Stumbling Into 2011

January is almost over and I haven’t said a thing since December. Let me tell you why.

I had barely recovered from the holidays when a job fell in my lap! A friend of a friend needed a nanny for her 9 month old son and I started two weeks ago. So I take care of the easiest baby ever for 25 – 35 hours a week and we’re having a great time. I do the feeding, bathing, dressing and changing like I did for Gwen all those years, but I DON’T do doctors, sleep deprivation or first-time parent anxiety.

This is a perfect first step back into the job market because it’s fun and not stressful at all. Being on a schedule has been a big adjustment however. It’s been complicated by two snow days and a horrible stomach virus which had me up all Wednesday night and involved some serious heaving that left me a full 6 pounds lighter. I cannot recommend this weight loss plan, but I’m on the mend and have worked my way up to eating a baked potato for dinner. Woo hoo!

My sewing machine probably has spider webs on it, but the knitting needles are clicking along steadily. I made another Travelling Fern lace scarf, this time in maroon, for the Opera Memphis auction. As I have mentioned before, the opera company’s performances at Gwen’s school always inspired her to sing along and helped her acquire quite a reputation as a vocalist. For this I will be forever grateful.

Yet another Travelling Fern lace scarf

And a few hats to raise funds for a friend of mine undergoing fertility treatments.

striped beanies

bunny hat

The bunny hat pattern is from the book Itty Bitty Hats, a treasure trove of adorable designs for babies and toddlers. Pink yarn is Berrocco Pure Merino DK bought for a song on

Life will be different now that I’m working, but naturally, my creative dance card is full. I am doing DSQ10, the Lovely Linen Bee, and will be entering the Modern Quilt Guild’s Project Modern Challenge #2. I’m putting two knitted scarves for holiday gifts on the list and today I promised an earflap hat to a 1-year-old girl.

I had better log off and get busy!

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5 Responses to “Stumbling Into 2011”

  1. mary allison Says:

    they little bunny hat is the cutest thing ever.

  2. sheila Says:

    just catching up 🙂 glad you had a nice holiday. Hope you are feeling better. Love the ear flap hat. hugs from downunder

  3. josie Says:

    Congratulations on the job. It sounds perfect. Hope you are feeling better!

  4. Gwen Says:

    WOW, you do have a busy schedule. I admire you for looking after a baby. I remember my son´s baby days as not beeing the calmest ones! I like your color choices for your knitting. So cheerful. Take care.

  5. Sarah's Sister Says:

    See, I told you that maroon yarn was just fine. The scarf is beautiful!

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