I know I've been slacking off here on the blog. It's not like I haven't written a million posts in my head; they just haven't made it here. I do have some stuff to share, and I will be off work next week so I promise I'll try to be better.
Until then, enjoy another Friday with Clover and have a great weekend!
As I told you the other day, I went with Samm, Jay, and Clover to the New England Aquarium last Friday.
Even though the crowds were horrendous (it was a holiday for most businesses, after all) it was a good time and Clover really seemed to enjoy it.
~~There were some really cool Jelly Fish:
Clover really enjoyed the penguins:
It was great fun to watch Clover's reaction to all the different sea life. I'm so glad that Samm and Jay asked me to be a part of her first trip to the aquarium!
Gina and Jackie came to visit last Saturday. We met in Portsmouth at the Yarn Basket and then came back to my house for lunch and a visit with Clover before heading to the Yarn Sellar to meet Heather for a bit of shopping and knitting.
Since I didn't get around to doing a Friday with Clover post, how about a Monday with Clover post?
Sometimes Clover will have a hard time lying down to take a nap no matter how tired she is.
Other times, not so much.
It would appear that Clover takes it literally when told she's a doll.
Thanks to everyone who entered the caption contest; I had fun reading all the great entries. I'm glad that I decided to use the random number generator to choose the winner; I would have had a hard time choosing a favorite!
I guess you want to know who that winner is, don't you?
Drum roll please.....
the winner is....
Her winning entry was:
Who says it won't count for "You must be this tall to ride the roller coaster"?
~~~This week's picture is screaming for a caption, but I can't think of one.
~~~This yarn wants to be owned by someone who will actually use it and I've come to the realization that that person is not me.
Rowan 4ply cotton, 5 50g balls (186yds ea.)
~~~I think this situation calls for a contest, don't you?
~Leave a comment on this post with a caption for the picture.
~Contest will be open through Thursday, June 11th.
~The winner will be selected randomly on Friday the 12th and announced on the blog.
Good Luck and have a great weekend!
p.s. I won't be around to respond to comments this weekend, but I will respond when I get home.
I finished a pair of socks...
...and started another:
I'm saving my pennies so that I can buy my own souvenier next year.
2010 Sedalia or Bust! Right Marianne?
More birthday goodies from Patti and Roger:
Wait, I'm not done yet. Even more birthday goodies arrived in the mail on Friday. This package came from the sweet, sweet Gina.
Thank you all so much - you're all too good to me!
I received one more goodie package in the mail on Saturday - this one wasn't a gift; it was my May Spunky Club fiber:
I have just a couple more photos to share with you before I end for today:
As some of you know, my birthday was this past Tuesday. I want to share with you some of the things I did and received.
Since Hubby works the crazy midnight shift and has a hard time being up in the evening during the week, we celebrated my birthday at home on Monday evening (the end of his weekend). We ordered takeout from Ruby Tuesdays, which is always good, and then we topped it off with angel food cake covered in strawberries and whipped cream - YUMMY. Samm, Jay, and Clover then gave me this beautiful gift:
Hubby gave me a gift a week earlier when it arrived in the mail. (Usually it's Samm who can't wait to give a gift.)
I received one other gift on Monday; this one came in the mail and was from the wonderful Colleen:
All that and it wasn't even my birthday yet. Since my birthday fell on a Tuesday, I naturally wanted to spend it with my other family, The Chicks with Sticks at the Yarn Sellar. I really did not expect it to be another party, but a party it was. First, my dear dear friends, Patti & Roger, gave me a great gift:
It didn't end there though, my good friend Mary came in a few minutes later carrying a wonderful fruit tart (with custard covered in strawberries, blueberries, and kiwi - OMG - YUMMY!), party favors for everyone (silly plastic gemstone rings), a crown for me to wear, and a bottle of wine. I didn't get a picture of any of this, but I do have this one shot of the crown that I took when I got home:
I'm so happy that I finally did it! It was so much easier than I thought it would be; it hardly hurt at all.
Just one thing - please don't tell my Daddy that I spent the birthday money he gave me on a tatoo :-)
Clover usually doesn't care too much for a messy face when she eats, she'll stop and take the time to wipe her face every couple of minutes while eating something messy.
Usually, but not always.
Clover came to Chicks with Sticks for a while on Tuesday evening.
Have a great weekend!
Look who's a big girl now.
Clover got her first "big girl bed" a couple weeks ago. She got right in it and went right to sleep. It took her a while to start sleeping through the night in it, but she's getting pretty good at it now.
This is what her Mommy and Daddy found in the morning after her first full night in the bed:
Another dancing video; this one from Easter:
That was just the beginning of a very nice Easter with Clover.
