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My kiddo is just about to turn 2!  It feels like time is flying by but then it also feels like little Sesame has been with us a lot longer than just 2 years.  I barely remember life before her sometimes!  We’re having a birthday bash this weekend and I whipped up this cute and colorful banner for her party.

birthday banner close upI cut the triangles out with the top edge along the fold of the fabric, so they’re double sided.  They’ll probably flip around when the wind blows them so I wanted them to be pretty on both sides.  I folded them with the wrong sides together and sewed along the edges using the rolled hem stitch on my serger.  (side note: My husband is awesome.  When I told him I was sewing the flags he said, “You’re not sewing, you’re overlocking.”) The letters are cut from white felt and I attached them with fabric glue.

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I attached them all together by sewing a length of rick-rack along the top edge.  I can’t wait to hang them up for her party!

flower soakerNow that she’s nearly 2, Sesame is getting to be quite helpful around the house.  At least she thinks she’s helping.  Here she’s trying to wash the dishes.  She mostly just got water all over.  Notice where she’s standing- not on the platform of her learning tower, but on the rail.  The kid is fearless.

She’s wearing some shorts that I just finished knitting.  She wears a wool soaker (or woolly as we call them) at night so these will be nice for the summer.  They’re a short version of the Perfection Pants that I’ve knitted before.  I used one skein of Cascade 220 Quatro that I had left over from a cardigan I knitted.  I embroidered some flowers to make them a little cuter and added some extra stitches in the bind-off of the cuffs so it made a little ruffle. It just needs a drawstring.  They were falling off of her when I took this picture- her little bottom is not really so square shaped.

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Love

v-day dress

I love this little dress!  Like everything I’ve knit recently, it’s making wasn’t without a near-disaster.  It was almost ruined when I put it on the little ungrateful toddler and she had a screaming fit and yanked at it so hard that she totally stretched out the buttonholes and I was afraid for the hand-stitching.  Luckily it survived (with lots of buttonhole reinforcement) but not until I took a time-out from her,  though lying down on my comfy bed while  mentally fixing I dress I just finished making and trying to tune out the sobs of “mamaaa, mamaaa” and little toddler fists pounding on my door is not very relaxing.

I shouldn’t have been too surprised.  She was crying just seconds before I took this picture, I thought she was going to ruin this sweater with the yanking at the neckline the first time I put it on her and she even had a fit when I first made her wear this little cardigan and it’s made of cashmere and silk!  What a terrible mom I am.  She doesn’t cry about new store bought clothes so I’m trying really hard to not take this personally.  At least she gets over it and is usually more cooperative by the second wearing.

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The pattern is the Two Summer Sundressand it’s pretty darn clever.  The straps can uncross to add a little more length and the straps have 2 buttonholes too.  This one can grow with the kid.  The yarn is Cascade 220 Superwash so the whole thing can go in the washer.  I will definitely make more of these, although I may have to try machine sewing my knitting, something I’ve been avoiding.  I hand-sewed the skirt to the bodice but it was a little tedious.

cardi frontFinally, a sunny day and a willing husband!  Here are pictures of the cardigan I finished last month.  I would show you my face but it was sunny and I’m all squinty. I love it (the cardigan, not the squinty face).  It’s so simple and cute and warm but not too warm.  It’s just a basic top-down raglan and I saw the horseshoe lace pattern on this cardigan and loved it so I added it to mine.  I wasn’t sure how I wanted to close it so I employed the knit-now, decide-later method and as it turns out, I can just shove the buttons through the knitting so no buttonholes are necessary.  Simple and easy.
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The best part?  I got this fabulous hand-painted yarn (blue mountain fiber arts icelandic) in a yarn swap! The color in the first pic is more accurate.  Someone took my crap and I got this.  It’s hard to imagine it being someone’s crap but then again, that’s probably what someone is saying about my unwanted yarn.

One more thing I love- signs of spring!!  It really is coming.
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DSC03625We had a great time at The Pumpkin Patch last weekend and partied with some parent friends.  Square dancing, all-you-can-eat barbecued corn and toddlers in face paint.  It was a really good time and after much deliberation, we even came home with some pumpkins.

DSC03640Back at home, the evidence that seseme is now a toddler is mounting.  Oh, it’s mostly a joy but when I see her climbing up onto the dining room table, I miss the days when she’d stay put on a blanket on the floor.

sairshe's sweaterDSC03694Her sweater is finished and she actually got to wear it.  If you look closely you can see that it’s dirty because not only did I let her wear it, I also let her (gasp) eat in it.  I love it and it looks really cute on her though that’s nearly impossible to photograph.  It’s the Toddler Tunic by Staci Perry (ravelry) and all I changed was to lengthen the seed stitch areas at the edges and I added some sairshe's sweater yarnflowers using scrap yarn from this stash.

I knit the sweater with recycled yarn from a huge J. Crew cotton sweater that I found at the bins.  It was such a huge sweater that I could probably knit myself a matching sweater but I’m not that kind of mom.  The yarn was really annoying to knit with because it’s a bunch of tiny threads that aren’t plied together.  Several times I came across a spot where a few strands were broken but I just ignored it and kept knitting.  I’m sure that if I throw it in the washer, some of those ends will start to poke out but she’s only going to be able to wear it for this one season so I think it’ll be okay.

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Mmmm . . . Apples

DSC03562We went to the Apple Celebration at the Portland Nursery last weekend and and tasted over 60 kinds of apples and pears!  Luckily we got a paper to write notes on and we learned a lot about apples.  We bought a bunch of apples too so next up- applesauce!DSC03565

Even sesame got into the harvest spirit and sampled several apples.  She isn’t a big fan of them at home but food is often more exciting when we’re someplace new.
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Look!  It’s her ruffly striped cardigan I knitted at the beginning of the year.  It’s still a little big but totally wearable if I roll up the sleeves.  Every time I pick her up I just want to squeeze her and never put her down because it’s so soft.

