Monthly Archives: July 2013

WiP Wednesday- Periwinkle Socks & A Thing

We did a lot of riding around in the car over the weekend, so my Periwinkle Socks are coming along nicely.

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I even turned the heel!  This is the very first time I haven’t gotten gauge on a Nancy Bush pattern.  Hmm.  I think it might be because the sock yarn has some stretch to it.  I have skinny feet, so it should be fine.

Unfortunately, I had to set my lovely sock aside to work on this thing:

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I started this cropped, drapey vest thing yesterday and have until Sunday to finish it.  Yeah. . . Wish me luck on this one.  Hopefully I complete it AND it turns out looking okay with my dress.  I have a baptism/shower to attend and would like to have a cover up since I’m perpetually chilly. . . plus, at seven months pregnant, I’m a little more *ahem* endowed than usual. 

Oh. . . Can you see the (admittedly blurry) sales tag on that yarn?  It originally came from Woolworth!  This cotton yarn must be old, but it’s nice and soft and easy to work with.

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Photo Friday

*****Keeping it Simple this Friday*****

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My Newest WiP

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A beautiful sock pattern from Nancy Bush.

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A Freebie!

Moby Knit gave me this heads up, so I’m passing it along to all my blogging friends.

If you download the Vogue Knitting app (it’s free), you can get the digital version of their Fall 2010 magazine for free!

I just successfully downloaded the app and Fall ’10 issue on my Samsung Galaxy III (Android OS) without any problems.  I can’t wait to sit down and “leaf” through it.

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Good Day Sunshine- Finished

The softy for Baby T is done!  It was a nice and easy project.  And quick.  That’s the great thing about crochet.  It’s a lot faster than knitting.  The bad thing about crochet is that it eats up way more yarn and is harder on my hands and wrists.  Anywho. . .

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I used a little less than one skein of “Sunshine” yellow and maybe a third of a skein of “Hot Orange”.  As usual, my embroidery skills are mediocre, at best.  I wish I had had some safety eyes laying around.  I should keep a supply of those things, just in case.

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Hannah approved of the toy immensely and insisted on taking over the creative direction of the photo shoot.

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You can find the pattern and all my details on my Ravelry page.

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Photo Friday

***** Some Summer Fun *****

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A morning at the park with Mommy

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She's all about climbing...everything.

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Just hanging out.

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Watching the geese cross the street.

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The Crayola Factory- Easton, PA

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Coloring with Daddy

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Finally! A screen I'm allowed to touch!

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Oh my gosh! BEADS!

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She refused to let go of her new marker.

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Hannah made her own markers and crayons.

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My Birthday & WiP Wednesday

I turned 28 on Monday, but I’m still waiting to feel like a “grown up”.  I thought getting married, buying a house, and having a baby would do the trick, but it didn’t.  Maybe Baby # 2 will. : )  My parents (in their early 50s) act like a couple of kids still, so there’s probably not much hope for me.  I’ll just continue along, cringing when I have to call an adult by their first name. : )

Hubby gave me a vintage daisy sugar bowl and creamer set for my birthday.  He’s always a sweet and thoughtful gift giver. This time, he combined some of my favorite things. . . daisies and tea.

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Now, onto the WiP!

I actually knitted Hannah her big sister hat, but because I didn’t have the proper needle size, it turned out way too small.  It won’t fit Ella at the right time of year, either, so I will sadly unravel it when I work up the nerve. 

We got an invite to a special baptism/shower for the newest member of the McGowan clan.  Hubby’s cousin and his wife endured years of fertility treatments that ultimately ended when she was recently diagnosed with endometrial cancer.  In May, they adopted their baby boy, T, so now it’s time for a belated baby shower.  They’re having a sunshine theme, so I knew I wanted to whip up a stuffed sun toy to go with his gift.  Crochet is a lot faster than knitting, so I settled on this pattern (but without the creepy, dangle-y legs) to ensure that it’s done in plenty of time.

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I’m using Lily Sugar ‘n Cream cotton. I already had the eye searing “Hot Orange”, so I only needed to pick up the “Sunshine” yellow.

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A Very Merry Unbirthday to Me

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As I mentioned in my last post, I received some sock yarn from Meghan as an early birthday present.  There are two hanks of the pretty lilac color and 3 of a more manly navy (in case I want to knit Hubby a pair of socks,too).

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She also gave me 3 skeins of a very pink worsted acrylic/wool blend from her stash because she’s an admitted “yarn snob” and can’t bear to use a yarn with so much acrylic. Haha. While I prefer natural fibers, I’m more of a “take what I can get” type of knitter. : ) I can’t decide what I want to use it for, yet, but I’m thinking it would make a cozy shawl to wear while tv knitting since Hubby loves to turn the A/C on high in the summer and I’m always cold in the winter.

On Friday evening, Hubby surprised me with a dinner out at the Franklinville Inn as an early birthday present. Fancy! Hannah stayed with my parents and it was really strange (and quiet) to go out without her. I ordered some Salmon Italiano and it was super yummy.

Since my parents probably won’t see me again before my birthday, I got my gift from them over the weekend, too. 

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How convenient that Bogart wanted to be in this picture. He's probably plotting how to destroy this bobbin winder, as well.

Look!  A bobbin winder!  I haven’t been able to play around with my sewing machine in over a year because Hubby’s cat*, Bogart, knocked the machine off the table and broke the bobbin winder.  Thank goodness they make a separate portable version. My Mom knew it would be the perfect present for me.  I can’t wait to try it out and maybe start dabbling with fabric crafts again!

I don’t think there’s any way my birthday could be better than the Very Merry Unbirthday Weekend I just had!

*He is actually our cat, but I’m not his biggest fan and like to refer to him as belonging to Hubby (who is continually sticking up for him and reminding me about what a great critter and bug hunter Bogart is).

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