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)