Oh man. The attitude with this kid right now. We skipped the “terrible twos” but the three’s are much, much worse. I thought we’d managed to escape with Piper somehow (stupid, since the older five all went through terrorsome – trying – tiring – three’s) but the last couple of weeks have shown me that we definitely have not. I’m exhausted and feeling over it and wondering why I still don’t have a handle on this whole parenting thing.
Zoe had “colour” day at school today. She went in all-over pink clothing and shoes, and I sprayed some pink hairspray into her hair for added fun. Can you tell she was super excited? Love that smile.
Beau Bear looking ridiculously cute in his hoodie this afternoon. Look at that expression though! Haha. He has almost as much attitude as Piper.
He is teething super badly right now and wants to munch on everything and everyone. Those little teeth are sharp, too. We have lots of toys for him, but none of the “teething” ones seem to be doing the trick.
Cuddles after school.
Just ’cause he’s cute and I can’t resist.
My sock yarn blanket is progressing nicely. I actually wound up starting the project all over again. The first time around I was using 2.25mm needles and 16 stitches per square, and after completely nine of them decided that the fabric felt a little too firm for a cuddly blanket, and also wanted the squares to be larger. This time I’m knitting with 2.75mm needles and a 40 stitch square. I’m much happier with the way it’s coming along. You can see the first patch sitting on top of the second for size comparison. The only problem I have now is that I’ve almost run out of different yarns for my squares.
Hoggle and Beau have become best friends. So funny! They play together all the time. Cat and Dog BFFs?
And just in case you need a little extra dose of cuteness I thought I’d share a few photos I took for a friend of her puppy Evie. Evie is a Moodle and just a bit daintier than Beau.
Puppy paws. They kill me with cute every single time.
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It may not be Summer anymore, but the warm weather is determined to stick around for awhile yet it seems. Although I’m longing for those crisper, cooler Autumn days, at least the kids are still happy to make the most of the heat.
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So, we got this adorable new addition to the family yesterday. A puppy! I guess you can pretty much just call our house a zoo now, what with the three cats, the six chickens, the ten million kids, and now the two dogs. This little guy is Beau Bear, and he is a maltese x shih tzu and 100% cute.
Look at that teeny little puppy butt. And the paws… ahh so cute.
Beau is loving all of the attention from the kids and is already getting along with the cats and our Pomeranian. He’s a little sweety (so far! haha) and plays hard until he crashes hard.
I bought him a hoodie for Very Important Reasons. Basically, because it’s cute. And I can never resist a pet in a hoodie.
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So much has been happening lately that I haven’t had a chance to really take a breath, let alone blog about anything. I debated trying to catch up on everything, and then decided that if I did that I’d never get around to posting anything, so it’s just going to be a miss-mash of stuff I think.
Tonight Madison headed off to her first “formal”. Not technically a formal really, but a formal night (where you have to dress up etc) for youth group. Maddy was sooo excited. I was not ready for the transformation from little girl to teenager that magically occured when she walked out of her bedroom, ready to go. Where the heck did my little girl go?
Don’t worry. She did wear shoes. But they were high heels and I made her take flip-flops with her and had her kick them off for the photos. Ugh. Time! Why do you have to go by so fast?
The little girls spend almost every evening on the trampoline, especially now that it’s starting to get a little cooler and more bearable weather-wise. One more day of Summer left… bring on Autumn I say. Cannot wait.
And… with cooler weather literally just around the corner, I finally joined the bandwagon and started a sock yarn blanket. This is kind of huge for me since I hate having projects languishing (and let’s face it, a blanket is a big project and will take forever), I hate having more than one project on the go, and I am not patient when it comes to finishing things. The upside? It means I will need to knit more socks to get more sock yarn scraps, and also buy more sock yarn. Total win. I thought I had way more sock yarn scraps than I actually do though, so I’ll be on the hunt for some soon (so hit me up with links if you know of any good mini skeins vendors!).
Random photo of my little monkey. Because she asked me to take one.
Figured it was time for a chook update too. I can’t even remember the last time I posted a photograph of them! Yes, they are all still here, however egg production has slowed down big time. We’ve had them for just about two years now. They aren’t laying as many eggs now, but we still get a few. I have read that you should add/replenish your flock every year or so, but I don’t want to end up with a dozen chickens…
My kindergarten kid. Zoe is absolutely flourishing since starting school. She has always been incredibly reserved and shy, but suddenly, boom! she’s this amazing little talkative social butterfly. I love how excited she is when she walks in the door of an afternoon, ready to tell me about her day.
