Tuesday, December 3, 2013
last week we celebrated Thanksgiving with a four day weekend. we spent our four day weekend feasting with family, taking a beautiful hike and having a chilly picnic on a cold, clear day, enjoying lots of Thanksgiving leftovers (layering everything in a pie dish and covering it with dough and baking it, roasted brussels sprouts with fried eggs, pumpkin and pecan pie, turkey wraps with cream cheese and cranberry sauce), and starting to get ready for christmas.
we are waiting to put up christmas decorations until after dean's birthday (next week!), but we have pulled out the advent calendar which brings lots of excitement to the end of each day. this upcoming weekend is going to be full of holiday fun with our annual breakfast with santa event, the local waldorf winter faire, and a friend's birthday all happening on saturday. i'm hoping to finish my shopping today and then all i will have left is lots of sewing and knitting, and finding my list of addresses for christmas cards, deciding who gets jam and who gets pickles, wrapping the gifts, etc. i'm sure you all can relate.
Monday, November 25, 2013
our autumn has turned unseasonably cold and dry. we are all squinting from the sunlight, but trying to enjoy it before the rain returns. i've been mainly staying indoors with a teething baby who has a cold. he has been a restless sleeper, crying out and waking at strange times. more often than not i wake up realizing that he is sitting up with his teeth chattering because he is so cold. usually it is still dark and i'm so tired. that's when the magic combo of knitting and hot cocoa really make my day.
i've already started feeling the christmas crunch. every year at this time i ask myself 'why didn't i start making gifts last july?' and then i remind myself to start next july. maybe next july i really will start. anyway, i had all sorts of grand plans, but have decided to be a bit more realistic this year. my crafting plans include matching leggings for both kids and the new doll, matching nightgowns for my daughter and the new doll, plus some knitted things. that still sort of seems like a lot, but trust me, the list was much bigger before.
last night i think i found the sweater pattern i want to make for myself. i love that it has a high neck, but not a hood. my goal is to have knitted and lined a sweater jacket for myself by next fall. i finished the body of my son's cardigan and realized that it is huge on him. so it is going to wait to get sleeves until after the rush of christmas crafting is over. maybe it will be spring or summer when it fits him, so i won't end up lining it. i also ended up falling in love with these booties and had a bit of a crazy frenzy for a day or two where i decided that i would try to make some, instead of buying them, despite having never knitted socks before or slippers. my mom and husband talked me out that, thank goodness. if i had a weekend of free time i am confident i could have knitted them for him, but i don't think i'll have a free weekend to just knit for a few years. so i splurged and bought them and a matching hat. and now he will be cozy and warm this winter and my christmas and birthday shopping for him is finished!
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
we recently were flirting with buying our first house. it was fun to see what was out there and dream of all of the possibilities. then i read this book and we decided to stay in our rental for a few more years. i know we are making the right decision, but i was still a little bummed about it. so i've decided to snap photos of my favorite little parts of this house. maybe it will help me fall in love with it again, instead of focusing on all of the things i can't change (awful wall to wall carpet, hideous bathroom fixtures, etc).
the cardigan is coming along whenever i get a chance. on saturday i found myself sitting on the side of the community pool without a baby in my arms and thought, why didn't i bring my knitting? maybe next weekend.
these banana strawberry muffins are really moist and yummy. i made them with thawed frozen berries. and who doesn't love a mini muffin? almost bite-sized, they're a little dangerous, right?
when my husband was out of town i bought a few different frozen pizzas and have decided that his homemade pizza has ruined me for almost every other pizza out there. frozen pizza is terrible and now that i know how inexpensive it is to make our own i can't justify restaurant pizza. saturday night pizza is pretty much the best, and not just because i don't have to make it!
my best news of the weekend is that i now fit into my skinniest jeans again! it's great, but i'm going to miss some of my bigger clothes. i think i'll be asking for gift certificates to j crew and boden for christmas since i basically now have one pair of pants that fit.
