wednesday yarn along (and other things)

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Joining Ginny.

I didn’t get a chance to take a picture wearing the hat(s), so this will have to do. A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to do my very first test knit! Sam Lamb (have you read her blog? She designs the cutest knitting patterns and just released her first sewing pattern!) chose a few people to test knit her newest knitting pattern, the Hillier Hearts Cap. The hat is knit in a worsted weight and I chose Cascade 220 Heather by Cascade Yarns. I haven’t created a project page for this hat on Ravelry yet, but I plan on doing it in the next few days and you’ll be able to find more info there. After I knit the first hat in the small adult size I had plenty of leftover yarn so I decided to make a matching hat for Eddie in the toddler size. She loves it and it looks so sweet on her. Even after knitting two hats, I still had plenty of yarn leftover so I modified a basic mitten pattern that I found and made Eddie some matching mittens, with a little heart on each palm. I attached them with an i-cord to prevent loss. We have a habit of losing mittens around here. I am so in love with this pattern. There are endless color combinations and it’s adorable on a child but not too cutesy for an adult to wear.

Tonight is the fourth night of Chanukah. I will post more about our festivities on Friday but I will say that we are having a great time and it makes such a difference when your children are actually aware of the celebrations going on around them. Sam is participating more in the prayers; his Hebrew is terrible but he’s only three and it’s adorable to watch him try. Eddie hums along with the songs and they both picked up (real fast) the certainty that they will receive a present each night before bed. Saturday night one of the local congregations is having a Chanukah party and we plan on attending and hopefully we will meet some new friends. I love this time of year. Family, friends, songs, prayer and of course…the food. Is there anything better?

Too Many Hobbies

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This past week or so I decided I needed to make more of an effort to devote time to myself; this includes self-maintainance such as working out or getting my nails done, or carving time out of each day for one of my hobbies, like knitting, gardening, reading, photography, blogging, etc..
Just writing that sentence makes it seem all too obvious that I have too many hobbies.
Anyway, I managed to cut my nails this week. (Not paint them. Not file them. Cut them.) But that was about it. Oh, and I actually did attend a four hour photography class, but I’ve had that planned since October so I’m not sure if that really counts.
The class was great; it covered the basics, which was was incredibly helpful. I walked out knowing exponentially more than I did before (as in, I know what ISO means) and I’m excited to take another class. Hopefully my newfound photography knowledge will develop into actual photography skills that I can share on this blog.
Half of these photos were taken before the class and half were taken after the class. I can totally tell the difference.
Alas, I’ve only managed to buy myself about 20 minutes of practice time in the last two days. Ellie has developed an awful case of eczema and she’s just miserable. I’ve been applying lotion and cortisone cream to her little body like crazy but it just seems to be getting worse. I’m going to try to get her in to see the doctor tomorrow. I hope they can do something to at least ease her discomfort.
In addition to Ellie’s fussiness, Sam has skipped his naps for the last three days, and Gabe is recovering from hernia surgery, so he can’t lift…or really even walk upright. Basically, I picked a bad time to focus on me.
Because we haven’t set up our office, my layout plans for our new raised beds, as well as my current knitting projects have spilled out into the dining room where they have taken up residence for the past week. Before every meal, we shove aside my laptop, camera, grid paper, gardening books and  random double point needles to one side of the table so we can eat on the other side. It’s becoming tiresome but I have nowhere else to go. Gabe says the office will be our next “house project.” I can’t wait.

 

A Walk Through The Woods

A Walk Through The Woods

Gabe and I attended a Christmas Party last night and were out until the wee hours of the morning (okay, fine, we were home by 10:00PM), thus we had limited energy today. During Ellie’s morning nap we decided to take a walk through our woods. It’s pretty wet this time of year but warm, with day temperature reaching the mid-fifties. It’s perfect walking weather, when it’s not raining. 
We spent a few hours exploring the woods and walking though the pasture. With all the rain we’ve been having, it’s apparent we will have to do something to resolve the drainage issues we have in the middle of the pasture. Gabe thinks a man-made pond will solve the problem but I’m skeptical. A man-made pond is the equivalent to a large muddy hole in my mind. Plus, don’t they attract snakes?
After lunch, Sam took a long four hour nap, and Gabe, Ellie and I slept for a few hours in the afternoon. It was dark when I woke up and instead of scrambling to make dinner, Gabe picked up some Mexican food and we lit the Chanukah candles for the seventh night. Mexican take out is probably not the most traditional of Jewish meals but it was good and I didn’t have to do dishes. That’s a Chanukah miracle in itself. 

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