It’s been just about a month since I uploaded a blog post. Whoops. I’ve been crafting away on little projects and finishing up a baby sleep sack (FO post to come) while waiting for the Big Day. The Anatomy Scan. Guess what? It’s a GIRL! Again. :P That means come October, we’ll have three of those adorable, sugar and spice- filled munchkins in one house.
Once the big news was revealed on that little screen in the doctor’s office, I went yarn shopping. Of course. Webs was having a sale and I picked up 4 skeins of Rowan Pure Wool in a beautiful lilac color (Rowan calls it “Splash”).
“Camilla” Baby Blanket
The color isn’t entirely accurate in the photo. It’s not quite so in-your-face purple. I promise some better shots in the FO post that will hopefully be in the near future. Blankets aren’t exactly a quick knit. Even with worsted weight and size 10 needles.
My Ravelery Project Page is HERE
My brother is a geek. He’s quite proud of that fact. So when I mentioned the idea of knitting his infant son a Jayne hat, he was pretty excited. A little while later, his wife leaned over to me and quietly said that a matching one for Jay (my brother) would make it even better. Fast forward 4 months, and you find me gift wrapping a few knitted hats in preparation for sending them down to my little bro and his family in Virginia for Christmas.
I completely winged the pattern to get the sizes I wanted. After browsing Ravelry, none of the Jayne patterns really “did” it for me so I went ahead and worked up beanies in the sizes I wanted. I made some crude notes on the project page, if you want to work one up. Really, if you can knit a basic beanie, my ramblings will make sense.
On to the pictures!
My little nephew, Z, may be 3 months younger than Ella, but he’s huge. I made sure to knit up a toddler sized beanie instead of a 12 month so that it fits him longer than a week. Hannah, my 2.5 year old, fits in it perfectly.
I opted to knit the ear flaps separately and stitch them on. It was easier for me to position them exactly where I wanted them with this method.
My favorite part is the tri-color pom pom. It’s awesome.
I’ve just returned home today from a wonderful vacation to the Great Smoky Mountains. How wonderful? Hubby is already planning our next visit. No joke. He’s right next to me on the couch on his phone scrolling through cabins trying to decide which one we want to rent next time.
Anywho… While we were on holiday, I snapped pictures of my girls wearing their knitted frocks. I had grand dreams of taking photos in the GORGEOUS gardens of the Biltmore Estate. But Hannah didn’t take a nap before our visit, and we ended up having to do the dreaded walk of shame back to the parking lot as she screamed and carried on in the stroller. Being 2 1/2 must be tough. She passed out in the car as we drove away from the estate. We stayed on the grounds and parked over by the farm/petting zoo/ wine shop/ ice creamery and let the gals snooze. After an acceptable amount of nappage time had elapsed, we woke them up and made the best of the rest of the day at Biltmore. So instead of beautiful gardens, the backdrop for these shots is the petting zoo. Ah, well. You roll with the punches when little kids are involved. On to the pictures!
Up first, Ruffles:
And now Sproutlette:
The start of a cardi for Ell' in the always delicious Malabrigo Rios.
Knitting in a rocking chair on the porch of our Smoky Mountain cabin while the rain falls. Got about 3 stitches done before Ella woke up from her super short nap. Ah well. It was tranquil while it lasted. Here’s hoping for a week of little, happy, peaceful moments with my loves.
“REJOICE evermore. PRAY without ceasing. In everything give THANKS.”
I pulled some beads and an elastic strap out of my crafting stuff to make an impromptu (1 minute) bracelet. A little reminder to keep my attitude and focus where it should be, stop the pity parties, and keep the grumpies away.
Because being a stay-at-home mommy is rarely easy. :)
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Here it is! The second installment of Disney photos. Today’s post features the resort we stayed at, “Port Orleans”. PO is divided by a river with “The French Quarter” on one side and “Riverside” across the water.