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Nine Years?!?!?

May 7, 2015
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Where has the time gone? Happy Birthday Oliver! We love you so much!

FO: As Seen on Instagram!

April 24, 2015

I haven’t even started the baby blanket that I was planning on making and instead have been working on finishing up a bunch of little projects! I’ve also been posting more knitting photos to my Instagram page.

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First up is this luxurious hat. I used Tanis Fiber Arts’ Amber Label yarn in Jean Jacket (from last years TFA Year in Color Club) and used the Violet Waffles pattern to make this cute beanie:

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Ohhh, this yarn is so snuggly and this hat is so soft and warm! As seen on Instagram:

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I also knit this little bag for Henry, using some very colorful yarn that he picked out himself. Of course he immediately threw out the ball band, so I have no idea what kind of yarn it is!

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As seen on Instagram:

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And finally these cute little rainbow mitts as a birthday present for our friends’ daughter. I used random bits of several kinds of acrylic yarn and didn’t really use a specific pattern, but I think they turned out pretty cute. I hope she likes them!

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As seen on Instagram:

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Going to cast on the next project now!

 

What a difference six years makes!

April 13, 2015
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I can’t believe my little Henry is six! Happy Birthday Henry! We love you so much!

Happy Easter!

April 5, 2015
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Easter Eggs have been dyed, hid, and found!

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And now its time to grub down on chocolate!

Happy Easter!

FO: Blackberry Honey

March 27, 2015

A little while ago I finished my Blackberry Honey Cowl. Its the second Honey Cowl that I have made and it won’t be the last!

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Here it is with my Lavender Honey cowl:

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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?

Blankets!

March 25, 2015

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.

Here’s Oliver:

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And Henry:

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And some blankets:

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Uuuuh, I’m going to need more yarn:

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And some more blankets:

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All this to say that I have a new baby blanket in the works! I have the yarn…

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…now I just need to figure out what I want to do with it!

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(Cute photo of the dogs in a crocheted blanket made by Sam’s grandmother :)

 

A Different Kind of Winter Beach Adventure

February 21, 2015

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:

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Checking out the tide pools:

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Visiting the Kilauea Lighthouse:

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And a few stunning photos from grandpa!

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A hui hou Hawaii, until we meet again!

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