And finally, this happened. I passed my Les Mills body combat module training last weekend. This was one of the hardest, most thrilling, emotional, crazy intense and FUN things I have ever done. A couple of years ago I would have never, ever imagined (or even wanted) to do anything like this. I’m so proud of myself, not even ashamed to say that. I went into the weekend feeling super confident, walked out after the first day totally deflated and down, feeling like I was 100% going to fail (and spent the entire night feeling awful), and walked out on a ridiculous high at the end of the second day with my PASS! I almost fell over when I read that pass on the page. My hands were shaking as I held the paper and double and tripled checked to make sure my eyes weren’t deceiving me. Nearly a week later now and I’m still trying to catch up on sleep though…
So how about you guys… what’s happening in your world?
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Ahhhhh. Finally knitting something that isn’t a bunny. Or a bear. Or something for somebody else. See these? These are socks I started designing way back at the very beginning of November last year and had to put away while I was busy working on the mini patterns and so many custom orders. I’m still working on orders, but I just needed a break and to work on something just to break things up a bit. I don’t even remember finishing that first sock, but when I went to my project bag there it was, aong with all of my notes, crumpled up into a ball and with the second sock cast on with a few rows of ribbing.
I quickly got back into the rhythm of the pattern and managed to get a fair chunk of the second sock knit last night (while also re-watching Walking Dead episodes with my husband – eek, so excited for new eps!). I’m pretty confident I’ll have them finished before tomorrow.
The yarn is Madeline Tosh sock in a gorgeous silvery-greyish-blue colour.
Picking up this sock again has made me really wish for more time for personal knitting. Right now it’s almost impossible. There are orders (which I appreciate), and so much general busyness from day-to-day life of kids being back at school, and there is all of the hours I am putting into getting prepared for my upcoming Les Mills instructor training. To say our days are a bit of a busy blur right now is an understatement! But, spending last night knitting on these socks has reminded me how important it is to carve out a bit of time to knit just for me, for no reason other than I love love love to knit.
Sweet furry paws on my knitting. His colouring almost matches, don’t you think?
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I feel like all I’ve been knitting lately is bunny after bunny after bunny! Not that I’m complaining… I love the thought of so many little Briar Bunnies out there in the world. There is something incredibly satisfying about knowing your creations are out there being loved on by so many different people. Most of the mini Briar’s go to photographers, which is even better since I get to see photographs of them snuggled up to darling newborn babies (love!) and that is truly special.
And speaking of the Briar Bunnies, I finally released the Mini Briar Bunny pattern last week. The pattern for these mini’s is different to the original and I love love love them. I may even love them more than the original size bunnies. You can find more information on the Mini Briar Bunny on the pattern page at Ravelry (or etsy or craftsy).
I also released the Mini Brambles Bear pattern. These tiny guys are again extremely popular with photographers but I also love the thought of them being popped into little pockets and treasured by kids. Again, more information on the pattern can be found at the Mini Brambles Bear page on Ravelry (and etsy or craftsy).
I purchased this gorgeous book, Knitsonik, a few weeks ago and it arrived in the post yesterday. I first heard about it from Ysolda’s blog (I think? though I have seen it mentioned a few places) and had to snatch up a copy straight away. I’ve only just started to delve into it, but this book is filled with so much beautiful, colourful inspiration. I definitely see a few new colourwork projects in the very near future. I think the last time I did stranded colourwork was waaaay back when I was working on my own book, so that’s a long time now! Even if you’re not a colourwork knitter, this book is just truly beautiful to look at and worth purchasing for the photographs alone.
And in stash enhancement, I bit the bullet and purchased some glorious Hedgehog Fibres sock yarn that I had been lusting after for a long time. The photographs of this yarn do not do it justice (never mind Hoggle who thinks it is his right to try and sleep on any yarn I try to photograph). The colours are so lustrous and deep, I bought the Cabaret colourway, but I have my eyes on soooo many more.
Seriously. Just look at those gorgeous colours! I can’t wait to get this baby on my needles.
