Tuesday, 29 June 2010

The 12 hat . . . errrr . . . 10 hat challenge

Last year, around Sweet Pea's birthday, I took a shoebox full of hand-knit, newborn hats to the childbirth centre where my girl was born. This year, her birthday has sort of snuck up on me. I realized about a week ago that I needed to make some hats. I don't want to bring in 2 or 3 hats, I want to bring in a big bunch of hats.
I decided on 12. 12 hats in 14 days. Reasonable, right? No. Maybe in the old days. The days when I wasn't chasing an active toddler, or managing her tantrums and mood swings. Maybe before I found out how much fun playing together is, and how much my big almost 2 year old likes to pretend she's a 'tiny baby'. I swaddle her, and snuggle her and rock her, and she says "waa!" and "momma!" It's cuter than it sounds.
The first day, I got a hat done in under 24 hours. Good!

The second day, I got the second hat halfway done. Not as good, but it took more attention. PLUS, I had to finish the first hat that day.

The third day, I finished the above hat.
The fourth, fifth and sixth day, I made this one.

(This is where I realize that I'm lying to myself because there are 7 days in a week, not six, and I just finished the bunny hat this morning.)
Today, I started a mini Odessa. It's not even halfway finished. Fortunately, I found a hat that I made last year and forgot to put in the box! I'm up to four finished hats to bring to the hospital next Tuesday . . . or so. So I set my sights a little lower. I'm scaling back to 10 hats. 10 hats is still good, right?

Potential problem: I'm running out of useable yarn scraps. I have bits of DK, and bits of fingering . . . but not enough of any one colour to make a hat, and not enough of any co-ordinating colours to make a striped hat. I may have to start cutting into 'sweater's worths'.

Friday, 25 June 2010

Catching up

Lots and lots going on chez nous. Well, actually not that much - but a few big things.
1) Sweet Pea is doing well with her bed. She's fallen out twice and now tells me every night when I tuck her in "no fall out you bed, mommy." I have promised her I won't. She seems reassured.

2) A few weeks ago, we found this in our clematis:

On Monday it looked like this:

This is where the updates end, because Momma robin has become super protective and dive-bombs anything that goes into our backyard. We may be forced to deal with the nest, since Sweet Pea's birthday party is next weekend - I hope it's not a problem by then.

3) Finally launched my Etsy shop with three cuties. Find me here!

4) We're expanding! Or rather, I'm expanding. For Christmas this year, we'll be getting a new family member. So far so good, but I'm glad to see the end of the super-tiring, nauseated first trimester.

Monday, 7 June 2010

Big Day

Saturday was a big day in our household. Saturday THIS happened:

Maybe I'm jinxing it saying this, but . . . so far, so good. I think she was more than ready for the change - she's been such a good girl. This morning I heard her get out of bed at 5:45, and walk around her room - but then she went right back to bed and slept until 7:15.

And I will say it's cute as a button to watch her climb into her bed, snuggle in with her Beebie and her monkey, and pull the blankets over herself. My baby is turning into a little girl, right before my eyes.

Friday, 4 June 2010


We are overrun. Completely, fully overrun.

With Toys.

It's impossible to keep an area clean when there are a million toys in it! I swear we clean the living room 10 times a day. But then Sweet Pea wants to play with her zoo, or pulls out all the stuffies, and we're right back at square one.

Sweet Pea is turning 2 at the beginning of July. She will doubtless receive lots of new toys. She already has too many toys. So I have started culling the herd, so to speak. Last weekend, I reduced the stuff in her toy tub by 1/2. She didn't notice. This weekend, I'll eliminate a little more. I bet she won't notice. Hopefully, we'll be able to hold steady at the insane volume of toys we have NOW for after her birthday.

You think I can convince people to give her pajamas instead??