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December 2011

Ready for January 1 cast on!

I joined a sock knitting group on Ravelry - 12 socks in 2012. It starts on January 1st and the goal is to knit 12 socks next year. To some I'm sure that means 12 pair of socks; to me it'll very likely mean 6 pair of socks for 12 socks total. Still a worthy goal, I think!

So today I got everything together for my first pair. I wanted something simple because I've never actually completed knitting a pair of socks before. So I'm going with the Ribbed Socks for Kids pattern (Rav link) from the lovely (and prolific designer!) Susan B. Anderson (219 designs! I'm in awe.). I've been wanting to make these for a while with this specific hand-dyed yarn, for my girl.

12 in 12 Number 1 001

I gathered everything I need together. I've got my madbird project bag and pattern wallet, with the pattern already inside. I've got my DPNs and stitch markers. Then I threw in some small scissors, a tapestry needle, and my tape measure.

12 in 12 Number 1 002

The yarn is a one-off color called Message to My Girl that I dyed for the unwind project earlier this year. It's a pretty, feminine pink on my Julep Sock yarn base. Perfect for Miss V!

I'm so very not good about keeping up with large or ongoing projects like this. Life just feels so busy. But then that's what I like about knitting - it slows you down so you can enjoy the little things. Like the perfect pair of handknit socks. I figure I'll just take it one at a time and do the best I can. The goal is to have fun, after all.

Wednesday morning

It's Wednesday morning before Christmas. I have done a startling lack of Christmas preparation.

Our cat Roxy has been telling me she's bored all morning long. I just now walked into the kitchen and she was staring at the blinds, listening to the birds playing outside. I opened the blinds for her. Both the cats have adjusted well to the raw food I've been making them. Once you get your "Healthy Powder" mixed up, it really doesn't take that long to make the food every week. Hopefully it'll do Roxy good (so far, so good!). They gobble that stuff down like crazy!

Today I'm mailing yarn to New York and Australia.

Wednesday 001

I'm also thinking about 2012 and writing down some things I'd like to accomplish,

Wednesday 002

contemplating what sort of cookies fill this cookie jar with,

Wednesday 003

and - my favorite - watching V bring her own ideas and designs to life.

Wednesday 004

Now it's after noon; morning is over. It's time to make lunch, keep up with our reading habit, and see what the rest of the day brings. 

Happy Caturday!

This is Roxy, waiting for her very first raw dinner.

Happy Caturday Rox

I made the cats some raw food - ground turkey, polenta, nutritional yeast, butter, and assorted vitamins and minerals. Roxy has been having bladder troubles and she's only 2. She's way too young for that sort of thing, so I figured I'd try feeding them raw, homemade cat food. If anyone else has any experience with this, please let me know. I'd love to hear about it.

Last shop update of the year!

It seems that 2011 has flown by! Wow! I don't know about you, but I'm definitely looking forward to what 2012 has to bring.

In the meantime, I'm doing one last big update for the year (though I may add a skein here and there before the end of 2011! Check my Facebook page for info on unscheduled updates.).

The update will be tomorrow morning - Friday, 12/16/11, at 10am Eastern.

All the yarn

All the yarn will be my Muscadine Sock and there will be 8 new colorways!

Have a holly jolly!

Fartlek WIP

It's all over but the decreases - hoping to finish this hat today so V and I can gift it tomorrow!

Fartlek 001

I'm knitting Anne Hanson's Fartlek hat (Rav link) in my own yarn, Mist on Coquina DK.

Fartlek WIP 002

I love the yarn (soft and plush), I love the color (the little bits of darker blue just make it for me), I love this project (quick, easy, & satisfying).

Many thanks to Sharon for suggesting the pattern to me.

Fartlek WIP 003

Next up, I'll be back to knitting on the cardi I'm making for V and hopefully a cardi for Baby H too. 

Sock yarn coming your way!

Lots of yarn love going on at my house today.

Yarn Love 001

V said she wanted to give every skein a kiss, but soon ran off to make a Christmas card for someone special.

Yarn Love 002

These are a few of the yarns that will be in tomorrow's update.

Yarn Love 003

All sock yarn coming tomorrow - Muscadine, Julep, Emeline - at 10am Eastern. See you tomorrow at the shop!

On a day like today

On a day like today...

Where you realize that things you thought were within your control really aren't and there's zilch you can do about it.

Where you walk into the kitchen and your kid is sitting in the floor with two cups of water, the container of sugar open, and an almost empty bottle of lemon juice, making the tartest lemonade you ever tasted.

Where it's really difficult to even make your to-do list, much less carry it out.

What do you do then?


I grabbed a skein of Mist out of the store and sat on the floor with it, winding it into a ball by hand. Then I took Sharon's suggestion on a hat pattern and purchased Fartlek by Anne Hanson. Now I'm about to make something warm for lunch and then I'm going to knit a hat.

What would you do?

Making a new habit

I've been thinking on ways to deal with having a 6-year-old and a baby. I have no idea what this is going to be like - it's been long enough ago that I don't remember how naps go. I just know the baby is going to need them (and probably me too!).

So it occurred to me that it might be nice to start a habit of some quiet time to read every day. That way, maybe I can catch a nap if I need to? Or just relax?

I don't get to read a lot of fiction these days, so I had a few selfish intentions as well when I declared that after lunch is a "reading half hour" (which I'm secretly hoping will turn into a "reading hour" or even a "reading few hours"). Starting this week, V and I have sat on the sofa for a good 30-45 minutes and each read our own books silently, yet together.

a little light reading

This is what we've been reading this week. Can you tell which books are hers and which are mine?

P.S. If your kid is into gross science stuff, you can't go wrong with the Horrible Science series. V is loving the two I've gotten for her and made a list of 10 more she would like as soon as possible.