Bi-annual Not Blogging

March 25th, 2014


I still have this website? My darling sweetheart must be paying the hosting bills. It’s nice to look back on a period when I had time share.

Still find time to knit, just not nearly as much as I used to. I’ve been busy parenting and wifing and friending, and then my job turned into a genuine, bona fide career. How these things go!

Recent developments are spurring an examination of my lifestyle and I’m finding a need to organize my thoughts. That was a ridiculous sentence but I stand by it. It’s stuff that bores many folks to tears (among other emotions), so perhaps I’ll put it out here.

My mom has some autoimmune conditions. While I do not have any obvious symptoms, I do have some super high antibody levels that, if nothing else, make me very predisposed to develop some of my own. My GP has suggested I consider a gluten-free diet, but I don’t know…


  • difficulty eating out
  • awkwardness with folks who think it’s all just a fad
  • more hoops in shopping/cooking
  • cross-contamination risks with gluten-eating family
  • no more delicious, chewy gluten


  • fun challenges in the kitchen
  • possible improvement in already good health
  • possible prevention of some health conditions that could come down the road

Eh. Might give it a try for a month or two, then see how I feel. Maybe it’s not even an issue.

Maybe someday I’ll get my grandmother to hand over that stocking pattern!

Hope you’re doing well.

It’s Settled

January 17th, 2012

I’m returning to blogging. Back in a mo…

Wow, it’s been a while!

January 10th, 2012

Thinking about blogging again. Will get back to you!

Puff Daddy

January 7th, 2009

This Puff Daddy scarf thingy took me an hour and a half start to finish. The yarn is Arucania Limari. It’s nice yarn, but for containing only merino, alpaca, and silk, I’d expect it to be a teeny bit less scratchy.

I don’t have a picture (yet) but it looks cute on me. My pom pom is not as spherical as I’d like, but there are worse problems to have.

Happy New Year

January 1st, 2009

We had a nice Christmas here.� GiGi was all, “whatever,” but she’ll appreciate all the toys she got sooner or later.� I finished two more knitted gifts but only have a picture of one:

From a Mary Maxim kit (No. 3794N, Snow Mitts for Kids) we have mittens for my nephew William.� My first intarsia (WOO!) and my first 100% acrylic (meh).� The yarn is Mary Maxim Mellowspun, which is okay, but nothing special.� These mittens rock, though.

I also knit a scarf for my Grandmother, but I didn’t get a picture.� Instead, I offer you a photo of some of the 16 lb beef rib roast that she bought for dinner… for six people.

Pink Hats for Christmas

December 23rd, 2008

Joanna requested a pink cat hat. I was happy to oblige:

Alli did not request a hat, but I knit a pink one for her too:

The day before Ginny’s due date, Matt and I went all over Baltimore to find beads, and then that evening, I started this hat. I think I finished it within 24 hours. Nervous knitting, perhaps?

Christmas Stockings

December 22nd, 2008

My grandmother has knit Christmas stockings (the same pattern) for everyone in the family for decades.� My parents each have one.� She knit one for me when I was a baby.� My sister has one.� When Matt and I got married, she knit one for him.� Now, she’s knit one for GiGi:


December 13th, 2008

The answer to life, the universe, and everything is NOT 42!� It’s wool.

Yesterday, GiGi wore wool as a diaper cover for the first time.� The interweb, and my few cloth-diapering friends assured me that wool makes an effective diaper cover (in the form of soakers and longies).� I trusted enough to knit a pair of each, and to collect them from generous friends and family, but I did not truly believe.� Then GiGi turned out to be a super duper wetter and I was afraid to even try.� But I waited and now, I believe!

My mom knit these longies from a Little Turtle Knits pattern, and GiGi wore them all day yesterday.� Even when her diaper was wet inside them, the pants were dry to the touch on the outside.� For serious!� Wool.� It’s the answer.

In other news, yesterday was my 30th birthday.� I’m 30, a wife, a mother, a homeowner… I suppose I’m officially an adult now!� So I celebrated in an adult way, with one spectacular cocktail:

A Manhattan made (by me) with Rittenhouse 21-year-old straight rye whiskey.

My last pre-pregnancy cocktail was a crappy restaurant Manhattan made with Jim Beam.� Ugh, it was gross and I didn’t even finish it.� My first post-pregnancy cocktail was this lovely drink, and ohhh, it was divine.� I had some roasted pistachios (50% less salt from Trader Joes) and a glass of water on the side.� Matt went to the ends of the earth (well…all over Baltimore) to get me a bottle of Rittenhouse, and it was worth it!� Thanks, honey!

Baby Stuff I Was Gonna Show You Months Ago

December 8th, 2008

Hey there! A long, long, long time ago, I planned to how you a week’s worth of items I’d made for the baby. I had things all ready and photographed, made it to Wednesday, and then I just forgot to finish. We were busy, Toaster was sick, I was pregnant, yadda, yadda, yadda…

Here’s one thing:

Why spend $10 on completely unnecessary padding for your precious child when you can make completely unnecessary padding for the cost of some scraps from your sewing stash? Skull and crossbones flannel from Joanns, reverses to cotton chenille. I imagine they’ll be better at soaking up drool than those fancy store-bought ones!

Then we have these little guys:

Two gnomes out of a possible five (I haven’t knit the rest yet) from a nice little kit from Green Mountain Wee Woolies at Etsy. While the kit is very nice, I do have one minor quibble: all of the pictures (including the one that came with the kit) show the gnomes wearing cross-body handbags (European carryalls?), yet the pattern does not provide handbag instructions. Boo!

In other news, baby girl is huge! At her first pediatrician appointment, she weighed 7 lbs 2 oz. Twelve days later, she weighed 8 lbs 9 oz! Also, she had grown almost two inches in height since birth. Damn, that’s crazy. And it can’t feel good to grow that quickly. Matt went back to work today, and we all missed him tons. Luckily, it’s only two weeks until his company shuts down for Christmas and New Years, when we’ll all get to be together again.

It’s a girl!

December 3rd, 2008

About 12 days ago, I had me a baby:

Her internet alias shall be GiGi.� She was 7 lbs 6 oz at birth, and has wavy blonde hair.� That’s us at home, tired as I don’t know what, about seven hours after she was born.� That’s a glass of Schramsberg Blanc de Blanc 2002, in case you were wondering.� It was delicious!� Here she is a few days later with her daddy:

And then a few days after that, we celebrated Thanksgiving:

She’s now about twelve whole days old, and Matt and I are slowly figuring out this parenting thing.� She’s a pretty chill baby, which is great, given that Toaster is such a lunatic.� Nursing is going well, if you ignore the extreme engorgement (which is now over) and the yeast infection (Thrush, which is not over).� No supply or latch issues, at least.

Her birth was spontaneous and unmedicated, like we hoped and planned for, but I did have to push for four hours.� That sucked.� We can all thank my pointy pubic arch, apparently.� In the end, she came out red and healthy and squealing.� She is still healthy, but less red and less squeally.� Instead of red, she’s doing that newborn molt thing, and is very flaky.

WordPress has a new photo system that makes it much easier for me to share photos, so that means (I hope) that I’ll be posting more frequently… Usually, I avoid posting if I don’t have pics, and the gallery system I’ve been using has been acting up lately.

Okay, so that’s all the news for today.� I’m sure I’ll be posting again soon, because these photos aren’t nearly worthy of GiGi’s extreme awesomeness and good looks.� Despite some minor sleep deprivation, we are both entirely smitten!