Monday, March 31, 2008


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Nearly there... I can smell it! I think this sweater (Men's Zipped Raglan from Last Minute Knitted Gifts) will be off the needles this week. This is the biggest knitting project I have taken on (and nearly finished). So very excited!!

Sunday, March 30, 2008


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I feel loved :) the husband made delicious french toast this morning, topped off with local, organic strawberries. What a great way to start the week!

Saturday, March 29, 2008

089/366 - Miss Fancy Pants

089/366, originally uploaded by hannah8ball.

All done! Pattern has been uploaded to ravelry, (and if you're sarah, can you please send me an email to hannah 8 ball at gmail dot com because for some reason blogger won't let me see your profile or your email address to respond to you). Little bit will get to try it on tomorrow for the official photo shoot.
Miss Fancy Pants

This was a lot of fun. Hopefully, others will be able to understand my pattern :)

Friday, March 28, 2008


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The husband submitted his 2 week notice today!! hooray for new jobs!! :)

Thursday, March 27, 2008


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I liked the geometry of this houseplant.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008


Play dough, originally uploaded by hannah8ball.

We broke out the homemade play dough today. It was so much fun! With 1/2 a cup of salt, the stuff tastes nasty, so it doesn't get consumed by the toddler :)

In fact, near the end of the play time, she was pretending to eat the play dough, making chewing noises, and then offering it to the husband and I to try ourselves. Unfortunately, the last time she did that, she got tiny bit in her mouth as she was pretending. She tried so hard to keep a straight face as she held it out for us to eat it, and then lost it as she spit out the nasty. It was classic.


The husband used his play dough to make a fake finger... I can't believe how realistic it looks!

Tuesday, March 25, 2008


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Nearly there! The first leg has been completed and the pattern went off without a hitch! I'm still not sure whether someone else can duplicate, as I went more with my gut, but we shall see :)

My mom is already signed up to test knit... any other takers?

Monday, March 24, 2008


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Our religious section in our home library. I liked the way they looked in the sun today.

Sunday, March 23, 2008


Yesterday was my 1 year blogiversary. I think it's funny that I still haven't finished the leg warmers nor Isabella that I mentioned in my first post. Perhaps I should get on that...

Well, happy day to me! Thank you all for walking with me in this journey :) May the coming year be even better than the last!Publish Post


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Hope your Easter was sunny and warm!

Saturday, March 22, 2008


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My backyard - from an ant's perspective. These weeds/wildflowers in my backyard are so compellingly delicate and sturdy. And they are everywhere. Who wants/needs grass when you can have such gorgeous wildflowers?

Friday, March 21, 2008


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In celebration of the full moon, here is a picture of it shining through my office window. This picture really doesn't do it justice... it was absolutely gorgeous.

Thursday, March 20, 2008

080/366 - Reaching for the sky

080/366 - Reaching for the sky

Today was absolutely gorgeous. Hardly a cloud in the sky. There was a warm breeze. Birds were courting in the front garden. Today was a good day.

Happy equinox! May spring come your way soon!

Wednesday, March 19, 2008



Seems the flickr post to blog isn't working too well today. If you feed this, sorry for the multiple posts. I guess we'll do this the old fashioned way then :)

Little Bit has taken to sorting pens, pencils, markers... pretty much anything that is pen-like. This jar sitting in the afternoon sunlight caught my eye. Perhaps she'll be an interior designer?

Tuesday, March 18, 2008


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According to news reports, it dumped 6 inches of rain on our area today. It felt like I was in the biblical flood. I got out and shot this during a lull.

Monday, March 17, 2008


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Even at this young age of 15 months, Little Bit has definite opinions of what she wants to wear. Today it was a sleeper with sandles. I love it!

Sunday, March 16, 2008


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And here it is, the first repeat of my shortie design! I decided to use the Fancy Moss Stitch Lattice from Barbara Walker's A Treasury of Knitting Patterns. I translated it into a chart, and then into the round. I decided to not do the wrong side crosses, and I'm really happy with that choice. I think I will call this: Miss Fancy Pants. :)

Now, if I can figure out how to get this to split nicely for the legs...

Saturday, March 15, 2008


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I wound up a skein of Peace Fleece (colorway Grasshopper) for my next shortie project. Spring is quickly taking over, and it's time to get the growing girl outfitted with a new spring wardrobe. So I've been going through my stitchionary trying to find just the right pattern to use in my design.

It seems the knitting lull has left with the winter weather :)

Friday, March 14, 2008


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I love my umbrella swift...

