Charlotte’s Web Shawl

There are some projects and goals that lay on the wayside for the duration of time it takes to graduate from high school. Case in point, I have had these Koigu mill ends since 2008 which were always slated to become a Charlotte’s Web Shawl.

After I found out I was having a baby, it seemed like hundreds of strangers and friends wanted to tell me how little time I would ever have to myself, labor and delivery horror stories, advice (some good!),  more horror stories and very personal inquiries. Regarding the knitting, I took this time to finally make myself this particular shawl – before my life is over and I never have a minute to myself! I jest.

Here is the yarn. Mike helped me to put them in order for the shawl.

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My illustration from four years ago was inspiration to someday knit this!

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I really just wanted to knit this shawl for the fringe.

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Here is the finished shawl. It’s huge. It’s about my height fully stretched out, so around 66 inches.

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I’m really happy with how it turned out. Once I got the hang of the lace pattern, it was pretty easy, but I recommend placing a lifeline in case you mess up. I messed up and restarted it at least three times. This is not to scare you off, just to provide some realistic expectations.

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This colorful detail below is one of my favorite parts of the shawl.

Charlotte's Web Shawl

Well, besides the fringe of course! I held myself back from adding beads or sequins!

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I don’t know why I waited so long, but it was worth the wait!

Charlotte's Web Shawl

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2012 into 2013

For a Florida kid who spent her youth wishing for white Christmases, I definitely got my share this year while spending the holidays with Mike’s family in Southern Indiana.Highway 37

We stayed cozy inside at my in-laws home playing poker, canasta, Cards Against Humanity, watching movies, eating ice cream sundaes (my idea!) and hanging out.

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This year we each wrote a handwritten poem for our sibling & in-law gift swap. You could write about anything, and the poetry reading was hilarious! It has been added to the annual repertoire.

I wrote about the shenanigans that occurred on Christmas Eve night including too much tequila for certain family members and a kitchen plumbing incident resulting in calling Mr. Roto-Rooter at 3AM. This pregnant sober lady caught it all. Though I couldn’t enjoy the cocktails, I did dance enough for myself and the baby. The belly just enhanced my moves!

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Here’s a semi-cheesy shot of Mike and me on Christmas Eve before the annual party and resulting craziness.

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Mike’s best friends are already spoiling the future baby boy. We received plenty of Indiana University baby clothes, 2 pairs of amazing shoes, and one heavy metal onesie. We couldn’t be more pleased!

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New Years Eve was spent in Bloomington at the Atlas Bar where Mike’s best friend was bar-tending. It was a treat to spend this time with our loved ones and run into some familiar faces unexpectedly!

It’s always hard to see everyone you want to, but this time we really got to squeeze everyone in. Tracy and Rob came down from Indy for brunch, Mike and I got to visit our former bosses Jane and Werner (and Matisse and Cassatt, the retired art store kitties), and I had a mini-reunion with 3 of my interior design girls.  We even got in a 15 minute visit with my best friend, Heather, who was driving through from Illinois to Maryland!

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Before we knew it, it was time to return back to Philly. The drive home was thankfully uneventful and quick (for 700 miles). I was feeling comfortable and fine, and even felt like driving my 1/2 of the trip, though Mike is sweet and would have driven it all if needed.

Though I had a wonderful time, I did not dread returning to work and my routine this year. With less than a month before the baby comes, there is so much I want to get done at work and at home. Let the nesting commence!

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Happy New Year, my friends!

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Holiday House Portrait

My adorable friend, Rachel Grace  asked me to create a house portrait for their 2012 holiday cards. I was so touched to be asked, and hadn’t realized how much I missed my watercolors and inks after a brief hiatus. In interior design school, interior and exterior renderings was always my favorite part of my projects.

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They have a cute Craftsman style house which was fun to draw, and Rachel and her talented hubby are always doing impressive home improvements.

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I especially liked creating the holiday garland details and banners, and painting the bricks!

Detail of Holiday Garland

I loved how their house portrait turned out, and thankfully, they were pleased with the results! I also decided to add custom house portraits to my Etsy shop since they are so much fun to create.

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Rachel used a local printer to scan the image and create their cards. It was such a treat to receive their cute holiday card in the mail. I think it turned out really great! Thanks for the opportunity, R+T!

Holiday Card!

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Ft. Lauderdale + Monkeys

I found myself with one unexpected extra day off from work this year, so flew down to Ft. Lauderdale to spend 3 days with my Mom, Dad and friends and family. The weather was beautiful as you can see. Though I love the changing seasons, I do love being outside on a December night with no chill in the air.

