Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Cool Slice of Watermelon

Who doesn't love a cool slice of watermelon in the middle of a hot summer?! That's what I thought when I spotted this free infant cardigan pattern on ravelry a few weeks ago.

I needed to make something in the 18 month size.

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I also dislike purling, so I thought joining in the round and making a dress would solve that little problem easily.

Let's just adore some cuteness on the model for a few minutes!

Oh yes, we needed some after-thought bloomers to complete the ensemble. Thanks to MountainMaeBaby on Etsy for sending these directly to the young lady in question; they arrived exactly on time before I had to leave.

What a treat to be able to visit with family and give my niece her birthday presents a few months early!

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Directions for upsizing the pattern are on my ravelry project page found here.

Stay cool! Enjoy summer, while it lasts… Have some watermelon!

Monday, July 24, 2017

Perfect Rainy Vacation Day

Some of my favorite vacation days contain massive amounts of rain. My favorite hike (Iceline Trail, Yoho National Park, 2001) was possibly my favorite rain-drenched vacation day, but today is a pretty close second. A much different vibe, Burlington, Vermont, bed and breakfast stay, and a local jaunt through some great local businesses.

My two favorite spots were the Lake Champlain Chocolates tour and chocolate shop and the NIDO fabric and yarn store. Nothing like locally sourced ingredients for delicious chocolates and great explanations of how your favorite confections are created. My skein of souvenir yarn was made from a sheep named Thelma and a mohair goat named Louise from a farm in Shaftsbury,VT. I know I don't need any more yarn considering the formidable amount of boxes of Shady Grove Alpaca skeins sitting in my own home, but how can you not support a local store while vacationing? Plus, heart be still, the shop featured an entire wall of Brooklyn Tweed yarns… 

Say no more, I am noshing on fine chocolates with a pot of hot tea and knitting a hat while looking out of the window of a delightful inn. Perfect way to spend a rainy vacation day, I'd say.