Considering the clues and untangling his way through his birthday gift treasure hunt.
“Happy birthday to YOU!”
That handsome young man up there, could that really by my little son?? The one I used to carry about in a star covered sling and tickle and kiss and cuddle? Can it really be that same boy, who when I hugged him last night, swept me off my feet and carried me across the kitchen?
And goodness gracious, that sweet girl of mine in morning glory blue! I’ve been wanting to make one of those dresses for years now. I don’t know why I waited so long? The pattern is Caesia made in Swish DK, “Twilight”. Now that’s my kind of princess dress!
If I don’t mention Iain’s sweater can we just pretend that everything went well and that you don’t notice anything, uhm, askew? This sweater was coming along absolutely beautifully. I was so excited about it! The very last thing I had to do was the shaping around the collar. I walked away from it for a while and couldn’t for the life of me figure out where I was when I picked it up again. There were days of knitting and ripping and nothing looking right. Then when I did figure it out things kept going wrong with the shaping. Nothing would lay as it should. The cables looked strange. His birthday loomed ever closer. I was stressed and not sleeping and feeling like my brain was going to explode and come oozing out my ear. It got to the point where I couldn’t bear to think about it for a moment longer and I switched to nice, simple, soothing ribbing. ahhh… I was so feed up with the whole thing that I couldn’t even be bothered to do it exactly the same on both sides. The asymmetrical look is in, right? Yeah, I meant to do that. Well, actually I did mean to do it, but only because I was at my wit’s end!
The pattern is #732 by Bergere de France made in Comfy Worsted, “Planetarium”. Even tracking down the pattern was an ordeal. Alas, after all of that, it’s too short. (!!!) It fits very nicely across the chest, which I was worried about. And the sleeves are fine. Probably because I was so worried about those that I added a couple of extra inches in length. I added a bit of length to the body as well, but clearly not enough. I blame the 4 1/4″ that he grew in the last year. He will get some wear out of it, just not nearly as much as I had hoped. boo.
I finally finished Mairi’s quilt, started several years ago. I couldn’t figure out a way to discretely do the hand-quilting on Iain’s without him noticing (it’s huge), and I really wanted it to be a surprise. So I gave him the completed quilt top, along with batting and backing.
I know, it’s such a cliché, so much so that even saying so is a cliché, but I really can’t believe how big these two loves of mine are getting and how very quickly it’s all going! My heart is full of joy and yet aching all at once.