She had a visit from the Easter Bunny and wasn't the least bit afraid; she even gave kisses.
She hunted for Easter Eggs (and flung them into the basket; thank goodness they were hard boiled!).
Have a great day!
Clover loves to dance. She started moving to music before she could even sit up on her own. Once she started walking, the dancing really took off. Whenever there's music on, she dances. No music? No problem, she'll just sing so that she has music to dance to. Funny girl.
We've been trying for months to get video of her dancing, but once she sees the camera, she either stops and smiles or she walks right to the camera and reaches for it.
Finally this week we have success! Samm and Chris (aka "Gampy") managed to get a video without Clover noticing; I have no idea how they did it (I wasn't there).
Before I show them to you, I have to tell you that you'll see some frightful things on the t.v. - they are characters on YoGabaGaba, Clover's favorite show to dance to. The show is actually quite good if you can just get past the creepy characters.
Now that you've been warned, enjoy the show :-)
I'm about to show you something you have not seen around these parts for quite some time - it's an FO and it's for ME!
This FO started out wanting to be something else. You may remember my sad tale of denial from this post.
After that failure, I just couldn't bring myself to start the same sweater over again, so I used the yarn for a different sweater:
Why yes it does actually have sleeves; I just couldn't get them in the picture (hey, I was rushing). Here it is on the blocking board yesterday afternoon:
I know, it's still hard to really see what they look like; I'll try to get a modeled picture for you soon. I have it on today, and I will be going to Chicks wiht Sticks tonight, so maybe I can beg someone there to take a photo of me.
Pattern: Knitting Pure and Simple Neck Down Swing Coat
Yarn: Cascade Ecological Wool ~ Needles: Sizes 8 and 9.
~I wanted a little less swing in this Swing Coat, so instead of increasing every six rows, I increased every 8 rows. If I were to make it again, I'd leave out the back center increases (with a butt like mine, I don't need to be drawing attention to it).
~I did the entire collar in seed stitch instead of most of it stockinette with 3 garter ridges as the pattern called for.
~I used seed stitch at the cuffs, the bottom of the sweater, and the button band.
I do love me some seed stitch :-)
(The true color of this sweater is somewhere between the brownish and the grayish of these pictures; truly hard to capture.)
The sweater during the inspection process:
Although you wouldn't know it by my last couple of posts, there has been knitting going on around here. Actually, make that knitting and crocheting going on.
I posted a couple of weeks ago about the first preemie hat I made for the K3tog Preemie Hat Knitalong. I had anticipated making several more when all of a sudden, I looked at the calendar and realized that the month is almost over! How did that happen?
I had been crocheting a little hat in the style that my friend's grandmother taught me 100 years ago when I was in high school. It should have taken me only a couple of hours to do, but because of my inattention to the calendar (and apparently to the hat) it took me over a week! Well, since I cannot send just two itty bitty hats, I decided I'd look for a quick crochet pattern and whip up a few more itty bitty hats.
These hats all use leftover acrylic yarns - Caron Simply Soft, Bernat Softee Baby, Plymouth Jelli Beenz and size "H" crochet hook.
Clover personally tested the hats on her baby:
I did crochet one extra one for her baby to keep; I didn't get a picture of that though.
Hubby mentioned recently that he'd like some more hand knit socks, so I went stash diving and found the perfect yarn for some mansocks . I told hubby that these would take awhile because I have some other projects I really want to get done but I've been working on them a bit here and there. I brought them to the doctor's office with me yesterday and when the doctor appologized for making me wait, I told him it was fine because I got some knitting done. I don't know about you, but I don't mind waiting in the doctor's office as long as I have my knitting with me; I actually kind of like it.
The Replacement Sweater is coming along nicely. I've tried it on and believe it will be a nice fit; a little loose but not huge.
Of course Clover had to inspect it:
I was finally able to get pictures of Clover in her finished sweater. Let me tell you, it wasn't easy. She's much too busy to stand still and model. Here's what I managed to get.
Pattern: Child's Ruffle Sweater by Lynn McCarthy
Mods: The pattern would have you pick up all the needed stitches for the ruffled collar; I found that too difficult and instead picked up 1/2 the number of stitches called for. I then increased by K1,M1 across on the first row. This was easier and I don't think you can tell the difference. The only other mod I made was to knit the sleeves about an inch shorter than called for.
I thought I was going to have a really hard time finding buttons for this sweater, but while at Chicks with Sticks last Tuesday, I decided to look at the buttons there. I wasn't really expecting to find anything, but I opened the button box and these were sitting right there, begging to be used. They were perfect!