Thursday, May 08, 2014

A Fresh Start

Lately, some of my friends have been reviving their blogs, and I think I'm going to try to do the same.  I miss having a place to write about my crafty projects, and participating in social media is great for keeping me connected to my amazing friends, but lacks the journal-like quality of blogging.

So, without further ado....

It's finally spring in NYC!  It's creeping in very slowly, though, so last month, a bunch of knitterly friends and I met up in Asheville, NC for a weekend of eating, shopping, cowl-swapping, knitting, and IRL companionship.  It was relaxing and perfect and so great to see all of these ladies who came from near and far.

Some of us in a fabulous yarn shop in Black Mountain, NC. Photo credit: Melissa McKelvey

Leo's doing great.  He's going to be four this summer, I can't believe it.  He's such a big boy now and still my sweet sunshine.

And I'm doing some knitting.  I've been working on Purl Bee's Hudson's Bay Inspired Crib Blanket (which I just need to weave in ends on, photos to come) and I just started Shibui's Multigrain Scarf by Antonia Shankland--which got to take a little trip outside to the park last weekend.

This is just the first part of the scarf, which comes as a gorgeous Shibui kit mixing 3 different, luxurious yarns: Pebble (above), Cima, and Silk Cloud.  LOVING knitting this.  I recently finished Antonia Shankland's Honey Cowl, and I really love the simple beauty of her patterns.

I'm hoping for a sunshiny summer with a lot of time spent outside.  Leo and I are 100% tired of being trapped in our freezing apartment all winter--we are ready for summer!

Monday, June 11, 2012

Sunday, January 01, 2012

Leo says Happy New Year!

Hi everyone! It's been a while. New year, new blog post.

I have 2 resolutions for this year:
1. Get in shape.
2. Make more time for friends.

Getting in shape includes both eating better and exercising more--and getting more organized about both. Life has been so hectic since wee Leo arrived on the scene, but I think that doing a little more planning ahead with meals and workouts will help to ease some of that.

Making time for friends--enough said. More knit nights, more dinners out, more girly-dates with my pals. Babies have made us all more busy, but it's important to give yourself a break once in a while.

Besides all of that, I'm looking forward to reading some good books, spending lots of time with my tiniest buddy, Leo, and [finally] graduating in 2012. Happy New Year, indeed!

Sunday, May 22, 2011

OMG, Summer's Here!

Clearly, we're very excited.
Leo's 10 months old now--10 months!?!--and is Everywhere. He started crawling during our final exams--awesome timing--and was off like a rocket. I am racing around all day trying to keep him from falling and climbing into the fireplace, etc. Is this how people lose those last 5 pounds of baby weight?
It's been a busy semester--as it always is, but this one was particularly challenging, being my first ever as a parent....
But now, it's summer! And there are so many things I can't wait to do. Take Leo to the beach for the first time, sign up for some mama-baby swimming classes, read LOTS of books, maybe actually get to SEW or KNIT!
Strangely enough, I do most of my knitting during the summer months, probably due more to my academic schedule rather than an A/C-inspired chill. I'm hoping for another good summer of projects, since the last thing I finished was this:
Pattern: Seed Stitch Baby Jacket by Elinor Brown
Yarn: Cascade 220
I love this little jacket--it is squishy and warm and has kept Leo toasty all winter. But I did finish it a while ago, so it's time to get those needles dusted off and start something new! We've had kind of an epidemic of pregnancies in the Spiders in the last year (Don't want kids? You'd better not knit with us, it's contagious!), so I've got a bit of baby-knitting to do. But I'm really looking forward to knitting something for myself for the first time in almost 2 years.
Time to get on Ravelry and see what all of you are knitting out there! Something good, I'm sure.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Um, Happy New Year?

A friend visited my blog recently, which reminded me, it's been quite some time since I posted. It also reminded me that I had planned to get back to posting to my poor neglected blog in the New Year. Ha.

