Spring Cocktail :: Watermelon Mojitos

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Over the weekend we hosted an informal cinco de mayo get together for friends.  The weather was hot, a friend’s back garden was bursting with mint, and I had an open bottle of white rum.  What’s a girl to do except make mojitos?  Make watermolon mojitos!

This got a little juicy, but it is well worth the sticky puddles on your kitchen counter.  Fresh watermelon juice is a heavenly drink, pretty much like sunshine and summer breezes in a glass.  If you don’t have a juicer, you can use a blender or food processer to puree, then strain the juice.

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Watermelon Mojitos

Makes 2 refreshing adult beverages.  Leave out the rum and it’s a watermelon fizz fit for the whole family!

4-6 fresh mint leaves

1 teaspoon sugar

4 oz watermelon juice

2 oz lime juice

4 oz white rum

6 oz club soda

  • Muddle together the torn mint leaves and sugar.  Add to the bottom of a tall glass and add ice cubes.
  • Stir together watermelon, lime, and rum.  Add to glass.  Top with soda.  Garnish with a slice of watermelon and additional mint.
  • Depending on the sweetness of the watermelon and your sweet tooth, increase or decrease sugar.

Phoebe Mouse Love

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Imagine my delight when my 3 year old daughter asked me to knit her this doll, then proceeded to help me choose all the yarn! It was a sweet collaboration, one filled with PB’s questions about knitting, color input, and urging me to work on Phoebe just a little more often.

Is my Phoebe Mouse done yet? she would say.  Then I would pick up the knitting and work on the mouse a little bit while she watched.  Sometimes she would even sit on my lap and put her small hands over mine as I moved the needles to knit a few stitches.  She wouldn’t stay long, but it was always enjoyable.

I finished Phoebe in time for Valentine’s Day, and PB was thrilled to discover her that morning.  There was just one problem: she only had a nose!  It was another day or two before I sat down to work on her face; embroidery is not something I’ve spent much time on, but I think her face turned out sweet.  

Now there’s just the matter of her impending wardrobe, about which I also have lots of helpful suggestions. For now, Phoebe is just fine playing “nudey.”

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PB Turns Three

Remember this?  It seems like ages ago.

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More like 3 years.  I know it seems like a bit of a cliche to say this, but honestly? Where does the time go?!  When PB was a baby, someone wisely told me that the days go by slowly but the years pass quickly.  That felt very true then (oh, how slowly some days would go in the beginning), but resonates especially well now.  She’s been in our family for three whole years now!  

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At this age she is a total jabber-box!  Nearly nonstop stories, questions, jokes, and conversations with her toys.  She loves to “get fancy” and dance ballet, pretend to be chased by alligators or hot lava, and will eat an adult-size serving of ice cream anytime, anywhere.  Parenthood is both easier and more difficult that it has ever been.  I suspect that will always be the case.  For now, I am focusing on staying in the moment and taking in every bit of her vivacious presence.

 

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Mini Water’s Edge Cardigan by Hannah Fettig

I knit her a birthday sweater, of course.  I did the same when she turned one and two.  This was the first year PB was able to collaborate with me on the project.  When asked what color sweater she wanted, she suggested purple and even helped choose the button.  Before you get too misty-eyed, know that by helped I mean she wreaked havoc on my button collection while I kept pushing my pre-selected button faves in her direction.  In the end, she honestly did pick this matching ceramic button, much to my delight.

Happy birthday, my darling!

 

 

A Gratitude Challenge

Maui Anniversary trip, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving!  Today, as we collectively think about all we are grateful for, I urge you to join me on a mission.

A mission to take this Thanksgiving-inspired ritual of thinking about and sharing what we are grateful for one step further.  Let’s make it a regular habit, a daily habit.

I know, it seems a little bit much, and may even remind you (like it did me), of Oprah and her gratitude journals from years ago.  But here’s the thing: the more we are in touch with what we are grateful for in our lives, the more satisfied, happy and present we feel.  I’m up for some of that, are you?

I was inspired to write this post after watching Marie Forleo’s latest video: The Downside of Gratitude.  I dare you to watch it (it’s under 5 minutes) and join in by listing the 10 things you are grateful for today.  And then, if you’re inspired to join me, keep making your list every day for the rest of the year.  Stop and notice how you feel afterward.  I’ll bet it’s pretty good!

Here are my 10:

  1. My sweet, funny, smart nearly 3-year old daughter
  2. Sweetie & I recently celebrating 10 years together with an anniversary trip to Hawaii
  3. Knitting, for it’s ability to connect me with my deepest creativity and for calming me down on my Crazy Days.
  4. Handmade ceramic mugs, so perfect for tea and hot cocoa this time of year
  5. Our new home!  I’m super excited to get out the holiday decorations next week.
  6. The mild Oregon climate; just cool enough for handknits, not cold enough for regular snow.
  7. Friends who bring freshly baked banana bread to me at the shop.
  8. Clean sheets.
  9. People who share the gift of being 100% themselves.
  10. Orbitz for making it possible for us to fly last minute to be with my family on Thanksgiving.

