Saturday, December 29, 2007
Thursday, December 27, 2007
Wednesday, December 26, 2007
Sunday, December 23, 2007
Thursday, December 20, 2007
Thursday, December 13, 2007
Sunday, December 9, 2007
Yesterday I was not in a very good mood due to being up most of the night with Matthew, when my package came from my mitts swap partner. It instantly put me in a good mood! Angelika sent me some AMAZING fingerless mitts. I don't have pics yet, but will post them as soon as they're downloaded. I'm wondering if she created her own pattern? She is incredibly talented, and I am fortunate to be on the receiving end of that talent. :) She also sent me a mug with chocolate-drink goodies, a sheep keychain, mini sock ornament, stitch markers, sock yarn, an oven mitt and yummy brownie mix. I have had a very positive experience participating in a swap, and I look forward to doing another one soon.
I also realized yesterday that there are only TWO weeks until Christmas instead of the three I thought there were! Yikes! I have no idea what I was thinking--wishful thinking, I guess. Now I'm a bit panicked because I have a number of knitting projects to complete. I'm mostly worried about Pat's sweater. He's been waiting for over a year for its completion, and I promised him it would be done by Christmas. Here is a little schedule to push myself a little more:
1.) By Friday evening: have WIPS (mittens and scarf) finished
2.) By next Tuesday: have Matthew's stocking complete
3.) By Christmas morn: have Pat's sweater complete.
Now that it's in writing, you need to hold me to it!
For a couple of years now, I've been seriously considering going for an MA and/or certification in special education. Since I have some time now, and need some intellectual stimulation, I've decided to pursue a special education licensure (the only masters programs are two hours away, which would be very difficult to do at this time. The licensure program can be done online). It's 21 credits and through Santa Fe Community College. Hopefully I'll be able to set up an advising program for next week so that I can start a couple of courses in January. I'm very excited for this. I've always been interested in special ed, have had some very positive experiences with the students in special ed (particularly severe needs such as Down Syndrome) who have been in my class, and it would also give me a way to (hopefully) would part-time when just having an elementary licensure wouldn't. So, wish me luck on this new endeavor!
Wednesday, December 5, 2007
Sunday, December 2, 2007
I've been feeling a little lonely lately. I try to get out of the house with Matthew, but this past week has been pretty cold and rainy, so we haven't gone on many walks. I can definately tell a change in my mood/additude when I'm not able to get some fresh air. I love snow, rain, and grey days, but since I've always lived in the southwest I don't think I could handle living somewhere where it snowed or rained a lot. I've never had the opportunity to experience it, but I wouldn't be surprised if I would be one to experience seasonal depression.
I love being home with my son, and I made the decision to do so, but sometimes I really crave some social interaction. I think that it's been especially difficult because I had an extemely social occupation as a teacher. I feel like I've gone from one extreme to the other. My day was also very scheduled as a teacher, and I find myself trying to make some kind of schedule at home. Of course, I don't force that schedule on Matthew, but it helps me to have some kind of plan for the day. I'm been reading the blog, Yarnstorm, lately, and I love how she focuses on the daily small blessings in her life (as many blog do). I'm also interested in her book, The Gentle Art of Domesticity, but it's only sold out of the UK right now.
I thought I'd wrap this post up with a family pic from Thanksgiving:(I can't wait to get my own camera so that there won't be such a delay on posting pictures!)
Have a fantastic week! :)
Monday, November 26, 2007
Friday, November 23, 2007
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
Speaking (or typing) of IK Winter 2007 edition, I have to say that it has grown on me. At first I wasn't very excited about any of the patterns except for this. Now, after looking through it numerous times, I'm very interested in knitting this and this someday. I think that Veronik Avery is an impressive designer, and I hope someday to have the patience to knit this (I love how the design is actually little kitty heads!). I wonder if that "someday" will ever come?
Monday, November 19, 2007
On the domestic side of things, I spent the morning making ginger cookies--yum! I love baking when it gets cold outside. I also love making soup--we had tuna cheddar tonight. I don't usually like tuna, but I like this soup. Probably all of the cheesy goodness. Football ended Friday night with a loss in the first round of playoffs. I'm sorry that they lost, but I'm not sorry to have my husband back! I'm looking forward to having Pat come home right after work and spend time with me and Matthew. He's a terrific dad, and Matthew's face lights up when he comes through the door.
