15 months and a FO

(When she got up this morning she immediately picked up the baby doll and put on the lei. Pure sunshine.)

There is no 30th of February, but Lorelai is now 15 months. Fantastic! We have a healthy, happy, and active toddler on our hands. Still not talking a whole lot, but she can communicate what she wants – mostly that is food / drink or looking at pictures of herself (“Baby!”). My little smart cookie is a help (sometimes) in the kitchen – especially at breakfast – she helps find the toaster, brings the eggos from the fridge and knows that routine down pat. The hugs and kisses are still spontaneous, and we can see bits of attitude that I am sure will hit full force in a matter of time. Lorelai is stubborn like me and is great at making faces when she’s frustrated / annoyed. A huge fan of music, we dance each day to some 80s music and sing too. I will sing the alphabet song and at the end Lorelai will chime in with “Me” at the right time (next time won’t you sing with….). And she’s a pro at “Itsy Bitsy Spider”.
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One of my favorite things though was last week we were in a store and I gave her a board book to occupy her for a few moments. She starts shouting “Baaaaaa! Baaaaaa! Baaaaa!” – so I asked her what she was looking at and she pointed to the sheep on the barnyard page. I’ll admit, I’m very pleased by that – we talk about yarn and knitting daily as well, of course! However, that seems to be a general animal noise. Did you know that cats also say Baaa! 🙂

I finished up another hat (#6 out of 52) but this one is not staying here. It’s being sent off for a St.Patrick’s Day swap I am participating in on Ravelry. Pattern is “Subtle Twist” – a free one.
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I think I messed up on one row of the pattern, so it’s a really subtle twist, but I’m pleased. My pal lives where it is cold, so hopefully she’ll have lots of use for this hat!

So glad that the sun has come out and is melting the snow. The icicles falling from the roof freak Jackson out – I could do without that. Spring is coming!

Well, there’s that.

Yesterday we were dumped on with snow. No big deal for me – I can work from home. And this is what happens here – we always get snow in March. One year (1997 I think) we had a blizzard on April 1! I did have to take the Lorax to a check-up and lucky for us, the plow guy came at 8am, so we were able to get out of the driveway without any issue. The Lorax is quite healthy, even if she is still a bit of a pixie (30″ tall, 21 pounds).

In the afternoon I finally made “Chewy Granola Bars” from Martha Stewart’s Good Things For Kids (Summer 2006 magazine). It was a little tricky to mix up everything (really, get a HUGE bowl!) and the end result is quite chewy, but crumbles easily. I modified the recipe to leave out the pecans (Dan doesn’t like them), substituted Craisins for golden raisins. Something else was needed i think to keep them more together, if that makes sense. I ended up with a bunch of granola bars and a side of granola pieces that broke off when I cut them. Everyone liked them though, so yay. Next time I might add more honey / apricots and more chocolate chips (or do a drizzle on top.) Or, I might just try Alton’s Recipe – same basic premise.

Just before dinner I was playing on the floor with Lorelai. I was shocked to discover a hole in my handknit socks! That wasn’t there when I put them on in the morning! And then, my suprised doubled when I found a second hole – same location on the other foot!! The “Snakes on a Sock” socks have died.
I killed my socks!
They were worn / washed / loved for 2.5 years, so I guess it was just their time.

Good thing I’m knitting more socks! I finished my first anklet two days ago. Still using the “Bekka” yarn from Ruby Sapphire, I believe the official pattern name is “Pom Pom Peds” and it’s a purl bee freebie. The second one is cast on and I did the heel flap last night.
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The “form” inside the sock is a plastic foot mold that came with a recent shoe purchase – it’s slightly longer than my foot, but makes for a nifty picture.