It’s a good thing we’ve had some crazy random spring snow in these parts, because a few weeks ago I finished my Guernsey Wrap. I love this project…the making of it, the pattern, the yarn, the finished product…and I may have to wrap myself in it all summer long – even if I’m a hot sweaty mess. I especially enjoyed working with the Brooklyn Tweed yarn, which was a first for me, and I love how such an amazing pattern can emerge from simply switching between two simple stitches…knits and purls.
As I mentioned earlier, I went back to VA to help throw a baby shower for my sister who is expecting her first in June. My mom and I hosted her shower, and also both set out to do some handmade gifts for her and the baby. My mom is quite crafty as well, and while it has traditionally been on the sewing machine, she picked up her hooks and busted out a few crocheted blankets as well. I ended up making the Lotta Jansdotter’s Snuggler and Tag Blankie from the Simple Sewing for Babies. The kids and I made a little dog rattle for the baby as well. The idea came from the book Sewing School, and we then added the rattle part inspired by the rattles in the Simple Sewing for Babies. That project involved them decorating the puppy outline with crayons and then ironing the dog to set the colors. We then turned it into a little plush and added the rattle.
We had some crafty fun at the shower too. We set up a station where guests were invited to decorate a one-sie for the baby. We had a number of freezer paper stencils available and a selection of paints, and I think they turned out super cute! There are tons of tutorials online for how to do this, and I looked at these here, here and here.
All in all it was quite the lovely little celebration, and I’ve found a new obsession for this summer…Berry Fizz, the muddled berry/soda concoction my sister in in the midst of making below.
This week Tanner had a poetry recital. The whole class selected poems by Shel Silverstein, and he chose Warning, a poem about a sharp toothed snail that lives inside your nose and bites your finger if you stick it in. Given his poem topic, I found it amusing he wanted to pick up a shirt and tie for the recitation. He selected this lovely combo, wore it proudly (and a little sleepily) and did a great job of presenting his poem.
Spring soccer is in full swing, and this is Kaya’s first time playing. It is quite a sight seeing these little girls run around the field, and despite not scoring a single goal this season (well in their goal at any rate – they’ve added a few to other teams’ scoreboards), they seem to be having fun.
“our family, once a week, every week, in 2013.”
I finally finished up the Calla Cami. The only reason it took so long was that it hibernated for a good long, long while. Once I got working on it again, things went smoothly. I love the stitch pattern. I ended up doing an additional set of the 20 row repeat because I wasn’t at the specified length as indicated by the pattern. That modification worked out perfectly, and now I just need to find the right camisole to wear underneath and a sunny warm day to bust it out! While it is sunny today, it is also snowing…nothing like springtime in Colorado.