The Funny Things Kids Say…and Knitting Progress

I was talking to my son today, and I started teasing him. I was saying that he was my little girl, and that Calliope was my little boy. He laughed and said that he was a boy and not a girl. So I kept on for a while and he still told me he was a boy and that she was a girl. Then I asked him why. He said that he was a boy because boys have pee-pees and girls don’t. Once again I asked him why. His reply? “Because that’s the way Wal-mart makes them!” I cracked up and had a good laugh at that.

Calliope too has been in a funny mood today. She lays in her play pen while I’m at the computer or busy with something. Everyonce in a while I’ll peek over the top at her and say Boo or blow raspberries at her and she will just smile and giggle away. Days like this make me glad that I’m a mother.

Remember this:

Well I finished one for my daughter and I’m kinda happy with the way that it turned out. The cat toys actually work well as a rattle and I put two of them in mine for extra noise since my cat toys were so small. I just have to wash it now and let it dry before Easter. I think I’ll wait until I get everything made first and wash them all together….can’t have her putting things in her mouth before they are clean!

I also started making the bunny that I talked about in an earlier post. The one with a bunny head and the rest is a blankie. Good news is that I’m writing it all down as I go so that I can make a second one. It’s also good news for my readers, because that means that I will have a pattern for you soon. I’ve gotten half of the head and the ears finished. My only complaint is that it’s turning out a little bigger than I had originally hoped, but that’s ok. I actually think it will be nice bigger because it will be the center piece of the kids’ Easter basket, and it will be a friend that they can carry around and play with.

You can see here that it’s pretty good sized…those are regular sized DPNs. I’m happy with the way that it looks though. I’m thinking that I would like to get my hands on some embroidery thread to make the face. I don’t want to use buttons for eyes or anything because I want it to be comepletely safe for my baby girl. This one is for my son though…the yarn for my daughters’ has pink and purple in it. I want them to match though…my son has a tendency to be a little bit jealous if he thinks someone is getting something that he isn’t. My progress on this bunny stops here for a few days sadly. I don’t have any embroidery thread and our local store doesn’t carry any. Luckily my mother in law embroiders and is mailing me a skein of her thread. I should get it in a few days.

I’m waiting on my ball winder before I start on those socks. As you can see from my last post, my yarn is on a cone. Not good when you want to make socks two at a time. I had hoped to catch my friend who has been weaving at the local library and use her ball winder, however, she wasn’t there the day that I was in town. For now it’s back to working on the “blizzard” aka, the white sweater. I’ve deemed it “the blizzard” because it’s white like snow and never-ending. I’m also thinking that I need to cast on something new since I can’t work on the bunny or the socks. Maybe I should make something for me? Part of me says that I should make something for me, however the other part of me says that I still have Easter knitting to do.

That’s all for now….one kid is sleeping and the other is watching a movie. That means it’s knitting time for this momma. Join me tomorrow to see what else I’ve started. Thanks for reading!

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Easter Dilemma

I’m attempting to plan ahead somewhat for Easter. Of course I’m going to dye eggs with the kids and put together a basket for them. My son, Gary, is four and it’s not hard to find things to fill his basket with. Give him some candy, some cars, a game, and anything to do with Buzz and Woody and he is good to go. My 5 month old daughter, Calliope, on the other hand…..not so easy. She can’t have candy, and I can’t even put in Easter grass in her basket. She can’t have the little plastic eggs either. My solution is to knit something….

I went to www.ravelry.com (one of my favorite places for getting free patterns), and the first thing I found was this: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/toadstool-baby-rattle

I am currently in the process of making one, so I will post pics when I am finished. The cool thing is that you use a cat toy with a bell as the rattle portion and it’s completely inclosed within the mushroom so it’s safe for babies.

 

The second thing I found was this: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/gevlochten-bal—braided-ball

I’m debating whether or not to make this a rattle too using the same method, or making it just a squishy ball for her to play with.

Next I went on a search of things that were more Easterly. I found this: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/bunny-blanket-buddy—knit

I knitted one of these bunnies for practice, but I was less than pleased with the results. I searched again and saw this: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/lapin-2

I like this one much better…but the pattern won’t work for the yarn that I want to use and I would like it to be a little bigger. I’m going to attempt to make my own pattern up similar to the second bunny. Wish me luck! If it turns out well, I may post it here for others to discover. I have to write down the pattern anyway because if I like it, I’m going to make one for my son as well. He’s older, but he still likes to hold soft things when he naps or goes to sleep at night and I think that he would also enjoy one.

I’m also making her a headband for spring. She doesn’t have much hair yet, and soon it will be too warm for a hat. I’m in the process of designing a flower to place on it, pics will follow. Other than these knitted items, I’m at a loss as to what to put in her basket. She has plenty of pacifiers and teethers. Tons of other toys that I received at the baby shower and even hand-me-downs from her brother.

The idea just hit me that I could make a quiet book for them both. There are plenty of links on pinterest for ideas…..I guess this will depend on how much time I have and the amount of funds I have to buy the materials.

I’m eager for Easter…I love to watch the kids have fun and enjoy the holiday….however, I wish there was more time to prepare. Seems like it takes forever to get anything done when you have two kids….especially when you have to work on stuff when they are sleeping so that they will be surprised when they get their gift. Stay tuned….I’ll write more about this when I have some finished items, and I might possibly have a free pattern for a bunny blankie coming up depending on my results.