Thursday, November 15, 2007
I've been working on Pat's sweater while I've been working on my KnitPicks order to arrive, and it seems like it's been taking for-ev-er (the sweater, not the order). Pat's a pretty big guy, so I've been doing lots of monotonous ribbing lately. I think that I'll need to take a little break after this sleeve and work on something else. I just hope that I have the willpower to pick it back up again and finish it before Christmas.
Matthew and I took a little drive to Santa Fe this morning to see my grandfather and his wife. They split their time between Santa Fe and Chicago (where Ann lived before she and my grandfather married) and will be here for Thanksgiving. It makes me smile seeing Matthew with his great-grandfather. My grandpa and I have always had a really special relationship, and I'm so thankful that I was able to provide him with a great-grandchild. He was the kind of grandpa who would sing me to sleep at night, create treasure hunts in their house/yard, pull candy out of my ear, and take me on walks in the moonlight with me on his shoulders.
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Anyway, I was talking to a friend about this when she said she had seen an article somewhere about turning recycled sweaters into a throw. This piqued my curiosity, so I've already spent some time browing the 'net for examples. I found some good ones here and here. Now I have something to do with my "ruined" sweaters that will enable me to keep them in some shape or form. I'm actually excited about a new, and somewhat different, craft project. This will have to be after Christmas or after I finish all of my Christmas presents, whichever comes first (unfortunately, it's not necessarily finishing the presents!).
Monday, November 12, 2007
I am just about finished with my second pair of Fetching for a friend. It feels good to have completed that Christmas present at least! I have a HUGE order from Knit Picks coming, but it probably won't be here until at least Friday. So...I started working on Pat's sweater again. To tell you the truth, I was working on it this time last year! He's a pretty big guy, so it's a size large, it's monotonous work, and it's just not exciting to work on. I must finish it by Christmas, though. It's WAY overdue!
Friday, November 9, 2007
Wednesday, November 7, 2007
Sunday, November 4, 2007
In other exciting news, Pat and I finally rearranged our living room yesterday. We have a funky-spaced living room that doesn't leave us many options, but I think that we may have found a better arrangement. It's cozier now and the sofas and chair are facing each other instead of the TV, which I really like. Pat, on the other hand, is still warming up to it. :)
Here are some FOs: Fetching and Wavy Fingerless Mitts from One Skein Wonders (thanks, mom, for being a great hand-model!). I had fun making both, and one is a gift. It always feels good to have completed projects, especially when one is for someone else! I'm about 2/3 of the way done with Matthew's longies, and I'm really anxious to finish them. They already look so cute and cozy! I read some articles on "stripping" clothe diapers, so I think that I'll try that so we can use his diapers again. It's just amazing how many disposables we've already gone through. I don't think that people should feel guilty for using disposables because I know that every situation is different, but I personally do. Plus, I love my clothe diapers and the adorable covers I have for them. Hopefully you won't have to hear me discuss my clothe diaper troubles after this week!
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Matthew is a bee for his first Halloween, and he's already had a couple of opportunities to show off his costume. Last Friday we went to trick or treating on Main Street--small town fun. This morning I took him to the elementary school I worked at for three years to watch the Halloween parade. I enjoyed seeing my colleagues and former students. Of course, Matthew received many compliments. I hope to have pics of him in his costume up by this weekend.
Happy Halloween! :)
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Sunday, October 28, 2007
In knitting news, I have completed two Lucy bags (from my own pattern) for a friend and her daughter, as well as one half of Fetching. I love the simplicity of Fetching and bought yarn for a pair for myself and a pair for a friend for Christmas (but I'm not telling who in case she's reading!). Hopefully I'll finish both pairs in the next couple of days and will be ready for Matthew's longies. He's actually too big for his six month clothes, so he desperately needs new pants anyways!
Sunday, October 21, 2007
Next I have another pattern from Natural Knits: the Oz Vest. I used Knit Picks DK merino as well, but in fern. This one is still a little big for Matthew, so it will be perfect around Christmas.
