Monthly Archives: January 2014

so. cold.

That polar vortex? We only got the edge of it. But that was just one of several cold spells this winter. How cold is it?

Perfectly good cars (gas cars newer than my ’98 diesel) didn’t start

Boiling water freezes into snow when you toss it into the air (no kidding, my favorite weather guys put up a photo)

We stoked the stove in the morning, the sun shone all day long, and the oil backup heat still had to kick in before I got home from work

Cold enough to freeze soap bubbles (I have got to try this one)

Frost forms on the inside door hinges

Frost forms on your eyelashes while walking the dogs

Frost forms on the inside panes of the window

At least frost is pretty


For the record it was -22F Tuesday night. Wednesday we had a high of -6F on Wednesday. That’s right. A high temp below zero in full sun. It is a cold, lying sun this time of year.



See this?

hope dk

The last yarn I need. Have you heard of Kollage’s Hope DK? I hadn’t until I started asking around – and that surprises me! It’s an organic, american grown, cotton! It has a lovely hand, soft and a bit more shine than a dishcloth cotton. Perfect for a summery garment! And perfect for the design I have in mind for my book.

That pink thing behind it is the last garment blocking. I’m almost there…


Introducing Quinnifer! Available to favorite and queue on Ravelry (as always)

quinnifer side

This is the first of my designs for the littlest member of my family. Well, I actually designed it for my cousin’s daughter. But I loved the little pattern so much I decided Windsor needed one of her own.


This hat is designed in sizes that cover newborns all the way up to adults. Children can have surprisingly large heads (while some adults have surprisingly small heads) so I’m grading for a wide range here: Head circ: 13.25 (16, 17.25, 18.75, 20, 22.75)”/33.5 (40.5, 44, 47.5, 51, 58) cm

quinnifer preview

Thanks to Ravelry you can buy the PDF here or there for just $5. You don’t have to be a Ravelry member, or have a paypal account, the button above will work for everyone!

This hat is designed to be worn slouchy, which also leaves room to grow because children grow so quickly! Less slouch is built into the newborn and 3 month sizes so it should not fall into their eyes. The hat depth is measured from the brim to the slouchy decreases. If you want a shorter hat take length out below that point. Depth: 5 (6.75, 7.5, 8.25, 8, 8.5)”/12.5 (17, 19, 21, 20.5,
21.5) cm

quinnifer pattern

Windsor has been exposed to wool from an early age, but this hat uses Knitpicks City Tweed DK. It’s a blend of merino and alpaca which is soft enough for even the most sensitive heads!

quinnifer direct

What next

I am THIS close to being done with the knitting for my book (bookbookbookbookbook) And if you think regular startitis is bad you feel the case I’m developing. Maybe you can? I bet it’s super-contagious.

I’m planning on casting on for my top one or two favorite items from every major publication that’s been released in the last year. Plus a few indie designs. That’s not excessive, right?

Ok, in all seriousness I just don’t have a lot of knitting time anymore. Who knew that I’d miss spending 2 hours on the bus every day (I knew it, yes I did). I think it may be necessary to sort my dreams from my plans…

My plans:
I have another diaper cover on the needles – I suspect you’ll get bored of hearing about these if you haven’t already.
I have Yesternight printed and the yarn wound and ready. Casting on for that is the reward I’m saving for when I finish the LAST book design.
I have yarn chosen for another set of Pinales. Neil lost his brown ones and is very sad.
I have several 1/2 to 2/4 finished sets of socks lurking in my craft room. I think I’d like to finish some of them.

That sounds more like a case of finishitis, a much more rare disease… We’ll see how long these plans last before I start casting on for Roseberry, Whirligig, Kira’s vest, or My Honey those are just the patterns I already have yarn chosen for. I mean I have 1958 other patterns favorited on Ravelry and they’re all calling my name! (it’s kinda loud over here)

((I also have an itch to knit Neil a sweater- something with colorwork, because he owns TWO of those which are store bought!))


I’ve had my old purse for years and years. It was just the right size for a small notebook (5×7) my phone, wallet, etc… I always carried a knitting bag as well. When I headed to work I’d bring my lunch in one of these bags and I was all set.

Then I had a baby. And I went back to work.

lots of bags

Suddenly I’m juggling a purse, a knitting bag, a pumping bag, a lunch bag, a diaper bag, and a baby clothes etc bag. Whoops, that’s a lot of bags. Clearly I needed something bigger to control this craziness. I wanted a purse that’d hold ALL my stuff. I wanted lots of small pockets to keep the purse-bits from sinking to the bottom and I wanted a big interior to hold STUFF. I wanted a shoulder strap that’d let me carry this across my body so it won’t slip off my shoulder while juggling the baby’s stuff.


This is Nameste’s Harlow bag. I figured a knitting bag would have all the small pockets I needed. Nameste makes high quality bags that I expect will last years and years, just like my old purse did.

three bags full

It holds my lunch, knitting, and pump parts easily. Believe it or not, this is only their second biggest bag… I have my little things in the outside pockets

outside pockets

And my ID, pen, etc, in the inside pockets. There are even more pockets I’m not showing. It’s wonderful! It’s huge, still classy, and just right for my new life.

inside pockets

(You should know I bought this bag myself. Nameste did not ask me to review it. In fact they don’t even know I’m doing this. So there.)

new purse


I don’t even know how to begin summarizing 2013. But I can tell you that for the last week I’ve been feeling very bitter about the start of 2014. I’m sure it’s connected to the end of my maternity leave.

I’m not cranky about going back to work, that part is fine. It’s leaving Windsor that has me so upset. We have scored a spot in an awesome daycare, so that’s not the problem either.

I’m sure everything will be fine in the end. In fact, I bet everything is fine in just a few weeks. I’m just not there yet. So I’m trying to be gentle with myself and trying to remember to be gentle with those around me.

I hope you can also find the time and patience to be gentle with yourselves as we enter this new year. Relax and enjoy your knitting!