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Felici Socks – Fourth Progress Report

I was super responsible today and started my mother-in-law’s second Christmas sock.  Wipe that surprised look off your face!  I can buckle down when necessary.  🙂

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I finished Eva’s Ruffled Top last night, and I wanted to finish up these socks before starting the lace shrug I need to knit for next month.  The picot cuff was a little easier this time around, but it was still annoying.  I’m so glad to be past that point now and working on the leg.  With any luck, I’ll have the second sock finished in a jiffy!

Last time I discussed these socks, I was trying to decide whether to dive into the second ball of Felici or finish off the first ball before moving on to the second ball.  I went with option #1 and started knitting from the second ball immediately.  I’ll save the leftovers from both balls for a pair of baby socks.  I love me some striped baby socks.  😀

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Sunflowers!

Shortly before Kirsi was born, I planted a bunch of sunflower seeds.  (I thought all the squatting would put me into labor.  It didn’t.  The only thing I accomplished was making myself hot, tired, and sore.)  I planted them mainly as an experiment.  I wanted to see if they’d grow and if they’d survive all the severe storms we’ve been having every summer.  Last year I tried growing some sunflowers from birdseed, and they were ravaged by the derecho that blew through.

This year I upgraded and used seeds meant for planting.  Most of them sprouted, and all of the plants are looking great!

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Mammoth Sunflowers

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Black Oil Sunflowers (I think)

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Mammoth Sunflowers - I have no idea why one is so much taller.

I planted three different varieties.  I’m at a loss now, as to what they were.  I know I planted the mammoth kind at the front of the house and along the side near the flamingos.  I think I planted black oils, but I can’t be sure.  I planted a white variety as well, but the buds are looking awful yellow.  Maybe they’ll turn white once they open.

I’m still waiting for buds on the mammoths.  I love how tall they’ve gotten, and I think I’ll stick to just that variety next year.  (I like being able to see them in the windows.)  Sunflowers are my kind of flower.  They take practically no care, and even I haven’t managed to kill them.  😀


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Eva’s Ruffled Top – Fifth Progress Report

I managed to finish the sleeves and add a few ruffles today.

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Eva's Ruffled Top sans ruffles.

I love the look of the slightly puffed sleeves.  I’ll have to remember that design feature the next time I knit another baby/toddler top.  I actually like the look of the top sans ruffles and wouldn’t mind knitting another one with the purl ridges extended all the way around the yoke.  Maybe that’s what I’ll do for Kirsi’s top since I’m pretty sure I won’t be able to knit the ruffles with the amount of yarn I have.

The ruffles were a whole lot less complicated than I thought they would be.  (I had no reason to think they would be, I just make mountains out of mole hills.)  It’s going to take forever to finish them, but they’re easy to make.

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Picking up stitches to make the ruffles.

Since I can now see the light at the end of the tunnel, I’ve been thinking about my next project.  (Well, my second to next project.  I have to finish up that pair of socks first.)  I’m going to be in a wedding next month, and I’d like to knit myself a shrug to hide as much of myself as possible.  It’s a lace pattern, which will be difficult to pull off successfully with all of the distractions in my house, but I think I can totally do it.


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Happy and Healthy!

Miss Kirsi visited the doctor yesterday for her 8 week check up.  (Has it already been 8 weeks?!)  She’s weighing in at 9lbs 12oz and measured 21.5 inches.  That puts her in the 14th percentile for height and the 15th percentile for weight.  She seems so big to me since Eva barely measured on the chart as a baby, but I guess she’s still considered small compared to the average American baby.

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Little Kirsi is the spitting image of her daddy…minus the beard.

 

Her blue eyes and light hair came as a bit of a surprise.  Eva was born with a full head of jet black hair and dark eyes.  I just assumed I’d have dark hair, dark eyed babies because those are the traits that I have.  Kai, on the other hand, had blonde hair and blue eyes as a child (he now has brown hair), so the possibility was there.  I can’t tell you how shocked I was when she came out looking like a Scandinavian baby, though!

 

Big sister Eva is getting along with her little sister fabulously.  She’s always “helping” Mommy.  Having a little sister isn’t always easy (I would know), and Eva is taking the change very well.  I hope the two of them will be the best of friends when they’re older.

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Kirsi’s snug as a bug in her Moby Wrap!

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Kirsi and Mommy

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Kirsi and Grammy

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OMG IT’S UNCLE ROBERT!

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Eva and her fairy princess wand that her gwanny gave her to use during the fireworks. Eva was absolutely thrilled!

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Eva, Daddy, and John play video games.

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Eva proudly displays her artistic talent…on the kitchen wall.

 


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Eva’s Ruffled Top – Fourth Progress Report

I know you’ve been waiting for a crafting update from me.  😉

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Slowly but surely I’ve been making progress.  The body is done, and I’ll be moving on to finishing the sleeves next.  I hope that weird “seam” looking line and the flipping hem sort out after blocking.  (The seam is from magic looping.)  In hindsight, I wish I had switched to larger needles when I went from knitting flat to knitting in the round (the difference in gauge is really noticeable), and I wish I had followed my instincts and knit the body shorter instead of following the pattern.  The body looks unnaturally long, unfortunately.

Anyway, I’ll provide another update once I’ve made some sizeable progress on the sleeves.  🙂