Katie's Musings

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Great day!

Today has been a very successful day; it’s been great! This morning we had Emmett’s appointment with the dietician, and it went wonderfully! I’ve been keeping a food log for Emmett for the past month, and so we were able to discuss his eating habits, and what he eats over the course of a typical week. I felt completely gratified, and vindicated, because she said that we are doing everything just right! She said that we are feeding him wonderful food choices, with lots of variety at every meal, and she said she is very impressed with how well he eats. She said that his food log was practically perfect– she said she wished she could show this to other parents! That really made me feel happy! As I’ve written before, Emmett is on the very lowest end of the weight range for his age, but I’m convinced that it’s part genetics (small babies run in my family) and partly due to his very active lifestyle; he’s always running around and playing. He eats very well, and it was wonderful to hear the dietician confirm that!!

She did give us a few suggestions– she said we could try to add a little more fat and calories to each meal, to try to sneak some extra fat into him. She suggested drizzling all of his vegetables with either olive oil or salad dressing, and mixing up his fruit with full-fat cottage cheese. And she said to keep feeding him avocado and nut butters (two of his favorite snack foods), since they’re high in healthy fats.

So that was a success!!!

Then, this afternoon I finally finished knitting the baby blanket for my new baby nephew!!! I’ve already started on the baby shoes I’m knitting for him, and I’m halfway through the first one.

Then, for supper tonight I made a roast chicken, using Jamie Oliver’s recipe. I stuffed the chicken with fresh rosemary and oregano, and half of a lemon. It was SOO delicious!!! I seriously have been craving roast chicken the last several days, and as soon as it was ready I served it up and started eating– and then remembered to take a picture. It was sooo good!!

I served the chicken with Jamie’s gravy, cheddar biscuits with gravy, and peas. I think I want to start making a roast chicken every week or so. It’s amazing how easy it is to make roast chicken– it seems like such an impressive dish, but it really is very easy. You basically just prep it, put it in the oven, and it’s ready after an hour and 20 minutes! And the house smells fantastic while the chicken is cooking; I can still smell rosemary and lemon. It’s also pretty affordable. Our grocery store sells frozen whole chickens (organic, free range, sustainably farmed), and they’re very reasonably priced. I think I got this one (one of the smaller ones) for about $9.50. What an affordable price for a whole chicken!

Anyways, now I’m going to go watch tv and keep knitting those baby shoes!

July 20, 2010 Posted by | food, knitting, parenting, recipes | , , | Leave a comment

Knitting Mania!!

Ok, so my knitting has gone into overdrive now!! As I wrote in this post, I’m knitting a baby blanket (and plan to also knit a baby kimono shirt and baby shoes) for my nephew CJ. Well, CJ was born early this morning!!! I’m super excited to have a new nephew!!! But, I feel so bad that I wasn’t able to finish his baby items before he was born. But that’s ok– I’m on summer break, so theoretically I have lots of time to knit (if only my little toddler Emmett will take lots of long naps!). The good thing is that I’m exactly half-way through the blanket now, and I feel like I’m in a comfortable groove; it’s going pretty quickly. My goal is to finish the blanket and the other items in the next two weeks! That way, I’ll be able to send it to them not too long after CJ’s birth.

July 7, 2010 Posted by | knitting | , | Leave a comment

All better, and enjoying the summer!

We finally all got well, after a very miserable week. Then we enjoyed a perfectly wonderful week, while my sister was visiting us! At the end of that week, my brother and his boyfriend came to visit us also, so we had a wonderful time! Some highlights of the week included a trip to San Francisco (Golden Gate Bridge, Exploratorium, Ghirardelli Square, and Chinatown), a trip to Napa Valley, a picnic/cookout at our local park, and a trip to Napa. Another fun part of the week was teaching my sister how to knit!! Also, my brother’s boyfriend fixed us a really delicious dinner one night: butternut squash bisque (with onions, beef stock, sausage, butternut squash, potatoes, and sage), and string beans with a “ghost squash” that they grew in their garden. It was scrumptious!

This is my sister and me at a restaurant in Chinatown. We had a wonderful meal with soup (fish broth, shrimp, tofu, rice), green beans with black bean sauce and some kind of pickles on top, chicken and black mushrooms, sweet and sour tempura-fried cod, and something else that escapes my mind. I didn’t get a picture of the food (I was so focused on eating!), but it was fabulous!! Emmett’s absolute favorite was the sweet and sour cod, although he also liked the green beans.

