Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Isla Cedar

 3 months old

 Getting ready for the roll...

 Oh yeah....



One zucchini plant + a 2 week holiday.
Too bad "sneak some zucchini onto your neighbour's porch day" has already passed.

Beaconhill Petting Zoo in Victoria

 Sweet Ella

 Husband with peacock

Bubblegum ice cream. I think this is C's way of avoiding sharing with us.

Hornby Island

 It's a long drive to get to Hornby... note the 'mittens' (armrest covers for the carseat).

 Checking out the crabs and anemones at Sandpiper Beach.

 Caves at Ford Cove

 Isla hanging with Zoe.

 Insect eggs on a oak leaf

 Up close and personal with the eggs.

Crab friends

Sunday, July 6, 2014


Isla's one-month birthday.

 A week before my due date. I was carrying a lot lower this time round, which meant it would definitely be a boy.

 Labour is a lot more fun the second time around. Especially with these lovely ladies.

 Mom and a 1/2 day old Isla.

 Two days old.

 Mom, I'm falling over here. Mom! Can you put the camera down and help me out?


Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Chroma Baby Quilt

 I decided to learn how to crochet to keep me busy during my second pregnancy. I thought I might make a few hats or something, but then I spotted this quilt and couldn't get it out of my head.
Luckily we live in an age where you can learn just about everything thanks to the internet. I learned the basic stitches here then tried to follow a pattern to make a granny square. This totally failed, but luckily I found a great granny square video here. Then I used a combination of The Adventures of the Gingerbread Lady and this Klimtchen pattern from Ravelry to piece it all together.

 Piles of squares.

 Laying it all out into three panels.

I used Chroma worsted weight yarn from Knit Picks. I wasn't interested in switching yarns like in the original pattern to make the stripes and I love working with yarn that changes colour. I'm guessing I used about 6-7 balls of yarn and the blanket measures about 95 by 110cm - pretty big for a baby blanket. It's got a good weight to it and I'd be tempted to use the fingering wool if I were to do it again, partly because that would reduce to price of the yarn by about half.

Babies and the Man Shop

 Some woodwork by Cassia. I guess this is what she had in mind when she said "I'm going to take Tiny Little Baby to day care and then come back and work in my man-shop."

And here is Tiny Little cozily tucked into her bed with her wooden blankets. 
For the record, her other babies are named Big Baby and Baby Mini. Though Baby Mini isn't actually a consistent entity; Baby Mini has been her hand, a spoon and a carefully held pocket of air.