I haven’t been exercising much and I’ve already lost 3 pounds this week!



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It’s a work in progress…

Where is the Ctrl+Alt+Del of knitting?

Yeah, how many times did I have to frog this new hat I’m working on, and restart it? It had to be about six. First I had a few stitch placement issues and needed to cast on a different amount of stitches. Then I had brain issues and TWISTED the circular join! Then the interchangeable needles I was using kept coming apart, and I was dropping cast-on stitches (you can’t pick these up). I even had to go up the mountain to Angelfire Studies for a new needle, I was so irritated with my Denise set. Thankfully Justine has Addi Naturas and they’re working out beautifully (smooth join, very pointy, and wood just warms in your hands anyway). But, what a freaking nightmare. I finally got it right last night, but now I’m not liking my original design idea. The hat is designed to use specific colors (it’s for a magazine submission), but I’m not liking them now. It’s looking a little too 70s as it is. As skeins, they looked great next to each other. Maybe if I start over again and reverse them… hahaha. I just might. I told my son that sometimes perfection takes a couple (twelve?) times.

I was going over the finished photos the test knitters submitted for the Heart Hat - SO CUTE. I can’t wait until this goes live. I’m trying to determine how much Jessa and I should sell this for. It’s not a $5 pattern, but her graphic design work on it is making it a work of art (trust me). Check her work at Jessazg.com.

Test knitters needed!

need test knitters...

Test knitting for my Heart Hat pattern is going on now! I still need another knitter for the 3-6 month size. Click the photo for info…

ALSO! I’ve been asked by Helen, who owns Purl Jam, to come in and give technical help to knitters on Saturday mornings. I’ll be there from 10 to 1 every Saturday after Labor Day. She’s also asked me to teach her beginner class, so if you ever want to learn and live near Califon, NJ, please sign up! More classes will be added in the future, probably one for the Heart Hat (to learn intarsia).

Elizabeth Zimmerman would have been 100 years old today. Happy birthday, EZ! Your legacy lives on!

Elizabeth Zimmerman would have been 100 years old today. Happy birthday, EZ! Your legacy lives on!

7 months!

John turned 7 months last Wednesday (the 4th). What a little stinker. He’s recently discovered how fun it is to make noise with his nose. He’ll sniff really, really fast with it. I used to always pretend I was our dog and do it to him, maybe he picked it up there. Regardless, it’s hilarious.

He can’t say Dada, but he says Mum mum, and Buh buh. Two of his favorite people! Mom and his dog Bubba!

Still no forward crawling. Backwards, yes. Rolling, oh yes. He just started going from sitting to belly, but it’s very clunky and he usually hits his head. At least he’s trying. He tries very hard to crawl, still. Lately he’s been taking to trying to will his body with his head. He’ll crane out his neck like a turtle, it’s hilarious.

He eats level 2 purees and some finger foods. He loves those Baby Mum Mums. He can hold those and feed himself. He is working on his pincer grasp. He likes those little puffs things, but he doesn’t get he has to open his hand to get the food into his mouth, and usually will chew on his hand. He likes to gnaw on pizza crusts, and gets super upset when Mommy says she doesn’t want him doing that and take it away! He will eat basically anything I give him still, except for anything I make. OF COURSE.

The best thing he started to do is play with us. He will do all the stuff we do to him - he tries to give kisses, he tries to tickle… oh it is so cute! He’s started waving a bit, so I am signing to him for things. He’s really predictable with his behavior, though, so I can usually guess what he needs if he’s crabby… which leads us to this week… where he got his first tooth! Bottom right. And the left is coming in as well. It is so weird to see white in his mouth. I am going to have to get used to it!

7 months old!! (my goofball!!)

Just making sure this is too small for him. Yep. It is, thank goodness.

Just making sure this is too small for him. Yep. It is, thank goodness.

Jellyfish hat:

Jellyfish hat:



Jane Austen’s Fight Club (by TwoTurntablesNMic)

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