owls and inappropriate birthday cards

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Joining Ginny and Nicole

Why, hello there. I’ve been a bit silent for the last week, my apologies. It was my birthday this past weekend (thirty-three…Sigh) and Gabe whisked me away to a lovely hotel for the weekend. In preparation for the trip, I was too busy getting myself and the kids ready (first time they were left overnight with a sitter and they did wonderfully) and once we were there I completely shut out the world. No, phone, no iPad, no internet. It was wonderful. Gabe and I returned home Sunday evening and I have spent what seems like the past three days getting caught up on the household chores, grocery shopping and sleep. I don’t know how it is I can have such a relaxing weekend only to return home exhausted. I blame the pregnancy.

We celebrated my birthday with the kids before we left, mostly because once Sam realized it was my birthday all he could talk about was cake. My mom picked up a cheesecake on the way home from dinner one night and brought it over. I look tired and you can see the bra strap from my super-supportive third trimester maternity bra, but other than that I think it’s a great photo of the me and the kids. Ha.

I took a photo of one of the gifts I received from my mother: an adult coloring book and colored pencils! I’ve colored about a quarter of a page since then but it was an enjoyable experience, short as it was. I’m excited to experiment with color combos and hopefully work those combinations into my knitting somehow. Gabe gave me the hilarious “Naked Hug Time” card and I couldn’t stop laughing…until I opened it and saw my children had signed it. “You had the kids sign this card?” I asked him. Gabe admitted that he saw the card and found it hilarious (it’s totally our sense of humor) but for some reason, when he got home, instinct took over and after he wrapped my gift, he had the kids “sign”the card out of habit. The inside of the card says “Naked hugs are the best,” and it’s oddly creepy and funny to see my kids’ names below the punch line. Oh, and instead of signing the card “Gabe,” he signed it “Daddy.” He knew it was a mistake the moment he did it, but by then it was too late to go out and get a new card. I’m glad he didn’t. I have it sitting on my desk and every time I look up and see it, I laugh. Plus, it will give our kids something to complain to their therapists about when their adults.

Oh, the leg of lamb. I should probably explain that. Doesn’t it look gorgeous? I’ve never cooked an entire leg before. I rubbed the marinade over it, and now I am supposed to let it sit for anywhere between four hours and overnight before cooking it slowly in the oven. I have to say, there is something very satisfying in cooking a lamb that was conceived on our farm, raised and butchered on my parents’ farm and then wrapped, frozen, and ultimately prepared by my mother and myself. This lamb led a happy, healthy life and I feel good about that. I believe strongly that animals are a food source that deserve respect in both life and death and I want my kids to understand that raising their own meat is both a blessing and a great responsibility. I’ll let you know how it tastes.

I’m working on the Milo vest. It’s a fast knit and Lord, it’s adorable. I opted to do the owl motif on the cable portion because, well, it’s owls. How could I resist owls?

Glad to be back, everyone. Now it’s time for me to check up on everyone else’s blogs and see what I’ve missed these past few days in the knitting world!

Happy Wednesday, my friends.

 

stripes and a new deck

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Joining Ginny and Nicole.

A few weeks ago quite a few of you recommended some lovely gender neutral baby knits. I added them to my queue but I haven’t chosen one yet. I did rifle through my stash yesterday and pull out some leftover baby yarn. A skein here, three quarters of a skein there. I decided that while I am still planning on knitting a gender neutral sweater, I do want to knit a few small girl items and small boy items; items that won’t take up too much time so that I won’t feel as though I’m wasting my time knitting something that won’t be worn, at least for this baby. I cast on for the Get Knotted Stripey Hat from the third book in the Sublime baby knit collection. The pattern is written so that the hat is knit flat and then sewn up the back but I detest seams so I am knitting it in the round. I am enjoying knitting something so delicate, small and just delightfully feminine. I am a girly girl. I like pink. So sue me. The yarn is Debbie Bliss baby cashmerino and it…is…heavenly.¬†

Isn’t the look on Sam’s face priceless? He had just woken up from his nap and discovered the newly installed deck on his playhouse. The playhouse (an old woodshed that Gabe converted into a playhouse this past fall) is located in a shady area underneath some old overgrown apple trees. During the summer they provide much needed shade but during the spring this prevents the ground from drying out and it creates a mossy, soft, muddy mess. The poor kids kept slipping in mud every time they tried to run in and out of the house. A few weeks ago, Gabe was mentioning this to a carpenter that we had hired to fix some things around the house and he looked at Gabe and said “I can throw one together real quick with just the leftover materials you have in the barn…if you want.”

We wanted.

Three weeks later, Sam and Eddie have their deck. We are looking for two small chairs that the kids can sit in while relaxing on their very own porch. We need to reseed around the deck so hopefully one of us gets around to doing that soon. After it warms up, I plan on adding a potted plant or two. I think they’ll love it.

Happy Wednesday, friends.

a spring pom pom

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I made my first pom pom. Everyone kept telling me how easy it is to make a pom pom…and they were right. However, nobody told me what a total pain attaching a pom pom can be! I looked at a few tutorials and it seemed simple enough, but it kept flopping to the side and whenever I tightened my stitch bits of yarn would be pulled out. I don’t know what I was doing wrong but I believe I figured it out. I don’t think you can see the “bald” side of the pom pom on the hat and it seems to be sewn in pretty well. Only time will tell.

I do love the colors in this hat. It matches my Wellington shawl and I can’t wait to wear them together. I couldn’t decide which color to make my pom pom and I was debating using all three colors but Tania from Hedgerow Harvest suggested that I use just the accent colors and I’m really happy with the result.

I can’t believe I just wrote two paragraphs about a single pom pom.

In other news…spring has sprung! I swear, I looked out my window the other day and there they were: blossoms. Everywhere! My forsythia went from dormant to full bloom in what seems like a mere forty eight hours and my ancient thirty foot plus plum tree is covered in tiny white blossoms. I can see them both from my kitchen window and I love looking at them while I cook.

I started my second My Cup of Tea Sock. I need to get this sock over and done with. I am so done with projects that require size 1 needles (at least for now). Plus I am anxious to start a baby knit. Maybe I’ll knit a swatch this weekend.

I can’t believe we are almost one full week into March. Before you know it, the month will be over, April will be here, and I will only have one month left before little Baby Wander arrives. I don’t know how I am going to get everything done.

It’s supposed to rain all weekend. Gabe and I are going to take the kids to the local nursery and hopefully pick out a few trees that we will be planting in our new orchard over the next few weeks. I am so excited.

Happy Friday, everyone!

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