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Baking, crafting, mama-ing and taking photos of it all. When I remember.


“baby” blanket


There is little in this world that I find more satisfying than knitting something for someone who ends up loving the final product. That was the case with this blanket!

H's zig zag blanket

It’s HBear’s “baby” blanket which I didn’t finish until…*ahem*…he was almost 2. (I didn’t even start it until several months after he was born! Bad mama.)

H's zig zag blanket

I love the colors. I love the little seed stitch border. I…don’t love the size. It’s long and skinny, like a towel. HBear has absolutely no problem with this but it bugs me, I admit. I knit the larger size of this Zig Zag Baby Blanket and it wasn’t as wide as I’d expected. (The pattern says 32″. It is…not.) It would have been easy to add an extra zig or zag, and if I had been thinking (but I wasn’t because, newborn) I would have done just that.

H's zig zag blanket

I used Knit Picks Comfy worsted in five different colors and it’s holding up quite well, I must say. They had a nice big selection of colors and I didn’t want wool because I had been intending for it to be his baby blanket and he’s a July baby… Intentions. Anyway, it’s a lovely soft thing and I’m glad I chose the yarn I did!

H's zig zag blanket

See the details of mine on Ravelry.


big (little) cuddly bunny

little big rabbit

I wanted to make a little something for a friend about to have a baby a while back, but not a sweater or a hat or anything wearable. I decided on this little (big) bunny. This cute little guy was my small contribution to a group care package that mostly consisted of a quilt, with squares contributed by numerous people. (At the time, I had no place to sew. So.)

little big rabbit

The bunny was designed to be a big cuddly bunny, but since mine had to go through the mail with a bunch of other stuff, I knit it with smaller yarn & needles making for a much smaller “big” cuddly bunny.

I used yarn from my stash (Lion brand cotton ease) and size 5 needles and the bunny stood maybe 8 inches high or so. (I sent it off back in April, so I can’t quite remember…) See my Ravelry project page here.

little big rabbit

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the boy turns 2

perfect window light

Oh sweet boy! You are two today! You’ve come so far – your language is shooting ahead in leaps and bounds. You have just started to not be completely petrified of dogs…


You can jump. You can climb. (You’re perhaps a little more able in those areas than a mama might like…) You’ve finally started taking an interest in books (“read it!”) and love to do things on your own (“self!”) which is wonderful and frustrating. (But really, you’re a very capable little boy.) You love to sing and dance and love watching “Let It Go” and “In Summer” with sissy, which you sing along to. You’ve recently discovered “Cindewewa” as well and love watching her sing and putting her shoes on.

You’re such a joy to everyone around you! You give the best hugs. You say “sorry” before you do something you know you’re not supposed to, so that’s entertaining. (And helpful.)

We love you little big guy!

One year ago…

one year old

Two years ago…

Henry David

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the baby turns one

Henry David

Oh, little buddy… You arrived with a bang a year ago today. You've always been a chill little guy, ever since that day! Your sweet nature charmed our whole family. Your papa and I adore you and your sister does too – unless you're stealing her toys and then she's not such a fan.

baby H

You were a big guy at birth (9lbs 13 oz!) and you haven't slowed down one bit. We'll find out for sure in a few days at your one year checkup, but you're somewhere around 26-27 lbs and TALL. You're officially bigger than several 3-year-olds we know. You've always been a pretty good sleeper, even falling asleep at the Common Ground Fair in your little lumberjack shirt. Nowadays I give you a little bounce on the yoga ball and a pat on the back and you toss and turn until you finally enter dreamland. I have mixed feelings about this. It's great that you can sleep on your own, but I know I will never again have a tiny baby that needs to sleep on me! Bittersweet…

sleepy at the fair

You are seriously the happiest baby I know. Everything brings you such joy. All I have to do to get you grinning is just look in your direction. Make a funny face or silly smile and forget it…you might explode with glee! You love to bang on things – blocks, toy pots, pretty much anything that makes a noise. You wave toys around with wild abandon and love to pull everything out of a bin and toss it behind you with utter happiness. You can chew a book to bits in moments and have destroyed more toys in your short life than I ever thought possible! Which is not to say you're malicious in any way, the destruction comes from a place of glee and excitement and, despite the wreckage, is pretty funny to watch.

Happy happy!

You love your older sister and think that everything she does is pretty much the best thing ever. You're home a lot with papa and you two have the best times! Mama is definitely a favorite though. You love to cuddle and flop your head down on my shoulder, especially when we meet new people. You love to flirt, as long as you feel secure in mama's or papa's arms. Everybody loves you!

10 months

You're a great eater and, in typical male fashion, meat is your favorite. Bring on the chicken! I'm loving watching you learn and grow every day. You've taken a few halting steps but exuberant crawling is still definitely your preferred method of locomotion. You love to make sounds and noises but I've yet to hear a distinguishable word…although it sounds like "mama" might be close! Happy birthday buddy, we love you!

Happy birthday lil guy guy!