Ft. Lauderdale While I was there, my Mom, Godmother and best friend threw me a wonderful Baby Shower. It was so special, since most of the attendees have known me since I was in diapers myself. We acquired quite a stash of clothes and necessities for the baby, including lots of monkey outfits. They’re adorable, and monkeys must be mandatory for 2012 baby clothes.

My mom gave me a beautiful quilted baby blanket that my Godmother made me when I was a baby. I’ll take a photo of it soon! I remember laying on it as a kid, so it’s very special to have it for this next generation.

Sock monkey baby gear from my BFF Brooke. Too stinkin' cute.

Great food, family, friends, weather and health. I don’t think I can think of anything else I need, and am counting myself a lucky lady.

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Lacy Chunky Throw

Earlier this summer, I used my pending baby as an excuse to finally knit Wenlan Chia’s Lacy Chunky Throw.

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I was pleased that the 5 (free) skeins I had made a good-sized lap blanket. This would be great to throw on a bed later for added warmth. However, I think there are too many holes and the fiber is too fuzzy for a baby. I could barely get by without getting fiber in my own mouth, so figure it would be worse for a little guy!

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Overall, I liked the pattern and think it looks lovely (once I corrected my mistakes). I’m glad it’s done though, as I did not enjoy knitting on huge baseball bat-sized needles!

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Besides all my complaints above though, it feels and looks like buttah, I tell you.

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Turning 34 + Thanksgiving

My birthday is usually the week before Thanksgiving, but this year Turkey Day was a bit early, so it all fell into one big blur. This was a happy blur, since my parents came up North so we could all celebrate Thanksgiving in New Jersey with our extended family.

Turning 34 was relaxing and uneventful in a good way! I’m happy to get another year on this planet, and think this year is going to be one of the more memorable, hectic and exciting ones, since I’ll become a parent.

Our family had a fantastic time together, and I was so sad to see my parents leave after 5 days together. Maybe one day we can live closer to each other again. Or they can become reverse snowbirds!

Cousins! Apple Pie Making

I helped with the desserts this year. My cousin Meghan and I baked an apple pie, with a fancy top featuring an “H” for Huber and hockey sticks, since my cousin plays and most of the family is obsessed! It was a big hit. My younger cousin, Tommy and I also baked two perfect pumpkin pies, but I probably shouldn’t spill his secret, since it’s not “very manly”!

Apple Pie with H for Huber and Hockey Sticks

My aunt and uncle treated everyone to a charity hockey game called Operation Hat Trick, which raised over $500K to benefit those affected by Hurricane Sandy. A combination of the hockey lock-out, a charity event, and famous NHL hockey players on hand, it was the first time the Atlantic City Convention Center sold out since the 1930s.

Operation Hat Trick Charity Hockey Game

Our family loves to play board games and card games. Hours were spent at the table playing Canasta, Jitters, Backgammon, Banana-grams, Cards Against Humanity, and doing a lot of smack talking. It was all in good fun, but now I’m having Canasta withdrawal sadly!

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I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday as well, and I think we’re all on the same wavelength wondering how it is already December! How did this  happen?!

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Trains + Mountains

 

As I mentioned before, all of my friends are having babies, buying  houses and getting married, so I’ve been playing catch-up on some gifts. This weekend I spent a 65 degree Fall day in Baltimore to meet my best friend Heather’s newest baby, Ben. It was a bonus treat, since I also got to see her parents, and monkey around with her adorable toddler, Caleb.

Heather and her family are currently paring down things in their home, so I wanted to give her something that was not “stuff”.  (Guess who is the extremely grateful recipient to many hand-me-downs including maternity clothes and baby boy items?!). I thought they’d enjoy small watercolors featuring her sons’ birth stats, with references to their home in Virginia.

Ben’s drawing features the skyline from Shenandoah National Park, which is a special place for her and her husband. Some of their major life events happened there, so I knew they’d enjoy the reference.

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Her 15 month old, Caleb loves trucks and trains, so I thought a cute train with a red caboose was in order for his drawing.

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Heather and her husband are such wonderful parents, and always find time to fit in fun and not be lunatics. They are great inspiration to Mike and me. Plus, it’s always good to have friends who you can have fun with anywhere, even if it’s on the side of a hill or in a parking lot at a mall in a slightly downtrodden Baltimore area!

BFFs since 1995

Here’s to many more years of friendship.

P.S. Yes, that is obviously not a maternity shirt I’m busting out of!

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