Thursday, March 13, 2008


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Today was one of those days where you just want to stick your tongue out at everyone. So, I let my toddler do it for me :)

It feels better somehow.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008


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This week, one of the themes is eyes, so here are mine :)

Tuesday, March 11, 2008


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There is something really beautiful about getting to explore spring and all its newness with a young child. It makes everything else so worthwhile!

No knitting here

It seems the lack of good, quality uninterrupted sleep is finally catching up with me. It's been nearly 15 months since this child has exited my body, and I can count the number of times I've had a 5 hour interval of uninterrupted sleep on my hands. Lately, she's been waking at about the 1-2 hour mark and then is nursing for about 10 minutes. If you figure she wakes up around 6 times per night, I've lost an entire hour of sleep plus however long it takes me to drift back down. blah blah blah, whiney whiney whiney. Let's just say that I feel like I'm walking around in a continual (and getting worse) sleepy fog, which doesn't make for good knitting.

I finally ripped and restarted Jason's sweater. I counted everything 5 times and reattached the first sleeve upside down. Yeah. Rip again. However, things seems to be moving along as well as can be expected. And for what it's worth, it's fairly mindless knitting, so it's my go-to lately.

Firebird is relaxing. It's too complicated right now. I look at it and wish I could pick it up, but I have a few concerns:
1. I haven't been able to try it on, so I'm not convinced its big enough to fit around my foot. I could take it off the needles, but that'd be extra work. Instead, I just look at it, and feel it, and measure my gauge. And then go back to the sweater.
2. I have a row gauge problem, mine is bigger than the recommended. And I have a smaller foot than what the pattern is built for, so how many cable repeats to do before starting the gusset? It takes too much brain power, so I look at it, and feel it, and measure my gauge, and go back to the sweater.

You should check out the new knitty. Everyone is raving. I particularly like Yosemite. I am considering getting the yarn for it. It's knit in the round, it has cables, a shawl collar. It has my name written all over it.

But then I already have a perfectly good spring knit languishing on the needles. Remember Isabella? Well, I think she's headed for the frog pond. I figured out I was doing my yarn overs backwards, and I made a few stitch count errors at the beginning, all of which is enough for me to start over. I actually have a job where I could wear this, so it's made its way back onto my radar.

Monday, March 10, 2008


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I just love the way the sunlight catches in his hair :)

Sunday, March 9, 2008


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Daylight Savings time came so early this year! I'm not certain I was ready, but the daylight at night is nice.

Of course, now that we've extended Daylight Savings time, apparently it's not saving us any energy!

Saturday, March 8, 2008


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We gardened today (despite it being only 50 degrees (brrr!). Little Bit absolutely loved it. And the gardening itself wasn't too bad either.

If you have a Ravelry ID, you should go check out a contest the Project 365ers are having. Vote for the best photo submitted during February! There are some pretty amazing shots. Definitely makes me want to take a photography class and get out of this amateur stage.

Friday, March 7, 2008


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We got snow, but not enough to even cover everything. I got up early to get these shots, but by now (9:30) it's all but gone. It was pretty while we had it!

Snow Dusting

Here's another shot of the dusting.

Winter berries

And a bonus of the nandina berries - so delightfully red!

Thursday, March 6, 2008


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Here's more on the water theme - ice on the window. Believe it or not, Texas seems to have decided to have a winter after all! We're rumored to be getting an inch or two of snow today, but so far, it's been a whole lot of rain, and a bit of sleet. Keep your fingers crossed!

Playing Devil's Advocate to Win


Wednesday, March 5, 2008


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This is part of the theme for Project 365 this week - water. I won't tell you how much water I spilled trying to get this photo. :)

Tuesday, March 4, 2008


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In the last week we have been inundated with campaign mailers. Funny thing is that the husband has been identified as a potential Obama supporter and I've been pegged as a Clinton supporter.

We went to cast our votes today at lunch time. Now we just wait and see what everyone else decided.

Monday, March 3, 2008


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It took me 2 hours to get in to work this morning. That's an average of 25 mph. Ugh. The nice thing was that I got to leave early (4pm) so I could get home at a reasonable time.

It's been rather frustrating that I've been getting up earlier and earlier and arriving later. No more, next week, I'm doing the 7-4 shift. I've got my fingers crossed the drive in will be much more reasonable.

Sunday, March 2, 2008


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The view across the street on a dark, rainy night.

Saturday, March 1, 2008


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What I've been reading this week.

Welcome to March!