Saturday, October 26, 2013

The First Snow

We had our first snow on Thursday morning. When I was a child there was something exciting and thrilling about the first snow. I remember dancing in the flakes as they fell from the sky. Whether or not we always danced in the first snow growing up, I cannot remember. But it doesn't matter.

John and I danced in the first snow this year. He's grown so accustom to my delight when it rains that he knows we always dance in the rain if we haven't had any for a long time. So of course he said, "Let's go dance in the snow." I did half a dance since I was currently nursing Arthur when the snow came down.

I love seeing the year through the eyes of children and I think it is one of the things I am going to miss the most when my boys are grown. I love the sheer bliss and delight in life. I love the hot cocoa party after coming in from the cold snow. So right now I am savoring those delightful moments and dancing in the snow.

After the cocoa party I poured myself a large cup of tea and cast on another hat for Arthur - a little bigger one this time. I'll have to post it on my baby hat page soon since it's always nice to have a variety of sizes at hand.

So, that was our first snow. Have any of you had the first snow of the season yet? I wonder what the winter will be like.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Knitting On

Ah, life... it moves so swiftly sometimes. Arthur is one month old today. It has passed in a blur of sleeplessness, cuddles, tears, joy, pain and love. You know - all those wonderful post postpartum ups and downs. Arthur is so big now. I had to hunt down John's 3 - 6 months clothes, wash and fold them all and replace the 0-3 month clothes in Arthur's drawers. He's that much bigger!

An over abundance of wild apples led to some wonderful baked apples (with pumpkin ice cream - sounds odd but delicious none the less!)

I've been dreaming of a new project and took down some yarn from my stash and went to the yarn shop and had it wound... but haven't had time to cast on. I'm thinking of a warm vest.... the yarn is Briar Rose. A splurge purchase when it was on sale at The Village Yarn shop years ago.

I did finish a cowl I was working on. I LOVE it! I haven't written up the pattern yet but I plan to. I just have to get some spare moments! Ha! Can you write patterns while nursing? I'm not too sure... I haven't tried. But that's an idea. =)

I love the double lace border. Something I first tried out on Mama Ruffles and Baby Ruffles. Ah... love double lace borders. It feels so indulgent! (PS: I actually worked on this shawl while in labor with Arthur so it will always hold a special memory for me.. and yes, I have a picture to prove it don't really want to see me in a hospital gown.)

On another note, Alpaca With A Twist is hosting a fall KAL with one of the patterns I designed for them. The KAL for Lovely in Lace is starting Nov 1! Lovely in Lace is one of my favorite sweaters. I still need to make one for myself... hmm.. maybe I should join the KAL too! =)

What am I reading? Ahh... well, I have returned to one of my cosy books. A bit too indulgent.. but what I'm in the mood for right now. The newest Agatha Raisin, Something Borrowed, Someone Dead.

Joining with Ginny!

Monday, October 21, 2013


Right now I'm enjoying walks. Ooooo, I have dreamed of these days for a long time now after being pent up on bed rest and then recovery. It's as lovely as I imagined.

I'm enjoying the wonderful park we have so close to us.

I'm enjoying the blue skies and the rainy skies.

I'm enjoying the arrival of fall in all of it's glorious color!

I'm enjoying my two boys and savoring these baby moments.

I'm enjoying the occasional bit of rest and bit of knitting...

Hope you are surrounded by things to enjoy!

Wednesday, October 9, 2013


We've been trying to keep the home front calm and quiet as we all adjust and get to know each other again. 

It's amazing how the addition of one small person can throw things off - things that have been smooth and well oiled are suddenly creaking and bumpy. Routines that we faithfully followed are being adjusted. 

So we are slowing down, taking in the fall beauty around us. Enjoying the small things ... like being able to get down on the floor and play cars with John again. 

Oooo... as a side note John thinks I can't call myself "the Fat Controller" anymore (the personality I always play when we play Thomas the Tank) because my tummy is gone. I wanted to say, "Honey, I have news for you.. I'm still chubby from the baby." But I took his words as a compliment and smiled inwardly to myself. 

What am I reading?
Secrets of the Baby Whisperer to remind myself of the routines of baby (after all it's been 4 years and I felt I needed a refresher)

Just finished The Yarn Whisperer by Clara Parkes. LOVED it! oooo, I can't say enough good things about this book. I loved how she wove in bits of her life with knitting and knitting techniques. I saw knitting in a whole new light! Would highly recommend reading it.

Have just started, "The Empty House" by Rosamunde Pilcher - one of my favorite novelists.

In my knitting basket:
Some sample knitting 
A Hap Shawl
and of course a nice warm sweater in Briar Rose worsted

Joining with Ginny