This winter has been an odd one for me. We’ve had a bit more snow than last year, but now the weather is warming up more than normal. I haven’t been working, due to Baby Gecko, so I haven’t seen as much wildlife.
We are still awaiting the arrival of Baby Gecko. Between getting baby supplies and getting the house ready so that we can fit those supplies, I haven’t been spending much time taking pictures. I’ve done crafty things, but none that I can post yet. But I did make it out on the National Elk Refuge last week to take some pictures.Every winter, bighorn sheep move down from the higher elevations in the area, and many of them come onto the Refuge to spend the cold months. This ram came right down the hill towards me, then crossed the road to see some lady rams. He was not successful. I heard headbutting, but didn’t see any. These two were just hanging out.
I’ve been working on getting the house ready for Baby Gecko. In between eating and napping, that is. I haven’t gotten nearly all of the projects done that I wanted to have done by this point, but that’s ok. We have clothing, diapers, and a place for him to sleep; everything else will get done when it gets done.
I have yarn for three more hats, two blankets, and a jacket. They’ll get done eventually. I also have lots of other yarn, some with projects in mind and some without, but those are now further down the list…
The first knitted project that I made for Baby Gecko was the hat below. It’s from this Swirl Hat pattern on Ravelry. The pattern was pretty easy to follow. I used the yarn in the photo above, and then went out and bought a set of Addi Turbo circular knitting needles. Turns out, I don’t like working with double pointed knitting needles. I managed to use them to finish the hat, but I’m going to try and avoid them until I’m more confident with regular knitting.
I accidentally switched directions while working on this project, but fortunately, it happened when I was about halfway through, so it looks intentional. It wasn’t, but by the time I figured out what had happened, I decided it was easier to just go with it rather than figure out how to pull out multiple rows of tiny stitches. He won’t care, anyway.
Things have really quieted down in our area. Most Yellowstone roads are closed, and there’s not enough snow for winter sports. The wildlife is pretty abundant, though. We’ve been seeing a pine marten in the neighborhood this year, and the foxes are back. We’ve gotten a little more snow, but nothing too extreme yet. Overall, it’s been a good start to the winter.
It wasn’t until I sat down at the coffee shop to post this that I realized it’s been a month since I posted a blog… I haven’t fallen off the face of the earth, I promise. I had good intentions of blogging while we were on our trip to California, but that didn’t happen. We had a great trip, spending time with family and friends and eating my way through many of my favorite restaurants. I also picked up a few skeins of yarn and some things to decorate Baby Gecko’s room. Between the baby shower that my sister put together, pass downs from friends, and hitting a giant consignment sale, we are well supplied for Baby Gecko’s arrival. The house isn’t ready yet, by any means, but we have a couple of months for that.
I played with a lot of yarn on the two days it took us to drive each way. I checked out a book from our library of crochet patterns for baby clothes, and made a couple of items from it. I didn’t like the way the booties turned out, but the jacket turned out cute. I had intended to take a picture of the finished items before I left for town today, but I didn’t. Here’s a picture of Sugar on day 1 of our drive. We did some rearranging at our first stop so that she had a bit more padding for her chin. On one of my last days at work, this guy was crossing the parking lot looking for lady friends. I had to stop and take a couple of pictures.
Our snow hasn’t arrived yet, but we may get some this week. I wrote this post intending to post it last week, then walked off and left my laptop at home. Since then, we’ve had a dusting of snow most days, but it’s all melted off before the end of the day.This was my first odd pregnancy combination (that I actually ate): salted caramel pretzel frozen yogurt, cereal marshmallows, nerds candies, cookie dough, and peanut butter cup bits. It was pretty tasty. My goals for the next month are to write more blog posts, do some freezer cooking, and get more of the house ready for the baby. Oh, and to crochet something for myself, maybe with the lovely wool-silk blend yarn I bought in California.
Fall arrived in the Tetons a couple of weeks ago, although you wouldn’t notice it by the weather today. The aspen leaves are changing color in the northern part of the valley, but the colors are not as spectacular this year as they were last year. The cottonwood trees and willows seemed to have rapidly gone from summer to winter, as many of them are already bare. Mr. Gecko and I have been wading through the somewhat baffling process of creating a baby registry. When we registered for items for our wedding, it was pretty easy. We both had our own things, and knew pretty specifically what we still needed. Baby things are a whole new field, and it doesn’t help that we live far enough from major shopping that I can’t just go and touch things. We’re slowly figuring it out, though. It helps that many of our friends have had babies, and we are getting plenty of pass-downs. My work season is winding down, so expect more project posts. I have a long list of things that I want to get done before our little gecko arrives. I have been able to get out and take some photos as things slow down and I have more energy. This beaver is part of a colony that lives at Schwabacher’s Landing in the park. Mr. Gecko went out this morning, early, to take some sunrise pictures. These last two are his. I was still in bed, trying to catch up on sleep while I can. Hopefully soon I can catch up on blogging, too…