Thursday, January 15, 2009

Those are the mittens I knit dyeing in Kool-Aid.

Um, and if you tilt your head you can see M. wearing the finished product. Did I show you this already? No matter.

And that is the cowl I made for her to wear with her pink hat. The mitts are Eco-wool on small needles, the cowl is Malabrigo worsted.

The pink felt is the lining to one of the hats. Love that picture.

And here is is wearing the tall Seussian pink hat.

My Knuck.

The orange hat after being lined. Love this picture, too.

Here she is giving kisses from near the Christmas tree. She gives air kisses all the time. She also loves Eskimo kisses; she thinks they are pretty funny.

Here is Mirabelle, I finally finished her to put her under the tree for M. for Christmas. And M. seems to like her, although Mirabelle is a little bit for her to carry her around really easily.

Apparently we are raising a small Mussolini, hopefully without the raging Fascist tendencies. She likes to orate, throwing hands and fists in the air to punctuate the yells. Or, if in her high chair, she'll pound the tray for emphasis.

M. figured out her sippy cup the day after Christmas. She had been working on it a bit, but really got it then and as you can see, she was pretty happy with herself.

Also during the break, M. started giving me toys to hold (D. also, but only one of us at a time). She contemplates which toys to have us hold, will rearrange them on us, step back, take one or all away, put others back or start over. It's like you're an installation piece. Hilarious to watch.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Goodnight, "Goodnight Moon"

This post was originally written 17 December 2008. Look for actual new stuff later this week. Thanks. And pictures, there will be pictures.

Last week, while D. was traveling for work, I realized that M. is now sick of "Goodnight Moon". While getting her ready for bed early in the week she got cranky when I grabbed the book off the shelf; so, I just recited it to her while she nursed. Well, on Thursday, during the diaper change/putting on pajamas part of bedtime, I was telling her that we were going to read a book, and she signed book and seemed really excited... but when I grabbed "Goodnight Moon" off the shelf she got cranky. So, I picked another book and she settled down and we read the new book. HOLY CRAP! I really had no idea that kids would get sick of things like that, let alone that she'd let me know. So, now we are reading an assortment of new books.

In knitting news that isn't (because it's sewing) I made the linings for her hats and sewed them in. I had to re-block the Dwarven Football helmet, because when I blocked it to make a pattern for the liner, I lined up the ear flaps, but that made a strange bump in the front.

In actual knitting news, I finished the first Knuck (except for the weaving in of ends). I really am enjoying making these! I wish I had started making these sooner, they are really great! I love the textured cuff. The only reason I haven't made these before was that I was afraid they'd be too fiddly with all the fingers and worried they wouldn't fit. The part that took the longest was the crab stitch to finish it off. Something about a small hook and dark yarn that got splitty (but wasn't splitty while knitting).