Puppy

DSC04235Melissa sent Brad about a thousand patterns for these crochet puppies and kittens.  I bought a bunch of yarn and stuffing, but they didn’t have the right size of eyes at Michael’s, so I just got 18 mm instead of 12 mm eyes.  It looks kind of like a puppy who’s been squeezed really hard.

Baby Pancho and Booties

DSC03900I didn’t label the color changes because I just switched when I was running out of yarn.

Size H hook.

Popcorn stitch: *yo twice, draw up a lp, [draw the hook through 2 lps] 2 times, repeat from * 4 times (until there are 6 lps on hook), yo, draw through all 6 lps.  (If the popcorn balls are on the wrong side, just poke them through to the other side when you’re done.)

Row 1: ch 49, sc in 2nd ch from hook and in ea st across.  48 sts.

Rows 2-5: ch 1 and turn, sc in ea st across.

Row 6: ch 1 and turn, [sc, popcorn st, sc] 16 times.

Row 7-12: ch 1 and turn, sc in ea st across.

Row 13: ch 1 and turn, [sc, popcorn st, sc] 16 times.

Rows 14-40: ch 1 and turn, sc in ea st across.

Row 41: ch 1 and turn, [sc, popcorn st, sc] 16 times.

Rows 42-45: ch 1 and turn, sc in ea st across.

Row 46: ch 1 and turn, sc in firs 22 sts, dec in next 2 sts.  23 sts.

Rows 47-53: ch 1 and turn, sc in ea st across.

Row 54: ch 1 and turn, sc in first 19 sts, dec in next 2 sts.  20 sts.

Row 55: ch 1 and turn, sc in ea st across.

Row 56: ch 1 and turn, sc in first 18 sts, dec in last 2 sts.  19 sts.

Row 57: ch 1 and turn, sc in ea st across.

Row 58: ch 1 and turn, sc in first 17 sts, dec in last 2 sts.  18 sts.

Rows 59-63: ch 1 and turn, sc in ea st across.

Row 64: ch 1 and turn, sc in first 17 sts, 2 sc in last st.  19 sts.

Row 65: ch 1 and turn, sc in ea st across.

Row 66: ch 1 and turn, sc in first 18 sts, 2 sc in last st.  20 sts.

Repeat rows 46-66 on the other side of the pancho, ch 8 and join to the first side with a sl st.  It should look like the front of a pancho with a head hole now – 48 sts.  Cut the yarn.

Row 67: Attach the yarn and sc in first 19 sts, sl st in next 10 sts (or ch), sc in next 19 sts.  48 sts.

Rows 68-125: ch 1 and turn, sc in ea st across.

Slip stitch around the collar.

Cute Baby Booties

Size H or I hook with worsted or sport yarn.DSC03903

Sole

Round 1: Using color A, ch 11. sc in 2nd ch from hook and in next 6 ch, hdc in next 2 ch, 3 hdc in last ch. Working in the back loops, hdc in next 2 ch, sc in next 6, 2 sc in last ch. 22 sts total.

Round 2: 2 sc in first st, sc in next 7 sts, 2 hdc in next 5 sts, sc in next 8 sts, 2 sc in last st. 29 sts.

Round 3: sc in first 12 sts, 2 hdc in next 5 sts, sc in next 11 sts, 2 sc in last st. 35 sts.

Round 4: sc in ea st around. Join.

Top

Round 1: Join color B. sc in ea st around. Join, ch 1, do not turn. 35 sts.

Round 2: sc in 10 sts, hdc, dc, dc2tog 5 times, dc, hdc, sc in 11 sts. Join, ch 1. 30 sts.

Round 3: sc in 8 sts, hdc, dc, dc2tog 5 times, dc, hdc, sc in 8 sts. Join, ch 1. 25 sts.

Round 4: sc in 9, dec 3 times, sc in 10 sts. Join, ch 1. 22 sts.

Round 5: sc in 8, dec 3 times, sc in 8 sts. Join. 19 sts.

Round 6: Switch to color A. ch 2, dc in ea st around. Join.

Baby Blanket

DSC03751-2So, I’m making this baby blanket for Jen & Nick’s new baby (due in Oct.). It’s a patchwork kind of pattern (the hexagons). I told myself that I would never do that sort of thing again because I hate sewing the patches together. We’ll see how it goes. The final product should be about 3 by 3.5 feet.

Hand Bag Pattern

150 yds black crochet nylon
H/8-5.00mm hook

Ch 6 and join with sl st.purse-cropped

Round 1:
Ch 1, then work 12 sc into ring. Join with sl st.
Round 2:
Ch 1. 1 sc in ea sc. Join with sl st.
Round 3:
Ch 1. 2 sc in ea sc. Join with sl st.
Round 4:
Repeat Round 2.
Round 5:
Ch 1. 1 sc in first sc, 2 sc in next sc. *1 sc in
next sc, 2 sc in next sc* to end. Join with sl st. (36 sc)
Round 6:
Repeat Round 2.
Round 7:
Ch 1. 1 sc in ea of first 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc. *1 sc in
ea of next 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc* to end. Join with sl st.
(48 sc)
Round 8:
Repeat Round 2.
Round 9:
Repeat Round 7.
Round 10:
Ch 3. YO insert hk into first st, YO draw up a lp. YO pull
thru 2 lps. YO, skip next st, insert hk into next st, YO
draw up a lp. YO pull thru 2 lps, YO pull thru all 3 lps on
hk. Ch 1. *YO insert hk into same st, YO draw up a lp. YO
pull thru 2 lps. YO skip next st, insert hk into next st,
YO draw up a lp. YO pull thru 2 lps. YO pull thru all three
lps on the hk. Ch 1, repeat from * to end. Join with sl st.
Rounds 11-27:
Repeat Round 10

Weave a ribbon through Round 24 for a drawstring.

