July 11, 2012 § Leave a comment

40 weeks

*yah, I’m not pregnant right now (this was almost three years ago now) but I like this photo with the belly and the stripes and I just couldn’t come up with another stripy picture. Blogging without an image just isn’t for me.

I think they say you should imagine the coldest day when the weather is so hot the sweat is dripping down your legs and you convince your kids to go to a park across town with more treeS because you can’t take another second standing in the sun pushing little sweaty bums on the swing. The mind is very powerful to suggestion. So browsing Ravelry for beautiful sweaters I should knit for myself is probably making me feel at least 5 degrees cooler.

Here’s to knitted stripes and thinking about cooler weather.

Caramel by Isabell Kraemer

Nova by Signe S. Simonsen

Lovebug Booties by Carrie Bostick Hoge

Daybreak by Stephen West


Slouchy leg warmers

March 29, 2012 § 1 Comment

Stella baby leg warmers

My knitting speed is about as fast as a toddler on a walk. Did you know it could take an hour to walk home 3 blocks from the farmers market? Yeah, that’s about how fast I knit these days too. But looky here, I finished some baby leg warmers for a new little friend. Little Bear was kind enough to model them for us. I had the perfect yarn in my stash, GGH Samoa yarn, left over from the K sweater. And there was just enough yarn for these. Yay for stash busting. I like the stripes but I think I’ll go with long and stretchy leg warmers next time. I call them slouchy because I think they would be on a newborn, but a good fit on growing chunky legs too.

Rabbit rattle

February 9, 2012 § Leave a comment


Does it not seem that everyone is having babies at the same time? I have a back log of baby projects that I want to knit for all the little ones I know. I predict more coming in the near future too. This rabittit rattle from Natural Nursery Knits (love this book) is one of my go to baby projects because 1. I can actually finish it 2. It’s freaking cute 3. The giftie doesn’t outgrow it by the time I finish and finally get it in the mail. I made one for Little Bear and the rattle fits around her little fist so she can nom away at the bunny head. Bug likes to point out the obvious and give me updates. “your baby is drooling” (yes, that is how she refers to her sister some days) “she’s chewing on her toys”

I guess I should point out that I have yet to put a bell inside the heaoff one of these rabbits yet to make it a rattle, mostly because I’ll be stuffing and stitching it up and I get so excited to finish that I don’t really want to go dig around for a bell. And I’m prone to prefer quite toys anyway. My personal noise level is usually met by the children all by their lonesome adding any more noise puts me on edge.

Like I said, I love almost all of the patters in this book. They are beautiful and simple.

Around the house

January 23, 2012 § 2 Comments


begin the 2010 FO parade: Wild Thing

December 31, 2010 § 1 Comment

bushy monster tailLittle Bug as a Where The Wild Things Are monster

Somehow I became fixated on making this costume, maybe even before she was born. I can’t remember now. The hat and tail are made of faux fur. Very messy to sew with. The tail looks a little like a road kill when it’s not attached to a cute baby. We had the sweater already, and I knit the pants and booties. She still wears the pants, with the half finished scales. I love the pants. I hope to knit some more pants this pattern with the monster face on the behind as the pattern directs.

She wore the costume almost all day; to the store, around the neighborhood, in the house. Then she was overtired and went to bed really early. It was a good day.

Knitting Patterns:

pants-Das Monster by Hrönn Jónsdóttir

booties-BSJ Inspired Booties by Megan Grewal

sitting monster
picking up each leaf

mad rush to the end, and remembering

December 31, 2010 § Leave a comment

pixie baby shares an alligator

Stella Pixie Hat

I feel the urgency of the end of the year creeping up….tomorrow. So since I have projects and pictures from 2010 to share we will see how many posts I can do in the next 24 hours.

Things I want to remember about 2010:

-All of Little Bug’s sweet moments and firsts

-Learning to appreciate what I have and where I am in life now (okay I’m really still working on this one but I think I made progress)

-The goodwill and support friends and family extended this year; when we were unemployed and feeling down, when we moved with a 9 week old, when we left all of our friends and felt lonely, when we were new in town, when we moved with a 9 month old, when our bathroom blew up, when we were tired and needed a break, when our power went out and Little Bug was wearing her puffy coat inside. Thanks!

-All of the happy and healthy babies born this year (especially Tatum, Braeden, Sean and Ilsa)

-All of the things I have learned about myself by becoming a mama

-The first beautiful hike we took as a family, in the rain

-That I can’t always do my whole to-do list in a day, and if I try and fail I don’t need to be a crabby pants to Lars because he appeciates me and what I do even when I don’t

-Meeting the Mindfull Mama’s, thanks for being such a great group of ladies

-Our little white rental house

-Moving into OUR big, old, crooked, sometimes moldy, beautiful, cozy, in progress fixer-upper

-Little Bug waking up in our bed and rolling over to give her papa a kiss, or a slobber depending on how you look at it

-The beautiful snow outside our windows right now

nom nom nom

July 14, 2010 § Leave a comment

sweet baby cap
sweet baby cap
Back again. I never shared the completed Norwegian Sweet Baby Cap. I love this pattern and as you can see she will need the next size up for this winter. I think I made the 1 yr size but I was lazy about the gauge so it’s smaller than the pattern indicates.


Spud and Chloe Fine, calypso (blue)

Claudia Hand painted Fingerling (red)

The wood alligator puzzle piece is a favorite around her for noming on

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