August 31, 2012
I got this delicious yarn at The Yarn Underground. (I just went in for a pair of needles, and I can’t really ever come out without some scrumptious yarn..)
It’s hand dyed, right here in Moscow! Absolutely gorgeous plum color. I do like to support the locals when I can! And hey, if buying this yummy yarn supports local businesses, well, I guess I’ll make the great sacrifice and buy it.
I was thinking of making something for my sweet little niece, Josetta, but I don’t quite know what to make. Anyone have any great (preferably free) patterns for Sport Weight yarn? Something a little girly?
Please share in the comment section if you’ve got any pattern ideas for me!
August 27, 2012
Sam got his 12month shots today. He’s been really fussy and really clingy since then.
But in other news, we got weighed and is now 18 pounds! That puts us in the 4th percentile for weight, which is great! His head, however, is in the 75th percentile, so I guess my kid has a lollipop body or something. He’s also walking like a pro these days, walking all the way across rooms!
Since his weight gain has been so good we are going to try weaning off of the Zantac (for his GERD) and seeing how he does. It’s possible that the problem has already resolved itself, so we’ll try a couple of days off of the medication and see how he does. We’re hoping that he stays happy and continues to gain weight, but we’re trying to stay optimistic, as his doctor said it might take up until 18 months for the problem to be completely resolved.
And now we’re gonna go read some books, because that’s the only thing keeping us happy at the moment!
August 25, 2012
Since we have embarked upon our weight loss journey(Paul is biking and I am doing Jillian Michael’s workouts- whew) I’ve been making more of an effort to cook healthy meals, ones that include a lot of veggies. It’s so much more fun to cook with lots of colors, don’t you think? I also want Sam to get accustomed to eating lots of different foods and not be as picky of an eater as I am!
A few snap shots of our kitchen over the last little while:
I love having a farmers market that has such good fresh fruits and vegetables. And my mother in law, Gloria’s neighbor who also shared her gardens bounty with us (squash, zucchini, cucumbers, corn on the cob, cabbage, green beans, etc! SO GOOD!)
August 23, 2012
So, I didn’t get any great shots, because my little monkey man was too busy jumping on the couch, like a true little monkey. But this is a 6-9 month sock monkey costume, custom ordered for Halloween for some lucky little kid!
If you’d like to order one, please let me know (firstname.lastname@example.org) ASAP, there are only a few spots left for me to be able to make them by Halloween!
August 22, 2012
I made the Gaptastic Cowl with Magnum yarn by Cascade. It’s a super-bulky yarn, so this knits up pretty fast!
And just to give you an idea of how big this cowl is:
I knit it for The Yarn Underground to use as a sample in their store. But whew, August was definitely not the best time to knit this cowl. If you decide to make one I would wait until the weather cools down a bit. As I was modeling this I was breaking into a sweat!
On a more serious note, please keep my cousin Jonah in your prayers. On Monday he was diagnosed with Leukemia and can use all the prayers he can get right now.
August 17, 2012
Currently making sock monkey costumes for Halloween. That’s probably all I’ll be knitting for the next six to eight weeks, so there probably won’t be a whole lot of knitting variety on the blog this month. But maybe some fun stuff of Sam instead. He will be ONE YEAR OLD in a matter of weeks. This is astounding to me.
Here you can see Sam learning how to walk. It’s great fun and he is really entertained by trying to walk around the house all day. Keeps us busy and we have a lot of laughs.
Sam also really likes it when we sing, (Well, he really likes it when Paul sings to him, at least) and is learning how to dance.
Along the same lines, Paul and I have started up a little band project. We’re called The Apple Brigade and you can like us on Facebook so you can find out when our shows are. We tentatively have one planned for near the end of September.
August 10, 2012
Time for Samuel’s monthly pictures! Here’s a link to Month 1, and Month 2, Month 3, Month 4, Month 5, Month 6 ,Month 7 , Month 8 Month 9 and Month 10 in case you missed them! And here is a link to a page that I’ll be updating every month with all of the pictures together, so you can see them side by side.
With Crocheted Pillow:
In his crib:
With his bear:
This has been a fun month for Sam. He is getting such a great personality. He is really talkative and likes to “read” (eat) books. He is still not walking, but tentatively taking a few steps here and there. His GERD still seems to be pretty well controlled and he is pretty happy most of the time (unless I am on the computer!) He is such a happy boy now that it seems silly to think he was ever a colicky baby! He is eating everything and anything (except green beans) and is a joy to have around!
August 9, 2012
We went camping this past weekend on Lake Couer d’Alene with our church. We had such a great time!
I even had a chance to get some knitting done! I am still working on it, it’s the Sunlight Shawl for Sad People, made with Plymouth Brand Happy Feet sock yarn. I really like how it’s turning out, and I adore the colors!
And I’ve got 3 sock monkey costumes to crank out before Halloween, so blogging might be a bit light!
August 7, 2012
A custom order for a tan sock monkey hat with matching booties.
I like it when people request custom orders, because then I get to make things I wouldn’t necessarily think to make, you know, like a tan sock monkey hat! The booties turned out pretty cute, too!
August 2, 2012
I made an owl pillow for my niece’s birthday.
It looks small, but it’s made with extra bulky yarn, so it’s about a foot tall.
Complete with wings.
I also made her a pink and green headband!
And now I am going to get finished up with packing for our camping trip! (Our church family camp is this weekend!) And it will be Sam’s first camping trip, I’m a little nervous as to how he’ll do sleeping in the tent, but I think I tend to worry a lot about things that tend to not be a bit deal anyway, so I am trying to relax and try to look forward to enjoying our weekend!