Here is a VERY handsome young man modeling a sweater (Debbie Bliss pattern) with matching booties (Zoe Mellor pattern) that were started way before he was even born (but the sweater was just competed!) I used Debbie Bliss Cashmerino for both, and they are so soft!
I have also made a couple of "Lucy Bags" from my own pattern (sorry, these are a little blurry). I haven't seen the Lucy Bag pattern, so I'm not sure how the patterns are different, but what I can see by looking at the bags are that mine seem to be a little more like totes.
Last, but certainly not least, is the "Pity Hat for Pat." :)
Whew, I sure have been a knitting fool!
Saturday, October 20, 2007
I have joined my first KAL: Fingerless Mitts for Fall. I have several patterns that I'm excited to try. Plus, it will help me crank out some Christmas gifts. I'm also in love...with this. I'm already planning on placing a yarn order next Friday. I decided on that day because it's the beginning of my credit card cycle. I can just see Pat's eyes rolling when he sees the amount of yarn being purchased on my credit carn statements! Ah well, he has his football videos!
Thursday, October 18, 2007
I have so many Works in Progress right now that I've decided to apply some kind of knitting schedule to my day. I know it sounds rigid, but it's what i need to turn my UFOs into FOs! So, during Matt's morning naps I'm going to work on my projects for Pat (fly fishing cross-stich and sweater from a year ago!). In the afternoon I'm going to work on some felted bags I'm making for friends, and the evening (after Matt goes to sleep) is reserved for whatever the heck I want to do! Tonight I picked up some socks I started last spring. This has definately been a case of the dreaded second-sock syndrome. I have to say, however, that I really enjoyed the delicate work of sock-knitting, as well as the soft yarn being worked with my addi turbos (I love using the Cat Bordhi method of two circular needles). I have some sock yarn in my stash, as well as some patterns I'd like to try, so perhaps my evening will turn into "sock time."
Stay tuned for some pics of my finished projects. I've been using my parents camera, and they finally got their new dock for it. The old one was fried after a lightning strike at their house! Yikes!
Saturday, October 13, 2007
|You Are Sunrise|
You enjoy living a slow, fulfilling life. You enjoy living every moment, no matter how ordinary.
You are a person of reflection and meditation. You start and end every day by looking inward.
Caring and giving, you enjoy making people happy. You're often cooking for friends or buying them gifts.
All in all, you know how to love life for what it is - not for how it should be.
I got this fun quiz idea from the blog, Home Made Originals. I have to be honest: the first time I took the quiz I was "midnight," which I didn't think fit me at all, so I took it again (I actually would love to be Midnight, but just know that I'm not). Sunrise seems more like me, or who I would like to be. I am really trying to live a peaceful, everyday life full of love and joy. I've always been pretty introverted, but at the same time really care for the close friends I do have. I think that the fact that I have a blog is telling about the "reflection" characteristic. Give the quiz a try, and let me know what time of day you are!
Yesterday Pat was complaining about me never making him anything, so I made him a hat that I'll name, "Pity Hat for Pat." It's blue and grey with a little bit of intarsia. He really likes it and says that it'll be perfect for skiing this year. Maybe I'll make one for myself! I also finally finished the Oz Vest! It turned out well, but is pretty big. I'd much rather it be too big than too small, especially since Matthew has been growing so quickly! I'm really going to try to finish piecing together his sweater that I started last spring when I was pregnant. I'm not letting myself start anything else until I've finished that. Let's just see how much willpower I have...
Friday, October 12, 2007
Sometimes when Pat gets home I take some time to vent to him about how my day has gone. I get frustrated with Matthew's 30-minute naps, I sit in our living room while nursing and look at our dog-chewed rug wondering when we're going to get a new one. There are always little things to be annoyed, frustrated and disgusted with. On our walk today I started to think about the BIG things and how truly fortunate I am: I have a beautiful son with whom to spend my day with and God has given me to raise on this earth (I had three miscarraiges before Matthew). I have a loving husband who is intelligent, passionate, and has a great sense of humor. My husband is also a wonderful dad! I am fortunate to have family so close: my in-laws live next door and my parents live 15 minutes away. My mom works about two minutes from my house and comes over whenever I need her help. I have a house full of life with two dogs, two cats, and a baby. I have a home and (way to many!) possessions that bring me comfort. I hope to always remember the "big picture" and how God has blessed me.
