Sunday, February 25, 2007


The baby hats were a hit. I made them for a co-worker who is having twin girls. They will be born in April- I hope it's still chilly enough for them to wear. If not she will have to stretch them out so they fit in the fall or the girls can have them for their baby dolls.

These hats are the fastest things to knit. 10 rounds for the brim- (all the fancy stitch work- YO and k2tg) about 10 rounds for the body of the hat and then 10 rounds to decrease for the top. Easy and very cute.

I had originally bought a light blue and light green because at that time she wasn't sure what she was going to have. After finding out they were both girls I didn't want to go with those colors. I had been given the pink and brown for christmas and thought they would work great for the hats. I will have to use the blue and make the toddler size hat for my little bug Zane. He needs a fun spring hat to bug around in.

Sunday, February 18, 2007

Yard Waste

Short sleeves and yard work- signs that spring is around the corner.
In the midwest when you spot a robin it means spring has arrived....

Yesterday was so nice I had to do a little yard work. I cleaned out all the leaves that have been stuck in the corners of the yard. Realized a lot of moss has grown over the winter. I am going to have to clean the driveway with something to get rid of it. Pruned the rose bushes and pulled some weeds. I still have the front yard to clean up, but that will not take long at all.

I was going to go to the garden center and buy some primroses, but decided against it because it was around 4pm and by the time I got home and got everything planted it would be dark.

I need to get some soil for my planter boxes and get some spinach and lettuce going. Maybe next weekend.

I like this time of year because everyday I walk in the neighborhood there is a new discovery of something blooming or budding.
Witch hazel one of my favorites is in full bloom! I should head to Hoyt and check out what's blooming up there!

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

February Face


Good morrow, Benedick.
Why, what's the matter;
That you have such a
February face,
So full of frost, of storm and

*--William Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing*

Thanks Farmers Almanac

Sunday, February 04, 2007

raised veggie bed

Today was so beautiful outside. I didn't realize it was so warm until around 3pm when I left the house for the first time to go to the gym.

If I had a garden, today would have been a perfect day to get out there and clean up those pesky winter weeds. Since I don't have a garden it got me to thinking about what I am going to do this spring when the gardening itch attacks. There is no cream that will cure it.

I think I am going to have to ask my landlady if I can build a raised veggie bed. She has plans for part of the backyard which would leave the side yard and the front. I have seen yards where the space between the street and sidewalk has been made into a perfect veggie garden, but I think of all the dogs that will walk by and pee on my beautiful cherry tomatoes and all the people that may help themselves to a little nibble of my fresh kale. The side of the house is all cement so I would have to build something with a bottom or line it so it doesn't ruin the cement and that sounds like a lot so that leads me again to the backyard. She is just going to have to share!

If I find a raised flower bed plan now I can build it, haul the dirt in and have it ready to start planting those little greens by March/ April.

Spring is around the corner. I see lots of little bulbs peeking up and some things are starting to flower- The sweet smell of winter daphine is going to be in the air before we know it!

Friday, February 02, 2007

m1n2 knits creation

The first one of a kind.... my own creation .......

This is what I came up with when combining about 3 hat patterns and a new stitch I felt like trying out. I think it might be a better fit for a child. I was getting nervous and thought I had better close up the top and now I have this little hat that barely fits on my head.

Yes I could go back and take it out and add some height to it, but I won't. I will pass this along to someone whose head is smaller than mine and tackle another one. I was good and documented what I did along the way so I will learn from my mistakes and try another. The top I had picked out was a lot different, but I had to many stitches left over and so I was worried that it would end up being a dreadlock holder so I went ahead and threaded the yarn through the left over stitches ( um about 50) and closed it up tight.

What do you think? Who wants to order one?

The photos are not showing the true color- it looks almost baby blue in the photos but it's more a bright, turquoise color- (Cascade Yarns- Baby Alpaca Chunky- Color 560)

Seeing something in your head doesn't always mean it's going to turn out....

Thursday, February 01, 2007


If Candlemas [February 2] be mild and gay,
Go saddle your horses and buy them hay;
But if Candlemas be stormy and black,
It carries the winter away on its back

February 2 -- Candlemas/Groundhog Day

* On February 2, some people think only of those critters that look
for their shadows: Punxsutawney Phil in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania,
and Wiarton Willie in Wiarton, Ontario. In fact, there is a bit more to
the day than that.

* February 2 is also Candlemas Day. In the Christian tradition, it is
the day that a year's supply of candles is blessed.

* February 2 is 40 days after Christmas and is known as the Feast
of the Purification among Christians. "Februa" was the month for
cleansing, when Yule greens were removed from homes and
churches, and old brush and debris were burned to prepare the
fields for the next sowing.

* February 2 is exactly halfway between the winter solstice and the
spring equinox. Oh, about those groundhogs: If they see their
shadows, expect six more weeks of winter.

February 2 -- Full Snow Moon

Thanks Again Farmers Almanac