Monday, May 26, 2008

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Beginnings of the bolero

I purchased the Little Sweet Peas pattern booklet by Sirdar this past weekend. I'm so drawn to darling babies in beautiful knits. The Sublime babies make my heart melt too. I have begun my gauge swatch for the girl's bolero with flowers. (Shhh! I've never done a gauge swatch before and it's kinda killing me that I'm not just digging in with the project. I feel like I'm wasting valuable time but I'm sure I'm not because everything I read says CHECK YOUR GAUGE so I am with this one) I want it to fit my daughter well. She picked out the yarn color. It's fun, bright, just as I thought she would select. It will be a great little sweater to have along anywhere we go because as I have said before she is my little 'freeze baby'. It may clash with some outfits, but really, currently it's no different than what she puts together for school :) I just try to keep my mouth shut and give her the independence she so wants.

Monday, May 12, 2008

My favorite M-Day card

I've received homemade cards from my daughter in the past but this is, by far, my favorite. I love her drawing of the needles (and spelling) and yarn and she told me that in the upper right corner is a picture of my arms with the yarn and needles knitting. But I treasure the inside even more; it wasn't a "copy this from the board, children" it was from her own blessed head:

It reads:

My Mom

My mom is very kind. (I appreciate that)
My mom likes to knit. (Yes, this is true)
My mom knows how to take care of sweet kids. (Sweet yes, but sometimes sour)
My mom can do lots of things. (Things can include knitting, baking, gardening, etc. but apparently not cleaning. see below :)
My mom says "I Love You" (Because I do)
My mom hopes to keep the house clean (hopes! bwaahaahaa This is so true - hopes! maybe it's because I'd rather knit)
My mom loves me. (Unconditionally)
My mom is very kind.
(Thank you, Ella)

Saturday, May 03, 2008

Oh, oh, oh, let's go fly a kite...

...up to the highest height. Let's go fly a kite and send it soaring Up through the atmosphere Up where the air is clear Oh, let's go fly a kite! Play Me
This is the day we've been waiting for. Not as warm as we'd like it but sunny and windy. Perfect for flying the kite that's been in the package waiting and waiting for this day. This evening we headed out to a wide open space and set Mickey free.

Ella's turn:

Then Anders' turn:

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These longer days equal an early riser toddler. I was so hoping to sleep in this morning. Didn't happen. This helped my morning though:While I was getting ready this morning I heard Anders in his room giggling and laughing hysterically. I snuck on over to see what he was up to and found him looking at a book:

I quickly got my camera and snapped this picture. I sure wish I had had my video camera. His laugh was priceless. He had this book we brought home from the library titled: Who's Hiding? by Satoru Onishi. I had never seen this book before but it's a rollicking good time for a three year old and apparently Anders find this page belly-laughable:

As you may not be able to see in the picture the question in the book is "Who's backwards?" and when we've read this together he thinks it's so funny that some of the animals are showing their backside.

Our morning consisted of a trip to Home Depot for the monthly kids workshop. Both Ella and Anders made this
flower pencil holder. Very cute and fun and the best part is that it's free. Then we did a few more runs: Michaels, Costco (love this store but did I need to buy the ten pound bag of M&M's? I'll share the cookie recipe using the M&M's that I plan to bake at a later date) lunch at Culver's, and the library. I was hoping to hit up some garage sales but I got sick of driving around and getting a 3 year old in and out of a car seat so we headed home. I guess the thrifting will have to wait another week. (Hubby will like that :)

As far as knitting goes not much has been on the needles lately. Well, something is on the needles but moving very s-l-o-w-l-y. It's probably only another inch along since I took that photo. yikes! I better get busy But I actually have something started with a crochet hook. I've been teaching myself with various books I've had home from the library and it hasn't been too bad but I think I still want to take a class. It seems that the instructors at my LYS always have many tricks that you don't read about in books. So far I still enjoy knitting more than crocheting.

Happy Weekend!