Monday, September 1, 2014


Joining in with Jodi: "A portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2013."

Otto: A musician through and through. / We don't get many moments just him and I lately. (Both photos by Peter.)

Lilo: Sleepy little nursling.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

The End Result

Clockwise: My mom Angi, my brother Christian, my brother Evan (twin), my sister Hanna (other twin), my dad Gary, me and Lilo, Otto, Peter.  On our last family gathering before the twins left.
Now that I'm a mom, I find myself saying those really annoying things that people used to say to me, like: "I used to change your diaper!"  My little brother and sister (twins) started college this week.  And you know what- I did change their diapers.  I remember the day they were born.  When they used to splash naked in the kiddie pool on hot days.  When they learned how to escape from their cribs.  Reading them bedtime books at night.  When they would get up early and crawl into my bed on Saturday mornings.  When I was pissed about shoveling snow and accidentally taught them how to spell their first swear word.  (I'll never live that one down.)

And now they're grown. 

I was heartbroken to miss their high school graduation a few months ago.  Tears streamed down my face as I looked at pictures from the day, holding my own two day old baby.  But the alignment of these two events makes vividly clear what this parenting thing is all about. 

Now, I'm in the thick of it: changing diapers, being a human pillow, quelling temper tantrums (from the big) and generally being needed every moment of every single day.  But the end result will be two amazing human beings.  Just like these two siblings of mine.  Going into the world, grown, and so very far away now.

Hanna and Evan; you are both of you, brave, intelligent and creative.  You are amazing individuals.  Never forget that every act has implications on this world, no matter how small.  So make your choices thoughtfully and wisely, and always, always try to be the truest, most honest and good, versions of yourself.  Be kind.  And keep the words of Mahatma Gandhi close to your heart: "Be the change you wish to see in the world."  Your destiny is what you make of it. 

I'm so proud of you both. 

*Sigh.*  And I remember when I used to change your diapers.  And also, that time I taught you how to spell ASS.

Monday, August 25, 2014


Joining in with Jodi: "A portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2013."

Otto:Doesn't want to come out, even when he's shivering.

Lilo: Finally decided tummy time isn't completely miserable after all.

Life is crazy here at the moment.  With these two and a host of knitting design deadlines coming up, I'm not able to be here in this space as ofte as I'd like.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014


Joining in with Jodi: "A portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2013."

Otto: Always moving, always waiting for me to nurse the baby one more time so we can go already...

Lilo: Growing/ and because I can't resist her sweet smile

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Yarn Along (The Tweedback Edition)

Knitting: Goodness me.  There has been a lot of yarn coming and going from my house of late!  For starters, I just released my first sweater pattern, the Folium Cardigan, as well as two accessories: Calthulus Scarf and 14 Button Cowl.  And a slew of new pieces means that I have to put my own knitting on hold for a while.  Hence the very small sweater pictured above.  A few months ago, waiting for a certain baby to arrive, and having finished all my deadline projects, I started working on my Lopi sweater above.  I'd had the yarn for over a few years- since we traveled to Iceland when I was pregnant with Otto.  And I'm not good at waiting- so I started this beautiful bit of colorwork.  (Along with a featherweight cardigan that is half way finished and under some pile of yarn somewhere.)  And then baby came.  And now there is yarn arriving daily for more design projects.  None of which I can share with you until they are finished.  So this lovely Lopi (and the Featherweight that has gone missing under some stock pile- along with my #4 Addi's) is going to have to wait.  But I promise to keep you updated about all those other projects as they come out.  So stay tuned!

On another yarn note- have you heard about Brooklyn Tweed's very fun #tweedback game?  So much fun!  I asked my mom to dig out some photos of me wearing handknits, and she sent me this one, me wearing a sweater my great grandmother made (I think it was taken in Iceland):

Which I recognized immediatley:

So nice to think all those little sweaters I've made my own kids might get passed down to another generation!

Reading: At the moment I'm plugging away at the third book in the Game of Thrones series.  There isn't much reading happening for me at the moment...

Happy knitting friends!  Enjoy this last bit of summer!

Monday, August 11, 2014

Folium Cardigan {Knitting Pattern}

My first sweater pattern!  I'm so excited to release this one out into the wild!  The Folium Cardigan is a relative of my Calthulus Scarf, both of which feature reversible cables, and both with Harrisville Designs yarns.  This one is worked in their very lovely Highland.  The cables themselves are so very different, and I love, love, love them both.  The benefit of having the reversible cable here, on the collar, is that you can wear the collar both folded over or worn down, and it looks absolutely beautiful either way.  I almost can't wait for chilly weather so that I can wear this piece!  Particularly since I was about 8 months pregnant when I finished it.  (A big thanks to my beautiful friend Monique for modeling for me!)

Some of the details:

Come Autumn, I want a snuggly sweater I can wrap myself up into - before the real chill of winter comes and with it a big down coat.  With this big cable shawl collar, this piece is perfect for Autumnal activities.  Simply constructed, the collar features a beautiful double sided cable, which looks lovely folded over or worn across the chest.

This piece is worked top down.  Provisional stitches are cast on for the shawl collar, and the cables worked in reverse to the neck, where the piece is knit straight and then the cables worked normally.  The work is then turned and stitches picked up along the edge of the collar for the yoke.  The provisional cast on is also picked up so that the collar is worked at the same time as the rest of the body.

You can purchase this pattern on 


Joining in with Jodi: "A portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2013."

Otto: T.V. zone.

Lilo: Nothing sweeter than a sleeping babe.

Some weeks I have to choose from several good shots, and then some weeks this... five minutes to upload photos only to realize I haven't taken a one, and so seek out my children right where they are to get a shot- any shot.  But it's okay, as lovely as the memory moments/photos are, this is more what our days are like now.  Each of us trying to get what we need while Mama lets so much slide (hence the zoned out boy watching t.v.)  We'll get there.  For now I've lowered my expectations.
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