Wednesday, September 06, 2006

It's back to school for Girlie

This morning I put Girlie on the school bus for her first day of 3rd grade. Here is my sweet angel, getting bigger every day:Her brothers and I surely miss her sweet presence throughout the day. But it's time fer her to git some more book-lernin'.

I've been looking over some of my previous posts, and I realized to my horror that I haven't shared with you some great news: Sproutie is walking! He's been mobile for about three weeks now, and boy is he fast!Forgive his silly mommy for dressing him so funny. I had just sorted through the kids' closets over the long weekend and thought we'd play a little dress-up.

Speaking of Labor Day weekend, we also went to the Oregon state fair with Chrissy and her family. It was a fun day.

And tonight Amanda and I will be going to see the Yarn Harlot at Powell's bookstore. Amanda has agreed to help me with a roadblock I've come up against with my magic loop mystery socks. I'm not sure how to start the heel flap...

And finally, I've finished Girlie's swing coat sweater! My goal, as you remember, was to have it done before her first day of school. And last night I did just that.

Here is my beautiful girl in the sweater she loves:

Pattern: Girlfriend's Swing Coat Sweater by Wendy at Knit and Tonic.

Yarn: Blue Sky Alpacas Organic Cotton, 5 hanks (very yummy, and I would definitely work with it again).

Needles: Size 8 Addi Turbos for main body of sweater, Size 8 double points for attached I-cord

Verdict: This is a very cute sweater pattern, all knit up in one piece. I especially love the back; the collar and the way the bottom of it swings out. But if I'm being completely honest, I'm not in love with the front. No matter how much blocking I did, I could not stop it from curling inward. (Most likely from user error). Even after adding attached I-cord all around the edges of the sweater, the curling continued.(Forgive the stitch holder pin). I wouldn't enter this into the state fair to be judged, but the only person whose judgement matters on this one is Girlie, who loves it. So there you have it.

I've made three baby sweaters for Sproutie, so this is the biggest sweater I've made so far, and that is significant.

I'll leave you now with a picture of my three growing children.I love them so.


Stephanie said...

Well, I think that Girlie's sweater turned out fantastic. She really knows how to model your work Unka Shaina! We might have to submit her into the Miss Oregon Pageant in the future we'll have to see...

My goodness I can remember the first time I started to see Sprout walking I was freaked out. I think I was sitting on a couch watching some Animal Planet when in the corner of my eye I could see the top of his head bouncing up and down. I thought, "Now that's not right...?" Then his little legs came into focus and that boy was workin' it! Hehe It always makes me giggle to see little human beings walk, they're so stinkin' tiny I don't know how they do it!

Send them my love, and a message: STOP GROWING!! <3


msubulldog said...

Oh, Katrina, her swing coat is wonderful! It looks so good on her and she looks so proud to have a knitter momma. :)

Jennifer said...

Look at those lovely children! I hope Girlie's first day went well! I wish you speedy to keep up with Sproutie.

Luv2ReedGrandma said...

They grow up so Fast!! Look at that haircut on Sproutie (and at those tiny little feet that walk for him) how cute. I see jelly on ZimDee's face; how does he like school this year? The sweater looks good on girlie; nice job, K.
I am glad you are cherishing the moments with your children!
They look loved. Well of course. Grandchildren are my jewels. I need to come see these 3 again, and soon. Love and Huggies,