Saturday, November 17, 2007

Jujube's favourite things - a holiday meme!

Another day, another pair of mittens! I just can't stop making them. They're so fun to knit, they use up odd balls from the stash, and they warm up my peeps! Here's a pair for my Jubilee Bubilee.

They're the target wave mittens from Norah Gaughan's Knitting Nature. I knit the medium size at a tighter gauge of 6 sts to the inch on US 6/4.0mm needles and ended up with a 3 year old size. Perfect! The yarn is Elann's Peruvian Highland Wool in red and cream. I even made a string by making a crochet chain with two (super long) lengths of yarn. Easy peasy ;0)

And in the holiday spirit these inspire. I thought of a holiday gift idea meme. It's simple, just put together a little list of the things you and your family loves and include their ages. If you do it, let me know so I can check out your list and get some gift ideas too ;0)

Here are some of Julian's favourite things (he's two and a half years old)!

Top row: Crocodile Creek Barnyard Puzzle (I love their stuff too because they come in sturdy storage cases with handles - we have the dominoes and memory game too!), Alligator Pie book of silly poems by Dennis Lee (published in 1974, it's a classic we all enjoy ;0), Imaginarium wooden blocks (Julian plays with these hours on end every day since he got them at age 1 and a half - they're simply a must have!).

Middle row: Super Makit Toy (retro building set that comes in its own storage box - love that! Bonus: dada loves to play with these too ;0), Mobi Tykelight Buddy (a portable night light that charges magnetically so totally child friendly - he used to carry this with him over to our room at night and light his own way), Balancing Cactus (a cool educational game where you take turns adding pieces trying to balance the weight - Julian likes to make really tall cacti and make pretend ice cream cones with it too!)

Bottom row: Home depot power tools set (we got these for him on his 2nd birthday. He plays with them everyday and often takes the hammer and saw to bed with him!), Ikea Lillabo train set (another favourite and at $20 for the whole kit immeasurably more affordable than Thomas the Train set at a comparable quality - I just noticed they now have expansion packs for this set!), Learning Tower (really expensive but has made meal prep time so much more enjoyable for both of us. It's set up at the end of our counter where I prep our meals and give him important sous-chef jobs to help. It's really stable, safe and he can get in and out of it by himself. It's also height adjustable as he grows!)

Next week: Lolo's favourite things (ideas for babies 8 months and under), dada's favourite things (for the almost 30 year old geek in your life), and my favourite things too (for the almost 30 year old mama and knitter ;0)



  1. want a cactus. I think that will be on my list! How cool. I love that little nightlight. What a fabulous idea for a meme. I'll have to think about what mine would have on it!

  2. The holiday meme is such a wonderful idea! And, as usual, you presented yours in great style. I might try and do this one on my blog. I hope you are having a great day!

  3. I think this is an awesome idea. I'm going to think about what my 13 mo. old likes to play with. You've given me some good ideas for Christmas! I think I've even seen some of these toys at our awesome local toy store. They carry these educational and European-made toys and I'm giving them all of my money.

  4. I might just have to pull that book off of the shelf and knit up a pair - I think that Amanda would totally love them. In some sort of pink of course!

  5. Nice mittensyou have made. I just want to thank you for the pattern for my new handwarmers in Opal. You have used the pattern from "Cable twist socks" Thanks, You are welcome to take a look at my blog!!

  6. Love the mittens! They're also in Interweave Knits Fall 2006 Issue.

  7. Anonymous6:28 p.m.

    hi! just wanted to let you know i made my donation and am downloading my peace baby pattern. but i also want to say that the site for the pattern has fabulous graphics! very pretty/artsy/cool! nice work!

  8. Anonymous6:29 p.m.

    ps: what the heck is a meme??? (now i have made it obvious that i am not COOL nor in the LOOP.)

  9. Anonymous8:28 a.m.

    Hey Anny!
    it's been a while! Happy to see all is well with you and your beautiful family!
    Read your meme (thanks, that's very helpful with less than 40 days to go!) and wanted to tell you that the Ikea train set is also compatible with the Imaginarium "extension kits", so you can add extra trains or crazy bridges... it's neat coz you can buy a few pieces at a time and when they all come together, well, you need a big bin! Overtime, Leo's set has grown and grown (I think it's a guy thing: Alex and my dad just keep adding pieces!)
    Take care!