Sunday, September 23, 2012

Fiber Adventures

Hello! Are you enjoying this lovely Sunday in your neck of the woods? I am very much! My dad, Amelia, and I went to fund raiser and we got our fingernails painted. Yep, my dad let Amelia pick out two colors for him and he got his thumbnails painted. Before he came over, Elliott and I cleaned up our bedroom. Not that it was so dirty or is that big, we just did a deep clean. And before that I got to sleep in until 8! How awesome! Now everyone is quieted down and the two A's are taking naps. And I'm here talking to you! I have a few things to show you. Sorry it's been so long, but I was having severe blanket crochet withdrawals. You think I'm kidding but I'm not! I actually went a few days without picking up my hooks at all. But in that time I did make something super neat.

It's called a mai tei. I got the tutorial HERE:
My sister gave me my birthday present a little early, a gift card to hobby lobby, and I bought duck canvas and minky in pink and the hot pink calico plus some other little odds and ends and made myself this carrier. The pocket was my own add on. Just a simple envelope pocket.

Alyssa loves it. She loves to be worn.

I love it because with this carrier I can wear her on my back. So with Amelia running around when we go out, and especially if I'm by myself, this feature is so helpful. Just the other day, I took the girls to the park on and put Alyssa on my back...

She fell asleep. Haha! I asked a stranger if she looked ok, he said she looked as comfortable as could be. When we left some high schoolers laughed at me for the way I had to take her off my back. I wasn't worried about it, I know I'm super cool, don't need no high schoolers to tell me! But I keep the Mai tei in my car and I get butterflies when I get into the car because the fabric makes it smell like Hobby Lobby. I love that store.

But with the rest of my gift card I bought new yarn for a new blanket! It's I Love This Yarn's neon colors and grey. The grey is called greybeard! How fun!

And here's my inspiration for the blanket, A sock! Elliott got these socks for me last Christmas and Amelia has been wearing them on her hands like mittens. I ran into ILTY neon when I had to pick up a skein of brown to finish a project and Amelia picked up the fuchsia and we both fell in love with it.

It's another ripple with no specific purpose except to make me happy while I make it. I might make it for one of the girls or just toss it over one of the couches. But it's bringing the joy of crochet back to me. Don't get me wrong, I'm still working on the granny square blanket, Amelia's hexagon blanket, an everything else I'm working on, but as I've said before I really missed the gentle flow of a larger blanket.

I made Alyssa a hat out of the fuchsia, so I need to make Amelia one now instead of the periwinkle.

If you remember this one. I got the pattern from HERE.
And for Amelia's hat I chained 42 and doing what Barb has written for the pattern for 60 rows. Amelia's head is 19 1/2 inches. For Alyssa's (her head is 17 inches) hat I chained 38 and did Barb's pattern for a total of 52 rows. I wish I would have made Alyssa's a few rows longer but this pattern has fantastic stretch. I hope you try it!

Besides all that, we've just been doing our thing.

Alyssa is sitting up all on her own in the middle of the floor. And she's growing so much! She's in the 92% for her height and 80th for her weight.

And Amelia is just an amazing big sister. She helps me so much, and for awhile I tried not to ask her to help because of Alfred Adler's birth order theory (I was a psychology major in college and he says that the first born is basically a little mother/father. I didn't want to out that one her trying not to set her up for that role, but she was born into it. No pun intended!) But she just wanted to help and be a part of it all. She's my right hand sometimes. And Elliott's back is much better now, thanks for asking! Also, because of my lack of drive for crochet, I'm behind on my crochet along. Oops! I'll catch up soon, I promise myself.

And I got my hair cut! My hair is naturally curly but my hair dresser/one of my closest friends, always flat irons it when she cuts it. I LOVE it! That's about it for now, I hope you're outside enjoying the beautiful weather! Happy Fall beginnings!


  1. thanks for the blog. and letting me know it was ready! love love love to read makes my day a happy one. get to hooking mommy i got 7 hats done. working a blanket still might take longer for that to get done. buy truely love your blog, wish u had a book i could read about your life story cause the blogs are great to read. love you kiddo


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