Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Quick! While the baby's asleep!

Wow - it's been a while. We've had a busy few months! In August we went to Philadelphia to visit family, and enjoyed the Jersey Shore courtesy of My Hero's sister-in-law's parents (thanks, Doppity & Boggy!). The Doodle thought the waves were scary at first, but then she discovered thousands of tiny little clams in the wet sand, and the water wasn't so bad anymore. We had donuts every morning, the weather was fantastic, and we engaged in a silent battle over the thermostat all week with the aforementioned Dop & Bog. All in all, a satisfactory vacation.

In September, the Doodle and I started back up with Music Together, which she loves. We participated in the spring session, and she had just started warming up to the teacher and the other kids when the session ended. We took the summer off, and I was worried she'd have forgotten about it all, but she was so excited! "Class? Class?" She gives hugs to the teacher and sometimes to the other kids during the farewell song ("And how about a hug or a handshake for a friend..."), and is getting the hang of all the singing and clapping. We go every Tuesday; I need to register for the winter quarter, but I'm also looking for a Mommy & Me yoga class or something along those lines, holding off on Music Together until next spring again.

At the end of September we took our annual trip up to Guanilla Pass to check out the aspens - we timed it perfectly this year! Usually when we've gone, it's still pretty green or all the leaves have fallen, but everything on both sides of the pass was beautiful and golden. It was really breathtaking. We even took a little hike!

We went back to Illinois at the beginning of October for Wheaton's Homecoming - it was our 10-year reunion. It was great to see old friends and spend time with people we don't get to see very often. The Doodle got her own alma mater hooded sweatshirt, which she loves, and which I don't have a picture of. Autumn in the midwest is so lovely. Aspens notwithstanding, Colorado just can't beat it.

And I've been knitting! I'm way behind on my pictures; here's my Tangled Yoke Cardigan that I finished in May. It's too big for me, and I'm not happy with the neckline, but it's my first adult-sized sweater, and it looks like one, so I'll take what I can get.

Elsebeth Lavold Silky Wool in Columbine (five skeins)
Size 42"
From Interweave Knits Fall 2007

Here's the February Baby Sweater that I did in June. I'd just like to take a moment to say how much I love this pattern, and the yarn too! By far my favorite knit of 2008.

Brooks Farm Fourplay in Scarlet (1 skein, with almost enough left over for socks)
Knit on size 5 needles - fits a 3-month-old (I hope!)
From A Knitter's Almanac by Elizabeth Zimmerman

There's a whole bunch of other knitting going on for Christmas which I obviously can't blog about, and I'm also working on Christmas stockings for our mantel and a pair of socks for myself. I had a month or two in the summer where I didn't want to knit at all, so I read a lot. Now I'm back into it full-bore and getting all kinds of things done.

I have more to say, but I'm out of time, and maybe if I save it I'll blog more often. :)
ETA - the baby woke up about a month ago. I'm so behind on the blogging thing it's embarrassing. It's the whole "If you put it off you'll have so much to do that it's overwhelming and you'll put it off some more" thing. Like housework. Or dishes. Or reading for school. Oy.