We moved to Los Alamos, New Mexico a few years ago but bought our first house last October, an 80 year old marvel with hints of charm and bits of 1970s thrown in. It was originally built on a crawl space. Later additions were added with a basement and one on a slab. It also has an ancient boiler which slowly chugs hot water through the radiators. But all Freyja cares about is that its February and her feet are cold on the wood floors!
She asked me for a pair of slippers. Winter is nearing its end and Freyja is just 4 and constantly growing, so whatever I bought or made would only be worn for a few weeks, 2 months at best. I searched through my yarn and found some chunky black yarn that I used on one of my very first projects some 10 year ago. I then set out to browse DROPS Design, at garnstudio.com. This is one of my favorite places to go for knitting patterns. I settled on Walkabout.
This pattern uses size 9 knitting needles and took just a few hours to make both slippers. It also sews up the back of the heal, not under the foot, which is something that matters to Freyja. Overall it was a quick, good solution to cold feet in February.
Seems that I get the sudden urge to knit every year around Christmas time – it becomes an obsession, and there is nothing like the approaching deadline of holiday gift-giving to finish projects. This year, I became fascinated by fingerless gloves. They don’t take too long to complete and it is fun to experiment with more intricate lacy designs. Most of the patterns I used came out of the “One Skein Wonders” book, though I also found patterns in some of my older knitting magazines. Here are some of the gloves I finished in Decembers:
When Anja and Duff moved to Boston, they took their ancient “college car” (which had preciously been Samantha’s “college car”) with them, but quickly realized that it would be nearly impossible, or at least not economically feasible, to get it inspected to meet Massachusetts standards. They also realized that with a brand new baby – and future trips to Pennsylvania and Mississippi – it was finally time to buy a new car. So they did – but parking regulations in their new home would not allow for more than one car. And Sammy kind of wanted her old car back. Which meant we had to get it before the temporary parking pass ran out in Boston.
So Tina took the night train, from Harrisburg to Philadelphia and then another train to Boston. (Which was not so bad – however, the train was surprisingly full and only aisle seats were available.)
We had a great weekend together in Boston and Tina got to babysit Leif for nearly 4 hours on Sunday. This was a rather easy task, as Leif seemed to think that everything Tina said was just funny.
We went for long walks each day, the weather was absolutely gorgeous and we even got to visit Duff’s new office at MIT. Leif was just the happiest baby the entire time.
In the evenings we watched Episode 3 of the first season of Sherlock Holmes and Episode 1 of the second season, which gave Tina enough time to knit a happy red winder hat for Leif:
On Monday, Anja tried for the first time to feed Leif some rice cereal and he did surprisingly well!