Archive for October, 2008

All in one day. Yesterday was bright and full of sunshine, the rain came in late last night and it has been pretty rainy today. The forecast calls for rain all week, November is here. Nora and I are home today, sleeping and knitting respectively. Damp chickens are wandering by occasionally, peeking in at me through the french doors in the dining room.

Yesterday afternoon and evening I dyed some yarn, no pictures yet since it is not dry. This yarn will be used for Christmas knitting. I am going to take advantage of maternity leave to try to make many of my gifts this year. Nora is a good enough eater now that my hands are free for knitting.

I finished a February baby sweater for Nora last week, the yarn is so light and lofty. I used one skein (with enough left over for a pair of little socks) of Fleece Artist Nova Socks.

Baby Sweater on Two Needles (aka February baby sweater), from Knitter’s Almanac by Elizabeth Zimmerman. Yarn is Fleece Artist Nova Socks, Wildflower colorway. One skein, US size 4 needle.

You will notice that there is no button at the top, I did not read ahead in the pattern. I will read ahead in all Elizabeth Zimmerman patterns from now on. I made the sleeve length and overall length approximately one inch longer than called for in the pattern so it would fit for longer.

Here is the official photo of Leo’s Wonderful Wallaby sweater, photographed on a non-moving target.

Wonderful Wallaby by Cottage Creations (W03) in Fleece Artist Blue Face Leicester DK (unknown colorway), US size 7 needle (6 for ribbing)

Last weekend my sister and her family visited and met baby Nora. She slept through most of the visit, but the boys had fun in the warm sunshine.

Leo enjoys the freshest apple juice.

Barkdust is moved around.

Leaves are moved around.

Finally, a photo that warms my heart. I was looking at yarn for sale on the computer when Leo came in and saw what I was doing. He scurried away into the living room, telling me he was going to “get my knitting.”

Two is not such a bad age.


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Chicken in a Pot

I made a chicken for dinner tonight. I rarely cook, but cold weather makes me want to roast things. Usually my cooking involves a crock pot, cream of something soup, some cheese, and a one-star rating from my lactose intolerant husband. This afternoon I put a chicken, 3 carrots, 4 white potatoes, an onion and some salt and pepper in a pot and put it in the oven for 1  1/2 hours. Delicious.

I voted today. We have vote by mail in Oregon, I filled out my ballot while drinking my coffee in Nora’s room this morning. I am so hopeful that Obama will win. I am so sick of Republicans ruining everything. It means more to me now that I have kids.

A big huge thank you to my dad for helping with my greenhouse. It is ready for interior decorating and organization. I will be using it not only to start plants and grow winter lettuce, but also as a refuge from the rain this winter. I will set up a potting bench for Leo and move his sandbox up there.

Thank you dad!!

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I did an unusual amount of knitting over the summer, usually I am not interested in kniting and would rather be outside. Pregnancy limited the amount of time I could spend in the heat, knitting allowed me to “accomplish something” even though I couldn’t be out weeding the garden. I grew a lovely crop of weeds while I knit baby things.

We decided not to find out the gender of Nora, so I tried to use fairly gender neutral colors and styles. The one exception were these ruffle cuff longies. All were made using the Picky Pants pattern, size small.

Yarn Pirate BFL dk weight yarn, colorway Sedona. Size 7 needle (size 6 for ribbing at waist).

These have an I-cord cuff, very tidy looking and gives a more straight-leg look.

Yarn Pirate BFL dk weight, colorway Veda 2, size 7 needles (size 6 for ribbing).

Both of these pairs fit her now at 8 pounds, they will probably fit until she is 3 months old or 11-12 pounds.

These are slightly larger, they are made from a worsted weight yarn on larger needles, and have a seed stitch cuff. They will fit once she grows another inch or two longer. This is some of the softest yarn I have ever knit with, and is the softest wool. None of the wool I use next to the skin is scratchy at all. I use these as covers for cloth diapers. My experience with cloth diapers will need a post all its own.

Malabrigo Yarn Merino Worsted, size 8 needle (size 7 for ribbing at waistband).

This was the first sweater that I knit that involved seaming. The pattern is the Baby Yoda Sweater, a free Ravelry download. I would guess it fits 8-14 pounds.

Baby Yoda, Crystal Palace Yarns Merino 5 solid, color 5215. Needle size 6.

And finally for this post, a masterpiece of a pattern. If you are a knitter you must make this sweater, it is a brilliant pattern and I spent a good deal of time while knitting this wishing I could have lived in Elizabeth Zimmerman’s head for a bit. Here is my first (definitely not the last) Baby Surprise Jacket, from Knitting Workshop (also in An Opinionated Knitter). This will fit from 8-11ish pounds. The relatively short sleeves that this pattern produces are perfect for a baby.

Koigu Painter’s Palate Premium Merino, 2 skeins (lost tags so colorways unknown). Size 4 needle.

It is a beautiful day, I am going to spend the rest of quiet time outside cleaning up the garden and raking leaves. The ducks and geese are moving to the garden for the winter for weed and slug control.

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Apparently not for me as it turns out. I had a daughter last month, the spring and summer were full of projects, knitting and fun with Leo, but I had not one urge to blog about any of it. Now that Nora is here, I have been itching to start writing again and there is a lot of catching up to do.

Here is Nora, she is beautiful and pretty easy going (in my vast experience…). She just started to make noises yesterday, a little coo and she has her voice. I wonder what her personality will be like, her sense of humor, her favorite books and toys. Many more pictures of her to come. She will be wearing much adorable knitting as she is lucky to be a winter baby.

I raised baby chicks this spring.

And now they are all grown up. We started with 26, lost two as chicks, two to predators, and six went to join the flock at mom and dad’s. We are getting about 10 eggs per day. One hen, a salmon favorelle, is broody but I am wary of her potential mothering ability since she thinks raising chicks in November would be wise. I am quite happy to have a real chicken flock again, I love watching them chase after grasshoppers and peck the leftover corn off the stalks in the garden.

I also raised baby ducks and geese. I drove to Corvallis to pick up a pair of Pilgrim geese and 6 Dutch Hookbills in early April.

One hookbill died at 3 days old, and I found one of the ducks dead this morning, so now I have two ducks and two drakes.

We remodeled the kitchen. Before, decorated in the early 90’s…

Contrary to anything you see on HGTV, this took much longer than a weekend.

We are building a new microwave cabinet to fit a GE Profile microwave that is a little less than 12 inches deep, it will go above where the old microwave is sitting on the counter. We still need to put down baseboard trim and get the new woodstove, and we will gradually upgrade the appliances, but the majority is done. I do not recommend combining the 10th month of pregnancy/1st week of newborn baby life with a kitchen remodel, but now it is just a memory and the kitchen is a happy place.

The next post will catch up on much summer baby knitting.

Leo helped me rake leaves yesterday. October might just be my favorite month.

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