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Gourmet Faerie
21 January 2011 @ 06:29 am
mitts are a true addiction. i knitted many of them as gifts for friends and family last year... some of which i forgot to take a picture of. but these puppies, i made for the wife and me! i was knitting this particular pair because it was unnaturally cold in these parts last fall. LOVE. they are so warm.

this pair was from the same pattern but knit in slytherin colours per the wife's very specific request.


and these were knit with my most favourite yarn ever: sweet georgia in the colourway cypress. my personal fave.

i've got a couple more mitts on the go... and i gotta knit another pair for my toddler boy too. it's still winter after all.
Gourmet Faerie
20 January 2011 @ 09:33 am
i was going to the office this morning but it began to snow this hard. (though i guess it's hard to see in this pic) and i just didn't feel like walking through it (though i suppose it would've been magical, if a tad slushy). but i really just wanted to stay home and wait for an opportuntity to go out there with my little family (only the third snowfall of the season, after all). so i'm working from home and taking a mini-blog break.

i also wanted to show you something just fresh off my needles! i just love the results. and it really doesn't hurt to have a little boy modelling your work.


so happy-making.

Gourmet Faerie
14 January 2011 @ 10:07 am
on tuesday night, vancouver was a snowy winter wonderland. but the falling snow was replaced by sleet in the morning, and so the fluffy stuff didn't still around for as long as the first snowfall of the season.

no matter, that wednesday afternoon, little z was in for a little treat: his first ever skating lessons from uncle kurt and auntie claudia! alas, i wasn't there. i was still working. so these are the wife's photos (at 32 weeks pregnant, it just wasn't feasible to join them on the ice, much as she really really really wanted to). so for the first time ever, we were the parents in the sidelines (or absent, in my case).  and apparently z was having the best time ever.


he especially enjoyed wearing skates and watching the zamboni do its thing.

claudia and kurt are two of the most amazingly kind and generally awesome people we've ever met. kurt has gone out of his way a number of times just to do stuff around our home (like bolt bookshelves to the wall). and claudia has just been there for us in so many ways in these last four years, truly a kindred spirit.

kurt is on his way to revelstoke at the end of the month. and claudia returns to europe to begin an adventure in london in the spring. so i'm grateful that they seized an opportunity to introduce zeph to the ice. zeph couldn't have been in better hands.

i joined a bit later in zeph's experience, after the zamboni had done its job. i was truly shocked to realize that it had been more than 10 years since i stood on skates and glided on ice. and boy was i rusty! thankfully, kurt held my hand and it took about 4 rounds for me to get back into a rhythm where i can finally hear myself skating. i love that sound.

of course, by that point, z had enough and it was time for his nap. so i had to get off the ice and take of the skates.

clearly not before posing for a picture though.

i just can't wait to go back and try again!'

Gourmet Faerie
13 January 2011 @ 10:18 am

i was going to post a completely different entry today. but i got this lovely cup and its supersweet message this morning and had to share.

my day began at 5:30 am this morning, 30 minutes later than intended - in some part due to the hour in which i went to bed, in another part because my teething toddler was thrashing around and screaming for a good long while.

and while this is a decaf mocha (have i mentioned I'm off caffeine?), it's really just the (smudged) love that i need to wrestle myself back into work mode.

thank you wife. i love (all three of) you back.
Gourmet Faerie
12 January 2011 @ 02:11 pm
i've been trying to get our family to the woods since the summertime. alas, no matter how top of mind or accessible a walk in the woods has been all this time, it just did not happen.

finally, on new year's day, we took a short bus ride to pacific spirit park, where a trail afforded us an opportunity to comfortably bring the stroller.

there was crunchy frost on the ground; rhime everywhere.

and there was also pretty little icicles on the long forest grass.


and while these pictures are evidence of a beautiful walk, it was unexpectedly cold and we were just not dressed as well as we could've been. my toddler was not in the mood to explore - not to mention tired from being up until midnight (NOT our intention). and so, it was a short walk. bus rides and all, we were back home in an hour and a half.

but i got my wish. we were there for the shortest time but the forest gave us enough peace and air to take a recharging nap for the rest of the afternoon that day. and these days, since trying to get the toddler to nap is (one of) the biggest battles of the day, this was more than relief enough for one day.