Crafty Wonderland was fun and successful.  Check out all these coffee sleeves I made for the show!  I don’t have nearly this many left over so it was a good day.
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Now that the show is over, I’ve been working on my knitting projects.  Mike’s sweater still looks like a giant mound of yarn but there really is a nearly completed cardigan in there!  I knit this adorable sweater for the baby toddler but it’s not quite done so I’ll wait to show you the whole thing.DSC03583DSC03582

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I’ve finally written up a pattern for my eyelet skirty (or is it skirtie?) that I’ve been showing you lately. It’s more of a guide than a pattern but it’s free and I don’t think any of you will have any trouble with it. Happy knitting!

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The pattern is below but I’ve also made a pdf that you can download and print. You can get that right here!

I knit this as an addition to a knit soaker (diaper cover) but have included a description of how to adapt it to be just a skirt for your little one.

To knit the skirt attached to a diaper cover:

1. First knit the soaker of your choice. I used the curly purly soaker pattern.

2. Using a circular needle the size that you used for the body of the soaker, pick up a row of stitches just below the ribbing, or about 2 inches below the top of the soaker. (Note: This is much easier if you purl the row after the ribbing when you’re knitting the soaker. Then use the purl bumps as your guide when picking up the stitches.)

3. Row 1: Join to knit in the round and *K1, yo* around. This doubles the number of stitches on your needle and adds fullness to your skirt.

4. Knit for 5 rounds. Next round (eyelet round): *K2tog, yo* around.

5. Repeat these 6 rounds until your skirt measures approximately ½ the desired length.

6. Change to needles one size larger than those you’ve been using. This will add a little more fullness to the bottom portion of the skirt. Continue in pattern until skirt is almost the desired length. End with eyelet round.

7. Knit around

*K2tog, yo* around

Repeat these 2 rounds one more time. (Ending with eyelet rounds close together prevents the hem from rolling)

Bind off.

Note: If desired, knit stripes of a different color as often as you’d like. Also, the frequency of the eyelet row is not essential.

To knit the skirt alone:

1. Knit a gauge swatch with your desired yarn and determine how many stitches per inch you have.

2. Measure around your baby’s waist. Multiply your stitches per inch by the number of inches your baby’s waist measures. Round this number to the nearest multiple of 4. This is the number of stitches you will cast on.

3. Using a needle sized 1-2 sizes smaller than you used on your swatch, cast on desired number of stitches and *K2, P2* around for approximately 2 inches.

4. Switch to main needles and knit skirt, beginning with the K1, yo round in #3 in the above directions.

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DSC02714It’s windy and cold and the weather doesn’t seem like it’ll be summer-like anytime soon. Despite that, I picked a whole lot of strawberries from the plants in my front yard today and that feels like a summer activity to me!

Sesame won’t eat strawberries if I offer them to her at mealtimes while she’s in her high chair, but when she could pick them herself, she tried to eat them all! Despite her face in the last picture, she really liked them and amazingly most of the mess managed to stay off of her clothes.
Eating Strawberries
I made fabulous strawberry shortcakes for dessert tonight. I had some creme fraiche in the fridge so I mixed some brown sugar with it and used that instead of whipped cream. Add some fresh-from-the-oven biscuits and fresh-from-the-garden berries and it was a winner!

I’ve been knitting this mess for a while and I finally have all the pieces done. After knitting this a while back, I didn’t think I’d do it again but, well, a knitted toy is hard to resist. All these pieces will be this cute little crab (Ravelry)! That’s the body, 8 legs, 2 claws and 2 eye stalks that you’re looking at. It’s for baby Lucas, whose mother is Cindy, one of my best friends but they live all the way in El Salvador so I don’t see her often enough. I hope the little cutie likes it.
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The pattern isn’t written too well and is quite fiddly, for lack of a better word, but I’ll share more about that later. Speaking of patterns, I’m going to write up my loose pattern for the soaker skirt since several have asked for it. Look for that soon! In other housekeeping news, I’m hoping to add some stuff to my shop soon. With all the birthday madness, and my job starting full time next week (eek!) I have been neglecting it a little.

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My little baby is 1! I can’t believe it’s been a whole year since she was born! This has been the most amazing year and little sesame just keeps getting more and more fun!

For the birthday extravaganza Mike and I had 6 out of town relatives come to visit. It was a little crazy but they did not all stay with us so it was manageable. Sesame was a trooper and didn’t even seem to get too overwhelmed!

Here are some pictures.

This is part of her birthday gift. I embroidered a really cool design that I’ll show you more of when it’s washed and ironed. It’s going to be a pillow for her since she has developed a sudden love of carrying pillows around.embroidery

This is her cupcake cake! I made 4 dozen cupcakes and made this cute little picnic scene. My mom and Mike made the fondant blanket and I did all the grass piping. My hand got really tired but the effect was worth it. I think they’re the cutest cupcakes I’ve ever made!birthday cake
The birthday girl modeling her skirt. She had so much fun at her party! I’m so happy that we avoided the overwhelmed, screaming baby syndrome that seems to happen rather frequently at 1st birthday parties. birthday girl in soaker

Proof of all the out-of-towners. This is my stepmom, dad, brother, Mike, me, uncle, cousin and mom. Whew! That’s a lot of visitors for 1 short weekend!

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birthday girl tired This is how we all felt after the party. I think that finally today I am caught up on sleep. I haven’t knitted in over a week and I have a lot to catch up on but for now, I’m just happy and thankful for a truly blessed year with my little one.

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