Here it is with my Lavender Honey cowl:
I seriously have been wearing these all the time. They are so warm and snuggly!
This yarn also came from my Yarnbox. Its the Blackberry Bramble color from Phydeaux Yarn and was such a pleasure to knit with.
Hmmm, what should I make next?
I started crocheting when Oliver was much younger and still napping. We had been given a crocheted baby blanket by one of Sam’s co-workers and we used it all the time. As more and more of my friends started having babies of their own, I knew that I wanted to make them presents that were thoughtful and handmade (and hopefully useful). I bought a book (not helpful) and then went to a yarn store to learn how to crochet. That first day I starting making a hat. After making a few hats, I thought back to the blanket that we had been given for Oliver and about how much we used it and moved on to baby blankets. Over the course of 6 or 7 years I made about 30 baby blankets (give or take). I guess my friends were having a lot of babies!
Sometimes when I can’t sleep at night, I think about which blanket, with which yarn, I made for which baby. I can’t quite remember them all, but I can remember making specific blankets at specific times, taking them on trips, crocheting or knitting on the couch or in the car while Oliver and later Henry napped. And then I think about how old those babies are now and the little people they are becoming, and how could so many years have passed???
I wonder how much use my blankets got, how many little toes did they keep warm at night or on a walk in the stroller. Sometimes friends will send me photos of their kids with their blankets (thanks guys!) or I will see them thrown over the back of a chair or couch when we visit. Or even in the back ground of photos on Facebook! I know that we no longer use the baby blanket that Oliver was given. Occasionally the boys use it for forts or bring it into their beds, but mainly it just sits on the shelf, a reminder of how quickly time files and how our little ones are growing up faster than ever.
When I first started making blankets I didn’t have a blog and I wasn’t on Ravelry, but I did take a few photos over the years.
And some blankets:
Uuuuh, I’m going to need more yarn:
And some more blankets:
All this to say that I have a new baby blanket in the works! I have the yarn…
…now I just need to figure out what I want to do with it!
(Cute photo of the dogs in a crocheted blanket made by Sam’s grandmother :)
A few weeks ago we went to Kaua’i! It was a family reunion and we all had the best time. There were cousins to play with, sand castles to build, pools to swim in, sights to see, wildlife to view, tide pools to explore, boards to paddle, and good food, drinks, and company to enjoy!
Hanging out at the beach:
Checking out the tide pools:
Visiting the Kilauea Lighthouse:
And a few stunning photos from grandpa!
A hui hou Hawaii, until we meet again!
It is Valentine’s Day!
Which means its Peso’s Birthday! Actually, I have deemed it both dog’s birthday today. We don’t really know when Dos’ birthday is, so why not celebrate them at the same time.
Happy Birthday Peso and Dos. You bring even more energy and excitement to our already crazy lives. We love you!
Over the past few weeks we took some great trips to the beach. There is something so wonderful about a cold, foggy, winter beach day. No need for sunscreen or swimsuits, just running up and down the beach, playing in the dunes, and checking out the waves.
The day we went to Fort Funston was during a “King Tide,” so the water came all the way up to the dunes.
Luckily no one was swept away!
A few weeks later we took a trip to China Camp. Another foggy, rocky beach day with rock throwing and beach combing.
After our walk on the beach we checked out the historic shrimp-fishing camp that was settled by Chinese fishermen in the 1880’s. There is a small interpretive center that shares the history of the place.
Oliver was very proud to have found the small piece of pottery that is a match to the Chinese vessel they had on display at the center. Archaeology in action…
I started my Lavender Honey Cowl back in July and worked on it quite a bit during the summer. But then life got in the way…school, work, I took on a huge volunteering job at my kids’ school, family, dogs, life…and didn’t have much time to work on it. But its finally finished!
And I love it! The yarn (which I got in my Yarnbox) is very warm and snuggly and I have been wearing it all the time.
And now onto the next project!