Call for a Test Knitter

While knitting the baseball blanket, I made an error in counting the number of rows knit. The center piece ended up being 4 rows too short.

During the finishing phase, I was able to manipulate the pieces so that even an experienced knitter would be hard pressed to notice. Heck, I’m not sure that I could point out the error now.

Before publishing the knitting pattern for the baseball blanket, I would like to test knit it again just to make sure that it was a personal counting error and not a mathematical error in the pattern. Unfortunately, I simply don’t have the time to knit it myself what with juggling Elly, knitting swatches for the new designs I’m working on and dabbling in my other hobbies. Besides, I hate knitting the same thing twice.

Though I plan to post my call for a test knitter in Ravery’s Testing Pool group, I wanted to post it on my blog first. I would love to work with a Loyal Reader rather than a complete stranger.


  • Test knit the 3 sections only. I will handle all the finishing work. Sample to be kept by me upon completion unless negotiated otherwise.
  • The blanket uses garter stitch throughout. The shape of each piece is created by the following increases and decreases: k2tog, ssk, yo, and kfb. The test knitter should be comfortable with these stitches.
  • Yarn to be provided.
  • My gratitude along with a small tip sent via Paypal to be given as compensation. Additionally, the test knitter will be acknowledged in my pattern.

If interested, please contact me directly at for more details.

Thank you!

A Young Photographer

The vast majority of my picture shoots end with Elly standing in front of me vying for my camera.

Yesterday rather than put the camera away, I opted to sit Elly down and teach her how to push the button.

These were her first shots.

She clapped after taking each one.

Though she is still a bit young for it, I might have to buy her the VTech camera for Christmas.

Cooking with Lemons

Thanks to everyone who left a comment last week when I asked for ideas on how to use up all the lemons I bought on sale.

Though I loved the idea of lemon jelly, I actually didn’t have enough lemons leftover to make it. Pity. Next time.

Instead I opted to whip up the following:

Lemon chocolate chip cookies
Recipe here

2 Lemon Yogurt cakes, freezing one
Recipe here

Storing Baby Clothes

Elly is 14 months old. Despite promises from family, friends and even her pediatrician, she hasn’t thinned out or slowed down her growth. She remains tall for her age and adorably chubby.

Recently, I had to pack away all of her clothes labeled 24 months or smaller. Sizes 3T-4T fit her best now.

Though I typically store our off-season clothes along with Elly’s baby clothes from newborn to 12 months in plastic bins, Dan requested that I not store any more of her clothes that way. The bin was a bear to get up the narrow attic stairs. Dan suggested that I simply store them in trash bags.

The thought of black, unlabeled trash bags storing clothes made me twitch. Trash bags are for trash – not for storing outgrown clothes that will one day be handed down and most certainly not for organizing. Unwilling to take a stance on something trivial, I searched for a compromise and found these bags.

I love them!

I can see the contents at a glance. Additionally, I can write notes on the bag, such as the recommended age of the clothes.

Though Dan thought my objection of the trash bags was silly, he too was impressed with my find.

Organizing Photos by Date

I almost didn’t publish this post. It makes me sound anal retentive. I’m not really. I just love to organize.

Well, maybe sometimes I go overboard like when I organized all my buttons by color.

Or when I bought pin cushions for each type of pin I owned: metal, large and small.

It drives me nuts when things are out of order. Even though I had pictures of Elly in a cute pink photo album, I took them all out. I hated them not being in chronological order. Yeah, it sounds a bit crazy to me too.

It took an afternoon of sorting, but I’m thrilled with the results. Not only is it in order from birth to present day, but I even added little notes like when she played with her first toy and when she applied for her first passport.