Wednesday, March 25, 2015

nothing more comforting

yellow bells Simpkin in the hammock hideaway Simpkin Who knew a cat would find a hideaway hammock comfortable?! nothing more comforting gypsy cold care tea + difussing thieves and peppermint my children made me soft throat lozenges (although i think they were really for them)
The children are all better and thankfully the stomach bug was kinder to each one it hit but now I am fighting a little something. My children woke me up this morning with some soft throat lozenges they made from the latest issue of Taproot (thank you, Mom!), although I think they really made them for themselves - they are quite yummy! I have been drinking gypsy cold care tea  and diffusing thieves and peppermint all day long, hoping to make this a short lived bug. Is it just me or is there nothing more comforting than the whistle of the tea kettle when you are under the weather?

In lieu of the post I had intended to write, I thought I would share a couple of knits I finished up in February and March. This will get a few things checked off on my list for the stash down KAL hosted by Andi over at My Sister's Knitter, too. I adore her blog. Have you checked it out? It's a huge inspiration and motivation for me to stick with my yarn diet. C's no slouch jane hat oh those big blues! First up is a Jane hat for C. After I knit myself, my niece and K one, C really wanted one, too. She chose some leftover yarn from Little L's 3rd birthday sweater but it wasn't quite enough to knit the whole hat. So, I began the decreases much sooner and she ended up with a no slouch version. She doesn't mind. L's milo L's milo L's Milo Little L got something as well. I felt badly about his fourth birthday sweater being much too big for him to wear so I used up the leftover yarn from the sweater and knit him up a quick milo.  Of course, he is still in his "I don't want to wear anything knitted, unless I need to dress nice for Mass" phase so he refuses to wear it. I was only able to snap those photographs above last Sunday as we were on our way to Mass. Little rascal. I haven't blocked it yet so it fits a bit wonky but I am hoping to get to that this weekend. Isn't the colorway dreamy? It's worn denim (tosh vintage yarn).

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Keep Calm Craft On {crafting on}

The act of creating, in one form or another, preserves my sanity amongst the chaos of life. This explains why I always have more than one project going at a time as well as why my housework tends to fall behind. I enjoy seeing what others are working on and keeping calm with, too. What are you creating? What is keeping you going? Snap a picture or two and share it with the rest of us by leaving your link below.

KCCO - Peter Rabbit (Maggie Rabbit) for Little L and C's birthday dress KCCO - K's current project. Her first test knit!
I have been so preoccupied lately that I completely forgot that Easter comes weeks sooner than C's birthday this year and I have nothing prepared for the children(!). So C's nearly completed birthday dress is being set aside while I work on some new Maggie Rabbits. C and K have literally loved theirs to pieces (again) over the past year so I am making new ones for them. Little L will finally get one of his own. I am modeling his after Peter Rabbit and hope to knit his rabbit a little blue sweater to complete the look.

But in much more exciting news - you see that knitting above? That is K's current project. She is participating in her very first test knit! Thank you, thank you Taryn for allowing her to do so. She is really excited about the whole thing and taking it very seriously. This pattern makes a great handwork project for homeschooling, too.

What are you working on?! Happy creating!

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