The one where the wait

goes on for Baby Harper.  DDIL (Babymama) has an appointment at 3:30 this afternoon with her OB and I’m thinking Baby Harper will be here by Friday, at the latest.  (Insert Carly Simon’s Anticipation here.)  Wow, that just dated me big time.  I don’t care, I’m a 55 year old grandma and proud of it!  Really liking grandma thing, gotta admit.

See you soon Baby Harper!

Speak silver, reply gold.  Swahili proverb



The one where we continue to stand

baby watch.  Every morning I say to myself, “Today’s the day, I’m sure of it” and then every night I tell myself, “It’s going to happen tonight, I just know it”.  But Mr. Iknead and I, not to mention Babymama and Babydaddy, are getting so excited, it’s hard to think about anything else.  All in good time, I know.

I tried out a new recipe Sunday from my new Sarabeth’s Bakery cookbook, Maple Walnut Muffins, and my official taste testers (really just whoever I can capture at that moment) give it a resounding thumbs up.  Very tasty, not too sweet.  A success.  Here’s a pic of one of the muffins with my current WIP sock sharing the stage-


The sock pattern is Circle Socks, courtesy of a free Rav pattern download. 

Know the true value of time; snatch, seize and enjoy every moment of it.  No idleness, no laziness, no procrastination:  never put off til tomorrow what you can do today.  Philip Dormer Stanhope, Lord Chesterfield




The one where it’s baby Harper’s due date and the Swirl

blanket is finished.  Now all we’re doing is reciting “patience is a virtue, patience is a virtue, patience …….”.  Here’s the blanket, if I was just a couple inches taller, I could get the whole thing in the frame –


Ready anytime you are, Harper.  Love you so much!

Familiar acts are beautiful through love.  Percy Bysshe Shelley





The one where the baby watch

continues.  No, DS and DIL are still waiting.  Her official due date is 03/23, she’s on maternity leave, we practically jump through hoops whenever the phone rings.  I know, I know, she still has a couple of days to go but Mr. Iknead and I can’t wait to meet this new blessing.  Patience is not something I have an abundance of, but some things just can’t be rushed.

Here is today’s WIPW –


Josie the pug is the backdrop to just started Circle Socks, a Ravelry download.  I can’t find the designer’s name to give her/him credit, so sorry!  The yarn is from Pico Accuardi Dyeworks, Acid and Weed, created for “Yarns on Stage” and the colorway is Sneaker Wave, 100% superwash merino.

The Reverse Swirl Blanket for baby Harper is finished, lacking only a quick wash and very gentle block.  That may be my FOF.

Words make you think a thought.  Music makes you feel and feeling.  A song makes you feel a thought.  E.Y. Harburg



The one where I’m totally pumped

and not just because it’s Friday.  On a whim this afternoon, I went to T.J. Maxx, mostly to kill some time, and scored two Le Creuset baking dishes, a 14 inch oval and a 10 1/2 x 7 inch rectangle, for $43.00.  Is it weird that I photographed them so I could post pictures?  I think they’re beautiful!


I also have a FO for FO Friday to show off, the Namibia Socks.  I’ve actually been finished with them for a couple of weeks, but just haven’t had time to take photos and get them posted.  That’s my own fault – if I’d do it more often, I wouldn’t have to learn how to post and such all over again.  Practice, practice, practice.  Here they are:IMG_1292

Here’s a little detail –IMG_1293

Nice, don’t you think?  (Pay no attention to the wonkiness of the pics, can’t quite get it right today).

It’s been a good day.

Have a heart that never hardens, a temper that never tires, a touch that never hurts.  Charles Dickens



The one where it’s Wednesday

and I have a WIP to post.  Actually, I have a number of WIPs, but this one happens to be the most urgent – a blanket for my new granddaughter, Harper, whose estimated arrival date is March 23.  Yikes, surely it will be finished before then, right?

Though you have to use your imagination, here is Kelly Brooker’s Reverse Pinwheel Blanket, done in Michael’s Loops and Threads Impeccable, in Soft Rose.


To teach is to learn twice.  Joseph Joubert



The one where I try to catch up.

Once again I’ve gotten behind on posting but I admit that it’s not anywhere near the top of my to-do list.  What with work, knitting, exercising, reading and most important, a new grandbaby who should appear in the next couple of weeks, it has just not been a priority, but I’m making time for it today.

On the reading front, I started a new book yesterday evening that I’ve fallen in love with only 68 pages in – In the Sanctuary of Outcasts, authored by Neil White.  I do most of my actual reading walking on the treadmill (thank you Santa for the Nook), and yesterday, I had a hard time stopping because I was so into my book.  I’m not going to put in any spoilers, but it’s set in a Louisiana leper colony/prison.  Tweaks the imagination, doesn’t it?

Eighty percent of success is just showing up.  Woody Allen