So, things have been, um, a little busy, but I did manage to knit Leo some thick wooly pants. Because yo, it is COLD this year in NYC! Not going to say any more about that, since you probably already know, but seriously.Raveled here!
Poor Leo--his mother won't stop knitting him things. Better get used to it, kiddo.
I also did some baby knitting for--gasp--OTHER PEOPLE. Check out Illanna's baby, Desi, in his Owls Vest:

Raveled here!
Gah, he is such a cutie! These photos, obvs, are from months ago; neither of these babes is cavorting outdoors in anything less than a full-on snowsuit these days.
I also knit a very big Snug for Steph's little Deanna, and--argh--forgot to take a photo of it. But D is growing in leaps and bounds, so who knows, maybe it will fit her before this winter's done. And there is also a giant cowl which has been too busy keeping me warm to be photographed. But other than that, knitting has been slooooow.... And we won't even talk about how much my sewing machine misses me.
But! Leo is a whole 6 months old now, AND I have gone back to school part time. L hangs with Daddy on those days, making messes and doing stuff guys do, and finds his inner peace at mom & baby yoga on the days he's with me. He is the Most Fun Thing. Ever. And he smells like candy.

Saturday, October 09, 2010

I Had A Baby!

Leo was born on July 21, at 3:13 PM after 15 hours of labor. I was not a happy pregnant person, and I ended the pregnancy by going through my labor drug-free--ouch--and let's just say I am REALLY glad that it's all over! Leo is a sweet and delightful little baby--he is completely a mixture of his mom and dad, and we are fascinated by his every move.

Needless to say, I haven't been doing much knitting since Leo's birth, but I did quite a bit in preparation, and as always, my Spiders girls were ready to warm my little boy with lots of warm wooly goodness.
They crocheted this insanely gorgeous hexagon blanket for my wee Leo, creating the Best Baby Blanket Ever. In fact, V and I love it so much, we decided it needs to live in the living room with us. It matches my house!
With the blanket came lots of sweet knitted/crocheted goodies:

And other beautiful things have been arriving in the mail! First came some sausage-dog awesomeness from Pam:
And then a beautiful cardigan from Mai:

Leo is going to be so fancy this fall and winter! I have been jumping the gun a bit, trying to deck him out in handknits before the weather is really appropriate.
And now the knits from me! There is his hippo:
And his Rhinebeck sweater, a Tomten Jacket, in Malabrigo Sock (green) and Koigu (gray). I hope he grows a lot in the next week, because it is still really big on him!
This one fits him now! The Super-natural Stripes Cardigan, in Blue Sky Alpacas Organic Cotton:
Then I knit him Ysolda's Hap Blanket, in Cascade Eco Wool:
And to finish with, Minty's pattern for a tiny crochet birdie--miraculously completed AFTER Leo arrived!

OK, now I'm going to try to do a little knitting before it's time to feed this hungry baby again!

Sunday, March 21, 2010


Hey there! It's been a long time! I sort of hate doing the catch-up, I've been sooo busy post, so I'm just going to skip all that and go ahead. I think the major news is kinda obvious.... We're having a baby!
So, this week was Spring Break for V and I, and we actually went to Puerto Rico for a babymoon!!! We only planned this 2 weeks ago, and I never dreamed we'd get a chance to do something like that. For all of the preggers girls out there (and there are many these days), if there is ANY way to get away for a couple of days on a warm sunny beach with your husband, do it! Between school and 2 months of morning-sickness-hell and general pregnancy-tiredness, I was really wiped out. PR was so beautiful, and we had such a relaxing, rejuvenating time, I feel like a human being for the first time since... I don't know, since Rhinebeck? Pretty much.

In the meantime, there have been a couple of knits.
A BSJ for Carrieoke's sweet baby boy, Charlie:
A pair of Owlings for Minty, for our annual Spiders knitting swap:
And that's about it! Back to school tomorrow--we'll see when I resurface from the library again....