Friday, November 8, 2013
my garden is still producing a bit. i need to get a tunnel up over the chard so i can let the chickens eat and turn up the rest of the garden before it gets too cold. i had big plans to plant a bunch of over wintering crops this year. i did plant over wintering kale, but that's about it. i guess there's always next year. it feels good to be able to still pick greens from the yard.
i have been so busy for the last week that i haven't had a chance to pick up my knitting needles or do anything creative. i have so many ideas and so little time! we are getting my daughter a new baby doll for christmas and i really want to sew her and her doll matching flannel nightgowns. i also want to finish, and line, the cardigan for my boy's first birthday, which is in about a month! and of course i want to make some christmas ornaments... so little time indeed. and did i mention that three days ago he pulled himself up to standing for the first time, and today he started inching along the windowsill a bit? i think i'm going to have my hands full for the foreseeable future.
Monday, October 28, 2013
since there were a few runny noses and achy throats around here we traded our regular saturday night pizza dinner for big bowls of comforting ramen. i toss the flavor packets out and use homemade chicken broth with a little sherry and soy sauce. sometimes i use leftover chicken, but this time i pan fried it for a little variety. it was so good. i might have to make it again this week.
i finished knitting this sweet little vest for my little boy on sunday. it was the highlight of my day! it was my first time knitting a cable. i was intimidated at first, but it turned out to be really easy. the yarn is a wool and silk blend. it is so soft, perfect for a baby. i included photos of my daughter's vest too. i don't think i ever posted a photo of it completed. i'm hoping to get a photo or two of them wearing their vests together.
i have recently fallen in love with a blog. i was going to write 'a new blog' but it isn't new. it's not even that new to me, but i had only looked at it once about a year ago and for some reason (i blame pregnancy) it just didn't really pique my interest. of course that doesn't make any sense, because it is so up my alley, right? that's why i blame pregnancy. i'm referring to the lovely Poise Gets Cozy. in the last week i have been reading back through her blog at every little chance i get. it's so beautiful and inspiring. it's also fun for me because we live in the same city. i love seeing my city through someone else's eyes. a day or two ago she posted about a sweater she knit for her daughter that she lined with cotton to give it a little extra warmth. well, this got me thinking. i love the idea of combining knitting with fabric. i love yarn almost as much as i love a beautiful pattern. i'm currently knitting a little cardigan for my baby boy, and this post started me thinking about possibly lining it in a polka dot flannel or something. so then i thought about that for a couple of hours while making breakfast, drinking tea, chasing children, etc. then i realized that i could knit a sweater for myself and line it with something wonderful. maybe even a liberty print? or something from heather ross? and then i really started to get excited. many years ago a boyfriend of mine gave me what he thought was the perfect christmas gift: a j crew fleece hoodie lined in jersey. it was pretty wonderful and i wore it until it wore out. while i was wearing it, though, i always secretly wished that i could turn it inside out, with jersey on the outside and warm fleece on the inside. fleece doesn't stay nice looking for very long. i'm almost always cold, so i am forever looking for new, stylish ways to be warm. i wear hoodies a lot. i like the look of sweaters more, but they don't end up being what i reach for. but what if i could knit a warm wool sweater and then line it with flannel? it would be stylish and warm! and quite expensive, but i'd wear it and wear it year after year. i'm sure i'll write about this more as i continue to dream about it.
Friday, October 25, 2013
we have been enjoying a gorgeous, crisp fall here. it has been cold in the evening and morning, then sunny in the afternoon. so amazing. last week my husband was in london for work. it was hard parenting two kids by myself for nine days. i learned a lot about parenting and housekeeping during that time. i'm not great at time management, but i learned how to prioritize things and ended up learning how to help myself. i never thought i'd say this, but i'm actually glad he went out of town, not that i'm looking forward to him leaving again.
i have started working on organizing my sewing studio. it still had unfinished projects from last christmas on the table when i peeked into it a couple of days ago. last december i was ready to have a baby any day and couldn't sleep well, so i'd wake up early and go work on projects before everyone else woke up. then i had that baby and pretty much haven't been back. in the meantime i fell in love with knitting and that took care of my creative needs quite well. i still love knitting, but i want to start sewing again too. i bought some beautiful fabric that needs to be turned into a quilt, but that's another post... anyway, i started cleaning up my studio a couple of nights ago and discovered this half-finished felt tea bag that i just had to finish. it may seem silly, but cleaning up a bit and then finishing this cute little thing felt so good. i can't wait to get back there and accomplish more!