Emily turns six today. Every single inch of her is so totally six. She knows her own mind and isn't afraid to share it! We love her very much.
This quiltlet was made back in November, but every time I wash it with plans to get a photo, squirt here snags it back and makes it hers again. It's with her each night, on the sofa and generally around the house (leading to a new rule: no silky blanket at the table). Wonderful to have anything you've made get so much use! The front side is made up of leftover blocks from a bed-sized quilt (WIP) and the backing is super silky soft pink plush (say that three times fast). You can see a bit of in the the second photo below. A big pain to quilt, but it was worth it.
Another birthday means another slightly goofy mom cake. I made pink cupcakes (that strawberry mix flavor) for my Pinkalicious girl to take to school. We topped those with white frosting and colored flower-shaped sprinkles. Re-beat the remaining frosting with red coloring to frost this chocolate cake and something tells me it was a little too much whipping for the butter. I was out of sugar so there wasn't much to be done and anyway, the birthday girl was OK with the look. Still, it was touch and go there for a few minutes as each time I'd frost one side the top layer would make a run for it on the other.
Now for the non-fattening content: Calorimetry from Knitty Winter 2006.
Here are my notes from Ravelry:
CO just 90 stitches on US #7’s, but otherwise followed the pattern. I have a big head and it fits well. I’ve got about three color changes left on the ball. The pattern is designed to yield a wide band to cover the top of your head and it does that. Might make another narrower one for more of a ear-warmer/headband effect.
This colorway wouldn’t be my first choice, but I had this ball stashed to make a hat for my daughter. This winter she’s gotten into a “no mom-made for me” stage, so I considered it fair game. After seeing this knit up she wanted the yarn back for a skate hat. Sorry kiddo.
This is the perfect dog-walking at night hat. Just enough hat to keep you warm, but it avoids the dreaded hat head, which for curly headed folk is deadly. If I remember correctly, Ms Harlot equated the look with a part of a man's anatomy which I shall leave nameless.
Just so you don't think I felt as severe as the above photos look, I'll let you in on my not-really-a-secret that's just not been on the blog yet: My 10-yr-old and I got braces around Halloween. Only 15 months to go... My front teeth have already moved forward a lot and soon my side teeth, so indented you can't see them, will be able to be pulled outward. Sometimes - everyday - I think I'm crazy, but my already narrow palate had shifted a lot after all that dental work last winter and I was bummed. I'll just drive my car for a few more years as I admire my smile in the rearview mirror (while my orthodontist picks out his new beemer).
I'll finish with some garden photos. Two bits of rain in December followed by temperate weather fooled my David Austin roses into thinking they were in England in the springtime. Some of the blooms are punky compared to spring, but the William Shakespeare 2000 and Ambridge are the largest I've seen.
We've cut back most of the perennials so the garden looks pretty bare. I've not had the heart to cut the roses until after this little surge because those spots of color are so cheerful in the cleared beds. Must do it this weekend though so they can get some rest before spring. I've not fed the poor dears since spring, so they're making these flowers on fumes.
Some things come into their own this time of year. The Breath of Heaven (behind the red rose above) are all blooming, the geraniums look great, the lavender is near perfect and the Christmas cactus is doing its thing in the courtyard. Most other things need a little R&R.