First up, I’m happy to announce the first Coraline sleeve really did pass as quickly as I hoped it would. A rainy weekend with not much else to do is good for such things. Kudos to Kgirlknits for her ‘Hello Sleeveland!’ gag in the comments on the last post. Loved it. The second one is well underway, including the slight fussiness of the hem. I love that once these are done, there’s just the magic of a smocked yoke, which is entirely new to me, to look forward to!
Secondly, I received a gift and a prize this week and decided they were shown to their best advantage in a series of Alice photos. She came to stay over last night and though we’d intended to take her to the Roller Derby, the night was dark and wet and we had Minestrone on the stove and so decided a cosy night in was better (apologies to Kgirl – nothing against the Roller Derby!)
First up, a prize from a contest held by Anna of Dillpickle Unfinished. It’s a beautiful linen bag which I just adore. I haven’t yet decided what I’ll use it for (top contender at the moment is a plastic bag holder) but in the meantime, Alice thought it was fabulous headwear. We played peek a boo with it for ages this morning. Thanks Anna! I really love it.
Next was a surprise gift in the mail from Pinry. I think Pinry and I have a shared love of little girl knits (she has twins not far in age from Alice) and other things such as similar approaches to cooking and reading. But recently when I mentioned a love of Russian things, I got an email soon after from her asking if she could send me something. Sure! During the week, a parcel arrived. Look how it she wrapped it! Inside a vintage knitting pattern!
This delightfully wrapped package contained a set of Matryoshka doll measuring cups!
Gorgeous idea! And so thoughtful of Pinry to see them and think of me!
This morning Alice played with them for some time, thinking herself rather clever for working out that they could all fit inside each other.
And yes, gratuitous photos of her wearing her Garter Yoke cardigan again. Such a great knit and you know what? She’s awfully cuddly in it. I just keep grabbing her and squeezing her belly!
For now, I’m heading back to Sleeveland and making the most of this rainy Sunday. But before I go, a reminder that my sister Adele and I are cooking our way around the world on our new food blog, Big Food Safari. Here’s a photo my budding blogger of a sister used to illustrate our ‘About’ page earlier this week. It’s a real favourite of ours, from around 1977.