Thursday, May 15, 2014

One Baby Sweater


We will have a new niece in August!  This time it is my husband's youngest sister who is having a baby, her first.  I have a couple of projects in mind for her, but this sweater is the first thing I've made.  It's newborn size, so I had to get it done before baby's debut.

The pattern is One Baby Sweater, available here on Ravelry.  The pattern is called One because, as the designer explains, "one skein, one needle, one button, one size, one day to make."  Um, yeah, it took me more than a day, but I'm slow.

It's really tiny!  I put my hand in the photo below for perspective. Hopefully my sister-in-law won't have a ginormous 10 lb baby (like I did, ahem).  Even if baby can only wear it once, maybe she'll use it on her dolls or a teddy bear some day.

I used yarn leftover from this project.

I have one more blossom photo to share, taken a few days ago right as the tornado sirens started wailing.

Apple blossoms, pink when they are buds, white after they bloom. I love that moment when they are pink!

Monday, May 12, 2014

Blooms

Spring was kind of gray and chilly up until a few days ago when it got hot, and now suddenly everything is blooming.








I like the spring green of the birch leaves emerging in the photo immediately above, but I don't like the worm-like seed pods dropped all over my driveway.  Blech.

We went to the garden center yesterday to buy seedlings, and they had the most brilliant idea:  strawberry plants in a hanging basket!  We have strawberries in our garden at home, but the chipmunks get to them before we do.  One year we put netting over the strawberries to protect them from critters, but a chipmunk got tangled up in it and was half dead when we found it.  We felt so awful!

A hanging basket of strawberries would be chipmunk-proof.  However, the price gave us sticker shock:  $25.00!  That's a lot of money for a handful of strawberries.  A cell of strawberry seedlings cost just a few dollars, though, and we already had an empty hanging basket at home, so we made our own little hanging strawberry garden:



Chipmunk-proof for sure, but I'm thinking birds might find them.  If they do, I'll give up on homegrown strawberries once and for all.

Speaking of critters eating things, remember my complaining about the bunnies eating my shrubs over the winter?  The damage is extensive:


Usually these shrubs are bursting with white blooms by now, but this spring we have meager sticks with sparse blooms low to the ground.  I am hoping it will be just one bad year of sad-looking shrubs.  Fingers crossed for a full recovery by next spring!

Lest you think our spring is looking idyllic, we had tornado warnings this afternoon right when school was letting out.  My daughter was home before the sirens wailed, but the warning went into effect 2 minutes before the high school released, so my son was stuck at school for an extra 90 minutes.  At least he could text me, so I knew he was okay.

More storms forecast for tomorrow.  Hoping it's not a repeat of today!

I should have another post soon with a knitting finish to share.