Tuesday, March 27, 2007

In the nick of time

Just before it gets too warm, we talked Lilah into modeling this cute little number:

FO pictures and pattern info are right here. She wasn't that excited about it, but we had to get pictures before it was too small. It's a 0-6 month, and believe it or not, our barely three-month-old has almost outgrown all her six-month stuff. At this rate, she could be the first female linebacker in professional football, though I hope not. It's also my theory that she's teething early, due to major drool and tiny teeth I SWEAR I can see, but no one else can, and some night waking that wasn't happening before. We'll see...

Please don't take it personally if I haven't commented on your blogs in a while. Things have been a bit hectic, and there are days when all my free time is spent doing laundry or something. I'm slowly getting more free time, and I can't wait to see what you've all been up to!

StringBean, I'm all about the vanilla soymilk on my cereal now. And Starbucks does a nice soy vanilla latte. Soy cheese, though...yuck. All in all, cutting out cow's milk has been less traumatic than I expected. I'm trying to take this as an opportunity to improve my Chinese, Japanese, Thai, and Indian cooking. Anyone else have ideas for less dairy-oriented cuisine? Rachel, you may not have this problem at all! Less than 2% of colic cases are caused by cow's milk allergy, and it's a sensitivity to proteins in cow's milk (so I can have goat cheese), not to lactose, which is a sugar.

Fun news...The Whole Ball of Yarn(s) is moving! No, I haven't finally switched to Typepad. We're moving to Atlanta, where my husband starts a post-doctoral research position this summer. Since we met and fell in love as undergrads at Emory, we're kind of excited to go back. But, wow, is there a lot to do...finding a place to live, packing EVERYTHING up, throwing out junk that we're not moving with us. We have loved living in Madison, though, and I plan to take Lilah to the Farmer's Market, the Terrace, Great Dane, and our other favorite Madison places, as often as possible before we leave.

Knitting: Still going on Hedera. Rachel, I may be emailing you about a short-row heel when I get closer to the heel :) I decided to leave the FuzzyFeet excessively blue. It's getting warmer anyway, and when it gets cold, I shall just buy my husband new pajamas to match them!

Reading: I forgot to mention How To Be Good by Nick Hornby. Hornby wrote High Fidelity, Fever Pitch, and About a Boy, among other things, and my husband loves him. I quite enjoyed it. I think it would be a cool book for a book club because there are a lot of interesting issues raised. It starts out with a marriage that's falling apart. The twist is the husband's spiritual change. It's hard to summarize it as being "about" something in a succinct way. I think it's about modern society, doing what's right and how to figure out what that means, being connected to an increasingly disconnected society. It was very funny in places, and really made me think. To be honest, some parts made me uncomfortable, but I think it's good to be challenged sometimes.

I also finished Jane and the Prisoner of Wool House and loved it. No shock there :) I'm now working on A Charmed Death by Madelyn Alt. This is a sort of Wiccan-ish murder mystery, the second in a series. I picked it up for the plane, and haven't read the first. There are some things about the pagan/mystical elements that I'm not sure about as far as accuracy goes, but it's not a negative portrayal. The mystery so far is fairly interesting.

Writing: Ha! I sat out on the porch yesterday (gorgeous spring day) and knocked off some revision while Lilah napped. I deleted some stuff, so the word count is 40,500.

Cooking: I made Sesame Noodles with Broccoli from the April Cooking Light, and it was fantastic! The sauce used tahini, dark sesame oil, rice wine vinegar, and soy sauce, and I could have eaten it with a spoon. It was excellent, and will go in my repertoire. I used soba noodles instead of whole wheat spaghetti. I have some Indian recipes I plan to make this week.


Rain said...

Aw, she looks adorable in it.

Hope all goes well with the move.

mle said...

What a sweet picture of you two! you're right, she doesn't exactly look thrilled to be modeling her adorable little hand-knit outfit.
Sounds like you'll be quite busy in the upcoming months! very exciting!

Marie said...

Squee!!! She is so absolutely adorable! Especially with her little furrowed brow at having to wear the snuggly. :)
Gook luck with the move and all the preceding preparations!

Knittypants said...

She's getting so big, what a cutie in her little outfit :-)

Rachel said...

It's funny, since your last post I was reading elsewhere about dairy allergy vs. lactose intolerance and realized that duh, of course breastmilk is full of lactose! So I guess it's just a roll of the dice. Glad to know goat cheese is still on the table for you. :)

As for the short-row heel, email me any time -- I'm happy to help.

That little outfit is still probably the cutest baby thing I've ever seen in all of Knitblogland. I'm sorry she's outgrowing it so quickly. You'll just have to have another baby.

turtlegirl76 said...

Awwww how adorable!

When you move down here I'll have to plan a road trip! Atl isn't that far!

String Bean said...

Lilah looks cute, albeit unhappy in her new emsemble. :D My friend's baby is like that; she's only two and she looks like she's four. Her dad's a big guy though and she definitely looks like him.

I'm glad you like soy. A lot of people are put off by the color (decidedly off-white), but it's very tasty stuff. Dairy in food? Hm, I use coconut milk in curry and other stir fry meals. It's really yummy with a little chili oil thrown in. I also use quite a bit of tofu in things like soup, and some desserts. I've got a great recipe for chocolate mousse with tofu somewhere around here. Goat milk and cheese is also great stuff, but I don't use it in cooking often because it has such a strong flavor and tends to overwhelm everything else. There's some really good sheep's milk cheese out there, too. Check out the famrer's markets and co-ops around your new home. When I lived in Virginia we used to go to a farmer's market that happened on the first saturday of every month. It was called (guess!) First Saturday and they had things like fresh food, homemade cheese and soap, a little art, and livestock for sale. Much more fun than going to the grocery store.

God luck with the move, especially with your young'un. You'll love the south. Everyone is super friendly. I'm moving, too! Not going south, but further north to the Cascade mountains. It's slow going (we're moving ourselves this time), but it's fun. We get to paint and shop for new furniture so it's not too bad. Good luck!!

(...now that I've taken up half your comments section...) :-D

lee said...

Lilah looks adorable and you look pretty cute too! I can't believe you're leaving!!!!

KnitPastis said...

You two are so cute! She is beautiful in her new little outfit that you made for her.

That has to be so exciting for you to move back to a place you love so much. Looking forward to your next big venture and hearing all about it!!