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!