Monday, April 09, 2007

Happy Easter!

We had a busy, but really sweet holiday weekend ;0) I finished knitting and felting Julian's Easter basket (though he has yet to use it since we haven't had our egg hunt yet...) and Logan's stuffed goose in the wee hours on Saturday night and I'm really happy with how they both turned out.


I felted an old Gap sweater which I haven't been able to fit into for years and used it to make the most adorable mother goose stuffie from Simmy's pattern. I used Peruvian Highland wool and this pattern for the basket though I omitted the applied i-cord (should have done it in retrospect ;0) and made 4 i-cords for a 4 strand braid handle instead. It was my first fancy braid and I think it it sooo neat. I used these directions which were nice and straightforward. Here's a view of the basket's handle.



I spent a lot more time than I thought fiddling with the basket though and didn't get around to making the toss bunnies I had planned to go with it. Oh well, next year! I didn't have time to knit a special Easter sweater for my Lolocopter, but it turns out the one I knit when I was pregnant fit just perfectly and I found perfect pants to wear with it from Julin's hand me downs. It was just meant to be ;0) The sweater is alpaca and I was really happy that it didn't seem to bother him one bit. Yay! He looked very handsome in it too and totally distracted the parishioners at church!


We hadn't been to church since Logan was born so no one had seen him yet and were eager to meet him. I handed him over to a family friend during the gospel who had so kindly offered to hold him "if he got too heavy for me *wink *wink" so I humoured her. She has four grown kids of her own and I figured she'd return the favour someday when my kids are grown and she's showing off her future grandkids! I enjoy seeing how people just melt in a baby's presence. I like to think that you can see people for who they really are in the presence of babies. And most people are beautiful. And sweet.


Julian (seen here modelling the cable ribbed sweater with hood I knit for the occasion - see my last post for details) hadn't seen me hand over the baby and when he realised I wasn't holding his baby brother anymore he got a genuinely worried expression on his face and asked very clearly "where's Lolo?" We were all impressed at his sentence and of course his concern for his brother. He's been really terrific. I'm just so proud of him ;0)


Here he is playing with the egg buggies while grandma was putting the finishing touches on a yummy spread. There was ham (my very favourite!) and all the fixings and then afterward we picked out the eggs that hadn't been damaged in the egg cart race and held egg battles in which you take turns hitting your hard boiled egg against others' to see who's is strongest. Julian missed the point of that one though and "smushed" his instead. Cute...but messy ;0)

At one point, Dada put Lolo tummy down on a blanket to show grandpa how strong the little one is getting. We don't often give the baby tummy time and I guess Julian has never seen him on his tummy so he came running over to tell us "he's up-si-down!!!" To cute! Here's the loveliness that ensued...


We had a really nice afternoon and then today the festivities continued with a visit to my sister's house for a late lunch. More ham and beans. Yum! And she was generous with the leftovers too! I'm totally having ham and eggs tomorrow morning.

The perfect end to a perfect holiday weekend ;0)

31 comments:

  1. those two are SO CUTE, anny! and you sounds so great - hope all is going well for you all!

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  2. Your two boys are so beautiful. Thanks for sharing your sweet pictures of them!

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  3. They are both so adorable! And I love the little remarks from Julian - what sweet memories!

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  4. Oh my- you guys make nice babies!!!! Congratulations on your lovely family.

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  5. That cabled sweater is gorgeous, especially when it's on a boy with such a cute smile. I'm blown away by how much knitting you're getting done & I'll be thrilled if I can do even half of that during my early mat. leave.

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  6. I see you had a beautiful day also. Your boys are so cute ... anyone would melt in their presences.

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  7. What a great idea to felt an old sweater! Your little guys are so beautiful and I'm still so impressed you knit that cabled sweater in such a short amount of time!

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  8. Awww, the babies in their sweaters are so cute. What a sweet family!!

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  9. It sounds like you had a perfect Easter. The photos of your boys are wonderful to see. They will be such "buddies" growing up. My sons now 28 & 26 were like that growing up and continue to be good frieds.
    The knitting is lovely and the boys look wonderful in it. You can knit for boys!

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  10. It looks to me like you had a beautiful easter--the boys looked adorable in their sweaters! That cabled sweater is just gorgeous!

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  11. How lovely! I have two boys myself, and I remember how sweet (and exhausting!) those days were. Your boys are adorable.

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  12. Your boys are just so sweet. I have sons who are a couple of years apart as well and reading about Julian being so protective and loving brings back a lot of great memories. Thanks!

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  13. They are both so sweet and cute. I'm glad we arranged the marriages a while back. I'd hate for anyone else to snap those sweeties up.

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  14. Ahw, they are so sweet together. That last picture just made my day; thanks for sharing it with us.

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  15. What absolutely beautiful boys you have. They both look so handsome in their handknits that you made them, and I love the Mother Goose too. I think the easter basket looks fantastic too, you are so talented.

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  16. The Easter knitting turned out beautifully! Both boys look so handsome in their sweaters. The pics of them are sooo cute, especially of the two together on their tummies.

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  17. Beautiful boys! Love the knits and the easter baskets / geese! Thanks for sharing.

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  18. That sweater is beautiful! You have now completely enabled me, and we're complete strangers--I just bought the book and yarn and MAYBE my son will have his sweater by the time Christmas rolls around! :) Did the Rowan yarn make an easy swap, or was there some fiddling to be done?

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  19. Your boys are adorable. What sweet pictures of them, thanks for sharing them! I'm glad your Easter went well. Oh, and I love their sweaters. :)

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  20. Precious pictures!

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  21. Anonymous7:16 p.m.

    oh everything is so sweet - the kids, the crafts - the cuteness is overwhelming! :D
    Meg

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  23. gina L9:47 p.m.

    You have done a fine job at making gorgeous boys, toys, and knits. My goodness you are an inspiration! Your version of the basket is sensational.

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  24. What handsome boys! They looks so smart in their sweaters. The Easter basket turned out very well.

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  25. You have the sweetest pictures, what darling sweeties you have!

    That sweater is seriously adorable!!

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  26. I rather prefer the softer, flared edge your basket has over the icord version in the original pattern!

    Your productivity with two wee ones is impressive!

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  27. You are so amazing to get all of that knitting accomplished with a newborn and a toddler. You go girl!

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  28. I'm so happy for you. God has really blessed you with 2 beautiful boys!!! You are such a good mom to them.

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  29. What cute pictures! That basket and duckie are too cute for words, and I love those sweaters!

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  30. What precious children, and gorgeous sweaters and basket and goosie. I love giving handmade things to kids. I used to make Easter baskets out of wood, now I'm knitting them.

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  31. gorgeous sweater(s)! happy anniversary: i really enjoyed the simple goodness of your wedding-- it sounded like you were both in great harmony with the event. which is what counts. best luck: the boys are lovely! enjoy every day!!

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