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Good Signs

There are days, with this whole parenting thing, where I feel that I have definitely chosen the wrong job.  Those days when she’s lying on the ground in the middle of the parking lot sobbing about the laws of physics or whatever it is that’s gone wrong in the last 30 seconds.  Or using her oh so advanced verbal ability to tell me to leave her al0ne.

But then, something happens to let me know I am raising her right.

Like the moment today when she asked for a gummy bear and meant a piece of candied ginger, then stood there singing “I looooove ginger, love it loooooove ginger, it’s good in my tum!” at the top of her voice.

Or when it started raining and we raced downstairs to dance in circles in the grass as it poured down.  She squealed and shrieked with laughter, yelling, “Rain! Rain!  You’re good for the earth!  The plants need you!”  Then we stood on the front porch, her wrapped in a towel, wrapped in my arms, head on my shoulder, watching and listening until it stopped.  “Mama, the sound relaxes me.  I love the rain.”

You never know how this parenting thing will go, but moments like that give me hope that I’m giving her what she needs.

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What can compare to the love of my girl for the dog?  Perhaps only the dog’s love for her. 

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These are SOOC – I am on a processing detox!

Happy Love Thursday.

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Art Smocks

I’m working on a project for the tot’s school – a big pile of art smocks.  They need some that can be wiped down easily, so I’ve used Ikea shower curtains.  We’ll see how well they hold up.

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I used that bias tape they sell, which I usually scorn.  But for this project I wasn’t really going to invest the time to make my own.  I’ve got five made now and probably will make at least four more.  Assuming the tots don’t demolish them and force me to rethink the entire thing.

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White Lace

I’ve started working on a shawl for my niece’s baptism.  I’m doing a Lily of the Valley pattern, for Miss Lily.  Get it?  And by the way, yes, I know that’s not in English.  I have a translation I found through Ravelry.  Of course, I’m making it harder on myself by making it much wider and chaning the border.  What?  You didn’t think I would just make something according to the pattern, did you?  Oh, and the baptism is tentatively scheduled for August 23rd.  It’s July 29th.  Welcome to the 2009 Knitting X-Games!

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I’m using this yarn, which I adore. Alpaca is working out to be my fiber of choice for babes. I have a mild lanolin allergy and knitting a project of any size with wool always leaves my hands raw, so it doesn’t usually work out to be a very joyful experience. And alpaca is just so soft and beautiful. The problem is that at the rate things are going, it won’t be too long before buying a pair of actual alpacas will work out to be a cost savings. And they cost approximately eleventy-billion dollars each or something. Also I live in the ‘burbs.

This is working out to be an interesting project for me. I’m making mistakes as I get used to the nupps (they’re so cute, just knit loosely!) and do clever things like try to knit lace while watching The Jungle Book with the tot. But instead of ripping it back and fixing every blinking thing, I’m just correcting as I go, sometimes with a make one or a k2tog, sometimes dropping the stitches back a couple of rows for an actual repair. There just is not time to do this over and over again. And I am not making it for my 80 year old Estonian grandmother – not that I have one, but you know what I mean. It’s for family who I love, and who I want to actually give it to in time for an event that’s important to them. So. Knit on!

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Watch this!

Or, here comes trouble.

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This is my best shot. Not perfect, but somehow that look in her eyes perfectly captures her sweet and feisty, snuggly and adrenaline-seeking self.
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Head over to Mother May I for more sweetness.

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Quilted

Yesterday afternoon I panicked because I needed a special gift for a special little girl – we’re missing her birthday party but that certainly didn’t mean I wasn’t compelled by the Goddess of Crafty Over-Acheivement to make her something. So, feeling very clever for having already cut out a bunch of squares, I whipped up a little doll quilt for her. Not exactly something I’d be entering at the county fair – please don’t look too closely at the binding – but certainly something a three year old would love to play with. (I also made her a purple “feather” boa out of eyelash yarn, but that doesn’t photograph so well.) So, happy birthday to beautiful Miss A.

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Long overdue

Two months ago I took pictures of my beautiful new niece – and have finally finished editting them. I got the important announcement ones done and the rest have been sitting there gathering virtual dust. Until today. Here are a couple of my favorites. I admit, the main reason the second is a favorite is that I made the quilt.

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