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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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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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Rainy day

I worked on the sweater today, but it still looks pretty much like it did yesterday. It rained today, all day, for the first time this fall.

Mr. Baby got to wear his new boots.


I have a fleece, it is from a Coopworth sheep. I have never prepared a fleece or spun before, but now must be the time to learn.


I just think the boots are adorable.


My goal is to finish the sweater tomorrow. I want to start my Christmas knitting.

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The first post

This will be a blog about the things that I make. Fingers are for the things I make directly with my hands, paws for the training and playing I do with our dogs. My husband and I both compete in dog agility, we have 3 border collies and a papillon. Last year we had our little Mr. Baby.

Today I have made the carpet in the dining room and parlor (aka the dogs room) as clean as I can with our Hoover upright “steam” cleaner. I have never seen any steam.

More to the point, I have been working on a sweater for the newest baby that I know. She is 8 days old today.


It is knit with Adriafil Knitcol washable wool yarn (colorway 044). I am using the Buttons Cardigan #606 pattern by Cabin Fever. I have only ever knitted raglan, top down sweaters so this is nothing new for me. I chose this pattern because I liked the collar. I would like to try a sweater with sewn in sleeves next.

It’s fetch o’clock.

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