Saturday, June 28, 2008

Harry Elephante and Cheerios

I have been working on this little knitted elephant for Anya's birthday coming up. As you know, I learned to knit when we came to Aber almost a year ago and I am totally hooked. I read knitting blogs and am always looking for cool patterns. I am still learning lots of new things and like to include a new skill in each project. This elephant is a very clever pattern called Elijah by Ysolda S. Teague. I found it through a couple of the knitting blogs I have been reading lately. He is knit in the round with no seams. You just pick up stitches to knit the limbs and such. I learned how to do short rows for the ears (thank you you tube) for this project. I really enjoyed knitting this little guy and am super excited to give him to Anya. She tries to grab Harry every chance she gets so hopefully she will like him. There are some mistakes but I learned a ton knitting him so next time I will do a better job. The creator of this pattern also made a bunny and a bear knit in a similar manner that I want to try soon.

These are from a couple weeks ago, anybody in my family recognize the messy cheerio pictures?

Friday, June 20, 2008

The Dress

So, these pictures are mostly for a grandma who sent us a nice package with a birthday dress. We broke it out early because it is a size 9 month and although Anya is a little one, I wanted a good amount of wearing before she grows out of it. Thanks Grandma!

Saturday, June 7, 2008

11 months/ Ireland

This Baby

Is 11 months old- Crazy! She is so cute and funny and makes everyone laugh and smile. Sheis the most fantastic person I know actually (sorry Adam). She is so friendly and ready to play with, hug, smile at, and kiss everyone we see that she makes everyone fall in love with her.
Currently she is learning to walk. She stands at every possible moment and can now walk/ shuffle a total of 4 steps unassisted. This happens all day long, standing up a foot away from the couch and then shuffling over to it to hold on. She also loves to climb. We go to the playground and she loves to clime on the jungle gyms and go all the way across to slide down the slide, if only there were not a rope walkway that I didn't have to help her on, she would be in heaven. She also recently learned how to climb onto the couch, little monkey.

On to Ireland. We flew to Dublin in the evening on Wednesday May 28. After finding our friend Paddy and getting our rental car we made our way down to his parents house Kill, about 10 miles south west of Dublin. We had a lovely evening with Paddy's parents Mary and Con in their home. They run a very small B&B out of their home so they had space for us. Thursday morning Mary made a fabulous breakfast for us and we were off on the bus to check out Dublin. Paddy acted as our tour guide extraordinaire taking us on a giant walking tour of the city. We saw all that we could including this fabulous door, we rode the bus back to Kill for roast dinner and sleep.

Friday morning after another yummy breakfast we started our drive to the west coast. Our first stop was Galway, a little city on the coast. We wondered around and looked at churches and waterways, and enjoyed a pretty good Mexican meal.

In the evening we left Galway and drove further west to find a place to stay. Pretty much everywhere you go here in the UK as well as in Ireland there are B&B's everywhere. You can drive down the most remote road possible and there will be signs for B&B's, so we knew there would be no problem finding a place to stay. About 5 minutes from Clifden we ran into a beautiful large historical building with a huge room and even wifi.

Saturday we started on a driving tour around the Connemara coast and mountains. We ran into some beautiful coast line and landscape

Along with a really cute baby who slept well in during the twisty turny drive.

This is Kylemore Abbey- beautiful eh? Super expensive to go to-

After the Abby we made our way down to The Burren, along the way we stopped at various ruins.

We stopped at a birds of prey center, which was Adam's dream come true. It was pretty cool, with all these different birds sitting in their little enclosures with only one foot tethered.

After checking out the birds, we drove around the Burren for a while looking at the cool rocks and such. Ireland is absolutly beautiful. The landscape changes so dramaticly so quickly.

We then drove over to the Cliffs of Moher. This was soooo cool.

Sunday we began our drive back over to Kill, stopping along the way to see random sites.

And Monday morning we caught a flight from Dublin back to Birmingham and then a train to Aber. We had a great time and we really loved Ireland. It is beautiful and lots of fun, but really expensive. We are really grateful that we are able to visit lots of places in Europe while we are living here. Thankfully Anya is a super fantastic traveler, so we are always able to have a great time.

Monday, June 2, 2008


We returned from Ireland to find a package for me from Lulu. I was soooo excited. Lulu is an online self publishing company which I am totally in love with. The book I received today was a knitting journal that I created a couple of weeks ago. See, my knitting projects were begining to stack up and I was in need of a way to keep track of what I have finished, alterations I made etc. and projects waiting to be made. To solve this problem I decided to make a book that I could record information as well as pictures and yarn samples. This is where Lulu came in. I created a pdf file using word and then uploaded it to my lulu account, then sent it for printing. Two weeks later, my hard back, 150 page book arrived from North Carolina. Fantastic. There are just a few alterations I would make to my document, mistakes that I noticed a couple of days after sending it to be printed but other than that it turned out great as you can see.

Those of you interested should check out their web site, They do everything from black and white word documents to full color portfolios. I have looked into lots of different publishing sites and this one give you the most freedom of creation on your own, so if you are a wiz at say, photoshop you could totally create a kickin scrapbook in a multiple of sizes (workin on in), or say a full color cookbook (if you regularly receive Christmas presents from me don't even think of this idea!) I have had a great experience with lulu so far and I plan on using them again.

Here are a couple of pictures of Anya in a new hat I knit the other day. I can't show you most of the stuff I am knitting right now as there are Christmas presents but rest assured I am still knitting away. Enjoy!