The Amazing Adventures of Tom and Bel

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Babe's First Shoes

The shopping process was long and grueling...

...but my little granola baby is shod.

Not five minutes after we purchased them, baby got a compliment on her excellent sense of style. Z agrees that they are very tasteful:

I need a sweater as cute as these shoes. Hmmm...maybe that cute one by Kristin Nicholas...

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Thursday, July 24, 2008

Almost There


Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Mi Familia

Taking a little knitting break - baby's cotton sweater is a tough knit for me - so I have to show off my adorable family:

Baby's first bump: Z fell off the bed and scratched her head. I think I cried harder than she did.

I took the kids to Sand in the City this past weekend. Aside from seeing giant sand sculptures, having Hawaiian pizza, watching a puppet show and getting their faces painted, they had no fun at all. ;-D

Boy-O giving me "Blue Steel."


Friday, July 18, 2008

Oooh! Oooh!

The Fall '08 Vogue Knitting preview is up. Sweet mercy, but it looks awesome.


Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Er, Whoops

I have caused a bit of confusion, I see, with my last post. It's not actually my birthday - that was back in February. It's just that I haven't seen my in-laws since Christmas, and my MIL brought my present along on this trip.
Whoops. Better distract you with a cute baby picture:

There. Isn't that better? Pay no attention to the crazed woman behind the curtain....


Saturday, July 12, 2008

B-day Redux

Sometimes the good stuff just comes at you all at once.

1) My in-laws are in town. It's always a hoot when they visit. The big kids love them, and even little Z is starting to smile at her Baba and Papa. they are supposed to move out here in a few years, and we can't wait. I want our kids to have as good a relationship with them as I did with my Grandmas.
(Of course, the fact that they're taking the kids to the amusement park today means that our house is oddly quiet for a Saturday. That's nice, too.)

2) I got a copy of the Fall Knitscene -- it's gorgeous! (I'm not just saying that b/c my design's in it. There are several things in there that I want very much!)
And it's bigger! Love that.

3) I just had another piece accepted for publication; woot! (And yeah, I really do still go around the house saying, "Go Cher, it's ya birf-day...")

4) Speaking of birthdays, my MIL brought along my present:

It's a lovely shawl, made with Elann's Seta Lana, and I adore it.
This up close shot shows the texture and the color more accurately:

Baby liked it, too:

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Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Now With Actual Kntting Content!

Now that I'm done with submissions for a little while, my knitting time is free for playing around with some ideas.

This lovely pink yarn is a cone of 100% cotton I mixed up at Yarnia (3 strands pink, 3 strands orange). I'd tossed it up on the shelf in our bedroom closet and nearly forgotten about it in all the busy-ness of our little house, but every so often I'd look up and mentally remind myself that I've been saving it to make something especially for little miss Z.

I decided on a simple round yoked cardigan, and yarnover increases to add a tiny touch of femininity. I threw in the rounds of garter st just so I wouldn't get bored. The cardi's somewhat slow going - it's a sport weight, and my achy hands much prefer soft wool to crunchy cotton - but I suspect that has much to do with my cranky, newly locomoting babe. What you see here is about 2.5 weeks of work.

I popped in to Dublin Bay the other day, and picked some stunning Fleece Artist merino:

Seriously. This yarn demanded that I take it home. I mean, look at it:

And once again, I'm adding to the sock yarn stash despite the fact that I refuse to actually knit socks. But this yarn is so lovely, I'm sure I'll come up with a use for it soon.

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Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Doing the Locomotion

I am so not ready for a mobile baby!


Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Yup. They really said it.

Our oh-so-classy kids strike again with the witticisms:

(Both children were given cashews & tea for a snack. Quite some time later, I notice the boy is still chewing.)

Me: T, what are you eating?

N: He’s still got his nuts.

Me: I should hope so.


T: (pretending to be hurt) I need crunches...

Boy-O: Wha?

N: You mean crutches


N: (Indignantly) T! Imagine how your booty would feel if you did that!


T: (After watching the Muppet movie, where the bad guy sells frog legs) I want a frog egg.


T: (“Creole Lady Marmalade”) Itchy itchy mama ya ya…


Tuesday, July 01, 2008


While cruising the blogs, I discovered that the Knitscene preview is up.
(Thanks, Cirilia, for the heads up.)
Finally, I can stop obsessively checking the web site - and reveal the project I did for them!

Click on the link to see my Twisted Bridges hat and scarf set.
(Digression: isn't the model lovely? When I grow up I want to be that poised.)

Here it is in my rather less serious pose:

This is before blocking and end-weaving-in, so there are some stray strands in the photo. But at long last, this project's out there in the world, and I couldn't be happier. Huzzah!