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THREE! It hardly seems possible that our little miss sunshine turned a big three years old this past week. Piper has been excited about this birthday for probably the three months prior, and woke up on the day-of practically jumping up and down until she got that special birthday crown on her head.
Unlike the last two years, she finally understands what birthdays are all about. She told everybody we saw that it was her birthday, how old she was, and didn’t hesitate to say “But it’s MY birthday!” when one of her siblings wasn’t doing whatever she wanted them to do. Sassy pants.
As with every year since the day she was born, we headed down to main street and into the thick of the Country Music Festival to celebrate in the evening. We really did go down on the day she was born, too. So it’s become a special tradition all of the kids look forward to. We wandered up and down the street to listen to buskers (Piper twirled her way up and down), the little girls had their faces painted by a faery, before having dinner out.
How fun to dance amongst shimmery bubbles on your birthday.
Birthday jewels. Piper is obsessed with everything sparkly and “girly”. She will exclusively wear tutus and what she calls her “dancing” dresses if given the choice. She loves Star Wars (much to Daddy’s delight), and playing shopping games with her sisters. Unbelievably, Piper is starting preschool in a couple of days time (just two days a week), and she cannot wait to be able to play with her friends all day long.
Tea-cup faery garden we purchased from the face painter. Isn’t it adorable?
Happy Birthday sunshine girl.
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A face without freckles
is like a night without stars
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More mini Brambles knitting. These guys are so squishy and cute I couldn’t help myself and had to make a bunch of different colours. The pattern is still coming – I underestimated just how busy the holidays would be with six kids running around. But soon, soon. The trio above remind me of chocolate – light, milk and (my favourite), dark. Yum!
In more knitting-related news, have you guys heard of the new E-zine, Addicted to Sock Knitting? I was lucky enough to win a subscription thanks to Andi’s gorgeous blog, and I’m so thrilled. I’ve only had a chance to read a little bit / glance through the patterns but it is so promising! I know all my sock knitting-lovin’ friends will want to check it out cause seriously, a whole ezine dedicated to sock knitting, what could be better? This year ahead I want to (need to?) do some more “selfish” knitting, and socks are always amazing for that.
Look at how big the kittens are now. I think they doubled in size (again! haha) in the last two weeks. We actually said goodbye to little Obi over the weekend when his new Mama came all the way from Melbourne to pick him up, and Oreo went off to join his new family this morning. Simba will be leaving on the weekend coming. Kind of bittersweet – I’m so glad they’ve gone to such wonderful homes, but we’ll definitely miss their playful presence in our house! Obi seemed absolutely content with his new “people” and I’ve already seen a bunch of photos of his adventure homeward and beyond.
Hoggle is soooo fluffy. And yes, of course he is named after the Labyrinth character. Of course!
And miss sassy princess Luna. She’s gone from being the teeny little runt, getting picked on by all of the boys, to still being the teeniest one, but with the feistiest personality! She totally thrashes her brothers in wrestling matches, but look at that sweet face.
Can you believe it’s NEW YEARS EVE tomorrow?! Yikes. I’m not ready for 2015!
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I am finally finished with a huge wave of custom orders that came in. Lots and lots of little bunnies and bears and tiny newborn bonnets. My fingers actually kind of ache from so much nearly non-stop knitting with tiny needles over the last couple of weeks. The goods news is that I’ve also managed to complete the patterns for the mini versions of both Briar Bunny and Brambles Bear, and I hope to release them within the next week or two!
Look how teeny weeny Mini Brambles bear is! She’s so pudgy and adorable. I can’t wait to see her snuggled in next to a newborn. This one is actually off to a newborn photographer so it won’t be long before I see photographs I’m sure. The original size Brambles above is off to the same photographer. She’s knit from 100% alpaca and has the most gorgeous halo of fluff around her.
Don’t they look so pretty together? I love natural coloured knits so much. There is something so soothing about those tones. I just wish I had a little baby to snuggle in there too. Living vicariously through others is pretty OK with me too, though
I finally remembered to photograph a couple of the many Blythe knits I’ve made of late! There are tons more, but I couldn’t remember where I’d stashed them. Whoops. These two are made from 100% pure angora and are soooo soft it’s ridiculously. Super super super fluffy too.
And of course, I can’t help but to share another couple of photographs of my little cutie, Hoggle. Look at that lil’ tongue poking out. He’s so flipping CUTE I almost can’t stand it.
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