Thursday, December 23, 2010

"I Cow!"

Since falling in love with the Toy Story series, Jillian picked a favorite character. Jessie from Toy Story 2. And Jessie is a cowgirl. Jillian loves to dress up and try on her hats. And any hat is a cowboy/cowgirl hat. Upon donning a hat, Jillian announces, "I cow!". Sometimes she'll put a hat on me and declare, "Mommy cow!". I will admit, I took it as a personal affront at first, then I understood. And it's pretty darn cute.

She sometimes does it while riding her hookie (horsie). She also rides our R2D2 shaped vacuum cleaner like a hookie. Yes, she can be a princess and a cow at the same time.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

I Made a New Creation!

I was searching for the perfect EASY pattern to whip up a scarflet or two for last minute Christmas gifts. And I just couldn't find exactly what I was looking for. So I took some elements from a couple different patterns, improvised some details, and made my own!

Quick & Easy Keyhole Scarflet

Stitch Explanation:
M1 (make 1) - An increase worked by lifting the horizontal thread lying between the needles and placing it onto left needle. Knit this new stitch through the back.
Sl: slip stitch knitwise (each row in this pattern will begin with a slipped stitch)
K2tog: knit two stitches together
Garter st: knit all stitches (both right and wrong side)

Cast on 3 sts.
Row 1: Sl first st, k to end of row (right side row)
Row 2: Sl first st, M1, k to end of row (wrong side row)
Rep last 2 rows until there are 26 sts total on your needle.
Work in Garter st for two rows, always slipping the first stitch.

Divide stitches for slit:
Sl first st, knit the next 12 stitches.
Place remaining 13 stitches on stitch holder.
Turn work and continue Garter st on these stitches only for 4” (continue to Sl the first stitch of each row), ending with a right side row. Cut yarn and place sts on second stitch holder.
Slide sts from first stitch holder back to needle and rejoin yarn to right side. Continue in Garter st (slipping the first st) for 4”. On wrong side row, sl first st, work in Garter st to end of row, slide sts from stitch holder onto left needle and continue in Garter st across – 26 sts. *You can increase until your desired width, just make sure it’s an even number of stitches so that they can divide evenly to create the keyhole slit.*

Continue in Garter st, always slipping the first st of each row, until scarf measures approx. 24” from beginning.

Begin decrease.
Row 1 (right side): Sl first st, k1, k2tog, k to end of row.
Row 2 (wrong side): Sl first st, k to end of row.
Continue in pattern until 3 sts remain on needle. End with a wrong side row, then bind off.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Painting Nails and Birdhouses

Last night we got a 'real' babysitter for the girls. My mother-in-law usually watches them when we go out for a few hours in the evening, but she was coming down with something, so I reached out to someone from our church. We had been to Walmart in the morning and I saw some teeny, tiny bottles of nail polish in a bunch of different colors. For under $1 each. Score. I let Jillian pick out a color. And Cierra (her babysitter) painted them for her last night while I saw the new Harry Potter movie (and John got stuck working). The outing was a success, Jillian had a great time, and the baby was asleep when I got home! Here are the awesome fingernails!

Today we went to Joann and Jillian found these little $1 birdhouses. I let her pick one out to paint at home. Clearly it won't be an outside birdhouse, but what a cool idea for Christmas gifts for grandparents! We may still do more yet...

Jessica is learning how her hands work, and how to use them to get things into her mouth. Like her bug.

And lastly, I made Jessie's Christmas present today! It's a 12"x12" blanket inspired by the Taggies blankets. This was attempt #2, after a failed attempt #1 that Jillian seems to have become attached to.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

My Girls

Jessie is finally learning how to use those hands...

And despite there being some question about her eye color a few weeks back, she is clearly another brown-eyed girl.

Jillian with some tootsie roll smudges on her cheek:

And the girls are playing together! I think Jilly likes having Jessie in the walker (sans wheels). It gives her a good way for her to show things to her little sister. And for little sister to be able to look at and grab for those things. Here Jilly is showing Jessica the Mary and Joseph figurines from our Nativity.

Friday, December 3, 2010


Jillian sees you! April 17, 2008

Jessie does too! Today!