Wednesday, January 30, 2013


Needles: US 4 & 6

In November I won a beautiful skein of yarn from Ginny Sheller's blog Small Things. I knew right away that this would be the perfect yarn for Juliana's birthday sweater. I looked at several patterns and decided on Lillian. It ended up being the perfect pairing. I used all but a yard of the yarn and created a sweater that should fit Juliana for another year or so. The design increases the sweater size by adding more lace repeats to lengthen the sweater. I did 8 lace repeats on the sleeves and 13 on the body. As Juliana grows, the sleeves will become 3/4s in length and the body will be just right. The yarn was wonderful to work with - it was not splitty and the color variation was perfect. Thank you, Jackie!

Monday, January 28, 2013

Stealing Mama's Latte

This is what happens when Papa makes Mama's latte in the morning! A little milk foam giveaway!

Friday, January 25, 2013

{this moment}

{this moment} - A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. - AS

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Tama is a boy

Pattern: Tama is a boy
YarnCascade 220
Needles: US 6

As I pulled out Pieter's next size in clothes this fall, there was something absent - a sweater. That is a nice thing to come by when you've got way too much yarn waiting to be used. I'd been looking at simple pullovers for a while on Ravelry and really liked Tama is a boy, especially since it was designed by Kelly Brooker, the same designer of Juliana's Puerperium Cardigan. It proved to be equally simple and just right. The raglan shoulders and seamless construction are probably my two favorite construction methods in knitting. My only change in the pattern was to lengthen the sweater by about 2 inches for my tall, growing boy.

Friday, January 11, 2013

First Steps!

For the past month Juliana has been doing a lot of standing and pivoting around,
 but no independent walking. Today was the day for her first big steps by herself!

Saturday, January 5, 2013

A little more beach time

{some kind of puffer fish}

{Pieter & Faith}

{nutella face}

We enjoyed another couple days at the beach. The quiet was lovely after the noisy New Years celebrations in town. These great photos above are once again curtsey of Opa (Jan van Ee).  The kids found lots of sea shells to play with and took a few home to remember our time here. Ben and Pieter filled a bottle with sand and another with shell chips. Nutella and peanut butter sandwiches has been a big hit while on vacation!

{Pieter & Hope}

Friday, January 4, 2013

Exploring Merida

{Montejo's house, Merida, Yucatan}

Photo by Steve Hall

Photo by Steve Hall

{chasing pigeons on the zocalo}

{Palacio Municipal, City Hall}
{Pieter and Ben}

{Palacio de Gobierno, Governor's Palace}

{some of the 27 murals in the palace painted by Fernando Castro Pacheco}
                                                                                                                                    Photo by Steve Hall

                             {taking a break from sightseeing for a little gelato}                   Photo by Steve Hall
                                                                                                                                 Photo by Steve Hall

{Cathedral of San Ildefonso, one of the oldest catherals in the Americas}

{fresh tortillas never get old}
{heading home}

{this moment}

{this moment} - A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. - AS
Photo by Jan van Ee

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Tres Cenotes

Photo by Jan van Ee
In 2003 Ben and I spent Christmas in Merida with his parents and all his siblings. One of our favorite memories from that trip was going to Tres Cenotes in Cuzamá, about an hour drive from Merida. With three families back for this Christmas, we all knew our kids would love the "train" ride out to the cenotes. Sisal, or henequen, once covered the Yucatan Peninsula and these railroad tracks were part of the extensive infrastructure to bring sisal to central processing plants to extract the fiber. During colonial times these were centered on haciendas (estate or plantation), many of which were converted to ejidos (communal or collective farm or other business) after the Mexican revolution. With the end of government subsidies in the late 1980s and early 1990s most henequen fields were abandoned and the workers looked for work elsewhere. In some cases, these same ejidos have updated and diversified, and in the case of Hacienda Chun-Ka Anan they have established a flourishing business taking visitors to swim at these three cenotes (sink holes). Nine years ago we were the only visitors to the cenotes. We were surprised at changes we saw - many tourists, vendors, and buildings at the cenotes. 
{flatbed wagon in 2003}
{one grandchild, Grace, in 2003}
{Benji exploring a cenote in 2003}
Photo by Jan van Ee
{women from the village selling food to the tourists}
{bathrooms and changing areas}
{this stairway down to the first cenote probably dates back to the colonial times when the workers of the henequen fields used the cenotes for their water source}
Photo by Jan van Ee
{Ben and Pieter}
{headed to the next cenote}
{the stalactites were beautiful}
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