Five years ago I conceived a hat for my beloved Elfbaby. It would – of course – be a pixie-style hat, with a long point. It would have a garter stitch chevron border, to show off handpainted yarn and to allow plenty of stretch for growing heads. I planned to publish a pattern. Claudia modelling the Pumuckl border,… Continue reading Introducing Elfbaby… the hat!
As Max grows, there are a whole new set of comparisons to draw against Claudia. The one giving us grey hairs right now is that, while she was a demanding infant but super-sweet, biddable, careful toddler, he's... not. Well, sweet, yes, absolutely; he is still King of Cuddles, cheerful and affectionate and utterly delicious. But… Continue reading Vive la difference?
1. I startled a deer on my run this morning. Which, considering that I really don't go far for my run (today's was about a 6.5km loop, but the thing is, it starts pretty much from my door – I don't have to get myself to the forest to start running, I just run there), basically means… Continue reading 6 things. Yes, 6. Don’t get used to it.
1. I've always maintained that haberdashers and hardware shops are basically the same thing – stuff for making and fixing. I'm pleased to note that Swiss retailers are similarly inclined. Migros (supermarket) has sewing essentials in the DIY section, and Coop Bau & Hobby is like Homebase with added felting/beading/painting stuff. No actual haberdashery, it's… Continue reading 5 Things, with fun stuff to do
It's been a big week for me. Two projects have come to fruition... one, a small but I think rather lovely pattern has finally been published. So I finally get to show off the fabulous photos of my fabulous daughter. No false modesty here. Come on, she's clearly awesome. Also awesome: project number 2.… Continue reading Creative endeavours
I recently became aware of something that had really never occurred to me: there are times when it is almost as important to break good news gently, carefully, tactfully as it is for bad news. Item 1: this great post from mimismartypants. Item 2: my own phone call recently to a hospital department to check… Continue reading Break it to me gently, doc
Just found Pinkstinks.org, via this article on the campaign. I heart these women so much. (If you're thinking I'm mostly just blogging links these days, you're right, and if you think it would be way more interesting if I took time to actually comment and add my own view on the linkage, you're right again.… Continue reading Antipinkificationism
On my just-tidied desk is a piece of wooden railway track. I am not allowed to remove it. If I do remove it, it magically reappears. It is, you see, a certain small someone's toothbrush; or possibly her baby's* toothbrush, I'm not clear. At any rate, it's important, and apparently, it belongs on my desk.… Continue reading Productivity impeded
This. (Via the always exactly right Blue Milk.) You are busy being interrupted. You are busy responding. It’s not that you’re not doing anything, it’s that you aren’t getting anything done. And it’s hard. It’s really hard. Which is one reason the blog continues so neglected, incidentally. As it happens, WordPress saw fit to throw… Continue reading Interruptibility, or “what exactly are you moms so busy doing?”
For some time now I've been vaguely meaning to write (rant?) about all the crap people say about Motherhood. Well. Probably not ALL the crap people say. That would fill a largish book (and certainly some future posts). But some of the crap that is supposedly positive... but no less damaging for all that. You… Continue reading Myths of motherhood