April 15, 2016

Alec is One Year Old Today

I can't believe I have not met this beautiful, happy baby boy yet! Hopefully, soon.

Little Baboo, come blow your horn
The sheep's in the meadow, the cow's in the corn
Where is the little boy looking after the sheep,
Nestled down in France and fast asleep.
Happy Birthday, Our Alec!
We are so happy to have another Baboo in the family.

April 10, 2016

Sophie's Birthday and The Year of the Mitten

Today is Sophie's birthday.
In France, Sophie is, no doubt, eating outside after bike riding and walking the beach. Alas!
We awoke today to 10 cm of fresh, white snow. And though looks like a beautiful winter wonderland, unlike Sophie, we won't be watching the flowers break ground for a long time to come.
Sophie is one of the most competent, capable women I have ever met. She can ski, swim, bike, sew, knit, organize, cook amazing meals for a crowd on short notice, mentor the next generation, and emanate an all embracing warmth wherever she goes.
I have had sport weight wool yarn stored in glass jars in the basement family room for over seven years now! I bought a large number of balls at a great discount when a yarn store in Dartmouth went out of business. This year, I am determined to finally put this yarn to good use and make as many pairs of mittens as I possibly can in 2016 - my Year of the Mitten.
Pattern: Pattern 1 from Mostly Mittens
Designer: Charlene Schurch
Yarn: Brown Sheep Nature Spun Sport
Colours: 880 Charcoal, 720 Ash, and Sunburst Gold
Needles: Circular - 3.25 mm for cuffs and 3.5 mm for mittens

Pattern: Mittens with a Red Thread from Norwegian Mittens and Gloves
Designer: Annemor Sundbo
Yarn: Brown Sheep Nature Spun Sport
Colours: Scarlet and Natural
Needles: DPN's - 2.5 mm for cuffs and 3.0 mm for mittens
Pattern: Pattern 18 from Mostly Mittens
Designer: Charlene Schurch
Yarn: Brown Sheep Nature Spun Sport
Colours: Pepper and White
Needles: Circular - 2.25 mm for cuffs and 2.5 mm for mittens

April 06, 2016

Lucy Is Nine Years Old Today!

When Lucy was one,
She was so much fun.
And when she was two,
We knew what to do:
Cross over the sea
To see her at three!
When she was four,
We just wanted more.
But when she was five
We said "Sakes alive!"
It's going too fast, please make it last.
But -dastardly trick-
Lucy turned six!
Then - Good heavens! Good heavens!
She grew into seven!
She then became eight
So sweet and so clever.
Oh, can't she stay nine now
Forever and ever??
Happy Birthday, Lucy!

March 30, 2016

Apolline Is Six Today!

Today is Apolline's birthday and she can now ride a two wheel bike all by herself!!
Now, how fantastic is that!

Apolline loves the movie, Frozen. I think genetics, in part, explains it because her Daddy was born in Canada and sometimes, in the winter, her Canadian grandparents' property looks just like Winterfell!!! Apolline should come back to Canada in the winter to play in the snow and in the summer, she should come and attend the Mermaid School in Dartmouth, because her Mummy is a mermaid.

This poem by A.A. Milne is perfect for Apollline's sixth birthday:

When I was one,
I had just begun.
When I was two,

 I was nearly new.

 When I was three,

 I was hardly me.

 When I was four,
 I was not much more.

 When I was five,

 I was just alive.

 But now I am six,
 I'm as clever as clever.
So I think I'll be six now and forever.
Happy Birthday, Apolline!

March 15, 2016

Our French Mermaid

                                             The Mermaid by John William Waterhouse

Today is Isabelle's birthday. Isabelle is the French siren who lured our young Canadian lad across the ocean to France. We don't blame her - for what man can resist the siren's call??

It was Movita who first called her the Mermaid and it is an apt label. I came upon a quote that describes Isabelle perfectly:

“I must be a mermaid, Rango. I have no fear of depths and a great fear of shallow living.”
Anaïs Nin

Isabelle firmly believes in travel, learning, and living life fully. She loves the sea. We appreciate all that she has brought to our family and we hope the next year of her life will be very fruitful and full.

Happy Birthday, Isabelle!

February 07, 2016

Today Is Adam's Birthday

And looking back

Second Birthday
We should never have let his sisters do his hair...
Earlier that morning - And, oh, the 70's décor!
Third Birthday Morning - The boy and his dog
Fifth Birthday
Sixth Birthday
Margie Dunkley made the sweater for him and, typical Adam, he didn't take it off all day...
Eighth Birthday
Cakes were always a big part of the celebration - a tradition his sister Rachael carries on to this day.
And soccer was very important.
Happy Birthday, Sweet Baboo.
The journey has from day one to life in France has been a most
eventful one and has brought much happiness.

January 27, 2016

Alpaca Gloves

I have only ever made one other pair of gloves, many years ago, so I enjoyed trying them again. And since I am on a major yarn diet this year (there are drawers, and glass jars of wool on every floor of the house!), I felt virtuous putting a bit of that stash to good use.
The alpaca yarn is incredibly soft and warm. The downside is that, being so soft with very little twist to the fibers, the stitch definition is not great, even after blocking, but it is easy to forgive this little flaw with such beautiful colours in this yarn line and with such a luxurious feel.
Pattern: Basic Glove Pattern
Yarn: Garnstudio DROPS Alpaca
Colour: 7120
Needles: Circular and DPN's - 2.25 mm
I highly recommend Ann Budd's book of basic patterns. It's a really good investment for your knitting library. She gives instructions for hats, scarves, gloves, mittens, and sweaters in every size and stitch gauge. And provides suggestions on how to vary the basic patterns.
I was not totally satisfied with my handiwork in closing the gaps at the base of each finger but I look on it as a learning curve. The technique will improve with time.