Sweater

katy035This is the sweater that
I just finished crocheting.
It’s my first attempt at a
sweater. I think I like it.

So many things…

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Zoe is doing amazing in gymnastics! She is in the “big kid” class now. She gets mad every week when I take her down to class since she knows that Zach and I are going to leave her there (we watch her from the observation room upstairs). So, she refuses to participate in whatever the first activity is, and then she remembers that she loves gymnastics and does a really good job for the rest of the hour. Her collar bone is healed (it broke in July, I think), and we go back to the dentist next month to make sure her injured tooth is still okay – it still looks fine, but sometimes it seems a tad loose to me. 2016-09-05-10-14-03

Zachary is growing and learning lots of new things! He pulls up on EVERYTHING, and he loves having free reign to crawl all over the house. He gets to drive the cart with Zoe at the grocery store now, so that’s exciting for them. We found a lactose free formula that doesn’t ruin cloth diapers, so that’s exciting for us – or our budget at least 😉  We actually tried giving him a little lactose to see if it sill bothers him. The short answer is “yes.” He still has issues with milk or yogurt, but he was able to eat some cheese without having any discomfort. That’s good because cheese is pretty much a staple around here.2016-09-25-11-29-092016-10-04-12-00-20

Both kids are eating well. Zoe still has some texture issues, but she eats pizza, fish sticks, pasta and peas pretty regularly. She definitely doesn’t have any taste aversions because she drinks V8 and eats applesauce blends with beets, kale, spinach, or carrots all the time. Zach has no texture issues. He eats everything we put in front of him. Even without teeth, he eats fish sticks, chicken, hamburger, whole veggies, and lots of Cheerios. 2016-09-14-08-05-28

Gotcha!

Today is Zachary’s “Gotcha Day”! We had our finalization hearing at 9am, and (after a few stops) celebrated with lunch at Longhorn Steakhouse. Zach didn’t get to try the enormous chocolate mousse cake (it was delicious), but he did enjoy playing with the paper coasters and eating some grilled chicken. He’s been practicing his screaming skills lately, so every time he swallowed a bite he would alert the entire restaurant that he needed more. He also spilled a full glass of water on me and himself (mostly him), so that was fun. We are super-excited to be official now, and to be done with paper work and home visits finally!

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Summer

I can’t believe I didn’t post this one! When it’s nice enough outside, we walk around the block. Now, in July, it’s getting a little hot and sticky for that, but this picture was like a month ago. I just like it. Zoe is all about her super-cool shades (she has three pairs, and seems to like sparkles). Zach was just trying his on for the first time. He’s not a fan, but that was expected.

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Our summer has been pretty busy so far. My parents are in town, so we get to visit with Grandma and Grandpa a lot. They are loving hanging out with their grandbabies. Zoe is still in gymnastics once a week, and she had her first ever swimming lessons at the end of June. “Swim” with a bunch of one and two year olds is mostly just learning to doggie paddle to the side of the pool and climb out so that they will be prepared in the event that they accidentally fall in at some point. Zoe LOVES being in the water, and she had a blast jumping in and out of the pool. We go to “toddler time” at the public pool sometimes so she can play and slide and stuff – she finally tried the big tunnel slide with one of her aunties last week!

2016-06-15 10.12.58Zach HATES the pool! I can’t really tell if he just wants to be indoors or if he really hates the cool water, but either way he squealed a very loud, very angry squeal when I set his feet in the pool. It’s a beach-entry type pool so he was only in like two inches of water, but he was pretty mad. I bought him a life vest to see if he would consent to float, but that made him just as mad as sitting in it. I opted not to include a picture of him screaming at me 😉 but here is one of a happy, indoor baby:2016-06-28 18.52.12

We also got to go to the parade for Independence Day. It was like 45 minutes late, but we managed to find a shady spot to watch from. We met our neighbor Landon (and his mom) there. Landon is the same age as Zoe so they like to play and argue with each other. Zoe got several beaded necklaces and some candy that was thrown from the floats. She also got to borrow a toy from Landon while we went to breakfast afterwards. Since both kids are pretty unpleasant after about 7:30 pm, they didn’t get to stay up for fireworks, but they did get to spend the evening with Grandma and Grandpa while Brad & I went to the fireworks show at the beach with some of our sisters.

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Zach has been working hard at rolling and squirming, too. He found his toes. He cracks himself up tickling his own feet. It’s really funny; he has such a goofy laugh. I think he’s about 17 lbs now.  He’s still in 9 month clothes – this is the longest he’s been able to wear anything. I think he’s had the same wardrobe for like a month and a half now. He reaches for things, and squirms across the floor, and he still loves his jumper thingy. I think he can’t wait to run – he’s going to be so happy when he can chase down that big sister. He seems to be enjoying her hugs and kisses now, so that’s good because she REALLY likes hugs and kisses. He laughs and talks to her now instead of just looking terrified.2016-07-08 12.39.22

 

Story Time

Bonding over baby Highlights Hello Magazines.DSC04995