Monthly Archives: February 2014

What’s this?

Well well well, it looks like someone has found a tiny bit of knitting time.


These herringbone socks have been on the needles since November of 2012. There’s been a lot of hibernation for this project. But I’ve started knitting during pumping breaks. It’s only a few scattered minutes, but it’s better than nothing. Between the book and real life I don’t think I’ve knit at home in weeks.

At this rate it’ll be another year before this sock is finished. Luckily it’s the second sock. Also luckily Neil’s feet aren’t changing sizes.

Too early


Up. Breakfast. Kick up the wood stove.


Get the dogs out to pee. Pack lunch.


Stuff Windsor in the moby. Round up the dogs for a pre-dawn morning walk.


In the car and headed for work.



No wonder I prefer mornings when Neil can walk the dogs…

lace and roses

I’ve started a little sewing project! It’s my first sewing since Windsor was born, and of course it is for her:

lace and roses

I’m making a little dress for her baptism! The body will be made of 4ply crepe silk. Sound a little bit fancy for a baby? Possibly. I’ve finally found a use for the precious scraps of silk left over from when I made my wedding dress…

Two headed monster vest!

Did you know this is a thing?? It’s a vest to wear over myself and Windsor when we go on hikes!


I’ve been wearing her in a moby and/or woven wrap a lot. (For those of you not keeping up with the baby trends – these are all various lengths of cloth that I can use to tie her to myself)

But there’s always this gap exposing my neck and hers. And it can be tricky to zip us both inside a coat. So this vest solves those problems! Extra fabric in the front, two collars, extra zippers, and when it’s really cold I wear a coat over this as well.


Windsor seems to like it too!

So cold redux

This morning was just too cold. My poor old car finally decided not to start*. I don’t know why, it’s started in colder weather earlier this winter.

But apparently this did not make it too cold for me to go stand outside IN A VEST and take photos of my newest hat**.


Which also provided me a chance to take photos of the frost that forms on individual hairs when your breath freezes to them.

*oversimplification. It started, go 4 minutes up the road, then died. Stupid diesel tricks. Don’t worry, we’re all home now…

**I’m done with book knitting, which means I’m knitting new things! But I still have lots of book computer work to do. Which means I’m just photographing and saving my notes. Someday I’ll have time to write and format patterns…

cocoa popcorn

I am a genius! Ok, that might be an exaggeration. But I DID make cocoa kettle corn the other day, and it’s amazing. Not really chocolatey, it’s kettle corn with a hint of cocoa.

cocoa popcorn

I make kettle corn (and all my other popcorn snacks) in a whirlypop. For kettle corn I heat the oil and salt, add a 1/2 cup of popcorn kernels. And when they start to pop I toss a 1/4 cup of sugar in.

cocoa ingredients

For cocoa kettle corn I also added a tablespoon of cocoa powder. I used the good hot chocolate stuff, but not baking cocoa. This powder has sugar, but not milk powder in it. I’m sure you could use anything else, but the strength of the flavor will probably change. So that’s a simple change but it made an extra tasty snack!

more deodorant

It’s that time again! I’ve run out of deodorant, which means I’m making more. Long time readers might remember, oh yeah, she uses that funny home made deodorant.

It’s true. But it works! Antiperspirants never worked for me, so it doesn’t bother me that this is just a deodorant. And it works so very well. The secret? No surprise, it’s baking soda. The kitchen’s best odor remover now appearing in an armpit near you!

DO ingredients

I also have the world’s best moisturized armpits, because the baking soda is carried in a nice blend of cocoa and shea butters. Yum.

I follow Angry Chicken’s recipe. Baking soda, cornstarch, cocoa butter, shea butter, vitamin E, and some essential oils. Melt everything in the microwave, stir in the oils, and let it set. The whole process takes about 4 minutes. Angry Chicken warns about the ingredients going bad – I’ve had mine for several years now and nothing has gone rancid yet. But it can still be lots of fun to have a deodorant party, if you have friends who also might think it’s cool…

DO finished