Archive - March 2012

I Created a Monster!
Ice Castles

I Created a Monster!

I made this monster for Bip:

I started him 2 years ago when I was newly pregnant with Pipsqueak.  The only problem was that I get this Super Sensitive Smelling Power when I’m pregnant.  I can smell chocolate, through the packaging, while just walking by a display of Easter candy. Sounds cooler than it actually is because smells become so strong that I get nauseated.  Well, this little monster is made out of wool, which has a faint smell.  And when I was pregnant – wow! – I was totally overwhelmed with it.  I tried to carry on, but I just couldn’t.  I put it away, hoping to pick it back up before the end of the year.

One thing I forgot was that the memory of certain smells would still make me nauseated for a while after the baby arrived.  And even the memory of being nauseated doing what I was doing at the time would make me nauseated.  It was a very long time before I could even pick up the project bag containing my half-finished monster.  Then one day last week I saw it, picked up and buried my nose deep in the yarn and breathed in. Nothing but the faintest of wool smell!  No nausea at all.

So I finished up that monster and presented him to Bip.

This  project made me feel particularly good to finish because Bip was a good sport when I told him I could no longer work on it, but I would get back to it as soon as I could.  Nothing like the smile on your child’s face when you fulfill a promise.

Ice Castles

Last weekend we headed up into the mountains near Denver to visit the Ice Castle in Silverthorne.

In a word: amazing!

The drive was a longer one than we normally make with 16 month Pipsqueak in tow, but it was worth it.

We arrived, had a quick lunch, then bundled up in the snow pants, boots and gloves we’d packed along.  Good thing, too.  It was much colder than even we were used to!

I’ll just let the pictures speak for themselves.


If you go (and you should!), bring warm clothing and sunglasses.

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