Saturday, October 11, 2014

Party at the Farm

Last weekend we were invited to a two year old's birthday party at a farm. It was such a gorgeous day and we had such a lovely time. I dressed Penny in a handmade dress and a handknit sweater, and she loved both! Bonus. She also loved running in the rows of sunflowers. Mr. Jones was out of town, so "Frank's Dadda", our friend Dean, filled in nicely.



She also enjoyed other activities like sniffing flowers, looking at gourds, picking up specs of dirt...what Toddler doesn't love a farm?





The birthday boy, Teo, had a grand time, too. He took hay rides and picked pumpkins. There was freshly roasted corn on the cob and bagels and cupcakes. Who wouldn't love to have an October birthday if it meant all of this

 

I really love a kid's birthday party. Seeing all the kids together is always a beautiful sort of chaos.



Lulu time!



When Mr. Jones got home, Penny immediately started telling him about our time at the farm, starting with the "big big big big PIG with the big, big, big, big NOSE". I'll never forget her face when she rattled off those 'big's. Totally hilarious. 



I think the sunflowers were my favorite part. Thank you, Cecelia and Tory, for inviting us to such a memorable and beautiful party!

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Made/Given/Worn


I wanted to catch up on some projects I've made lately that have been made/given/worn by little ones I know. You'll remember "Junior". He was the first cloud pillow that I made for my favorite 5 year-old. I ended up making a duplicate of him as well as a rainbow blanket, for Lulu (Ravelry link HERE). They both make her crib area just a bit more charming.


Penny wore her Balloon Pants toward the end of Summer. I'm going to take them into Fall with some tights underneath. I loved them, and when standing in front of our new wallpaper she looks similar to the Japanese craft books I so revere.


I recently finished a gray rainbow sweater for her, too (Ravelry link HERE). She's been wearing it on the crisp mornings lately, and to special events around town (more on that, to come).


Speaking of special, I entered my Sasquatch Sweaters into the Oregon State Fair's Original Knitting Pattern Competition and won second place! I love these sweaters, and want to make a few more in coming months, as well as publish the pattern. Here's their original post (and here's my other second prize win, for my HarVest - a free pattern).


Next up is Halloween costumes, of course. This is the first Halloween I'll be dressing two children, and the second Halloween the adults in this family will be completely ignored :). The good thing is that we're still in the territory where the babies don't understand Halloween, nor have any opinion of what they should be! The fun will be all mine ;).

Monday, October 6, 2014

Flock+Fiber

The beautiful weather in Portland has continued these past few weeks. In an attempt to show the girls some real-life animals (and because, you know, I knit and stuff) we headed to the Oregon Flock and Fiber Festival in the nearby town of Canby. Penny was trepidatious at first, about the animals, but she soon warmed up and was happy to meet them.



We all donned our overalls (OK, not Mr. Jones. We have yet to get him any, at his request).



Farmers with all kinds of animals attend festival. The only requirement is that your animal can lend its outerwear to human use. So, too, can this amazing car...



Lulu enjoyed watching the Spinners showing off their skills with fiber. She's been using her hands a lot more these days, in really meticulous ways, too!


My favorite part was when Penny met the rabbits. She had brought "Gray Baby" to see them. I think the introduction was a lot easier with her intermediary :). 



This was the first time we could recall seeing Penny "register" live animals, and it was really, really fun to see. She wouldn't touch any, but looking seemed more than enough for all of us. Of course, I couldn't come home from the festival without a handspun skein of yarn. There seemed to be something for all, er, ok, most of us at the festival :). We really enjoyed the morning.

PS. A previous trip to the festival.
PPS. Lulu wears Penny's Trinket.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Lulu at 9 months

Lucille Jones turned 9 months old! She's still the happiest baby, ever. She's now 18.4 pounds, and average in height and head size. She's been trying lots of different foods this month. None seem to stay in her mouth, but sampling counts, right?



We enjoyed an extended summer here in Portland, with weather in the 90s throughout the month of September. Lulu has loved eating and crawling outside. She's so busy, putting everything in her mouth, always climbing up your legs to try to be picked up, and giggling constantly.





Lulu started daycare with Penny this month. She's definitely one of the most active babies in her room. They already see how different she is from Penny. Where Penny is careful, Lulu is a true daredevil. She's got the facial expressions to prove it:



With Lulu turning 9 months old, Penny turns two and a half this month! It's a phrase she already knows how to say, and she's already anticipating age 3.



Penny talks about her birthday daily now. We're trying not to reveal that Lulu will be having one first. Sometimes we can't wait for Lulu to walk, or Penny to be able to do more "kid things".  But mostly, Mr. Jones and I are just hoping both of them would just slow down. These ages are really, really sweet.

PPS. Lulu wears her cardigan To Temper Pink

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Knitting Neon

When the yarn company I work for came out with a fingering weight neon yarn, I was smitten. I just finished up two knits with it, and I think they're just so unique. I used every color in the collection to make this toddler vest:



It took so long to make on size 2 needles that I don't think it fits my toddler anymore. She also screams and runs out of the room when she sees it. Seriously. Nevermind, though! I've got another baby coming down the line, and despite rumors to the contrary, neon never really goes out of style ;).

 
 

I also made this baby sweater out of the color "Hot Tamale" and paired it with a zip-up onesie for a complete outfit. I'll be giving it to my friend Patrick for the birth of his upcoming son in December. It feels like I show so few handmade projects here, but I always have at least five in process. I'm working on my first original crochet pattern, as well as writing up some kiddo patterns I've had in the works for what seems like years. I hope to get this all to you soon! Now back to worrying about what's for dinner.... ;).

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Happy Birthday, Mr. Jones!

To my husband, my baby daddy, and my best friend...
 

who gives 110% to everything he does...
 

Happy Birthday. Here's to many, many more.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Penning and Woo Woo

Penny and Lulu (or Penning, as she calls herself, and Woo Woo, as she calls her sister) have gotten a wee bit closer these days. Penny went from completely disregarding her sister, to regarding her, to now....maybe, considering her.  I'm hoping we're on our way to "liking her" someday. Once in a long while they'll share in an activity and really seem to enjoy each other's company. Of course, when that happens, my heart jumps for joy.

They've played music together a few times this summer:



Once in a while, they'll request to get in each other's beds, and have some pajama time together:




Lulu tries to get in on the fun anytime Penny has a friend over. This really brings me back to my childhood, when the only friend around was our neighbor Elissa, my sister's age, and I tried to do anything I could with them, when they'd let me.


This past week, Penny was swinging in the hammock and suddenly requested "Woo Woo get in". Mr. Jones and I looked at each other, then at Penny. "Really?? Ok, here she comes!" They did some swinging for a good 20 seconds before Woo Woo was sent away. That might be a record for proximity!


The girls also take a bath together each night, and really enjoy each other's company. One thing we've noticed is that now that they go to the same daycare, they've gotten a lot closer. Lulu looks to Penny whenever they're in the same room, and Penny has a couple of chances each day to visit her sister in the baby room. She kisses her head and pats her back and sometimes tickles her feet, making a high-pitched "eeee" sound when she does it. For a toddler who's never really been enchanted by babies, Penny is really looking out for her sister. Thanks, Penning!