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I am not ded.

Rather than making excuses for over a month of radio silence, I will just say – HEY!  Thanks for the messages and emails.  LollyKnitting Around is not down or on an extended hiatus.  :)

Of course, I have a lot to catch you up on, so, I’ll let the photos – and a few words – tell the story:

Mom and Dad 

Late October:  lots of apples – mom and dad and I did a little daytrip over to West Virginia where we bought a couple of bushels.  I did a lot of canning and baking – like these apple cider cupcakes, for instance.

Floor Underfoot 

More floor + painting!  The entire second floor of the house is done:  Kris’s office, my office/craft room, the master bedroom and closet, the hallway, and half the stairway to the first floor.  Lots of work and lots of reward.  It feels like a whole new place, even though we moved in 9 years ago this month.

Owlet Pullover 

Mimi and Baby V 

Mimi + Baby V came to town!  It was such a joy to see them both – Baby V turned one at the end of September.  She’s the belle of the ball and seeing my sister and her was an absolutely wonderful treat.  I had a Baby Owlet sweater waiting for her arrival.  Full details about the pullover are on my Ravelry notebook page.


I turned 30.  It wasn’t all that bad.

W family photo shoot 

Thanksgiving with the W family – wonderful times!  We were rocking the red this year :)

Stripey Tweed Scarf 

Haircut (bangs are back!) and a new tweedy vertical stripe scarf.  Ravelry Notebook Page for the scarf here!

Hello there - and some info... 

House is decorated for the holidays and while still under renovation, things are pretty ordered.  More renos to come – first floor flooring, and some kitchen upgrades… but that can probably wait till 2011.

~ More knitting to share next time ~

Thanks as always for reading :)


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37 Responses

  1. Wendolene

    Glad it was a happy time away from the blog : ) The owlet sweater is adorable–I look forward to seeing more knits!

  2. Theresa

    Love the bangs! You look fab!

  3. Northern Girl Knits

    You look beautiful, and it was nice to see an update. Good luck with your holiday season!

  4. Lauren

    Yay! Welcome back. Love your ruffle shirt… do you remember where you got it???

  5. Leslie

    GREAT update (though I knew most of this from following you on Twitter!). :) So glad all is well in your world. I am in the midst of a 21-day vegan + no-sugar/gluten/caffeine/alcohol cleanse — of course, I am thinking of you a lot! As you might expect, it is surprisingly easy to go vegan — it’s the no sugar that’s killing me! :) Happy holidays! Leslie

  6. Hillary

    Great update. Glad to hear all is well. Love the bangs.

  7. Andrea

    Oooh, you really have had quite the busy month!

  8. Jeanie

    Great to read your post! Your hair looks great- love the bangs. Looks like you have been having some good family fun. Looking forward to seeing your new knits.

  9. korinthe

    Happy birthday! (Wait, you’re younger than I am? But you have it so much more together!)

    Candles-in-cherries, what a great idea. I stuck birthday candles in a warm pumpkin pie two nights ago… oops. (At least the wax stayed in one spot per candle, so was easy to remove when cool!).

  10. Chandler

    It’s wonderful to have you back! Happy belated birthday, and congratulations on the canning, the home improvements, and your fabulous new haircut!

  11. kala

    Yay, glad you see you back blogging – love your haircut too, super cute!

  12. tina

    You look happy enough for what I’m sure is a titch stressful my dear! 30 is not bad at all. Neither is 40. 50? A little dicey! :) Happy belated birthday! Enjoy the season!

  13. Moni

    Good to see you Lolly! Looks like you had busy, fun month :)

  14. Rowena Philbeck

    I have been waiting for you upgrade pictures and missing your blog. Glad you have been busy and you had a Wonderful Thanksgiving!! Bet you are enjoying your home now with all the redo’s.

    Happy Holidays!!

  15. Jennifer

    Missed you – and your wonderful inspirational photos. As always, you are glowing! : )

  16. Mercuria

    I have to know–how are the dogs handling the remodeling? Are you doing anything special with them?

  17. KimW

    So good to hear from you!

  18. Molly

    Hi Lolly! Glad to hear things are still going well for you. Happy belated 30th!!

  19. Kathy

    Loved seeing and reading about all your recent doings, and so glad to have you back in my round of ‘read-before-bed nightly blogs’! You’ve always been a favorite and I’ve missed you. Happy Holidays!

  20. Andrew Townshend

    totes adorbs!

  21. Sarah

    So glad to hear it! Happy belated 30th :)

  22. Josiane

    You’ve been busy with lots of good stuff! The Baby Owlet sweater you made for Baby V is just as adorable as she is!

  23. Laura

    Love your haircut! So cute! I have a question for you … we are about to rip out our carpet and refinish the hardwoods underneath. I remember you mentioned FLOR tiles a while back, and I’ve been thinking about getting some once our hardwoods are done. Like you, I have dogs (two lab-mutts) so many of the FLOR tiles “pros” are quite appealing to me. I was wondering though, how well do the tiles stick to one another? If for example, the lab-mutts were to chase each other around the couch/coffee table and take tight corners on the edges of the carpet tiles, do you think they would still hold together, or would the corner/edge tiles separate from the rest? Thanks so much!

  24. Lisa

    Yeay! So happy to see a post from you! Glad to hear things are going well and you’ve been busy with good things. We replaced our flooring in much of the house this year…doesn’t it make a world of difference? Amazing! Love the bangs, and happy birthday! The 30s are great years! Enjoy!

  25. magnusmog

    Great catching up with you.

  26. pip

    Happy Birthday :) Great photos and knits!

  27. Alli

    Looks like a fun fall! The bangs look great and I LOVE your scarf! So much so that I will probably copy you shamelessly if I can sleuth out the matching colors in my stash… Thanks!

  28. Mom

    Love your new “look”. I know how busy you’ve been and I just get tired thinking about it! XXOO

  29. Hilary

    Awww, owlies! Adorable sweater for an adorable babe!! Happy belated birthday and I love your bangs!

  30. HarpaJ

    You seem to be very much alive and looking great :-)

  31. Mom

    Ded? ;-)

  32. Jenna

    Hooray, you’re back! And, of course, better than ever :) You’ve had a very busy fall/winter, my friend. I can’t believe how big Baby V is! She looks like a real little person! She is adorable and, of course, the sweater only makes her look more so. Once again, happy belated 30th! I love the top you’re wearing in the picture of your bangs. Much love to you, lady, as always. xoxo

  33. Margarita

    Great to “see” you again. I love to read you as always. Your niece is sooooo cute. I am glad you had them over. Congrats on all the remodeling.

  34. Tressa in NC

    Good to hear from you. You look good and you look happy, so what more could we ask of your absence? Hope you’re planning a tour of the house remodeling.

  35. Leslie

    I’m late to the party, but hope the birthday was wonderful! I love your haircut and that ruffled top is adorable, too.

  36. Irmhild

    Belated Happy Birthday! I also like my 30th, great night out with family and friends! you always get great haircuts, I always aim for that kind of side swept fringe but don’t have as much hair as you!
    Love the owl jumper, if only I had an ounce of creative energy left, I could start one, 4 weeks to go, but all my energy seems to go on sustaining this active little bundle at the moment…

  37. Mary Beth at ✄ Yarn U ✄ iPhone app

    I will have to try Dale of Norway yarn sometime….it looks like it would be great for the vintage sweater patterns I like to do.

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