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Baa Baa Baa

That’s what Hannah used to call sheep.  Now that she’s a very wise two year old, she’s moved on to calling them “seep”, but still enjoys shouting “baa baa baa!” when she sees them in her storybooks.

 

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This pattern is awesome.  The single crochet/ extended single crochet
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Frogged- The Thing

Oh happy day!  I discovered a shrug in my closet.  It has long sleeves, but they look just fine and dandy rolled up a couple times, so I am joyfully frogging The Thing that I’ve been slaving over (and loathing) for three days.  I doubt it would have been finished and blocked and dried by Sunday morning. 

I certainly didn’t need the stress of The Thing.  It had me feeling anxious from the moment I started it.  I suspect that was part of the reason I couldn’t sleep last night.  Well, that and having to get up to tinkle every half hour and the all over body aches that Ella is now subjecting me to.  Don’t get me wrong, she is TOTALLY worth it.  After years (and lots of tears) trying for Hannah, I feel incredibly lucky to have this new little gal on the way.  The fact that she has stayed put for 30 weeks and counting without a fuss and I’m not confined to the couch this time around is a huge bonus that I’m constantly thankful for! 

Hmm.  I certainly went off on a tangent there, didn’t I?  Anyway. . .  Here’s a picture of my dress with the store bought (*gasp!*) shrug.  Please pardon the terrible picture.  It’s been dark and rainy all day and my attempts at editing only slightly improved the photo.

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  I am SO looking forward to leisurely knitting my Periwinkle Socks tonight after Hannah goes to bed. :)

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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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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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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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Gigi the Giraffe- Completed

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Here's Gigi!

I finished Gigi last night.  She measures 7.5 inches tall (ear to hoof).  Sewing amigurumi pieces together is always the worst part.  I was very picky and wanted her to look perfect, so the assembly took much longer than it should have since I kept taking the pieces apart and repositioning them.  :)

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I embroidered the eyes and mouth (in gray) before stuffing so it would be easier to secure the ends of the thread.

While in the middle of stuffing the body, I decided I wanted Gigi to rattle or jingle.  So I dug through the doggy toy basket (they have way too many things, anyway) and found the perfect rattle-y, jingle-y toy.  The stuffed toy already had a hole in it so getting the 1.5 inch rattle ball out of it was no problem. 

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The pattern has 3 sizes of spots.  I made 2 of each and think it turned out to be the perfect amount of spottiness.  I pinned all the spots on her and fiddled with their placement a bit until I was satisfied.

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Gigi's smile is a bit crooked... but charming

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Gigi the Giraffe- Pt 1

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Hello, Gigi!

Since my doctors still haven’t taken me off of bedrest (one more week, maybe?), I needed to find something to keep myself occupied.  I chose Gigi the Giraffe because she’s adorable (obviously) and I can make her with leftover yarn (free!).  Her noggin is all done.  I’ll be starting the legs next.

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