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This is my go-to pattern for the baby girls in my life.  When this gray yarn didn’t look as shiny as I expected, I added some color with these adorable buttons.  Love.

Pattern: Aviatrix baby hat by Justine Turner

Yarn: Queensland Collection Merino Spray in #3 Tan

This is a wonderful pattern for a quick and cute knitty gift. I only spent about two hours on this little hat after my mother asked me if I had anything she could send today to a family member.

The yarn is my favorite (so far) to use on baby items.  It is 100%  extra fine merino wool in a DK weight.  It normally runs about $10 a ball, but I came across it at Ross for $2.50.  Needless to say, I bought everything they had and took home a large bag full of several colors (pink, violet, lime, and brown) for around $40.   The colors are bright, and the yarn does look as though it has been sprayed with color.

It is also important to note that the yarn is flame resistant.  The other day I took long bits of the different yarns I’ve been using to make my baby gifts and compared their flammability.  This particular yarn barely caught a flame before it died out without traveling at all up the piece of yarn.  I was horrified to find that another yarn I’ve been liking to use – Naturally Caron Spa – caught and lit so fast that the flame reached my finger and burned me before I could even drop it.   As pretty as it is, I don’t know that I’d use it again for anyone – much less a child.

  This little bunny was an Easter gift for my soon-to-be one-year-old niece Rosalyn.

Pattern: Margaret by Joanne Jongsma

Yarn: Naturally Caron Spa and Naturally Caron Country

Pattern: Capuchine Hat

Yarn:  LionBrand Homespun

I made this hat for my brother’s girlfriend who (I recently found out) likes to knit and crochet.   I will always make something for the crafty people in my life.

 

Pattern: Felted Mittens

Yarn: Paton’s SWS

This was a quick knit for a friend that was gifted along with a box of chocolate candy.

PatternLittle Coffee Bean Cardigan by Elizabeth F. Smith

Yarn: Naturally Caron Spa in Misty Taupe and Rose Bisque

 

My brother and sister-in-law refer to this sweater as my niece’s Pooh sweater, so I made her one inspired by Piglet.   I know Piglet has pink and dark stripes, but I didn’t like that sharp contrast so I chose a gray color instead.

This is a simple pattern to follow.  My only future modification will be to knit the button band as I go instead of picking up stitches later.  It is a better finish for those of us who can’t seem to pick up exactly the right number of stitches for a smooth, even band.

Pattern: Daisy by Stephanie Pearl McPhee (available here for free)

Yarn: Debbie Mumm in Beeswax

Finally! Knitting reappears!

My brother and sister-in-law are expecting a baby girl this May.   My very first niece!  ( No nephews either.)

I’ve made this sweater several times before.  This sweet pattern is simple and easy to alter if you wanted to add your own embellishments.  Here I left it plain as the yarn created enough interest with several shades of yellow.  I have enough yarn left over to make a matching hat.  I’m making a baby-sized Lace Rib Cap.


Pattern: Fetching from Knitty Summer 2006
Needles: Size 8 dpn
Yarn: Sensations Bellezza Collection Dolcetto in Lime and Cream (54% wool/24% nylon/22% cotton)
Modifications: Additional repeat of cables at the knuckles and an extra 6 rounds at the thumbs to accommodate my ridiculously long fingers as well as a crochet edging along the thumb and knuckles for a neater finish than that left by my regular bind-off.
Verdict: I love them, and I love the yarn – very soft without a hint of itch. So, of course, it is now discontinued.

I completed my first custom order and mailed it yesterday. The silk and bamboo blend yarn was amazingly soft. I found myself petting my knitting whenever I walked by it. It turned out pretty cute, too – if I don’t say so myself. The buyer sent me the yarn and natural shell buttons. She also gave me specific sizing and design specifications she wanted used. This was the result:
I did finish the Ribbed Lace Bolero I thought I would give as a birthday gift, but I didn’t really like it too much. So it has been frogged (no photo), and I started a cabled bag from a Drops Design I downloaded. The yarn is chocolate brown, and I have some leaf buttons that I might use. There is great potential for adorable. We’ll see.

