this pattern. It was so quick and easy! The whole thing is secured in the backseat of my car. It's still a surprise to me every time I go out to the garage and see it in place.
I've been trying to walk and move as much as I can to evict my baby. We had some nice melty weather last week and I got a bit tearful thinking this might be the last time I walk my Lopi dog alone. Soon we'll always have a baby in tow. It is kind of a strange bittersweet feeling. I'm reminded of whenever I travel overseas on the last full day. I constantly think, "This is the last trip to the grocery store. This is the last subway/tram ride. This is the last time we'll sleep here," etc. At the same time you're excited to be going home soon but you know you'll miss what you experienced. As excited as I am to be having my son soon, I do worry and am a little fearful of the massive change/responsibility of caring for a child 24/7 for the next 18+ years.
Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Wallies wallpaper cut outs I bought on clearance 20+ years ago. I think I bought them at a Ben Franklin store--that's how long ago it was! We went to the Dollar Tree and found these floating glass frames and Mom cleaned and assembled them and we didn't have to mess around with mats or coordinating papers.
My oldest niece has a December birthday and this year she wanted "wool mittens". I really wanted to make these horse mittens because she is quite the horsewoman, but I was on a time crunch. Lovely as the design is, they are knit with sock yarn and size 1.5 needles and just wouldn't get done in time with all the other baby knitting I'd been doing. Maybe next year. In the end, I found this pattern and dug through my stash and found all the Cascade 220 I needed so I didn't even have to make a special trip to the yarn store! I gave them to her months ago without taking pictures of them and asked that she send me some knitting glamour shots. She came through complete with a winter snowscape and birch tree backdrop!
And speaking of that baby, here is another pair of Hosenmatz for that fat little boy who is coming. I used the same pattern as before with a sock yarn purchased at the fiber festival this year. I went down one size in needles (these are 2.75 mm) to make the fabric a little denser and to slightly shrink up the dimensions and am quite pleased. These are a nice neutral mottled colorway that should go with all sorts of tops. I have one more fiber festival manly blues colorway I'd like to use up on this same pattern in the 3-6 month size. After he outgrows those, I have a larger sized Drops pattern that uses DK and I have London yarn in mind for that one. On the subject of travel and knitting, I'm happy to be using my Twilley's dpn's I purchased years ago in Ireland to finish this project :)
I have not had time to participate in the Knitting Olympics this year or indeed watch much of any of the telecast, but I do know that Norway is a force to be reckoned with in these games!
Monday, February 12, 2018
What about water, salt and yeast? Then BOOM! You've got bread!
White Pizza Fondue and my interest was immediately piqued. And it couldn't be easier! I saw some sort of bacon soup/dip mix at Aldi which would also be good in this recipe. I was even thinking that some cooked crumbled bacon might have been tastier than the pepperoni. I always think pre-packaged dry mixes or sauces tend to under salt or season so I think this could have used a little salt to make it pop.
Thursday, January 18, 2018
I was in my HyVee yesterday and found these! This must be the US approved version of the treat. They were 4/$5 so of course I bought 4. One for me and one for each of my sister's kids!
I think they skirted the law by keeping the toy outside the consumable.
The egg separates into two sections. One side holds a white and hazelnut chocolate cream and wafer candy and the other holds the toy components.
I got a little robot in this one and built it while enjoying my treat. Hooray for this new and improved and approved Kinder Egg!
Wednesday, January 03, 2018
Dave gives me a hard time because I make a lot of blankets. A lot of blankets. But I never hear him complain about it when the weather is our current -20 degrees and we have 8 blankets on our bed and blankets on the couch. Our son will have no shortage of blankets either because I've been busy making satin bound flannel blankies.
Tuesday, January 02, 2018
this Hosenmatz pattern! With the sub-zero weather we've had all week, I wouldn't mind having a pair of these myself! I used the remaining Zauberball wool I'd used to make a sideways baby jacket. I think the jacket is too feminine for our son (29 weeks yesterday!) and I had enough to make a 4-7 month size pair of pants. They are so roomy and have ample front and back gussets for fat diaper butts!