It's out! And it's beautiful! Have a little looksie. It's snowing big crazy flakes outside. The schools are closed. I will be looking at these photos and dreaming of warmer weather! Have a nice weekend.
Don't get me wrong. There is no spring action going on here in Brooklyn quite yet. It is still very much a winter situation. I always get jealous when I read other blogs this time of year. I turn green with envy reading about how "spring is in the air" and "I just needed a light cardigan" when I left the house. The worst one is "I see blossoms popping up". There is still snow on the ground. Old, gross, brown snow with week old trash mixed in it. Yum! What do I do to get me through the last bit of winter? First, start by forcing some Paperwhite bulbs. I do this every year after the holidays. They smell great! They last FOREVER and kids LOVE to watch them come to life. I love the squeals and daily updates. "Mommy, this one has creepy roots". "I see green sprouts". "This one wins! It popped the first flower!". By the end of the six weeks each bulb had been given a name and had a personality of it's own. They are sturdy flowers that do not need much more than water and light. The sad part is that they don't live forever and eventually they have to go.
Another cure for the winter blues is to start sewing Spring Wardrobes for the girls. Notice the fussy, flowery, bright fabric I chose for this shirt? Yep, I actually chose that. I chose it because it's Febuary. I chose it because it's for a kid. I chose it because it's going to get me through the rest of the winter. I know, in a few months it will probably make me want to puke but for now, it's making me happy. I used my own pattern for this one. I am just starting to make clothes without using a store bought pattern and it's quite fun.
I added shirring to the neckline, sleeves,
It was a simple, quick project that I finished in one night. Given the
lack of "time" I get to myself these short projects are perfect for
So, There you have it. My two favorite ways to endure the end of winter.
Oh, and by the way, don't ignore your baby while working on a project.
I had a feeling things were just a little too quiet!
I love knitting things for little people. I want instant gratification. I love how it turned out.
Everyone thinks she is a boy in this sweater so she MUST wear the hot pink pants.
I cannot believe it. This went by way too fast! You just celebrated your first birthday! Just so you know, you still have us wrapped around your little finger. You are one of the happiest babies I have ever seen. You are starting to get a little louder. So that you can let us know what you want. It's a mandatory skill you must acquire when you have the older sisters that you do. You have to get in there and fight for your rights. I love watching your older sisters fall head over heels in love with you. How they sneak you into their room and dress you up and try to make you play "the bad guy". I love watching your wild eyed excitement when you see your sisters "coming for you" when we pick them up from school. I love it when you start bopping to the 80s club music on my cell when it rings. I love hearing you squeal when I push you in the swings at the playground. I love watching you maneuver your way around the house. Not quite a crawl. More of a one legged crabby butt scoot. I love how impressed you are with yourself when you pull yourself up and cruise around the house. I love it when I leave you alone in a room with baby wipes for three seconds you will have the package emptied by the time I come back. I love how you smile at every stranger you encounter but if they try to talk to you, you bury your face on me. I love watching the shy way you connect with everyone from the dry cleaners, to the bagel shop, to the bakery, the car service dudes, and so on. Thanks to your older sisters, they each knew it was your birthday and were well aware that treats were in order. I love how your face lights up when you see your dad. I love when you wave at my cell phone and say "Dad". I love watching you go nuts when you hear him walk in the door after work. I am plain oatmeal, he is oatmeal with Cinnamon and sugar. I accept that. The truth is, when your hungry, scared, angry, sick, or when your older sisters torture you in the name of fun you want ME. Let me confess something to you my sweet girl. I want you too. We all want you. So slow down and stop growing so fast. There's no hurry. We love it just the way it is.
I just checking out Color Me Katie the other day. She is a talented photographer who lives in Brooklyn who I plan on saving all of my money to hire to take family pictures as soon as I lose all of my baby weight which will take a verrrry long time. Long time! Almost as long as that run on sentence I just typed. She cuts out shapes and spreads cheer all over the neighborhood. I decided to add some fun to our Valentines photos this year.
What you will need for this project-
a blank wall
and a few sassy models.
Step one- Cut, cut, cut. Any shape you want. I chose hearts for Valentines Day.
Make big ones, small ones, gigantic ones, medium ones and microscopic ones.
Next Start taping.
Put on your new Valentines Day skirt (that mom made from "lingerie" fabric. The indecency of it all!)
And blow a kiss!
Think about how you will express your undying love to your valentine.
There are so many mushy gushy sweet ideas swirling around in this head...
It makes you want to vomit!
A Kiss Is Just A Kiss
Whispering Sweet Nothings In My Ear!
Right back at ya hot stuff! Happy Valentines Day! We will be spending the morning at church in our "lingerie Skirts". Ooh la-la!
Just so ya know. If you take a four year hiatus from knitting you won't forget how to do it. Knit, purl, increasing, decreasing. It all came back. I do have a memory! I do! Birthing babies does not permanently destroy your ability to remember what you love. It screws with your short term memory (what was I writing about? Oh ya! I can still knit).
I went to my LYS and pet almost every skein they had and finally walked out with some nice wool to make a hat. I hadn't forgotten how to cast on. The only thing I needed help with was reading some of the pattern. After a while it was like I had never deserted my sweet old passion. I really use to love knitting. Hey, you do it your way... I'll do it mine:)
This is what I came up with. It was originally suppose to be for me but I decided it was cuter on her. This expression makes me wonder what this girl is thinking about. She looks like she's cooking up some crazy shenanigans in her little head.
I love seeing these sweet little feet in hot pink cashmere!
I love this little dress on her. At one point it was my go to dress to knit when a friend had a baby. I think I've knit about fifteen of them. They are super easy. I used a cotton yarn so she can layer it in the winter and also use it in the warm weather.
This is Alice's favorite new pass time. Pulling hair. Hard! Everyones and anyones. If you see her, Run for cover!
One of my new years resolutions is to learn how to crochet. I am so inspired by some of the crochet projects I see lately. Here are a few! Elsie Marley, My Happy Little Life.