – Snuggle Puppy by Sandra Boynton.

14 months

I just got used to saying you were 13 months, and you are already 14 months!! Somehow, you keep getting cuter and cuter. It’s amazing to see your little grey cells start to make sense of your world – you can follow simple directions like picking things up, knocking on the door, closing the door and you’re able to communicate when you’re hungry or thirsty. You use the “more” sign for everything, even though I try and show you please, thank you, eat, drink and help at every chance! Our days are spent roaming around the house, looking at pictures, reading books, babbling “dah-dee, dah-gee” – I can’t wait to hear “mommy” or even “up” or “yes”. I know it’s coming.

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You have the greatest power to melt our hearts when you give hugs and kisses – especially when they come spontaneously from you.

Snuggle Puppy

I’m still in awe.

Fuzzy little snuggly puppy, I love you!

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January 101 Update

(back on track with January!)

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Original post here. Updates: January, February, March, June, July, August
, September / October, December.
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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 (54/101)
-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 (14/33)
16. Cook one new recipe a month (13/33)
**”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
**Honey-Mango Chicken from MaryJanesFarm Magazine – mild / ok
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. (13/52)
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 (3/15)
**PrettyInPosies hair clips for Lorelai**
**Gift for Dan**
**Gift for a secret pal swap**
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.** 1/27/09 I’m within 5 pounds. Close enough.
56. Buy a scale to keep an eye on #55.Complete: 1/15/08
58. Complete 20 projects using stash yarn (9/20)
**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 **9) Lorelai’s Mitts
59. Knit 30 baby hats for charity, donate in Lorelai’s name. (4/30)
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
**Natural Knits for Babies & Mom a)Lorelai’s Mitts, b)Amelie “dress”
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. (2/10)
**1) Little House on the Prairie
**2) Starring Sally J Freedman, as herself.
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.

Replacements:
97. Knit 52 Hats in a year.
93. Knit 100 balls of yarn this year. A “ball” is considered finished when I have less than 50 yards leftover (starting with the Ruling in February)
92. Knit something for the in-laws (0/3)
77. Update the will to reflect guardianship for Lorelai, just in case.

Still undecided about what to replace these with.
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)

Cocoa Swap – Received!

My pal, Ariel, was completely on top of things for this swap – I got my package tonight and OMG, it rocks!

Knit frog & Becca Mug
How can you look at that little frog on not smile?! He is the perfect “Blah Buster” – He’s also a great shade of green and soft! The mug, which reads “Knitting Queen…..Becca” is a good size, nice handle and notice where the design is – perfect for a lefty to pick up to drink and still see the design. There’s also a really cute little lady bug that trails away from my name just opposite the handle. Very cute.

Sweets
Sweets and treats – Jelly Bellys (flavors I’ve not yet tried but look forward to busting into tonight as I work on the CPH!), Nerds and a Wonka Chocolate Tinglies (I bet they are like pop rocks!), also Hot Chocolate, recipes and truffles. Yummy! A new cable needle (going right into my newly organized notions bag!), a Lefty pencil and a “Lefties Will Rule the World” ruler – awesome!!

Malabrigo sock!
Malabrigo sock. OMG. I’ve never seen this color, Solis – it’s the perfect shades of blue. The sock marathon is gearing up to start on sunday and I do believe I shall start with this.

I was completely spoiled by Ariel and enjoyed being her pal! Thank you!!

Notions

For a while I started to notice that my notions bag full of knitting tools was becoming crowded. There was so much random stuff in there. Today I finally dumped it out. (Photo taken after the sorting of all the stuff).
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Not surprisingly, there’s paper, pens, stitch markers, lip balm, my kitchener dog tags, ruler, stitch holders, trash and random yarn labels. There are yarn-bobbin holders and pom-pom makers (I think that’s what those blue / pink circles are for). Missing are scissors (usually there’s 2 pair), and my chibi needle case – Lorelai took it because it makes a great noise and now I don’t know where it is. And my tape measurers (also usually 2) are both elsewhere.

I’m going to give up my standard notions bag for a while (striped old navy cosmetics bag I’ve used since I started knitting back in 2001!) and instead use the snoopy bag that was part of the Woodstock WoolGirl kit.

Old and new

I think my hands have relaxed from the seaming on the CPH – on to picking up for the hood~!

Blurry vision


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Originally uploaded by nutmegknitter

Must be from staring so hard at the seams. More likely it’s trying to take a photo without the flash.

Anyway, my Central Park Hoodie is so close to being done – I may actually have it done for this weekend as I hoped!! Inspired by Pixisis, I used single crochet for all my seams – awesome. It took a bit to get used to and my hand feels a little cramped, but it was faster in the end. Some of the seams are a little bumpy in spots, but I think blocking may help. I’m so excited that the sweater fits!! Fantastic!

Mittens!

In the past few weeks it’s been, pardon my New England, wicked cold here. So cold that I get all chicken about going out into the cold with the Lorax. She’s got a great hat and is all bundled up when we go out, but she didn’t have any mittens. I improvised once and stuck socks on her (hopefully she won’t look back on that as a “bad mommy” moment).

I made her the largest size mittens (12 months / 6.75″) from the Natural Knits for Babies and Moms book – the yarn is the untagged find from a Farmhouse Yarn bin sale. It’s leftover from the flap hat / fingerless mitt set I made my cousin for Christmas. Purpley-black, great to match Lorelai’s hat and jacket.

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She might be ready for thumbs though, she knows how to get these mitts off!
I can take them off!

Something is not right.

Figures. I profess my love for cables and they turn on me (pun intended. Groan.)

After yesterday I was a bit at a standstill with my projects. I need to block the pieces of the Central Park Hoodie (hopefully today), I finished one mitten and it’s a pay attention sort of pattern (not the best for SnB), I’m waiting for Feb.1 & the LimeNViolet sock marathon to start before doing anything with sock yarn (though it would be no surprise to anyone who knows me that I have a HUGE list of socks I want to knit, plus the ipod mitts that were on the Chum. It was almost time for SnB and I needed a project.

I rediscovered some cashmere Dan gave me and thought it would be a treat for me to knit up an Evangeline Cowl – I have long admired the fingerless mitts and think the cowl is gorgeous. Plus, cashmere makes everything better – and the pattern (even with the pay-attention-cables) with the yarn at SnB would be ok.

In the hours I was at SnB I made it through 10 rows. And it’s not good.
Evangeline Cowl
It’s all me, it’s no fault of the pattern or the yarn. I’m a lefty. When I knit cables, I know I need to hold the needle in back when instructed to hold in front and vice versa. Big Cables apparently are ok.

(Cable Close-Up)
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It’s the little cables in the middle that throw me. Some of these were one stitch on the cable needle / hold in front or back and purled. That’s where it’s not working. I suppose I could just do a little swatch and play with it. I should do that. I had started a sweater for Lorelai (Ziggy – ravelry link) back in June and stopped because the same thing happened. The cables were not looking right. There are too many cables I want to knit!!