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January 9, 2018

In terms of knitting, I finished 2017 with a total of 13 projects. Four of them were for Christmas:

Ornaments for all of the kids

Slytherin scarf for Alistair, Hufflepuff hat for Larson, Hogwarts hat for myself…..and a bag of coal for Larry who decided he didn’t want any knitted items this year, much less knitted items with a Harry Potter theme.

I also finished the craftvent shawl in time, and even finished a shawl from the kit Larry bought me for Christmas 2016, and while they have both been finished and blocked, I don’t have photos of either one.  I’ll post them as soon as I do.



January 5, 2018

Whether you called it a bomb cyclone, a winter hurricane, a good old fashioned nor’easter, or winter storm Grayson, we had a very respectable snowstorm yesterday.

It’s hard to say for sure, because it was a grainy snow and it’s been very windy, but best guess is that we got about 18″ of snow here.

Here’s a photo I took on my morning walk with Sasha at 7am yesterday; the first few flakes started to come down as we got back home:

And here’s what things look like today.

The wind is absolutely whipping today – windchills are at -21*F – and it’s supposed to continue through Sunday. Brrrr



January 2, 2018

Happy New Year!

We had our usual low-key celebration, a nice dinner at home and struggling to stay awake til midnight.

The cold streak in New England is ongoing; the high on New Year’s Day was 12 with a wind chill of -15. So we switched our annual New Year’s Day hike to a brisk dog walk through the neighborhood.


In terms of my 2017 round up:

I’m content.

As for 2018, I want to stick with my streak of 15 days at step goal per month. I also intend to return to my previous combination of running, strength exercises, and yoga, which fell by the wayside between adding Sasha to the family and adjusting to having two kids in two schools on two schedules.

Also, I’ve decided to jump in on the Temperature Blanket craze. In crochet, at which I am a rank beginner. But I’m not confident in my ability to manage a row a day for the whole year, so I’m going to use the high temperature for each Monday in 2018. The year begins and ends on a Monday so that’s 53 days; I’m going to do two rows per day for 106 rows. It should balance out to one inch for every two rows, which feels like a reasonable size for a throw blanket for the couch.

This is my color palette:

In ten-degree increments, starting from below zero at upper left and ending at above 90 at lower right. Given the weather in New England and it’s changeable nature, I’m looking forward to seeing how this plays out over the course of the year!

My intention is to post a photo at the end of each month. Hopefully I stick with it!


December 29, 2017

It has been in the single-digit temperatures here since Christmas, and well below zero with the wind chill.

I’ve been wearing 6 or more handknits every time I go out, whether it’s to walk the dog or just to drive to work.

Wherever you are, I hope you are warm and cozy!

Here’s to a happy and healthy 2018 for one and all.


December 26, 2017

We had a lovely Christmas and however you spent your day, I hope you enjoyed it.

Now we are cramming all the packaging into recycle bins and looking forward to a fun week. Here’s to a happy and healthy 2018!


December 20, 2017

Not to be outdone, Larson had his winter concert this morning.


Their music teacher does an amazing job – this is my seventh Winter Concert, and I don’t think she’s ever repeated a song. This year she included some dances and a video projection in the performance; it was fantastic.



December 15, 2017

The middle school orchestra had their winter concert last night.

We’ve come a long way from enduring the screechy first-year concert, for sure.

Both nana’s braved the bitter cold to see Alistair perform.

And I was very proud of my boy, as I always am.