September = Sock Monkeys!

I’ve been busy plugging away at my Sock Monkey costumes (Which are sold OUT! Woo!) and my kids have been busy learning new tricks. Like Effie can now sit up! This is very exciting for her- and she is thrilled to bits about it!’
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She also got the opportunity to model a party hat at Sam’s third birthday party!

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Sam wanted to try on the Sock monkey costume that was being mailed out this week, but once I got it on him he got a little sullen and decided that maybe it wasn’t as fun as he thought. I think it looks good on him, though!

 
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Effie got to ride in the back of a dump-truck. She loves being included in whatever Sam is doing, and that’s usually building things with his Duplos and hauling still around in the back of his dump truck. Sam got a HUGE container of Duplos for his birthday from his cousins Josie and Ezra and pretty much for the last 2.5 weeks he hasn’t wanted to play with anything other than those- it’s been amazing for his independence. He will sit and play with those blocks for HOURS every day- which means I get to knit whenever Effie is napping or playing with her big brother!DSC_0094

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He calls this Mater’s “Pirate hat”. I think it’s awesome and very clever!

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Effie hasn’t been sleeping well (Thank you, four-month-sleep-regression!) So we’ve been doing a lot of coffee. Since it is starting to cool down, naturally I’ve been making myself some pumpkin spice lattes!

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And also because she hasn’t been sleeping well she’s been spending tons of time in the wrap on my back (Which I FINALLY figured out, thanks to some kind friends) and she’ll happily talk and jabber and pull my hair for a few hours up there, which is great when the dishes need to be done or dinner needs to be cooked and she isn’t happy about being left on the floor!

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Sometimes being the baby means getting laundry baskets put on top of you. Life is rough for the baby, you know?

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But in other news, I just had a photo shoot this morning with Anselm Photography (Wonderful woman and amazing eye for pictures!) to get some professional shots of the sock monkey costumes and mermaid costumes! We had a very tiny, very new little squish model the mermaid costume for us and it is BEYOND cute. I can’t wait to see the finished images!

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Keepin’ on.

Life is busy right now, hence the lack of updates on the blog. Knitting orders are keeping up, too- which is wonderful and also overwhelming-  I always forget about that during the summer then August hits and BLAMMO! orders all over the place. It’s wonderful (Helloooo Christmas money!) but this is the first busy season I’ve had with two kids, both of which demand a lot of love and attention (Being almost 3 is hard, and being 4 months is especially difficult)

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So Effie spends a lot of time in the wrap, and Sam is learning to play independently. We have a friend that we are watching a few hours a day and that is wonderful for Sam, he really enjoys spending time with her and they play really well together, and if I can time that with Effie’s naps, well, then I might actually get to sit and knit. Maybe. But the majority of my knitting happens after dinner and kids are to bed. We are still definitely trying to hit our stride, and trying to be as organized as possible helps, I’ve been doing meal planning and chore scheduling to keep up on the housework. It’s so nice to not have the 4:30pm freak-out when you realize you haven’t thought of what to make for dinner.

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It’s so funny, all year long I am thinking two months in advance- so it feels later than it really is. I keep forgetting it’s still August, because all of August and September I am focusing on Halloween orders, and then all of October and November I am working on Christmas orders, and just like that, boom, it’s January! I know it’s so cliche, but time really is flying by so fast- and I can’t believe Sam will be three on Wednesday and Effie is already 4 months old. This summer has just been a total blur! Thanks, my loyal readers, for putting up with me while I’ve been so neglectful of this space- But make sure to follow the Facebook page, as I update there a bit more frequently.

Vintage-Style Baby Bonnet

I made this Vintage-Style Baby Bonnet for a baby shower for some good friends of ours this week. They had a beautiful baby girl right after Effie was born!
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It was my first time using this pattern (linked below) and I absolutely LOVE it. Adorable- and knits up really fast! I did this in one day, luckily Effie slept most of the day so I got a lot of knitting time. This pattern is definitely going on my “oops I forgot a baby shower tonight and need to whip out a gift” list!
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Her smirk is hilarious and kills me every time she does it.

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Here are the deets:
Pattern link: Vintage Style Baby Bonnet  (From Vintage Knits for Modern Babies)
Ravelry Link: Modern Baby Bonnet (From Vintage Knits for Modern Babies)
Made with Cascade Brand GreenLand Yarn in Periwinkle

If anyone is interested in purchasing one, check out my Etsy shop.

Persephone Ebrill

Persephone (Effie for short!) came into the world on 4/22/14! She is feisty and chubby and we can’t get enough of her. She was 8lbs 7oz and a whopping 21 inches long, a decent amount bigger than her brother was- explains what she’s been doin’ in there for the past 42 weeks!

She was a little late for Easter, but she she fills out her Easter sweater quite nicely!

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She’s quite delightful and her cheeks are super yummy. She’s a great sleeper and really enjoys bonking herself in the face with her fist while trying to eat. Sam is getting fonder and fonder of her, but still a bit unsure of this new little person who is getting a whole lot of attention, but he’s coming around! We’re pretty darn pleased!