Archive for February, 2008

Finished Object: Harf


Cast On: I don’t really remember. I know I said I wanted it to be an Xmas gift for Iris, but I’m thinking I didn’t even buy the yarn until some time in January.

Finished: February 24, 2008

Pattern: Toasty Topper from the Winter 2007 Knitty

Yarn: I decided to go really nuts and actually use the yarn the pattern called for- Berocco Ultra Alpaca. [Ravelry] It’s a blend of wool and alpaca, and not bad at all for the price. I would definitely consider a sweater made out of this stuff. 

Needles: Brittany wooden DPNs, size 8 for the top of the hat, then size 7 DPNs for the hat ribbing, then a 24" bamboo circular needle, also size 7, for the scarf.

Modifications: The scarf isn’t as wide as the one in the pattern because I ran out of yarn. Yup, even I, who am notorious for using far less yarn than the pattern calls for. And I got the right gauge and everything! But, it’s not really that big of a deal.

Final Thoughts: The sizing information for this pattern says that it will fit an infant, toddler, and child. I wasn’t totally convinced that was physically possible. But check this out! It totally stretches!


Theoretically, Iris could wear this hat for the rest of her life. She would look a little dorky, but talk about return on your investment!


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My Baby Valentine

It’s Iris’s first Valentine’s Day, and already she has many sweethearts. First off there’s her itty bitty feet. Aren’t they fascinating?


Then, there’s her Moo Chew. We seem to have lots of Chew, but not so much Moo.


And of course, there’s Daddy! What a sweet baby, helping Daddy play his video game!


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Lucky Number Seven

If you’re in the Baby-A-Baby Swap and you’re waiting with bated breath to learn seven things about yours truly, look no further! If you’re not in the Baby-A-Baby Swap, you still get to read them. It must be your lucky day! It’s late and I’m tired, so we’ll call this Seven Things About Holly: The Quick and Dirty Edition.

Here are "The Rules":

1. Link to your tagger and post these rules on your blog.
2. Share 7 facts about yourself on your blog, some random, some weird.
3. Tag 7 people at the end of your post by leaving their names as well as links to their blogs.
4. Let them know they are tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.

Without further ado…

1. I met my husband when I was 15. (No, that’s not a typo!)
2. I didn’t go to my high school prom.
3. I don’t believe in miracles, but do believe in serendipity.
4. I am deathly afraid of cockroaches.
5. Some jobs I have had: grocery store clerk, gas station attendant, doggy care at a kennel, and customer service for a phone company. The phone company was the worst, no contest, not even when I remember all the poop I scooped at the kennel.
6. I have been a vegetarian since I was 18 and I love tofu.
7. I have seen all four Jaws movies. (I have no regrets and only minimal shame. Jaws 2 is the best.)

I hate to be a rule breaker, but I don’t have the energy to come up with people to tag, so if you read my blog and have a blog and haven’t already done this…. consider yourself tagged!

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Next Stop: My Mid-Twenties

So I was on the phone tonight with Jessie, and we were talking about birthdays (because today just so happens to be my birthday) and she mentioned something about how turning 24 signifies that I’m no longer in my early twenties. I hadn’t thought about it that way before, but I guess she’s right- mid twenties, here I come! I feel like years 20-23 passed by before I even got to think about being in my early twenties, so I plan to try to live in the moment and savor  my mid twenties a little better.

While I’m feeling all nostalgic, here’s a list of a few things I did in my early twenties:

  • moved into my first apartment
  • joined Weight Watchers and lost a smidge over 50 pounds)
  • got married
  • had a baby (and gained back some of that 50 pounds)
  • knitted, blogged, and knitted some more.

And that’s just the highlights! I also threw up on sock yarn, visited Seattle for the first time, and had a podcast (which I hope to resume, one of these days.) Sure, there’s a couple things I would like to see on my early twenties list that are conspicuously absent (like college), but hey, that’s what my mid twenties are for, right? Oh, the places we’ll go….

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The Sound of One Blog Reading (Silently)

Roses are Red,
Violets are Blue,
In Soviet Russia
Poems Write You!

(It’s the Third Annual Silent Poetry Reading.)

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Baby a Baby Swap Questionnaire

1) What is your favorite yarn? Favorite colors? What is your least favorite?

I love so many yarns, but let’s narrow it down to my top three favorites for babies, shall we? In no particular order…

*Blue Sky Organic or Dyed Cotton [Ravelry] [Ravelry]
*Knit Picks Shine [Ravelry]
*Malabrigo Merino Worsted [Ravelry]

Favorite colors- I can enjoy almost any color, though I will admit to having a special fondness for the purple family and an intense dislike for that minty baby green color. My baby is a girl, but we’re not too picky about dressing her in "girly" colors. Follow your muse!

2) Knit, crochet, both?

Both, but I lean more towards knitting.

3) How long have you been knitting/crocheting? Who taught you? Why did you want to learn?

I learned how to crochet in 2002 in a crafts class I took during my final year of high school. It was so much fun that I just had to learn to knit too, so I coerced a friend into teaching me in January of 2003. I still think crocheting is a spiffy thing to do, but I mostly knit these days.

4) What is your favorite snack/sweet?

I’m back to Weight Watchers, so I’m trying to load up on fruits and veggies. (Often, this is easier said than done…) If I want a sweet and I’m trying to keep my points low, I’ve been eating the Weight Watchers snack cakes. Caramel is good. Lemon- even better! If I’m feeling spendy, I might choose a Butterfinger or a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup. Ah, the decadence!

5) What did you want to be when you grew up?

An archaeologist. Seriously, who didn’t want to be an archaeologist when they were 7?

6) What names would you NEVER consider for a baby?

Anything in the Top 10 Most Popular Names. My last name is common, so I think it’s best paired with a first name that is distinctive, but not too "weird".   

What things did you, as a child, vow to never to do your children, but
have since decided that you will? For example, we weren’t allowed
sugar-coated cereal growing up and I told my parents I’d NEVER do that
to my kids. After some life experience, I think my parents were pretty
smart in that decision.

This only kind of relates, but here’s a funny story about me as a kid:

When I was about 4, I had an invisible friend named Sybil Sadie. (You know, like the Cabbage Patch Kid.) Whenever I was in the car with my mom, for some reason I wanted to have the air conditioning on and roll the windows down at the same time. The conversation usually went something like this:

Mom: You have to pick- do you want your window down or do you want the air conditioner on?
Me: Both!
Mom: No, you can’t have both.
Me: But MOM! Sybil Sadie rolls her car windows down and turns the air conditioner on ALL THE TIME!!!
Mom: Well, when you grow up you can do whatever Sybil Sadie does.

8) What is your favorite thing about being a parent/expectant parent?

It’s hard to choose between endless breastfeeding, dirty diapers, and being spit up on at least once a day.

Just kidding!

My favorite thing is that I’ve found out that I have the resolve and stamina required to deal with endless breastfeeding, dirty diapers, and being spit up on at least once a day. I’ve been through some difficult times in my life, but nothing has ever tested my inner strength like parenting an infant. It makes things in my life that I used to consider almost impossible seem like not such a big deal.

It doesn’t hurt that Iris is the most charming person I’ve ever met. I think she is going to melt many hearts, starting with mine!

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