Gourmet Faerie

a 2010 year in review

in 2010 my baby boy turned one.

i became the mother of a toddler.

in 2010 my toddler learned to
  • walk
  • talk
  • sing-song
  • run
  • run away
  • throw tantrums
  • flail himself onto the floor and pretend to be hurt for attention (which hasn't worked out too well for him)
  • tease
  • ride his obsessions with the vengeance of a thousand suns (try telling the boy anything has to charge in order to work)
  • walk himself to the corner when he misbehaves
  • scold his mothers
  • give kisses and hugs to manipulate us into giving him what he wants (only works half the time)
  • give spontaneous and sincere kisses and hugs

in 2010 my reluctant learning curve as a working mother was put to serious test.

i got a promotion.

and then had to wrestle with the learning curve associated with such promotion.

moved from the burrard oasis to the 7th avenue vault.

almost every single person i've met and worked with this year has been a voice on the phone.

our definition of work/life balance involved getting up at 5am and sleeping at midnight at least 3 days a week.

i worked from home A LOT, as a result.

i developed an (apparently) out of control caffeine addiction (in combination with the aforementioned sleep deprivation) that rendered this mother moody, erratic, and even a bit depressed.

a change of perspective has been required on more than one occassion.

as a result, in 2010 i also knitted like a fiend.

finished products include:
  • 12 hats
  • 1 baby girl sweater
  • 1 toddler sweater
  • 2 toddler vests
  • 5 pairs of toddler-sized fingerless mitts (all of which are lost or missing 1 mitt. sigh.)
  • 1 shawl
  • 1 scarf
  • 2 pairs of gloves
  • 3 pairs of fingerless mitts
  • 3 balls
  • 3 washcloths
  • 1 pair of baby leg warmers
  • and some longer-term projects that just won't be finished until 2011.
(holy that's a frikkin' lot of knitting.)

in 2010 we conceived our second child.

i learned just how challenging it was to be a working mother, a supportive spouse to a pregant wife, the mother of a toddler, cook, and housekeeper all at the same time.
such a life can be lonely. especially if your pregnant wife is working hours that are opposite of yours most of the week.

because there was barely any room for keeping up with old friends (please still be out there). and there was no time at all to make and maintain new friends.


and so, as you have just had the patience to read (thank you. i hope you brought a snack.), despite the rather awesome nuggets of our lives that i tend to share in this space,  2010 was about as tough as nails and as rewardingly sweet as life gets. and while i think i would have done (more than) a few things differently, i wouldn't have had it any other way. 

i am looking forward to 2011 with renewed focus and resolve, armed with everything i've learned along the way - so i can embrace our new lives as a foursome (when lady a decides to grace us with her presence) with hope and a bit more competence at all this stuff.

you know, so all that all the crap that gets in the way of love, luck, and bliss can just eff off and leave us be (for the most part, anyway).

(belated) happy new year everyone!
Gourmet Faerie
12 December 2010 @ 09:34 pm

Gourmet Faerie
27 November 2010 @ 04:21 pm
meet our little lady a.

she's 25 weeks old in the belly and already stunning... looking both like her mommy and big brother z.

big brother z (click here for photos from z's own 3D ultrasound!) technically doesn't know what's coming yet... but he did "awwwww" appropriately at the pictures when he saw them.

we can't wait to meet you in person little girl.
Gourmet Faerie
26 November 2010 @ 10:30 am
today i bring you a gratuitous toddler-boy-in-momma's-knits photo.

this shot was taken in a little ferry boat on a family walk out in the rain a couple of weeks ago. doesn't he look so west coast?

happy friday!
Gourmet Faerie
24 November 2010 @ 06:47 am
the last 2 days have been unusually cold.

which means there been a first ever taste of real hot chocolate (milk + milk chocolate callebaut). there was a bit of dancing after every sip.

there has also been a bit of "emergency" knitting...

i've been knitting gifts over the past little while. very tardy gifts that have yet to reach their intended recipient (sorry bernice and cooks! you're getting combo gifts for christmas!). and then there are the christmas gifts i've yet to knit but have been planning to for awhile. but we're not gonna talk about that.

the weather has dropped to well below zero in vancity - which it almost never does - and the wife and i have found ourselves WITHOUT a pair of gloves. hats? yes. scarves? tons (more than we need, i might add). gloves, mitts, or anything like? no. all lost. so i'm knitting them very slowly. by the time i'm done, it'll be spring. but hey, the action keeps my hands warm.

speaking of knitting... freshly off my needles, some new baby things!

too girly? no matter, if we have a boy, we'll style him so he works it. ;)