Yarn Along / WIP Wednesday – For the kids edition

Truth: It’s been a decent week for starting projects. I am super pleased at how a few of them are progressing, so that’s good. I am not so pleased with how a finger on my hook holding hand tends to cramp up / lock straight when I crochet an awful lot. Has this happened to you? I hold my hook in my left hand, not always like a knife and not always like a pencil, but frequently my ring finger will be bothered.  Obviously it is not keeping me from the craft!

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Two books arrived last week: Topsy Turvy: Inside-Out Knit Toys by Susan B. Anderson and Amigurumi Two by Ana Paula Rimoli.  They are adorable and I have already queued up several patterns; I even have perfect yarns to use right away! We’ve been reading Little House in the Big Woods with Lorelai at night, which I am really excited about. We were using my copy from when I was a kid, the one that came in the yellow box set – did you have that? Well, it is a well-loved, well-read copy, with many yellowed pages and a broken spine.  Last night the book split in several parts and I need to tape it back together. We have ordered her her own copy! It is so different to read that book now as a grown up and just think about all the work that went into just staying alive out in the Big Woods. Pa caught a bear, YAY – food! But then, woah – all the prep! Spend all day making butter? Amazing.

I have slowed down on my Morning Coffee, due only to my own distractions.  I am on the cable detail at the cuff of the first sleeve.  I’ve crocheted half a pair of baby sandals for a gift, started a cactus for a swap, gotten the body of the second slug ready for the eyeballs to be attached, and I’ve been tackling the Springtime Sampler. I’m only showing the sampler here with the books because it’s just a bit too much to gather everything up right now!

It’s April vacation this week, so in addition to my usual struggles with distractions, both kiddos are running wild.  Yesterday, L came over to me and said “Mom, I think there’s a beaver in our yard.”  Ummmm, I don’t think so kiddo.  “But Moooom, it’s still there!”.  What do you know? She was right – almost! Apparently a groundhog has moved in under a gazebo in our backyard!  He’s probably the size of Jackson, and Jackson wanted to go after him!

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On the house & In the Mail

Today I spotted something special on the house when I was giving Jackson a bathroom break –
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Up there, on the roof – a hawk!
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We frequently see them flying around, this is the first one I’ve spotted on the roof!

After that surprise, there was a surprise in my mailbox as well.
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A pattern booklet, Simplicity Volume 2 – Women’s. I had almost forgotten about this job – I test / sample knit a sweater for it with Simplicity HiKoo yarn.
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I knit the blue one in the middle. It was a fun knit and the end result was cute – I was able to fit the Medium size, and I knit the one with 3/4 sleeves (this was back in Novemeber, 2010)
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I am glad I can finally share that project!

Chirp!

Over the last few weeks I’ve noticed a little bird fly up to a holly bush that is outside the window near the computer. I figured it was just a good spot to perch and rest. Then, last week I looked out when it was raining and noticed the same little bird sitting in a nest – and a second bird kept flying in and bringing the first bird things (food? nest materials?). Last weekend, we could finally see baby birds! Hard to tell how many there were – but it’s a small nest! Today their eyes are open and they are getting food quite frequently! I have been playing with my camera to get a good shot – but it’s tough – a combination of the small size, the window screen, the movement of the birds / bush in the breeze – but I think I got a few good ones. This makes me ridiculously happy!
A parent bird:
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I have one of those “Bird Guides of Connecticut”, and quick internet research leads me to believe that this is a family of Chipping Sparrows. Maybe American Tree Sparrows?
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I also got a little video of them chirping away (and one fluffing / flapping his wings) – apologies for the click at the end (I took a photo) and something caught Jackson’s attention, so you do hear him bark!