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Oh-saaaah! (outside, you say?)

February 15, 2011

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I was trying to put together a post inside, but someone kept uttering this word while pointing out the window…yeah, we’re blogging from the phone in the yard. Gota run- someone’s trying to eat leaves!

inspired: {this moment}

January 28, 2011

As inspired by SouleMama, a new Friday ritual for me too…

{this moment} A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.

 

Harper Reading

Lunar New to Me

January 27, 2011

A hat, a scarf, and a new project.

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I’m trying to get back into knitting. Actually, I’m trying to get back into everything. I don’t know what it is- perhaps the mere fact that I failed to actually make any New Year’s Resolutions at the beginning of the month- but I am sluggish, people. After the half-marathon in December, I have only run several times, with no regular routine resumed or new one established at all…and since my proclamation to myself, around Christmas time, that I would knit my family our own stockings and knit everyone a gift for next year, I haven’t even finished some of the stuff I started for last Christmas. Not to mention this poor ol’ blog that sits here waiting for me each week. Ya…I really gotta pull it together. I’m getting there. I’m actually becoming of the mindset that I am simply attuned to the Lunar New Year, and I’m pretty sure that’s the case. So, as the (Lunar) New Year approaches, I’m finally putting away the holiday chocolate gearing up for a bright, productive 2011!

First off, the little hat for the little sweetie pie

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I enjoyed knitting this because it required calling everyone in my knitting group to ask a different question. It turns out this pattern, by Be Sweet gave me some trouble in its wording. But that was the thing, I figured it out with help over the phone. That is typically not my style… I’m a visual learner.  I also learned how to do a bobble from my new best friend, knittinghelp.com’s video on the subject (see, I told you I was visual). So, there. It was a kit project- all laid out right there for me and probably pretty simple for everyone who knows how to knit- but still one of my proudest knitted garments (the other might be my reverseable cable knit scarf- one for later).

The new project- don’t laugh- is to do it again. So, the purple and blue yarn is for the same hat for a new baby girl in our community, Mary Elliott, due to arrive in late March. I got this.

The scarf- don’t laugh– was supposed to be for my mom for Christmas. It is the easiest pattern and I should have finished it eons ago, but I guess it’s boring me? I like the yarn and I like the scarf pattern, but I’m not so sure the yarn works for that type of scarf. My friend, Helen, did one in a fuzzy alpaca brown that turned out really well, although she knitted it length-wise, which I think would really drive me crazy. I’m flipping it back and forth, which is also a little insane. It’s okay. I’ll finish it. I even bought all this other yarn to do more like it. It’s one of my favorite knit-and-talk projects.

And last but not least, a new hairstyle…
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That hair on top is just getting so long, I don’t know what else to do with it! That little Pebbles is about to walk, y’all. It is really getting close. Today she moved from walking holding onto one finger to walking while I hold the very corners of her little shirt! Every time I’d let go, though, she’d sit down.

We’ll keep you posted…on the tot toddling and the success of my Lunar New Years haphazard resolving.

Clap Your Hands and Rejoice…

January 11, 2011

Okay. If you received our Christmas card, you may find this post a little redundant…

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But this little girl is a joyful wonder and the only thing to get me out of my recent blog strike.

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Granted, she isn’t knitted, but she does appreciate having things knitted for her (Those will be on here after I grumble to my camera to photograph them. It’s really only a hat, but I’m pretty excited about it).

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We had a lovely, snowy Christmas here in Rabun Gap. New Year’s was cozy. I hope yours was great too!

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Crawling, walking down and up the hallway while holding Mama or Daddy’s fingers, and saying “haanta” I.e. “Santa,” followed by “Ho Ho Ho,” or “woof-woof”ing like “Ohter,” or Dexter as you may know him, are just a few of the things little squirt has been up to.

Cheers!

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A Fan Of….

September 30, 2010

I am not a fan of blogs without pictures, not to say that if you do not have pictures, I won’t like your blog.

I am not a fan of blogs that aren’t updated as often as they should be, but that’s not to say I hold it against you.

Right here, right now, I’m blogging way tardy, without any photos and without much knitting to speak of. I am not a fan of me right now, but anyway. whatever.

That hat I need to start for Harper hasn’t been started, but I’ve been spending each and every day looking at the yarn and imagining the cute little hat on her head. Does that count? What’s wrong with me? I can’t seem to get anything done lately. I feel like I wander around in circles all day. Though I have been running. okay, that’s one thing I’m glad about. running.

So, this weekend is Fall “Break” weekend. It’s hard to really consider it a break, but I have high hopes for it anyway. Last year they gave us Monday off, but it being parents weekend at school, teachers spend the first half of Saturday in parent conferences and the second half at the student showcase to their parents. So, working Saturday, you really just have a shifted weekend. This year, however, we (as in hubby) get Monday and Tuesday. clap!clap!clap!

Here are the things I have been planning for our little Fall stacation while hubby is away each night doing, what else, parent conferences….

. visit a pumpkin patch and corn maze and pick out delightful pumkins for carving.

. go apple picking. there are so many apple orchards right down the road from us. we have no excuse not to. and oh, delicious things can come from fresh, local apples.

. knit during a soccer game. oh, and go to a soccer game (match?).

. watch our netflick, finally.

. run a 5k Sunday- the Autumn Breeze.

. bake something delightfully Fallish

. plant some Fall flowers in a pumpkin like I saw in Southern Living this month

I’ll let you know if I’m overly ambitious, but I’m really looking forward to some little family time together. I’ll take pictures and post ’em. I promise. 

Happy cider-brewing and cool mornings to you all! What are you a fan of this Fall?

Waving Hello…

August 30, 2010

Just stopping in to say “hello,” which happens to be one of our newest and favorite tricks this week.

We had a memorable weekend. The water level on the Chattooga River rose to over two feet, so we loaded up some good friends and hopped in…well, in some cases, hopped out and got wet! I, the trusty guide, fell out two more times than intended. I’ve gotta remember how I stayed in those rafts nine years ago when I did these types of things daily…for pay, even. hmmm… I sense that I am aging. It is apparent both in the wildly ungraceful way in which I toppled out of the raft (twice) and in the creaking way my body aches today. So.Un.Cool.

I haven’t knitted a stitch in many days. That is soon to be remedied. My remaining To-Do List for the evening goes like this: Blog. Knit. Go to bed.

I hope you all had a fun-filled weekend. I hope you ate dinner on your porch or took a walk at dusk. These Summer days are numbered and Fall is nudging its elbow at us a little. For this I am grateful,it is my favorite season, but looking ahead at inevitable cold, I’ll savor the warmth indeed.

Les Vêtements des Enfants

August 20, 2010

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Have you ever seen cuter little girl clothes? These are thanks to my shopoholic-can’t-stop-thinking-about-her-neice sister in France. Oh, the sweet clothes they have in France! I can’t wait to get my sweet little bundle in these, as well as the cute purple leggings Auntie sent to accompany, which will be nice in the fall weather. Boy, I’m just dying for fall weather!

Well, these sweet little garments have inspired me to make something for Harper out of the alpaca yarn I mentioned earlier. And since not one soul commented or left any advice (ahem), I had to venture on my own and search for something to do with it. I think I’ve decided on this:

…except I’ll be using this:
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So, what I’ll do next:

1. figure out if I have the right needles (if I don’t, just cry until we pay off our car and I can buy some)

2. try out a gauge based on what the pattern says

3. start on the little ear flaps

4. continue on until I have a lovely little hat for my cherubim!

Check back, as I’m sure there will be more to come on this project as I will inevitably get confused on the pattern and summon help before I even get past the ear flaps.

Too-d’loo!!