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  • Rhinebeck, Wicked, Fleece: Disjointed At Best

    It's been a while, I'm not sure I remember how to do this, hehe.Hope you had a Happy Halloween: No trick or treating for us this year; I think next year will be our first. Scott's been a "turn the lights off and hide" kinda person, but Lily's softened...
    11-10-2008, 10:35 PM by Monica to Two Left Needles
  • Spun, spun, spun, yarn

    We have yarn! Handspun by Stefania (but handspun by me) Corriedale/Silk in osage and indigo: 398 yards, 5.25 oz. Not yet washed and set, but still, yarn. Yay! And spun singles: These are the two bobbins of A Touch of Twist Rambouillet/Silk: ...
    07-16-2008, 9:05 PM by Monica to Two Left Needles
  • Tour de Fleece

    Like the Yarn Harlot, I may have bit off more than I can chew. After much internal wrestling, I decided to join the Tour de Fleece. Between the heat and the Mobile One, spinning time has been non-existent of late, and the TdF was a good excuse to...
    07-10-2008, 10:45 PM by Monica to Two Left Needles
  • On the go!

    A couple of days ago, despite the heat, Lily wanted to wear my shirt. From some angles, it looks like a long denim dress on her. But from other angles... definitely big. Dancing! Always dancing! Squatting (teehee): She's walking so much faster...
    06-23-2008, 11:16 PM by Monica to Two Left Needles
  • Sock Shenanigans and more

    Hooboy, it's been so long I don't know where to begin. Let's keep it short and manageable, shall we? We're alive and well! Lily is thriving and a real trip to watch. She's got such personality! Though most people don't see it because she's become...
    04-23-2008, 9:15 PM by Monica to Two Left Needles
  • How we've grown

    7 days 7 months Enjoy your weekend!...
    12-07-2007, 7:50 PM by Monica to Two Left Needles
  • Need. Input. Please.

    Remember this handspun? Spunky Eclectic merino/silk in Thunderstorm. Last seen unwashed back in June. What a difference a wash and a whack makes. One thing Ravelry is giving me an itching to do is knit up more of my handspun. I want to knit this:...
    11-29-2007, 9:31 PM by Monica to Two Left Needles
  • Motivation

    I'm still super-motivated to knit the Skater's Undertop. The yarn is Debbie Bliss wool/cotton that I bought at Webs two years ago. Only slightly marinated (I have things much older in the stash). It feels very cotton-y, but at 50% wool, it's the most...
    11-27-2007, 6:33 PM by Monica to Two Left Needles
  • Um, did I mention...

    Thanks for your kind words about Gram. They were virtual hugs, understanding pats, sympathetic looks and squeezed hands that shored my spirits. I'm glad that so many of you mentioned you could feel my affection for Gram through my previous posts. Somehow...
    11-21-2007, 9:52 PM by Monica to Two Left Needles
  • In Memory of Gram

    It's been a while and there's been a lot going on. But the reason I'm back today is one of the reasons I've been away. Gram died. October 31. She was getting worse over the summer, bounced back for a short time, caught pneumonia one day and...
    11-10-2007, 4:56 PM by Monica to Two Left Needles
  • 5 a.m.

    Oh my, it's been almost a month, how did that happen? No, wait, you don't need me to tell you. It must be because of She Who Thinks Bedtime Is 5 am. Or, as I like to call her between 1 and 5 am, Miss Fussypants. Sadly, the sleep thing is still an...
    09-19-2007, 9:22 PM by Monica to Two Left Needles
  • Amethyst Stripe Jaywalkers

    Amethyst Stripe JaywalkersStarted: 4/24/07Finished: 4/27/07Pattern: Grumperina's Jaywalker SocksYarn: Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock in Amethyst StripeNeedles: 2.5mm AddisNotes: These were finished 4 days before Lily was born, photographed a...
    08-26-2007, 10:58 PM by Monica to Two Left Needles
  • At Fiber Revival

