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I have not yet finished the lace scarf. I have started a sweater for myself, and have 1/2 a pair of socks done. The garden is growing, baby chicks and ducks are growing, the kids are growing.

I made this outfit for a coworker’s daughter’s second birthday. Nora and I went to the party today, she really wants to be a big kid and run around.

Little Girl's Shrug

Little Girl’s Shrug, a Knitting Pure and Simple Pattern (Ravelry link). Size 7 and 5 needles, Berroco Comfort worsted weight yarn

For my far-away family, here are some recent pictures!

Nora by the pool

Leo on his birthday

With Grandma and Grandpa

Nora eats ribs

I’m off to bed to sleep with Twig. She hates fireworks.

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Here they are…

The first and last brown socks I will ever knit.

brown socks

Manly Socks by Hannah Six (from Ravelry here) in Knit Picks Essential Kettle Dyed, color Timber, size 2.25mm needle

I think the pattern had an error and I had not knit enough socks to recognize the problem, but I was only decreasing 2 stitches every other round instead of 4 at first. Once I realized that the toe was going to be ridiculously long I did what I could but they look a little funny. I like the slipped rib pattern, they are springy and fit around his ankle fairly well.

We got a new woodstove, it is wonderful to be warm and this stove can burn one piece of wood for over an hour.

leo and stove

We had a few days of spring weather, the greenhouse was toasty and Nora experienced the Baby Jail for the first time while I planted some spinach, lettuce and radishes. Jax is an inquisitive sort of little dog.

nora and jax in greenhouse

I have returned to working on the lace scarf I started over a year ago. I have learned to read charts since starting this scarf, and it is so much easier for me to work from the chart, I can keep the picture in my head and work much more quickly across the row.

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Christmas pictures

Not much knitting going on lately. I’ve been able to go outside more with Nora, the weather has been warmer and she is plumper. We have had an epidemic of broken water pipes to the outbuildings which are gradually being fixed today. Nora is getting so much better with her hands, and she will be rolling over soon. I am not in a hurry for her to grow up, but she is doing it anyway.

Christmas was in two parts, the 25th we had Grandma and Grandpa here. Leo knew Christmas would be exciting, he loves to go in to say good morning to Nora.

christmas morning

cars from Santa

nora and grandpa

nora and grandma

A new easel to play with…

thank you aunt lisa

We did presents with the whole family the weekend after New Year, Leo got to play with his cousin.

rocket at christmas

And Leo said “More presents?” all day long… He was a Christmas monster.

leo opens present

nora and miss lion

I have told myself that I will not cast on any new projects until the Christmas socks are done, but I am weary of knitting with tiny dark brown yarn. The next post will be about newly finished socks, my goal will be to come back here before the end of January!

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Otherwise known as the items I remembered to photograph before I sent them off to their new homes.

I made a Darkside Cowl (free Ravelry download) for my sister’s birthday. I used Malabrigo worsted for this and it is lovely.

darkside cowl

Darkside Cowl by Sarah Fama in Malabrigo merino worsted (color Polar Morn), US size 8 16″ circular needle

Another Wonderful Wallaby went to my nephew. I made the children’s size 4 with extra-long arms and body.

wallaby 2

Wonderful Wallaby by Cottage Creations in Fleece Artist Blue Face Leicester DK (color Polar Sea), US size 7 needle

And finally, a hat for my husband that may end up mine since it is a bit too big for him. I will make another on a smaller needle size, and start the decreases a bit sooner.

hat for dear

Turn A Square by Jared Flood in Cascade 220 (color 7822) and Noro Kureyon (color 55), US size 5 and 6 needles

And for Leo I made a little elf hat. The ear flaps are made with short rows, I love this pattern.

leo in hat and sweater

Ear Cozies pattern by Fiber Trends, yarn unknown (light worsted, wool/nylon blend), US size 5 needle

I have gone back to work 2-3 days a week, it is going well so far but I am torn.  I miss Nora, but it is nice to have some time to myself even if it is just the drive to and from work and a quick errand or two. Last week I had a slow day and went shopping on a long lunch, that was heavenly. Nora is hanging out with me now, growing as we speak.

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The son of a knitter should never be without mittens! It is finally snowing at our house this morning, we missed out on the “special weather event” that has been affecting the rest of the Pacific Northwest earlier this week. It was cold, but no snow until today. Leo actually wanted to wear mittens the other day, and I could not find them! So I took a brief break from Christmas knitting to produce this little pair.

leo's little mittens

(Knitting Pure and Simple #253 Basic Hat and Mitten Set for Children, in Socks that Rock mediumweight “Fire in the Mountain” colorway on size 2.5mm for ribbing and 2.75mm needles)

I modified this pattern heavily to use a fingering weight wool, I cast on for the largest size and used the length measurements for the smallest size. They fit Leo perfectly with a little room to grow.

The dogs love the snow.

dogs in snow

The ducks and geese usually get locked up behind an electric net fence every night, but with the cold they have not wanted to leave the relatively warm water. (Don’t tell the neighborhood predators.) I love that the geese have snow on their backs.

snowy geese

Nora has a cold and has been sleeping all day, not very photogenic. Leo and I made cookies earlier this week. You can see that he had already measured the flour.

leo measures brown sugar

We have chocolate chip cookies and mittens, now we are ready for winter.

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Not a secret

There is only one thing that I am working on that is not a secret. I am doing quite a bit of knitting for Christmas this year, even before maternity leave and saving money I like to make gifts in the spirit of the season.

This is going to be a very comfortable, ankle-hugging sock for someone who has pretty much already guessed what his handknitted gift will be.

manly sock

I really like working with the Knit Picks Essential sock yarn. It is soft for a nylon blend, I hope it wears well. This is a kettle-dyed colorway, Timber. The pattern is a free Ravelry download, “Manly Socks” by HannaSix. It is a slipped rib pattern and is quite stretchy.

Other than this, all knitting is secret, so I will distract you with a few cute family pictures.

Nora watching the Civil War (OSU vs. U of O for all you non-Oregonians) Game. She likes to sit up.

nora on couch

Leo and Raggedy Andy play with the rescue center.

leo and rescue center

Look Tanker Truck, Christmas Lights!

look at the lights tanker truck

It is a beautiful day today, Nora and I are off to have some shopping adventures!

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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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