& seven, eight, nine

Last night chris and I were lying in bed after wrangling Olivia into a fitful, teething sleep and I said “holy crap… our baby is almost a year old”

Time is moving so fast!

We had a wonderful summer in our new home, Olivia enjoyed the grass and the chickens and the not wearing pants as much as I did….but now it is fall. Torrential downpours mean indoor snuggles, pants (yuck!) and lots of book reading and toys.

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Another fiberous UPDATE

I realize there has not been a baby picture for a long time. She is so busy that I try to soak her up as much as possible and forget to capture it most of the time.

In lieu of that here is an english translation of a norweigan knitting pattern I am working on. Not perfect, but very usable! enjoy

KNit Advent Mitten (eng)

Knit Pikachu

Obviously I am busy, having a baby does that to you, but I’m not too busy to whip up a knitting pattern for a pikachu…priorities. I promise a baby update soon, but until then please accept this offering of a knit, chibi pikachu!


You will need:

size 4 DPNs

worsted weight yarns in yellow, aggressive nutmeg (light brown) and black. I used cascade 200 in gold, KnitPicks swish in squirrel, and caron simply soft in black

2 medium safety eyes

polyfil or wool to stuff

darning needle


medium. It will help if you have a basic understanding of knitting in the round, and if you have made soft toys before.

Skills needed:

knit in the round

kfb -knit front and back to stitch to increase




grafting/three needle bind off

magic circle cast on: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Vkpqdea-6o


doesn’t really matter as long as you can knit comfortably and create a tight enough fabric that the stuffing can’t escape


BODY (starts at pika’s bum, works toward face)

Cast on 9 stitches onto four DPNs. I used the “magic circle” cast on which removes the need to sew up pika’s bumoley. Place stitch marker at beg of round if you want

round 1: kfb into each stitch (18 st)

round 2: kfb into each stitch (32 st)

round 3-6: knit around

round 7: *kfb, k3* repeat from * to * around

knit straight for 2″

start decreasing for face:

at this point you should have your stitches evenly distributed onto three needles with the 1st needle having 14 stitches on it. You will work decreases on the 1st needle (this is the top of pika’s head/forhead) and knit the second and third needle you will just knit

round 1: k2tog, k4, k2tog, k5, ssk – knit to end of round

round 2: k2tog, k3, k2tog, k3, ssk- knit to end of round

round 3: k2tog, k2, k2tog, k1, ssk- knit to end of round

rearrange stitches:

now you will move some of the stitches from needle three and needle two onto needle one so all the stitches for the top of the head are on needle one, and the bottom of the head is on it’s own needle(s)

knit 6 st from 2nd needle onto 1st, move 6 st from third needle to to 1st

needle 1: knit (15 st)

needle 2:k2tog, knit to end(8 st)

needle 3: knit to last two stitches, ssk(8 st)

knit 4 rounds

Stuff and put in safety eyes as shown


graft shut and use tail yarn to separate face into two cheeks

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EARS (make 2):

CO 8 stitches onto three DPNs in yellow

knit 4 rounds

increase row: kfb, knit to last 2 stitches on first needle, kfb, kfb, knit to last two stitches on second needle, kfb

knit 4 rounds

repeat increase round

cut yellow yarn and switch to black

knit 4 rounds

decrease row: k2tog, knit to last 2 stitches on first needle, ssk, k2tog, knit to last two stitches on second needle, ssk

knit 4 rounds

repeat decrease round

cut yarn leaving a long tail and pull through remaining stitches

LEGS (make 4):


cast on 6 stitches and work in 1 cord for 1.5″

cut yarn and pull through remaining stitches and then pull through CO end



The tail is worked in small segments on three DPNs which you graft shut to create a smooth edge. Then you pick up stitches at a 90ish degree angle from the CO edge to create the zig zag tail.

CO 4 stitches onto three DPNS in brown

knit for 4 rounds

*knit one stitch in brown, knit one stitch in yellow* repeat form * to * to end of row and cut brown yarn. continue in yellow for rest of the tail.

knit 4 rounds.

graft end shut and pull yarn through open, cast on edge


PU 8 stitches from top of first section


knit 4 rows

graft end shut and pull yarn through open, cast on edge


PU 10 stitches along top of second section


knit five rows

*decrease round: k2tog, knit to last two stitches, ssk

knit 1 round*

repeat from * to * until 2 stitches remain. pull yarn through remaining stitch and out through CO edge


used black to embroider nose


evenly place legs on bottom of body and pull yarn tails all the way up through the top to keep them in place while stitching each leg down. trim loose yarn or pull into body. Do the same thing for ears on the top of the head



sew tail over the hole created by the magic circle cast on

using brown yarn make long stitches on top of body and tack down the center with a single loop so the yarn doesn’t catch on little hands and get pulled out


if you want pika’s rosy cheeks you could apply red blush to create a subtle effect or paint circles with fabric paint. I opted out of doing this to make it more washable and kid friendly


Busy baby!

six months

In the amount of time it has taken for me to get this up Oliva has gone from “drunk guy standing” to full on pulling herself up and cruising. Pair that with eating, making “words”, crawling and teething….and well….you don’t get a lot of time to blog.

BONUS: we moved! so trying to unpack AND baby-proof all at once has been interesting. Full blown update soon, but for now, PICTURES

The Love Dare

Like a lot of people Chris and I are doing the Love Dare

It’s kind of cheesy, but it’s a fun exercise that makes you think about your spouse, which is good since we, like most couples, spend the majority of our day apart. It’s also nice to have a theme or goal for the day outside of “make sure you don’t have spit up on your face the majority of the day” or “put on pants.”

Back to Chris and I spending the majority of the day apart I found that the easiest way for us to “check in” that the other person was doing their dare was to write it down. This stops me from annoyingly asking “did you do your book?” to Chris every day. I have found that we both have lapsed, missed days and eventually not wound up doing the same dare at the same time. Honestly I think that so far it’s working for us, especially since the main goal of this whole exercise is to spend more time thinking about your significant other and giving them a bit of grace, not harping on them and making sure they are following your schedule. THAT SAID making sure you are both on the same page as far as actually DOING this exercise is probably a good idea and will avoid hurt feelings and brewing resentment…so do check in.