Monday, October 15, 2007

Hoot! Hoot!

Every morning at sunrise, the pitter patter of Julian's little feet can be heard across the mezzanine, all the way into our room and around our big bed. He climbs in sleepily and curls up with Stephen, Lolo and I for a little while before daddy is off to work and everyday this summer, he would quite suddenly pop his head up to announce with bursting enthusiasm that he heard an owl! Of course we never saw the said owl. But Julian was just so persistent and sure of himself that we couldn't break it to him that it was actually the morning doves in our maple trees that were hoo-ing like that. So when I came across Lucinda Guy's pattern for Otto the owl a few weeks ago, I knew I had to make one for my Jubilee Bubilee ;0)


Meet Otto the Owl. I knit him with Knit Picks Superwash DK using one ball of each nutmeg, cinnamon and white. I used odds and ends leftover from my peace sweater for the eyes and scarf. He was a cinch to knit up though he ended up limp in the knitting pile a lot because I just didn't feel up to all those fiddly bits. But he's finally done and Julian really loves him. So much so that he actually loved him, hugged him and cuddled with him way back when he only had one eye, no ears and no stuffing! Now that's love, folks ;0)



Here he is relishing in a crate full of apples at a local orchard a few weeks ago. The weather was brilliant and we had a really nice morning of apple-picking with Stephen's sister and fiance who had just gotten engaged the week before. I really had to keep myself from jumping up and down in excitement a lot because I am so thrilled for them! Julian had such fun climbing ladders, riding on a great blue tractor and petting the animals (they had a little petting zoo, too!). And to top it all off, we got to come home with a huge bag full of sweet and crisp apples.


It's amazing how much fun it can be to go out and do things like that with the kids. It's so wonderful to watch them discover new things and delight in every little moment. It really gives you a whole new perspective on the world. We've become so blaze about everything and it just takes an excited toddler to make you see the true wonder that is all around us and that we take for granted daily. I am so thankful for my Jujube and Lolo. They are truly life affirming and I love them so ;0)

Awww...

21 comments:

  1. Everything is more fun with the kids around. What lovely pictures!

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  2. We went to the orchard this past week-end. It was colder than we expected but my youngest loved the "muckins, muckins" and my oldest loved the wagon ride.

    Hoot is adorable I can see why he/she is so well loved.

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  3. Your Otto the owl looks so cute. I made mine but didnt really like the colors I used. He is still sitting in a box under the bed. Julian is growing up so quickly, and it is nice to take the time to do small things and see them through our children's eyes isnt it.

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  4. Otto is cute. :)

    It looks like everyone had a good time at the orchard. The autumn weather has been beautiful.

    I know exactly how you feel about your boys. I feel the same way about my little Hobbits. Watching them play and explore and learn is so much better than anything ...

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  5. I totally agree that children make you rediscover the simple joys in life. What's cooler than digging a hole at the beach with your 3-year old? :)

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  6. Don't you love Lucinda Guy!!! I am making otto for my son for x-mas!! very cute!

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  7. Cute owl!

    I can't wait for us to have kids of our own to do stuff like that with.

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  8. Debbie12:09 PM

    Love your family! So sweet. Anny, I was wondering if I missed the pattern for your little Peace outfit? I've been checking. Don't want to miss it! Love the owl!

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  9. Ok, Otto is way too cute!

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  10. Stacey1:12 PM

    I made Otto for my daughter. I used alpaca for him and he is the cuddliest thing ever.

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  11. Love the apple picking pictures. I love the Fall and it's even more fun with kids. In fact ... I'm going up to see the grandkids this weekend.

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  13. I've always loved Otto the Owl since I've seen the pattern, and yours is simply adorable! I know what you mean about seeing things through the eyes of your little ones :)

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  14. I've always loved Otto the Owl since I've seen the pattern, and yours is simply adorable! I know what you mean about seeing things through the eyes of your little ones :)

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  15. Lovely owl! My daughter has fallen in love with otto, although she's already 12 . I have to knit one for christmas.

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  16. The owl looks great! I can't wait until Jakob is old enough to appreciate the stuff I knit for him!

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  17. I've just finished knitting a bamboo/cotton lace scarf which needs blocking. Normally I'd wet block, but your recent experience has me concerned. The ball band says no ironing, so what does that leave me with? Any suggestions?

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  18. OMG! Adorable owl. Too too cute. :)

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  19. I love that little owl. I really must try making some toys at some point. They are so cute!

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  20. As ever your blog is so sweet. Love the owl - will have to set about making one too! He's totally gorgeous.

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