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My camera was very opposed to this exact color of red. I had to mess around with the saturation a little; hopefully it looks close to right. Anyway… Yay! I have finally seen for myself what this Wollmeise craze is all about. I have to say, I don’t really understand it. It’s nice yarn, but I definitely still like Cherry Tree Hill Supersock the best. It’s been my favorite sock yarn for a very long time.
There is also a new nightgown for Edda. I used this pattern, but left out the sleeve elastic. The fabric was some kind of stretch knit material that I found in my mom’s fabric bin. She’s wearing a 5T in this dress now! That’s the largest size. She has had so many of these dresses in the last 3 and a half years… It’s sad that we’ll have to move on to a more “big girl” style.
She had to take a milk break halfway through our photo shoot.
Maybe a new purse is in order. You know, now that she’s a big girl and all.
I’ve also been working on a new winter sweater for Walter. It’s almost done!
(Edited to add: I found out that there are more sizes for the “sweet little dress” patttern now! That makes things a little emotionally easier for me.)
Plum chopping, kitchen play, cake with peaches and blueberries, canning (and canning and canning), naps on the sofa, knitting, baking, knitting, puddle stomping.
I hope you have enjoyed your summer as much as I have enjoyed mine. I am usually a summer-hater, but I’ve found that having kids has changed my perspective quite a bit.
(I’m back thanks to my computer-genius husband. What a nice guy.)
We started homeschooling today! I’m a homeschooling mom. Book-loving Edda is super excited.
Edda’s first reading lesson went amazingly well. This is the same reading book my mom used for all six of her kids and it is the best and easiest way to teach reading. It’s intended for preschool through age five and the kids really do learn to read in 100 days. (Most can actually read even earlier than that! I was done at lesson 60, according to my mom.)
We did have a quick break mid-lesson to take the dog out… and to find a turtle. Good times.
I’m not so upset about spring this year. Usually, I dread spring because my body goes nuts in the presence of pollen. But I am so very tired of being cooped up inside with these stir-crazy kids… so… YAY (maybe?) for spring.
The Rae Scarf is still in progress. Except it’s not progressing currently because Edda accidentally broke one of the needles in half. Guess it’s time for a Knit Picks order! Haha. Here are some random photos:
I made a spring wreath that will die tomorrow. But it’s pretty today!
Lunch of peanut butter and pretzel sticks? Go for it.
My sweet, snuggly boy. He’s a big fan of homemade bread.
Now feel like I should go straighten the pictures on my wall…
I’ve been working on this sweater for an embarrassingly long time. I seem to be experiencing a knitting lull right now. (sad… I know. I think it’s the heat.) In spite of how slowly it’s growing, I like this sweater a lot! The yarn is Knit Picks Swish Tonal in Queen Anne. The pattern is Tiny Tea Leaves from madelinetosh.
I knit a few more inches on the sleeve after taking the picture. Now I’m really almost done. I might just finish tonight.
I made a “horsie barn” for Edda out of another old diaper box. It was a huge hit, much like the diaper box dollhouse was in its day. (It’s getting a bit ragged these days.) I noticed that a lot of people have been arriving at my blog by using search terms like “what to do with an empty diaper box,” so I thought I would oblige them with another project.
It’s not very polished or fancy. Mostly because you have to hurry when you have a two-year-old helper that wants to play with her new horse barn ASAP. But you get the general idea.
Materials: diaper box, scissors, glue, tape, construction paper, black sharpie, yarn or string, darning needle (or any needle with a big, fat eye.)
Cut off the flaps.
Tape the short flaps in as seen in the photo and glue along the seams. (I put them against the edges of the box’s bottom flaps– now the back of the barn– to give a sort of ledge to help them stand up.) Stalls are created!
Poke some holes in the side of the barn and the short edge of one long flap as seen in the picture. Make sure they line up.
Use the darning needle to make some yarn or string “hinges.”
Glue/tape on some construction paper “siding” and add details in sharpie marker.
Let the glue dry (or not) and start filling your barn up with horsies and all their friends.
The diaper box dollhouse was brought in as a second story of the barn.
And much playing ensued.
You’ll have to excuse me for a few moments while I indulge my inner animal-lover/crazy seven-year-old. (Technically you won’t have to, but I hope that you will.)
I was digging away in my flowerbed this morning, planting petunias and dusty miller, when I accidentally dug up a lizard nest! A skink nest, to be precise. (skinks on wikipedia) There were five hatchling lizards and four eggs. The eggs started hatching soon after I found them. Sooooo cool! Edda was not really all that excited, but I sure was.
If Edda was a bit older, I would totally have launched into the whole “let’s make this a learning experience” homeschool project deal. I guess that will have to wait a few years.
Edda showed polite interest, but not much more than that. Why yes, that is my camera lens cap down in the dirt. Don’t tell Ryan.
Here we see the former location of the lizard nest. I am sad to have ruined it, but I couldn’t really put it back so…. petunias.
Walter didn’t even show polite interest, but that is probably because Edda had just squirted him with the hose.
I was reading MommyCoddle (one of my favorite blogs) and I really enjoyed her post today: rejoice evermore. She mentions the HBO show about John Adams, which I also very much enjoyed…. what an amazing life he had. I’m feeling very blessed this Independence Day.
We are going to a friend’s house for some delicious smoked barbeque later. And, because it also happens to be their oldest daughter’s birthday, we will be having birthday cake as well. Hopefully Edda and Walter will be able to stay awake until it’s dark enough for fireworks!
Do you have any big plans today?
I plan to do some flower picking and baby snuggling sometime today…
Edda and I had fun making a dollhouse out of an empty diaper box yesterday. She always takes various boxes and containers and pretends they are dollhouses, so I thought it would be fun to actually make one. We weren’t very careful with the detail, obviously. One can’t be, you know, with an incredibly excited two year old urging you to HURRY.
Other than the box itself, I just used construction paper, tape and a sharpie marker. Oh, and an x-acto knife. (The knife was for mamas only, of course.) Edda actually did help quite a bit. She is surprisingly awesome at taping things.
The ladder and the bed were extremely important to Edda. The peaked roof was also a must. A house just isn’t a house without one.
She also requested that I put pictures of a baby and a dog on the wall.
Oh, and the three wise men seem to like their roof top lounge very much.