Birthday Wishes

A couple of months ago I sent special Birthday Wishes to someone I know.  Her birthday wass close to the beginning of the month so I found 15 small gifts plus a birthday card for her to open beginning 16 days before her birthday.  Each gift was wrapped and labeled with the date to open.

Sorry that I don’t have a photo of all the wrapped gifts.

She is a knitter and needed some stitch markers so I decided to make a few for her.

Some were beads on a flexible wire that would fit over an US 15 needle.

And some were large jump rings with a bead glued over the seam.

All slid easily onto a large open ring to keep in her knitting bag.

Most of the items before wrapping:

Here’s the list of the items pictured above: small aluminum baking pans and pumpkin bread mix, Turbie Twist®, cake mix and Jello pudding, a set of spatulas, tissue packet, eyeglass holder, office supplies, planner sticky notes and flags, stitch markers, surfboard-shaped emery boards, Au Jus mix, sunflower potholders, coffee cup sticky notes, a small lidded organizer, and a sign for her office…

She loved each one.

Baby shower gifts

Mr. Aitch’s niece is expecting a baby boy in July and the baby shower was last Saturday.  I already posted about the quilt I made so here are the rest of the gifts.

Included are one dozen burp cloths that coördinate with the quilt.  Because ALL babies want to be coördinated.  =)

Three pieces of grey and white flannel: stars, diamonds, and buffalo check.

Mixed and matched for variety.

A baby sized dopp bag (box bag) for pacifiers, ointments, cotton swabs, or any other item that needs to be corralled inside a diaper bag made with leftover fabric from the quilt.

And a larger box bag for, well, larger things, also from leftover quilt fabric.

I love those bears!

Both bags together.

Everything goes well together!

New quilt

Mr. Aitch’s niece is expecting in July and I thought I’d make something as that’s what I do.  Her theme is woodlands, bears specifically.

The baby shower is later this month and knitting a blanket wasn’t going to happen so sewing something was quicker.

I bought this cute bear fabric (by Emma & Mila at Wal-Mart) and coordinating blues and grey for the top as well as some white tone-on-tone star fabric and star embossed grey minky.

The solid grey and pale teal blocks help transition between the two colors.

Machine sewn and quilted with an X secured the top and backing with a thin layer of batting between.

The finished quilt is 45 inches square.  The back looks metallic but that’s just how the light reflected off the furry surface.  I have more fabric left so I’m thinking of sewing a few accessories such as burp cloths and at least one box bag.  Any other suggestions?

 

Dorothy was right

I returned home late Monday night.  Dorothy was right, “There is no place like home.”

Our son was ill and in the hospital.  My daughter-in-law started a new job the day he was admitted which was a bit overwhelming.  She just needed some moral support so I did what moms do and went to offer that needed support.  Though our son said it wasn’t necessary for me to come, I think he was glad I was there.  He is home now and recovering and that’s all good.

I think I ripped out as much as I knit on the second Shell Cottage sock.  Well, not really but it felt that way to me.  The stitch pattern is four rows and with things being so hectic, I “forgot” to tick off a row so I had an extra row that threw off the rhythm of the stitch pattern.  Of course, I didn’t find it until 16 rows later…  Perfectionist that I am, I had to fix it.

As of this writing, I’m just ready to do the heel flap.  I just didn’t want to deal with dpns on the plane and I had other things to do since I’ve been home. I will get some knitting time in today!

While I was in Arkansas, my daughter-in-law picked up some yarn for a blanket.  It was nice to sit and knit with someone who speaks and understands the language of knitting.