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
Yesterday Matthew had his four-month check-up, and it went really well. He hardly even cried for his shots! He is now 17 pounds and is in the 85 %ile for weight and 75 %ile for length! It's amazing considering he was only in the 5 %ile after he came home from the hospital. We must be doing something right!
Monday, October 8, 2007
While browsing through some blogs, I came across a cloth-diapering knitter who cited a pattern for wool covers. Instead of designing my own, I'm going to be less impressive and buy a couple of patterns from Little Turtle Knits. Perhaps I'll use some of the untreated wool I bought?
I've come to the conclusion that Matthew is just a very slight sleeper during the "light sleep" stage of the sleep cycle and that it's developmental. Even when I'm holding him while he's sleeping I'll watch him go through the cycle, his eyes will move under his eye lids, he'll smile, then frown. Then suddenly his little eyes will pop open! I just don't know what to do besides accepting the fact that naptime may be rough for a while. I have a difficult time letting him "cry it out," but I am letting him spend more and more time entertaining himself. He is such a sweetheart, especially when he's had enough sleep. I just wish I knew how to help him have more sleep!
Tuesday, October 2, 2007
Here is a pic of the kimono sweater, minus buttons. I'm now almost finished with the Oz vest. I just need to do the edging, but that involves picking up stitches and I'm really not in the mood right now. Hopefully I'll finish it within the next couple of days.
Saturday, September 29, 2007
P.S. I noticed later that I titled this post "Pics," and it shouldn't be titled that with only one picture! So, here's one more to make it grammatically correct. :)
Friday, September 28, 2007
Besides cheering for my alma mater this evening (in spirit), I finished the imitation Lucy bag! I have to admit that I'm pretty darn proud of myself. I saw something I liked, then created my own unique pattern based off of a web photo of the bag. I'm also proud of myself for following through and finishing a project! It's actually drying right now on my kitchen counter, and I can't help myself from going in every once in a while and looking at it. It was a lot of fun doing a felting project since you never quite know what you're going to get. I can't wait to get my new yarn/needle order from Knitpicks! Once I get the pics of the bag downloaded I'll do a review, along with stats, on how it all went.
I see more felted bags in my future, but someone someday please remind me of these UFOs: cross-stitch for Pat, sweater for Pat (poor Pat), black socks with duplicate stitch, Oz vest, two baby sweaters that need to be sewn up. Ah, a pretty long list, but hopefully it will be finished soon. I HAVE to get Pat's projects done by Christmas. Since I need a little pressure to get me going, I am puting those on hold until December 1.
Matthew is still having trouble with his naps, and I am coming to the conclusion that it will be a continuous issue for a while at least. It is very frustrating most of the time, but then he'll have a day where he'll sleep for over an hour at one time. I live for those days! I love Matt, but he is in such a better mood after he's had some sleep. Aren't we all?
Sunday, September 23, 2007
After Matt woke up we drove to Espanola, a town about 25 minutes away, to have lunch and go to Walmart. Now, usually I absolutely HATE going to Walmart, but since I've had Matthew I'm just so excited to get out of the house that even the thought of Walmart sounded exciting! For those of you who haven't had a baby yet, your perspectice certainly changes in ways no one can prepare you for! Matthew was a good boy the whole time and slept on the way home.
We also took a family walk today. The naughty dogs came and now have mud all over the lower half of their bodies. They remind me of the show I saw about hippos on PBS this morning. Did anyone know that the dominant male hippo is called the "beach master?"
I'm on my way through cyberspace to purchase some Options needles from Knitpicks. I've heard mixed reviews on them, so I hope they work out. I love the Addi Turbos I have, but they're just so expensive. I'm sure that I'll purchase some new yarn to go along with the needles. :)
Saturday, September 22, 2007
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
I'm still working on the Oz vest, but it's pretty slow going right now. I'm about halfway finished with the back. It's not a difficult pattern, so hopefully I'll be finished be the end of the weekend. The amount of knitting I get done depends on how much Matthew is able to sleep!