This is from our picnic/cookout in the park. We had cheeseburgers, fruit salad, chips, and soda. Simple, but so much fun! We also had fun playing with sidewalk chalk and bubbles!

I’m incredibly relieved that Emmett finally recovered from his stomach virus, after two trips to the pediatrician and five days of basically surviving off of pedialyte and crackers. It was definitely my scariest experience yet as a parent. But, he is eating wonderfully now, and has gained a lot of weight. I’m now also continuing with keeping a daily food log for him, in anticipation of his upcoming dietician appointment. (We’d kept a detailed log for two weeks, but then had to stop while he had the virus.) I’m still kind of annoyed that our pediatrician is making us go to the dietician, because I really believe that Emmett eats a very healthy, wonderful diet with plenty of food. He eats meat, whole grains, fruits, vegetables, eggs, and dairy products, and the vast majority of our diet is home-cooked meals with rarely any processed foods (and never any fast food). But, he is still on the low end of the weight range (but fine on height), and I think that it’s just because he’s so active. But, I understand that our pediatrician has to make sure he’s ok, so, I’m going along with it. And I’m being very religious about chronicling everything he eats each day, so that I can prove that he is eating healthily.

July 6, 2010 Posted by | food, knitting, parenting | , , , | Leave a comment

Summer Projects

One reason I’m really glad for the summer, is that now I have time to work on the many knitting projects that I wasn’t able to do during the semester!

I’m currently 1/3 of the way through knitting a baby blanket for my nephew CJ, who will be born sometime soon! My sister-in-law’s due date is early July, so hopefully I can finish the blanket before he’s born. The pattern I’m using is the “Take-Me-Home Swaddle Blanket” from The Expectant Knitter by Marie Connolly. If I have time, I’ll also knit matching shoes and a kimono shirt. I bought three colors of the same yarn: blue, yellow, and green. The blanket is blue and yellow (although the yellow sort of overpowers the blue), and I want the shirt to be blue and green, and the shoes green and yellow (or green and blue, depending on how much yarn is left). The yarn I’m using is Sirdar Snuggly DK. It’s a very soft nylon/acrylic yarn, washable.

After I finish the blanket, shirt, and shoes for CJ, I have more baby things to knit! One of my friends from college (who was one of my bridesmaids) is expecting a baby, but we’re still waiting to hear if it’s a boy or girl, so hopefully I still have some time to knit something for her baby!

Then, next on my docket is knitting some small items to sell at my church’s Holiday Craft Fair in December.

Lots to do!

June 18, 2010 Posted by | knitting | , , | 2 Comments

His & Hers iPod Cozies

iPod Cozies

Over Christmas break I knitted iPod Touch cozies for Scott and myself! I made up the patterns, although I modeled them after a few I’d seen. I think these patterns could use some improvement; I realized after I finished that the cable pattern would’ve shown up clearer if I’d added a purl stitch on either side of the cables. Also, on the first one I knit (the white and blue one), I miscalculated the length and ended up needing to add about an inch and a half of ribbing after I finished the cable pattern. However, for my first attempt at making an original pattern, I guess it’s ok! Here’s my pattern (this pattern is the one shown in the light green/yellow/blue yarn):

~requires less than 1 ball of sock yarn, 4 size 1 dpn’s, and an embroidery needle (for cables and for kitchener stitch/weaving ends)

CO 36 and divide between 3 needles (12 each needle). Join for knitting in the round.

Do several rounds of K1 P1, until it measures about 1/2 inch or 1 inch from CO. (At this point, double-check with the iPod to make sure that it will fit.)

Knit 8 rounds straight.

Next round (cable round): K3, c2f (slip two stitches to needle and hold to front, K2, then knit two slipped stitches), K4, c2f, k6, c2f, K4, c2f, K3.

Knit 4 rounds straight.

Repeat these last five rounds seven more times.

Knit extra rounds if needed, to add length.

Rearrange stitches on two needles and sew shut with kitchener stitch. Weave in ends.

**For the other pattern (the one pictured in the white/blue yarn), the only difference was the cable pattern. After you’ve finished with the K1P1 ribbing, cable pattern is as follows:

K5, c4f (slip four stitches to cable needle, hold to front, K4, then knit slipped stitches), K10, c4f, K5. Then, knit 10 rounds even. Repeat last eleven rows twice more, and add about 2 inches of K1P1 ribbing at the end. (Or, add extra cable repeats instead of the ribbing.) Finish with kitchener stitch.

January 15, 2010 Posted by | knitting | , , , | Leave a comment