Please join me in making your own list in the commets.  

And have a very happy Thanksgiving!

Baby Hat/Scrapdown

Recently I’ve turned to my bag of sock yarn leftovers for instant gratification knitting. I tend to have a lot of yarn leftover after knititng a pair of socks or a shawl, and I’ve found it’s enough to make a baby hat. This go-round I didn’t even have to use stripes, which means there was a lot of yarn leftover. You may recognize the hat on the left from these socks and the hat on the right from this shawl.  It was a lot of fun to play with these yarns again in a completely new way.

I improvised both these hats, with no set recipients in mind (though there are a few friends with babies coming soon).  Random yarn, random pattern…it all added up to some seriously relaxing knitting!  And it feels really good to use up those 1/4 skeins of yarn.

How do you like to use your leftover bits of yarn?  Let us know in the comments!

Yarn Along:: Just in Time

It’s so good to be back playing along with Ginny for her weekly Yarn Along! I’d been slowly working my way through the same book and projects since last time I posted. I finished up The Marriage Plot over the weekend and immediately stole Sweetie’s copy of The Hunger Games. I keep hearing good things about this book, and rather than ignore its immense popularity and miss out, I’m trying to read it before the movie comes out. The timing is perfect as I’m about to head out on a little trip and could use a page turner!

This should go fast now that PB is knitting for me.

On the needles is a new spring cardigan for myself, knit out of Pigeoroof Studios Casseopeia DK in Celadon. This yarn has merino, cashmere, and silk; to borrow a phrase from A Playful Day, it’s soft as buttered kittens. Or as soft as a new lamb dusted in powdered sugar (that one’s all me). Goodale is a sweet short-sleeved cardigan, which should be perfect simple knitting and easy to wear as the weather warms up.  Miss Mojo is back!

What’s on your nightstand and project basket this week?

Yarn Along:: Hitchhiking onto The Marriage Plot

Book: The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenedies Knit: Hitchhiker Scarf in Madelinetosh Sock’s Black Velvet

This week I’m celebrating the discoveries of others: a book that one of my friends and her husband read in record time, and a knit another friend recommended via Facebook. Whether it’s lack of imagination, or feeling inspired at just the right moment, both the book and the knit are perfect for right now.

This scarf is just the antidote to the single skein of sock yarn dilemma (when you don’t want to knit socks!); you just knit until you’re almost out of yarn, maximizing yardage and garter stitch bliss.  I can often be heard muttering “just one more tooth…”.  The book is a coming of age novel about recent college graduates in the 1980s.  Alternately heady and intimate, it is reminiscent of my Freshman year stint as an English major.  I can tell this will be something I can really sink my teeth into.

Like many of you, I’m feeling inspired to knit down my stash right now. I’ve been casting on new projects with home stash and shop stash like crazy.  To help the matter along, I have some new destash yarn for sale over on Ravelry.  There may even be a giveaway or two in the near future.

What’s in your project bag and on your nightstand this week?

*Yarn Along, from Ginny @ small things: ~ Two of my favorite things are knitting and reading, and the evidence of this often shows up in my photographs.  I love seeing what other people are knitting and reading as well. So, what are you knitting or crocheting right now? What are you reading?

Snow Days

We don’t get much snow around here. When it does make an appearance, things slow way down around town as people are challenged to enjoy it while it’s here. This weekend we got to enjoy our first snow hike.

 

Some moments I’d like to remember:

Thick, fresh snow and first footprints

Impromptu snow angels

Family picnic in the snow

Piping hot cocoa, cooled down with the addition of small handfuls of snow

Feeling the warmth of all those handknits, and seeing my loves kept warm in them

Stomping, shimmying, sliding, tasting, and throwing of the snow.

A few hours of knitting and napping in the car as Sweetie drove there and home again.

Two

They say that the days pass slowly, but the years pass quickly. How true that feels today, on Peaceful Baby’s second birthday! I suppose she is officially  Peaceful Toddler now, what with her walking, jumping, climbing, talking, singing, and having definite ideas about the way things should go.

It has been such an adventure and a privilege parenting this magical little one. From those first uncertain days and sleepless nights to now, where we know just a little bit more of what we’re doing.  There’s still plenty of uncertainty, but each day that we get to see more of who she is, the more certain I become that I love being her mama.  And I am most certainly looking forward to the coming year and all its joys and challenges.

Happy Birthday!