I borrowed my mom's digital camera, so hopefully there will be some new pics up soon!
Sunday, September 16, 2007
My grandfather and his wife just got home from their trip to Peru, so I'm thinking of visiting them in Santa Fe this week. I also want to stop by the yarn shop near their house. :)
Pat and I went to a wedding and reception for two of my high school friends yesterday afternoon and evening. We took Matthew to the reception, and he was such a good boy! I was extremely proud of him. He didn't cry once, but he did nurse and sleep a little. He also was held A LOT and got to dance with his mom and dad. It made me proud and happy to be with my two guys. ::GRIN::
Friday, September 14, 2007
Pat is coaching at a football game right now, so it's been a long day for the two of us. Matthew is a little stinker when it comes to naps, but I'm just as much to blame I'm sure. It took an hour and a half to get him down this morning, and he never really took an afternoon nap. I decided to change his walks to the evening so that he could have a longer morning nap, so I'm guessing that threw off his schedule a little bit. He just seems to have his "witching hour" from about 5-6 pm, so I thought that would be a good time for a walk.
I just got an update from my mom and so far the Hilltoppers are beating Santa Fe High 14-7. There is still one more half to go, but hopefully the Toppers will continue their winning streak. I really miss going to the football games, but since they start right at Matthew's bedtime, there would probably be meltdowns if we went.
I'm enjoying blogging and reading about others near and far, whom I know and not know, out there in this small world of ours.
Thursday, September 13, 2007
I usually buy a quiche each week from a baker vendor, but they're pretty expensive. So, I am contemplating baking my own quiche! I have made one before, but it took a very long time to bake, which is typical at high altitude (we're at about 7,000 feet). I would also like to start baking bread. A couple of years ago I spent a day at my Aunt Nancy's, and she showed me how to make whole-wheat bread. I have made it once since, but I think that I'll try it again. Perhaps this weekend?
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
I'm making progress on the Harvey Kimono. Tonight I picked up the stitches for the edging, which is something I find very tedious. I always end up ripping it out and starting over! It's very frustrating, but at least it's over for now. Hopefully I'll finish the sweater tomorrow, Friday at the latest.
Tomorrow is farmer's market day here in Los Alamos. I love going and smelling the green chile roasting! Yum! When I went to college in Colorado, even though it's a border state, I missed Northern New Mexico food so much...there's nothing else like it.
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
Fall is definately in the air here in the Jemez Mountains of New Mexico. I noticed this morning that some of the Virginia creeper is starting to turn red, some of the trees' leaves are turning yellow, and I never got warm on my walk even though I was wearing long-sleeves and pants. Fall is my favorite time of year, so I can't wait for more of the leaves to change! I have always loved fall, but I think that I love it more now because my husband and I met during the fall. The season brings back many memories of "firsts" with my husband, and we spent many weekends hiking that first fall together. I am also excited to take Matthew on his first hike. We're just waiting for his neck/head control to get a little stronger before putting him in a backpack.
Sunday, September 9, 2007
Every morning my son and I go for a 45 minute-1 hour long walk. During this time he sleeps (yay!), and I have time for some reflection and day-dreaming, hence the blog's name. I usually think about the next knitting projects I'd like to do, especially what would make a good gift for the loved ones in my life. Recently I also have been thinking about how I'd like to decorate my house, where I'd like to go on vacation, and (now) what I would like to write in my blog. Countless other random thoughts invade my mind as well.
I am currently working on two sweaters for Matthew. One is from the book, Baby Knits for Beginners by Debbie Bliss, and the other is from Natural Knits for Babies and Moms by Louisa Harding. I seriously can't remember the name of the sweater pattern in the Debbie Bliss book because it's been such a long time since I knit the pieces! All I have to do is sew the seams, but I ran out of yarn. Since I'm 45 minutes away from the nearest yarn shop, and I have a 3-month old who is not always cooperative in the car (but most of the time he's a good boy), I have been able to make it down to get the yarn. The sweater I'm working on from Natural Knits is the Harvey Kimono. I just need to finish the second sleeve, sew the seams, and knit the edging. I love the Natural Knits book! My next projects are: Oz Vest and Beanie.
I apologize for the lack of pictures. I really need to get a new digital camera!