    I don't think my brain can put together too many words today, but I'll give it a try. Had fun at Fiber Revival! Glad I went! Good to see fiber friends! Nice weather, though windy. Scott went and watched Lily, yay! Lily enjoyed wind; sun, not so much....
    08-20-2007, 9:42 PM by Monica to Two Left Needles
  • Three Weeks

    Three weeks seems to be my manageable post-interim. How sad. With empty bobbins comes the need to fill them: Miss Babs BFL in Rock Wall - for 3-ply All of them: Spunky Eclectic merino/silk in The New Black Every last one: Miss Babs superwash batt...
    08-18-2007, 8:45 PM by Monica to Two Left Needles
  • Almost-3 weeks

    It's been an eventful almost-3 weeks. (Of course, any almost-3 weeks with a baby is bound to be eventful.) First, she had her 2 month appointment. My, has she grown! I mean, you can kinda tell in the photos, but... She was 12 lb 1 oz and 25" long!...
    07-26-2007, 9:18 PM by Monica to Two Left Needles
  • How Happy Am I

    I finally finished spinning the neverending cormo/alpaca! That little bit in the photo ended up taking closer to 6-8 hours to spin, rather than the "couple of hours" I had guessed. Oy vey. I plied a sample and am looking forward to seeing the rest...
    07-07-2007, 7:45 PM by Monica to Two Left Needles
  • Birthday Fibers

    My birthday nearly coincided with a sale Miss Babs was having on her fibers (she's closing out her handdyed fibers to focus on handdyed yarns), so I went a bit nuts. Here are some of the goodies: 80/20 Merino/Silk in Rose Garden Blue Faced Leicester...
    06-30-2007, 9:28 PM by Monica to Two Left Needles
  • Making progress

    Thanks for the reassurances that things get easier sooner than 6 years from now. I needed to remember that last night. Over the last 2 weeks Baby Girl has gone from Easy Baby to "Fussy" Baby (which my sister reminds me is really Normal Baby). It's been...
    06-27-2007, 8:19 AM by Monica to Two Left Needles
  • Just six more years?

    Anne was more than a little right (in the comments) when she said my mom took my sanity with her. The Friday after she left, I took Baby Girl to the Fabric Place Knit Club to meet my knit buds. One of the first questions asked: How old...
    06-17-2007, 10:46 AM by Monica to Two Left Needles
  • Like riding a bike

    With Retro Rib Socks out of the way, I had to cast on for another pair of socks. I know. I said I wasn't a sock person. I wasn't. But then, the belly thing happened, with attendant unpredictable sweater knitting. And before I knew it, I was in possession...
    06-10-2007, 7:22 PM by Monica to Two Left Needles
  • Level 1 Human

    Onesie from here....
    06-08-2007, 8:43 PM by Monica to Two Left Needles
  • We brake for turtles

    Thanks for the birthday wishes! I had my post-partum check-up yesterday -- everything checks out. What a relief. We got there a little early. I sat across from a narrow window with a little sunshine. Is it weird that I pulled out a couple of projects...
    06-06-2007, 8:41 PM by Monica to Two Left Needles
  • A Good Day for Sushi

    When I found out a few weeks ago that my parents would be visiting Lily during my birthday, I immediately decided we were going to Minado for All You Can Eat Sushi to celebrate. It's been MONTHS since I've had sushi. Maybe even a YEAR. What...
    06-03-2007, 8:07 PM by Monica to Two Left Needles
  • Life after baby

    We were overwhelmed and touched by your responses to Lily's arrival. Thank you so much. I don't know that I can express anything approaching "life after baby". Certainly changed. Certainly amazing. Certainly happy. Lily's been wonderful and made the...
    05-09-2007, 7:40 PM by Monica to Two Left Needles
  • Introducing...

    Lily SayakaBorn May 1, 2007 at 2:59 pm *7 lb 11 oz, 21 inches Mom and baby are happy and healthy, Dad is enthralled. More soon. * She must have wanted to be born in May; contractions started at 1 am!...
    05-03-2007, 4:27 PM by Monica to Two Left Needles
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