I’ve done my ICU time, and I was right. Interesting but not where I want to be. My first patient was a guy who’d overdosed on cocaine. His family brought him in when he started seizing. By the time I saw him, he had been mechanically intubated twice. He was extubated once before, developed pneumonia and then ARDS. My second patient was a young lady whose insulin pump ran out of insulin. She is a type one diabetic, so this put her into diabetic ketoacidosis. She was really sweet, and I had fun talking to her.

The rest of school is going ok. I’ve done great on my exams so far. The biggest frustration is the busy work we’re given by our Professional Practice class. So much of it is just a repeat of work we’ve done before. I’m sorely tempted to makeup up my next assignment – an interview with a nurse. It’s the same interview format we did last semester, only now I’m expected to do it along with the exams, simulation labs, clinicals, (real) papers, video assignments, volunteer hours, 3000 practice HESI questions….. all in a shortened semester as well. I don’t think so. Something is going to drop, and I think it will be the most useless assignment.

I’m almost done with the first season of Dexter, so don’t tell me what happens! I love this show. I appreciate interesting characters and stories. I don’t have Showtime, so I guess I’ll have to wait until season 2 is available to rent/buy.

Ummm…that’s it for now.

I love it. It’s pink and girly without being frilly and pastel.
The shrug is smaller than the example photo, but I used Wool-Ease in rose heather. It’s 80% acrylic and therefore not friendly to blocking. The pattern called for a 1 1/2 inch seam for the “sleeves”, but I doubled it to avoid excess material underneath my arms.

My Happiness Project

1. Set a bedtime.
2. Make my bed every morning.
3. Always be reading something.
4. Move more.
5. Toss and organize.
6. Give proofs of love.
7. Leave the past.
8. Fight right.
9. Don't expect praise or appreciation.
10. Kiss more, hug more, touch more.
11. Aim higher.
12. Find some fun.
13. Ask for help.
14. Smile.
15. Realize it's possible.
16. Don't compare;be inspired.
17. Focus on what I have.
18. Beware of drift.
19. Take a chance.
20. Listen.
21. Be mindful.
22. Cultivate gratitude.
23. Spend out.
24. Do good, feel good.
25. Show up.
26. Have the courage to be imperfect.
27. Find joy in the ordinary.
28. Work smart.
29. Enjoy now.
30. Talk to strangers.
31. Go outside.
32. Start where I am.
33. Show up on time.
34. See art everyday.
35. Love with abandon.
36. Be colorful.
37. Dress the part.
38. Revel in accomplishments.
39. Learn something new.
40. Fear less.
41. Take pictures.
42. Speak with integrity.
43. Don't be critical about small things.
44. Manage my pain.
45. Surround myself with creative people.
46. Practice, practice, practice.
47. Don't force it.
48. Deal with something once.
49. Trust my instincts.
50. Avoid gossip.
51. Choose to see the best in people.
52. Take time to be silly.
53. Throw my own party.
54. Be a mentor.
55. Lean into my fears.
56. Find the others.
57. Do the unexpected.
58. Don't break the chain.
59. Do things others aren't.
60. Slow down.
61. Be cool with not being cool.
62. Be kinder than necessary and more generous than reasonable.
63. Pretend I'm good at it.
64. Keep in touch.
65. Row my own canoe.
66. Do what only you can do.
67. If it doesn't work out, find something that does.
68. Dream bigger.
69. Notice what's right.
70. Stop talking. Start doing.
71. When in doubt, choose laughter.
72. Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good.
73. Respect everyone.
74. Be early.
75. Delete the unnecessary.

Three Simple Rules

1. If you do not GO after what you want, you will never have it.
2. If you do not ASK, the answer will always be no.
3. If you do not MOVE forward, you will always be in the same place.

All I Need

1. Someone to love.
2. Something to do.
3. Something to hope for.

What I’m Reading

Blood Meridian
by Cormac McCarthy
Their Eyes Were Watching God
by Zora Neale Hurston

U.S. States I’ve Visited

Alaska
Arizona
Arkansas
Colorado
Georgia
Florida
Louisiana
Maryland
New Mexico
North Carolina
Ohio
Oklahoma
Pennsylvania
Texas
Utah
Virgina

Countries I’ve Visited

Mexico
Colombia
Thailand
Vietnam
Bermuda (British territory)

I write about…