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January, 2010:

Happy Birthday, Eva!

A year old already. The time has just flown by, and yet I can’t imagine a time without her.
For her birthday I made her the “You Kiss a Hundred Frogs Purse” designed by Laura Rintala (on Ravelry) and published in Interweave Knits, Holiday Gifts 2009. What a fun project!

Frog toy bag for Eva

The pattern calls for Brown Sheep Lamb’s Pride Worsted but I used Cascade 220 and it worked just fine. I decided to use Cascade 220 because I had leftover colors from Eva’s Christmas stocking, and thought it would be safest to use all the same yarn since it was going to be felted.
While I was knitting it I thought, “huh, I don’t get it … how’s that going to work, shouldn’t that be attached to something … oh, angsty, angsty!” But I followed the pattern in spite of my doubts, and tossed in the washing machine with my fingers crossed. It felted in no time, and like magic it turned into a … a frog!
With a kiss, will it turn into a handsome prince? Now that would be magic!

A quickie baby gift

I needed a little something for a colleague’s little one, expected early February, shower last week, gender unknown.


This took two sittings to complete, no big deal. But I think it’s kinda cute.

Warning: non-knitting craftiness ahead

Christmas and the new year have been such a blur, what with chasing after a very crawly baby, juggling family and a snowstorm that kept us guessing about which of our holiday plans would happen and which would be canceled, and a family emergency on Brad’s side of the family. I still have a hard drive full of photos that haven’t been uploaded yet.
But the photos will have to wait a little while. I’m busy getting things ready for Eva’s first birthday, which is — I can’t believe it — in a week. Here’s a taste of what I’m working on for her birthday. We’re having a really small birthday party and I’m not going all out with decorations, but I wanted to make a little something festive to brighten up the house during her party.

The theme of the party is “apple of our eye”. I think it’ll be fun.