Wednesday, November 28, 2012
I finished my Multnomah last week. I love how the pattern lends itself to the yarn and it looks very oceany to me. I wish the shawl were a bit bigger- although I guess I could have made it bigger if I had more yarn. I did add two extra feather and fan pattern repeats. It very nicely covers my shoulders but not much else. Also somehow it doesn't seem to want to stay wrapped around my neck to use like a scarf. Still it's a lovely little shawl.
I'm reading Burn by Linda Howard for fun. Linda Howard is one of my favorite fun reading authors. Her stories are always interesting, a little unique, and quick reads. We are also getting ready to celebrate the beginning of advent this year. Frank's mother is here visiting for the month so we'd thought we begin the traditon of the Jesse Tree with the boys. They are old enough to begin understanding and they enjoy stories. We'll probably combine reading from this book with The Usborne Little Book of Stories from the Old Testament because that book is more in story form as opposed to direct readings from the Bible.
Happy Advent (starting Sunday) and come yarn along with us over at Ginny's place.
Monday, November 26, 2012
Thursday, November 22, 2012
We celebrated Maggie's first Thanksgiving in Missouri with Frank's family. We so rarely get to go and spend some quality time out there because of work commitments here in NH. Since I am currently on maternity leave and Veteran's Day and Thanksgiving fell within consecutive weeks this year we were able to scrounge up 2 whole weeks of vacation time to go and visit the family. Additionally we managed to score plane tickets for all five of us for less than $1000 so off we went. First thing Thanksgiving morning we went to church and then headed to Troy, Missouri to the home of Frank's Aunt Dot who was hosting this year. Not many people realize but family holidays with Frank's family are a massive affair. He has 27 first cousins on his mother's side alone, plus aunts and uncles, cousins' spouses and cousins' children. Now not everyone was there of course but it was a pretty packed house. Maggie wasn't actually the youngest baby there- one of the cousins had a week old baby there who was so precious and tiny! Anyway we had a wonderful day with plenty of yummy food and more than enough company! Yeah for big families... The boys got a little (lot)wound up by the end of the day and pretty much attacked their cousin Sarah- who was a great sport about it all. They fell asleep on the way home thank goodness.
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
|Maggie is eight weeks old!|
I've been working on my knitting although not as much as I thought I might since we are on vacation. Too much playing with my children to actually have time to knit but at least that is a good excuse I've gotten through a few rounds of feather and fan on my Multnomah and it is looking really nice. I carried it all the way to the center stitch though because I didn't like the way the pattern looked with the triangle at the bottom. I also finally had time to pick up a book and am reading some lovely easy reading by Nora Roberts!
Come yarn along with us over at Ginny's place.
|James gleefully throwing balls in the giant pit|
|Riding the train|
|Climbing the outside maze!|
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
|My precious little chub!|
My precious little Magdalen is 7 weeks old today. How time flies! She is smiling a lot these days and every once in a while make the the most wonderful little cooing noises. She is such a chub with the most kissable cheeks. We went to a meeting at my work yesterday and when I put her on the scale she weighed in at 12lbs 4 oz so she is maintaining her 1/2 lb per week weight gain right now. We are heading to MO today to visit Grandma and Grandpa so that should be fun. We get to have a nice long visit this year so hopefully we'll get the chance to do some fun things with the boys. Our plan is to go to the St Louis Zoo- so prayers for at least one nice weather day!
We had a minor/major knitting catastrophe this week. I started on a pair of mittens for Xander and finished the first one no problem. I was running short on yarn but I thought I could eke it out. So since I finished the one mitten late at night I left my knitting stuff out on the end table in the living room. Now usually the boys know better than to touch my knitting or my knitting accessories but for some particular reason the next morning when Xander got up he thought it would be a good idea to take my scissors to what remained of the skein of orange. He then proceeded to cut the entire skein into itty bitty pieces. I thought I was going to have a stroke when I went to go pick up the skein the next morning and it all fell apart in my hands. Amazingly he managed to leave a few longer pieces and the orange was just the accent stripe so I was able to piece together a second mitten, but you'll notice one mitten has more of a green thumb b/c I couldn't eke it out that far. Needless to say I don't think Xander will be touching my knitting again anytime soon since he landed himself in a massive timeout and a ban on all access to scissors for the foreseeable future.
As for reading I did start in on Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. I've read the entire Outlander series before. I heard that she is coming out with a new book in the series next year and it's been so long since I read them I felt like it would be nice to have a refresher course before I get the new one. Plus since I have read them before they don't really require my absolute attention in case I get distracted... because that never happens with three small children in the house (please hear the sarcasm dripping).
I'm yarning along with Ginny again over at Small Things so come and see all the lovely knitting!
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
|My oldest and my youngest enjoying a quiet moment together|
|Easy Knit mittens for James- he picked out his own colors!|
I haven't found much time for reading yet so we'll have to stick with knitting for now. I'm joining up again with Ginny at Small Things to share the knitting love though.