pattern: milkweed shawl by laura chau (ravelry link)
yarn: lulubeans handpainted sock
needle: US 4
totally embarrassing confession: while i was knitting this, i kept getting kelis' milkshake stuck in my head, only i replaced "shake" with "weed" (i know, there's some stonerific word play there, har, har). and it's NOT that my milkweed is better than yours, or anyone's, it's totally NOT, and yet, it was impossible to keep that song out of my head. impossible!
i was really happy to: a) finish something that required a little bit of concentration (not a TON, but enough that i had to start it over a few times. my days have been so incredibly baby-centric as of late, and it feels really nice to say that i made something other than a mad dash for the toilet before miss speedy crawler puts her mouth on it.) and b) give this to a friend who makes me feel really lucky and happy and normal and sane and thankful and all that awesome stuff that a good friend can make you feel.
-a little yoga in the morning, even if it's completely half-assed yoga, with a baby crawling all over me and sticking her fingers in my nose, makes a lot of things a lot better. i am so glad that amy karol blogged about yoga today's free stuff on youtube; it's totally upped my quality of life, honestly!
-i am hoping to lacto-ferment turnips + beets today. yesterday i made yogurt cheese and saved the whey. i hoping that adding more probiotic foods to our repertoire will help keep us healthy through the winter, and this is where my flu worries have led me. there's a great article about food and immunity building here and while a lot of the weston price/nourishing traditions stuff makes me kind of squeamish + uncomfortable (ie, the enthusiasm for organ meats, homemade liver formula for babies, the use of the phrase politically correct as a slur) i can totally get on board for all the fermented stuff.
-our downstairs neighbors left a giant pumpkin, a jar of homemade wild blackberry jam and a cool bowl for greta on our landing last night. our next door neighbors took natasha down to her bus stop so that greta could sleep in this morning after a hard, restless night. (she's sloooowly working on her first tooth.) our neighbors all around us look out for each other's kids and i know it sounds awfully corny, but they all extend so many small kindnesses and make me feel so thankful for the sense of community we share here. thank you, neighbors!