I finally finished those two Christmas decorations that I wanted to do this year.  Here are a couple of quick photos; the door the wreath is hanging on doesn’t really allow for a straight shot, but I think you can still see it fairly well.  That wreath, by the way, took about an hour, while the banner took much longer.  I seriously thought it would be the other way around!


Getting Ready for the Move

As I have very recently finished my two giant papers (30 pages I wrote!  Yes I am bragging a little!) I have had more time to focus on packing and sorting, since Hazel still goes to her sitter everyday.  Yesterday I got sorted on one of the most important parts of any big trip – the knitting.  Yes, the knitting.  I can't be driving 20 hours, then waiting a week for our stuff to meet us in Bama, without knowing how I'm going to keep these hands busy!!  :D  

Are you ready for some sock yarn porn?  I am!  These are the new sock yarns I bought recently from Knit Picks, which just arrived yesterday and deserved their own pictures!

Lovely, right?  The blue is for my feet!  Any knitter will tell you that knitting for yourself happens rarely, and when I saw this yarn I just knew that I needed it on my feet every night for the rest of my days.  The green and brown will become socks for two lucky recipients; the brown most likely for Amos, and the green as a Christmas gift for some lucky duck.
This gorgeous yarn was an awesome surprise from my friend Clara last night at knitting!
This is going to be a beautiful and fun knit for Hazel.  I'm not even sure what it will be, yet.  Maybe tights, with feet and all, or maybe a little wrap/sweater deal.  Whatever I make it is going to be super fun to knit with a yarn called Cartoon!

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It was on Sale!!!

I really couldn't help it.  See, I needed more of the blue & orange to finish a project, and then I saw the green and brown on sale, and then I added the blue because I've been wanting it for months.  Literally – two months!  ;)

Yes.  Awesome.  This is all for socks – Sock Summer 2010 starts in just a month!
Today, in our daily jaunt to the village green, I decided to take a quick snap of this gorgeous tree that is in bloom right now; I think it's a type of magnolia, but I am not sure.  I have loved these trees all my life, and one day I'll have one planted in my yard.
And the last is just a photo from after we got back home and had dinner.  

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New Camera

Works pretty well on the fly!

Also, I picked up some new yarn that is going to look AMAZING on Hazel!  I'm going to make this into a snowflake fair isle sweater sometime in the upcoming year for next Christmas.

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Hazel’s Sweater

I love this sweater.  I love the yarn, I love the colors, I love the pattern, and I love that I got the pattern all the way correct.  This will keep her warm for probably the next 4 years, because it did turn out kind of big (I've since noticed that other people had this same outcome, so I'm still counting it as being correct).

Oh, and the yarn was spun & dyed locally in New Hartford.  Pretty cool!

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Busy Week…Doing Nothing.

This past week was hectic, except that I didn't actually get anything done.  Go figure!

I spent the first of the week just trying to catch up a little on housework.  Hazel has been getting so much better at crawling that I have to really keep an eye on her.  She now crawls around and around the living room, stopping to touch all the same stuff.  She goes magazine rack, bookcase, stroller wheel, records, my shoes, rocking chair, DVDs, my feet, and then starts all over again.  I have little tiny baby fingerprints all over the place.  I'm also considering attaching Swiffer sheets to all her onesies.

I did manage to get the house relatively clean by Wednesday, but on Thursday Amos came down with this nasty bug, so everything went downhill faster than Fat Albert on a black diamond run.  Our house was t.r.a.s.h.e.d.  I did dishes Friday morning; by that evening every single juice glass was dirty because Amos told me, "You can't reuse cups when you're sick; it just makes you more sick."  This is not true, internet readers.  This is baloney.  I contributed to the dish pile in my own right, too.  I just didn't have time to worry about those while caring for the baby all by myself, trying to keep her quiet so Amos could rest.  Hazel and I spent a lot of time out of the house the past few days.  Amos never gets sick.  Never.  He never has a sore throat, doesn't get queasy, isn't affected by headaches, so when he does fall ill it seems like it's considerably worse.  Thursday he was throwing up at school and came home, Friday he had a hacking cough and achey joints, which carried over into Saturday.  

Unfortunately he had a Lego robotics thing scheduled for Saturday and since he was the only professor, he felt obligated to go.  Fortunately, he had hired a babysitter for Hazel at the school, so I had the majority of the day free!  I was sorry he felt poorly, but was so giddy about my free time I couldn't really think straight.  I had a blast doing laundry, dancing with my ipod, then lunch & shopping with Care and Emma.  I even had some time on my own yesterday too; I read about this yarn shop closing in Manlius, close to Syracuse, so I loaded up Hazel and we went!  I found some awesome yarn, which I'm going to get my hands on tonight, and Hazel flirted with everyone there and was just adorable.

It didn't last, though.  Our poor baby woke up at 4 am with a blistering fever and hacking cough.  She's been feverish all day, hovering around 102 degrees, with a runny nose, cough, and sometimes vomiting.  Still, though, she's been in a generally good mood and hasn't cried much, which makes me feel even worse for her.  Amos stayed home today from work as well, and having him here to help out was great, even if he's not at full capacity.  Unfortunately you can't really do much for a baby who is sick like this, except try to keep them comfy and let them nurse a lot.  She's such a good baby, and seeing her sick just breaks my heart.  Hopefully it will have run its course by tomorrow, but until then I'll be too soccer-mom-from-the-80s embarrassed to come out of my house!

ETA:  It took me three days to write this out.  I started on Saturday, then got distracted by Hazel and bedtime, and the next day she was all sick and gross and so was Amos.  So pretend I wrote this Monday.  Also, her fever is gone now, and she's just kind of wimpy and coughing, but better than yesterday.

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Sheep Thrills

Yum…new yarn coma…

The top yarn is hand-dyed alpaca, slated for a Christmas present for the upcoming year.  The bottom greeny goodness is for, surprise surprise, me!  I am finally making something for myself.  I tallied it up, and over the years I have made myself a grand total of one phone cozy and one "feminine mystique" cozy.  And that is it.  Each of those projects used scrap yarn and took maybe a hour to complete.  Well no more!  This yarn is going to make the February Lady Sweater, written by Pamela Wynn (who models in the picture too, I think).  I loved this cardi on first glance, and I tried to get yarn that closely matched that in the picture.  

Right now I'm working on several things, as usual; one, though, the main project, is the biggest thing I've ever knit.  It's going to be ginormous.  But it's a secret, so I can't divulge any info just yet.  I will say that it's a helluva lot of garter stitch!  To break up the monotomy of one giant project I've had a string of small side projects, most of which are either washcloths or Christmas '09 gifts.  Maybe one day I'll knit something I can show you all!

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