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It’s Official!

Eva’s orthopedist called today.  Her hips are normal!  I’m so grateful that we don’t have to strap her into an uncomfortable harness.  We’ll have to bring her back to CHOP Voorhees when she’s 6 months old for an x-ray just to make super duper sure her hips are continuing to develop normally.  I’ll take that over the Pavlik harness any day!  🙂

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Eva napping in her rainforest seat in Grammy’s bed.

Completely unrelated, but take a look at this…

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This is my purple African violet.  For some reason, it has way too many petals.  This is the second time it’s bloomed since I’ve had it.  The first time, the flowers looked normal.  I wonder why it’s all mutated now.  :/

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Intuitive – Take Two: Complete!

I finished my second Intuitive hat today.  My Ravelry project page can be found here.

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I used Cascade 220 wool in an orangey brown color and size 5 & 8 needles.  I modified the pattern slightly by casting on 100 stitches since I used worsted weight yarn.

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Right now the hat is blocking on my kitchen table.  Maybe tomorrow I’ll be able to post some action shots.

A couple of days ago Uncle Robert came to visit Eva.  She spent about an hour bouncing and laughing at him.  (She loves to play with Uncle Robert’s beard.)  Then she took her obligatory nap.

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Eva has started to discover her hands and feet. 

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She still doesn’t have very much control, but she has become pretty grabby.  (Nobody’s hair is safe nowadays.)  She’s more active in her gym, and we love watching her grab her toys and “taste test” them.  Before I know it, she’ll be taste testing food!


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Intuitive – Take Two (First Progress Report)

I decided to knit another Intuitive hat instead of taking on a more demanding project.  I wasn’t about to start a complicated cabled sweater in the middle of the week with no one to tend to Eva.  (I don’t like to put down cables mid-knitting.  I’ll save something like that for the weekend.)  I’ve knit this hat before, so I know it moves quickly.  I started it last night, and I’m already on the third lace repeat.

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(This isn’t true to progress.)

I’m using Cascade 220 in a fall orangey color.  I don’t know the colorway because Darby decided to eat the wrapper and drape the yarn all over herself back when we lived in the apartment.  She did that with a lot of my yarn.  Tsk.

The first time I knit this pattern,  I made some modifications.  I will be using those same mods this time, too.  I can’t wait to wear this!

Yesterday Grandpop and Uncle Robert came over to visit Eva.  After spending the better part of an hour crying, she decided to calm down and watch Uncle Robert play with her toys.  Then she took a nap on Grandpop.

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Uncle Robert brought over some new games and movies for Daddy, so Eva took some time out of her busy schedule to help Daddy fight the forces of evil.

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Aren’t they so cute when they’re engrossed?


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Eva’s Baby Blanket – It’s DONE!

Well folks, today I finished the project I was sure would never end.

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I used this pattern to create the blanket.  It’s a really simple single crochet chevron design that looks fabulous in pastel baby colors.

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I used a size K crochet hook and 11 skeins total of Lion Brand Baby’s First yarn – 3 skeins of Pixie Dust (white) and 2 skeins each of Sea Sprite (blue), Bean Stalk (green), Honey Bee (yellow), and Fairy Tale (pink).  The yarn claims to be a bulky weight, but I say it’s more of a heavy worsted.

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The blanket took my lazy self almost a year to complete.  I think a normal person could have it done in a month.

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I didn’t measure it because I lost my tape measure.  Anyone surprised?  Anyone?  If I had it to do again, I’d make it a little wider.  But, it’s fine as it is.  Right now it’s going through the wash while I grit my teeth.  I hope it comes out in one piece!


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The Night of Everlasting Chili

I spent about an hour in the kitchen today making chili.  I have this thing for making large batches of food and hoping I can freeze a bunch of meal-sized portions.  Every single time I do this, I overestimate the size of my freezer.  Right now, in my refrigerator, I have about 60 pounds of chili packed into every last container I own.  I plan on moving some of it to the freezer, but I like things to be cold before heading there.

If I had the internet on my computer, I would have taken pictures of all my ingredients, my method, and my perfectly arranged final product.  But, I don’t have the internet, so you get a cell phone picture of my unappetizing slop.  🙂

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It’s really good.  I swear!  I’m sure it includes all kinds of things that should never come within 10 feet of an “authentic” chili, but my version is cheap, easy, and the both of us enjoy it.  I don’t measure anything, I just keep adding stuff until it looks right.  This time I used the following:

-ground meatball mix (I think it was a pound and a half)
-Italian sausage (10 links – casings removed)
-canned diced tomatoes (5 or 6 large cans, depending on my mood)
-chopped onion (I used half an onion, but more is fine)
-1 lb pinto beans (from a bag, soaked overnight)
-1 lb great northern beans (see above)
-oregano
-cumin
-chili powder
-cayenne pepper
-salt

I browned the ground meatball mix beforehand, but threw everything else in the pot and let it simmer on the stove for about 4 hours.  Wa la!  Enough chili for the next 4 weeks.  (Or 4 days if you live with Kai.)

Unfortunately, Eva was not able to enjoy Mommy’s wonderful chili.  She did, however, partake in some tummy time.

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Eva’s Baby Blanket – I Swear It’s Almost Done

Today I made pretty good progress on Eva’s blanket.  I’m halfway through the second to last stripe.  I’ve decided to do 4 repeats plus one extra blue stripe to make the blanket look more polished.  I can’t believe I’ve only got another hour’s worth of work to do, and then it’ll be done!

In addition to my wonderful news about Eva’s blanket, I have even more!  I got a new African Violet yesterday.  (I know, my idea of exciting news is pretty lame these days.)  I have this thing for houseplants, and I saw the prettiest violet for $2.49 at Shoprite while I was food shopping.  Of course I couldn’t just leave it there, so I brought it home to sit next to my $0.99 rescued African Violet from Home Depot.  I need to pick up a self watering pot for my new addition, but I think it’ll be okay for a little while in the container it has.  🙂

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