Monday, November 10, 2014

Pretty Baby Beanie

It feels like a very, very long time since I have had a completed project to share.  I actually made this hat a few weeks ago but hadn't gotten around to having the Little Miss model it.    Though she did not prove to be an obedient model. She didn't want to sit still! 

I used this pattern on Ravelry. The hat was pretty simple, I got it done in an evening.  The flower was a little more complicated for me because I found the pattern for the flower to be vague.  Or maybe it was sleep deprivation that prevented me from understanding it.

The yarn is Caron Simply Soft Party.  I am a sucker for anything that sparkles.

Pretty Baby Beanie 2014

Pretty Baby Beanie 2014

Pretty Baby Beanie 2014

Pretty Baby Beanie 2014

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Weekending: Early November

This weekend was pretty bittersweet for me.  The Little Miss begins Daycare on Monday.  I go back to work on Thursday.  My first impulse was to keep Little Miss at home those last three days but Hubby pointed out that I could use the day to clean and catch up on things around the house. (My house looks like a tornado came through)  Plus I am going to be bawling my eyes out and I guess it's better to do that at home versus at work.  She will only be doing shorter days.  I just can't believe she is growing up so fast.  Where did these last seven weeks go?  A part of me is so excited to see how she grows everyday, more aware of her surroundings. I get excited about the things she will learn and all the things we can do with her in the future. But a part of me wants to stop time.

The  leaves are mostly off the trees, especially in my yard.  Hubby bagged them up.  I meant to get a picture of all the leaf bags at the end of our driveway.  Hubby and I were also discussing our Thanksgiving menu since that is around the corner.  My parents are coming from Maine and my brother is coming from New Hampshire.  It will be so nice to not have to drive 8 hours this year.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Belated Weekending: First International Trip for Little Miss

So it's Thursday and I still haven't done my previous weekending post.  Aside from some errands on Monday and voting on Tuesday, I haven't even left the house.  I feel that the time change has messed up the Little Miss's sleep schedule.  I know Tuesday night was tiring because I was not in sync with Little Miss because in addition to waking to feed her, I was up watching the election results.  Hubby works in politics so he didn't get home until 3 am and I happened to be awake when he came home and wanted to stay up.  So needless to say, this Mama has been tired.

Saturday we enjoyed fall.  I had homework to complete for school and we just tried to get stuff done around the house.

Sunday we took a day trip to Montreal. It was a lovely trip through the Adirondacks. Well really just some stores outside of Montreal.  I am heading back to work soon and while I weigh less than my pre-pregnancy weight, I need bigger pants.  The irony.  I am a bigger girl and have trouble finding clothes and there are a few Canadian chains I do well with.  So we had brunch at a Chez Cora where Hubby found a menu item with his two favorite items, waffles and eggs benedict.  We shopped at Reitmans, Penningtons, and a place exclusive to Quebec, Claire France which was interesting but I did find a work skirt and two shirts.  Then a quick poutine lunch at La Belle Province and back home.  We did stop at the Carter's Outlet in Lake George because buying clothing for the Little Miss is our favorite activity.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Happy Election Day

It's Election Day!  If you are unhappy about how things are being run in New York (or whatever state you may live in) and D.C.?  You know what to do!

Friday, October 31, 2014

Halloween 2014

It's been a busy two days at our house.  

Halloween 2014

Yesterday we traded in my piece of sh*t Jeep in and got a 2015 Suburu Forrester. It is funny, I got the Jeep on St. Patrick's Day and I get a new car right before Halloween. There were several reasons we decided to get rid of my Jeep.  For one, we were making car payments and having to put lots of money in repairs.  Second, Hubby drives an older, paid off pick up truck that can not hold the three of us.  So my car needs to be the safe, reliable family car.  Before the Little Miss arrived, it wasn't a big deal with the Jeep needed to go into the shop.  Hubby would take me to and from work (my coworkers call this the "Princess Pickup" because we park in lots and have to take a shuttle to get to our building which is a process that takes 15-20 minutes.  When Hubby drives me to work, I get an extra 15-20 minutes because he drops me off right at the door of my building.)  So we did our research and decided that the Suburu Forrester was the way to go.  It's safe, well made and is good in the snow which is good because they don't like to plow the roads in the City of Albany.  

Halloween 2014

Been working on homework and this sock.  It is actually the second sock.  I will beat one-sock-itis.  I also decided I was done with cheap socks from the store that get holes easily.  I don't have many hand knit socks but they are my favorite.  Warm and sturdy too.  So my goal is to squeeze in time to work on socks.  Good for those awkward time fillers, like riding the aforementioned shuttle bus at work.  

Now the many faces of Halloween. I generally am not a fan of Halloween for adults (I know, unpopular opinion) but I love it for kids.  I look forward to trick or treaters. 

This was the outfit she wore yesterday.

Halloween 2014

And she wound up with two costumes.  The first was given to her by her Great-Aunt.  Oh and the chevron afghan in the background was made for me by my mother for my brother (and later me).  It is a little weird because my mother has never knit or crocheted anything since I have been alive.  

Halloween 2014

And this is costume number 2 that Hubby and I got at Babies R Us.  This is the unimpressed look she gets from her father.

Halloween 2014

And here I got a smile!

Halloween 2014

And here is my favorite Halloween Decoration looking unimpressed.

Halloween 2014

And here is our candy.  We bought lots of it because we moved to Suburbia and thought we would get a lot of trick or treaters.  We got 15.  Our neighbor said it's hit or miss.  Some years they will get 10, others 100.  So I guess it's better to be prepared.  This basket is only one bag. Hubby bought three.  All consisting of things we like.  So at least we have lots of candy we like.  The bad thing is that we will eat it all.  Oh well.

I do not like Milk Duds. Hubby does. My friend Jan in England does like them.  She was my buddy when I did a semester (or should I say "term of uni") at King Alfred's College, now University of Winchester.  My friend Jan was English but had previously spent three months recuperating from mono (or "glandular fever") with her aunt in Florida.  So she understood my American words.  She loved milk duds and you couldn't get them in England (at least at that time.)  So when I returned to the U.S., I sent her a big package of milk duds.  The world has gotten smaller but I should find out if milk duds are still hard to fine in England.  I should send her over a package. 

Halloween 2014

I hope everyone had a great Halloween.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Weekending: Enjoying Indian Summer

This weekend was Indian Summer here in Upstate New York.  It had been getting increasingly cold but this weekend was lovely.  Well except for the storm we got Saturday night.  I had pulled out my wool socks and started a new pair.  Hubby put away our air conditioner units and composted our leaves.  I made cinnamon buns for breakfast and Hubby made French onion soup that I unfortunately didn't get a picture.  Football was on and the Patriots beat the Bears and the Bills beat the Jets so it was a good day in our house.  We ran some errands at The Christmas Tree Shop for kitchen items and we went shopping for some work pants for Hubby.  We went to Mass today and had brunch.  Maybe not an eventful weekend to some people but I enjoyed it.  

Friday, October 24, 2014

First Trip to the Craft Store

I am trying to indoctrinate her early!  I would be so excited if she took an interested in knitting or crochet.

I take online college classes and made it through my midterm so I celebrated by going to a craft store.  I had made a few projects from leftover yarn.  I wouldn't really call it a stash because it's not very nice yarn.  Just yarn hanging around.  I still plan on using it but I was itchy for something knew.  Preferably something pink or purple.  Yes, I was wanting to make something for the Little Miss.  

I didn't remember to take the photo until we were almost back at the car.  Her carrier barely fit into the cart and she had yarn all around her.  (Shhh!  Don't tell Hubby)  I wish I had gotten a photo of that!