Monthly Archives: December 2013

Dakota: Nine Months Old

This month Dakota figured out how to pull up on things, though she hasn’t quite figured out how to move her feet once she’s standing. Her first two teeth finally popped through, and her babbling has gotten a bit more varied and word-like. Oh, and we had a blast visiting family for the holidays.

With regards to the photo shoot, I got a bigger onesie, (who knows how long it will fit) but I’ve given up on pulling the leg warmers all the way up her thighs. The legwarmers are pretty stretchy, but it was beginning to just look silly. 🙂

nine months

Previous odd-numbered months:

seven months

five months

three months

one month

Here’s last month’s photo.


Belated Holiday Decorations

Well, the holidays are wrapping up and in all the excitement I didn’t get around to posting the pictures of our decorations. So here are a few belated holiday sparkles for you.

Things weren’t very different from last year… Here’s our patio penguin still being slightly creepy:

Front Door

We did manage to procure and decorate a door wreath, so that’s nice and all:


The stockings were hung from our nonexistent mantle:


This picture was before I finished knitting Dakota’s stocking. It doesn’t match the other stockings at all, so it’s probably just as well. I did hang it up at the grandparents’:

Knit stocking

Back to MY house though, this year I grabbed a pack of sparkly snowflakes from the craft store and taped them up haphazardly all over the house, which you can see in the many-stockinged picture above, as well as the next picture below.

Carrying our advent calendar theme into the kitchen, we strung up some more twine so we could display the holiday cards we got with clothespins. I’m thinking this might actually stay up year round… We’ll see. I like keeping the front of the fridge clear of clutter, so this acts as a substitute for fridge-worthy items.

Card holders

This was actually before I put the bulk of the cards up, it’s quite full now.

And as I was taking these pictures (two weeks ago now, sigh) Dakota was just figuring out how to pull up on things, so here she is demonstrating:

Dakota Standing

Happy holidays!


On the Needles, on the Hook

Ah ha! a new opportunity for blog fodder, with the added bonus of hopefully inspiring me to actually finish more of my yarn projects!

I haven’t managed to get motivated to do much knitting or crocheting since Dakota was born, Especially when the wool diaper cover I was knitting her was comically too small within a few weeks. 😦 I never even finished the leg cuffs, as I realized her chubby thighs wouldn’t even fit through the openings.

Wool diaper cover

It looks pretty slick though, so I’m thinking I’ll undo it and maybe try for some knit pants with the same yarn. Here it is with Dakota as a size reference. I know knit stuff is stretchy, but not that stretchy. 😉

Wool diaper cover 2

I also was in the midst of making a bunch of wool dryer balls. I have no idea if these things really reduce drying time, but I got the cheapest possible wool yarn (with an omnipresent coupon of course) and rolled quick balls, and then crocheted around the outside so they wouldn’t come apart in the wash. And then both the dog and the baby decided they’re great toys, so I haven’t actually gotten around to trying them out in the wash! I still have one more to do just to use up the yarn, but maybe I’ll get some fun colored yarn and make some more just for the baby to play with. I did a really ugly job on the crochet since they will felt up in the wash, but if I do something multicolored I might need to try a little harder to keep my stitches even..

wool dryer balls

My new project is a knit xmas stocking for Dakota. I picked yet another pattern with wool that is meant to be felted, so again it doesn’t really matter how ugly my stitches are. Dave wasn’t a fan of a contrasting color for the heel or the toe, so it’s just an off-white cuff and a green body. Maybe every year I can add a little bit of embroidery or applique to it… Dream big, right? 🙂

Knit stocking

I do have one last thing I’m knitting, and it’s double-knit, so my progress is slooowwwwww. I think it’ll be done in time for xmas though! I can’t go into too much detail since it’s a present, but here’s a little teaser:

double knit

That’s all for now! Hopefully with the xmas stuff out of the way I can have new projects for more blog fodder next month.