Archive for November, 2007

One Whole Month

As of yesterday, Iris is one month old. Can you believe it? Me neither!


Hi, my name is Iris and I’m one month old! I like eating, pooping, and sleeping. Here I am in my swing, giving my mom a tee-tiny break. I am so generous!!

The last month has been amazing, and amazingly difficult, but I’m still squeezing in knitting time here and there. It’s totally a catch 22. When I was pregnant, I didn’t often have the energy or desire to knit. Now the urge to knit has come back, but it’s tricky- and sometimes impossible!- to carve out time to knit in between taking care of the baby. It’s tough, but I’m trying to be Zen about it- everything is transient. She’ll only be a baby for a brief amount of time, and I want to soak it all up while I can. (Keep in mind that I’m still on maternity leave. We’ll see how "Zen" I feel once I’m back at work!)

That said, there has been knitting going on here and I hope to be back to blogging about it really soon! Thanks to everyone who well wishes for us! Iris is a lucky kid to be born into a community of knitters… she just doesn’t know it yet!


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Sophie’s Secret Santa Questionnaire 2007

This is totally the longest and most detailed Secret Santa survey ever invented. With all this information, I’m expecting the perfect knitterly present!

What is/are your favorite yarn/s to knit with? What fibers do you
absolutely*not* like?

favorites are Alpaca with a Twist Highlander, Debbie Bliss Cashmerino,
and Rowan Felted Tweed and Wool Cotton. And I have trouble with mohair
making me itch, but I still *like* it.

What do you use to store your needles/hooks in?

I have a couple of fabric cases for straight needles and lots of plastic baggies for the circulars.

How long have you been knitting? Would you consider your skill level
to be beginner, intermediate or advanced

five year knit-iversary will be this January. I consider skill level to
be highly arbitrary. In knitting, you are as skilled as you think you

Do you have an Amazon or other online wish list?


What’s your favorite scent? (for candles, bath products etc.)

I’m mighty partial to vanilla.

Do you have a sweet tooth? Favorite candy

Yes, but for heaven’s sake, I don’t need any.

What other crafts or Do-It-Yourself things do you like to do? Do you

Mostly just knitting!

What kind of music do you like? Can your computer/stereo play MP3s?
(if your buddy wants to make you a CD)

Polka rock!

What’s your favorite color? Or–do you have a color
family/season/palette you prefer? Any colors you just can’t stand?

I like all the colors except mint green, and even then I could probably
be persuaded. I do, however, have a particular fondness for purples.

10. What is your family situation? Do you have any pets?

I live with one husband, one baby, and two cats. Guess which one is the most trouble?

Do you wear scarves, hats, mittens or ponchos?

Everything but ponchos. Sometimes, I wear pants too.

What is/are your favorite item/s to knit?

I’m kind of on a matching hat and scarf jag right now. And baby things, of course.

What are you knitting right now?

Nothing, because I’m filling out this survey!

Do you like to receive handmade gifts?

knitter doesn’t? If someone knits something for me, I promise to be an
excellent gift recipient. I will squeal and very likely jump up and
down. Just try and stop me!

Do you prefer straight or circular needles? Bamboo, aluminum,

love cheap Susan Bates straight and double pointed needles. Crystal
Palace also makes a lovely bamboo straight. But I do most of my
knitting on Addi Turbos circulars and in my opinion, one can never have

Do you own a yarn winder and/or swift?

If I had one, I have no idea where I would put it.

Is there anything that you collect


Any books, yarns, needles or patterns out there you are dying to get
your hands on? What knitting magazine subscriptions do you have?

don’t have a subscription to Interweave Knits or Crochet and either one
would be lovely, since I always end up buying them in the store.

Are you a sock knitter? What are your foot measurements?

Can I knit a sock? Yes. Do I knit them often? No. And you should never ask a lady her shoe size.

But I’ll tell you anyway- I wear a size 11, but my feet are pretty narrow. Just big all around.

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