Sunday, April 08, 2007

Happy Easter! (Or Christmas?!)

Happy Easter! Although I think this year Mother Nature got Christmas and Easter confused here. Green Christmas, White Easter. We got the biggest snowfall of the season yesterday/last night. This poor little robin doesn't know what to do! I was outside long enough to grab a shovel and clear my side steps, and the snow is over the top of my boots.

Nonetheless, the Easter Bunny did make it. Yesterday there was some egg dying and painting. (When I bought my kit I thought of Aija and her post-Easter kit fiasco for hand-dyed sock yarn.) Our kit included puffy paint, but it didn't really work that well. They had fun, and I guess that's what counts.

The Littlest One was up first today, mostly cuz he said he needed to you-know-what, which, thankfully, he finally did a big one that was normal. That was before seven (uhng!), then he wanted to lay on the sofa. The Easter loot was in the living room, of course, and once he saw that he was wide awake and off the get the Oldest One. The loot included a basket for each with chocolate bunnies, a couple of dinky cars, and a few Easter candy holders filled with candies. They each got a Big Bubbler, basketball (which the Littlest One won't stop dribbling), they share a soccer ball/cone set, Scooby Doo Unmasked for PS2, velcro ball catch thing, and a Spongebob Slip and Slide for this summer (not the same as this but similar). Normally I get them each a t-shirt and shorts set (or at least a new shirt), but with all the riggamarole this week I could only grab some stuff at the most convenient times and places.

Then the hunt was on!

Last night was the first time since Monday night that I knit. I started my second Dublin Bay sock. I haven't gone that long without knitting for ages. It was just too hard with the Littlest One being lugged back and forth to the hospitals, and when we were home he wanted to be held, I was too tired, etc, to knit. So yesterday I did some winding, grumbling all the time that I need a swift. The first picture: On the left -- Koigu won from Alyson of The YoYo Knits for Elfin Socks. On the right -- Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock in Bittersweet for Jaywalkers. The second picture: On the left -- Brooklyn Handspun in Thomas the Train colorway. Should be enough to make two pairs of socks for each boy. On the right -- Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran for Karen's Sugar Free Socks by Knittin' Mom Chrissy Gardiner.

I forgot, too. I signed up for the 52 Pair Plunge. Not saying I'll be able to complete 52 pairs of socks this year, but it will give me motivation to try! Any socks count, and I figure I'll be able to make at least half of these in child and baby socks (some of the child socks I plan to make are for charity).

Speaking of charity, less than three months are left to get your gear made for The Dulaan Project. I have leftover yarn to make four pairs of socks, and there's a grocery bag full of leftover yarn to make some hats and mittens, or maybe more socks. I'll have to look and see what I have. They have to receive the items by July 1 or else they have to keep it for next time. I plan on sending mine out June 1, so I'd best soon get cracking. (I foresee once I get these DB socks finished that I will concentrate on the Dulaan stuff so it's ready to go when needed. It will also give me a boost towards the 52 Pair Plunge.)

Well, must go clean up some of the mess around here.

Happy knitting!


Blogger Charity said...

I can't believe your snow!

Glad to hear you're back to knitting, it just makes everything feel better, eh?

1:41 PM  
Anonymous pat said...

Beautiful new yarn!! You'll be needing a lot more for the 52 pair plunge!!!

2:57 PM  
Blogger Shelley said...

Yeah...we got that awful snow too. I know there are robins around here (I've been told by people who have seen them), but I haven't seen any yet this year...which is odd.

Sounds like your boys sure had a great Easter morning! Can't wait to see a pic of your Dublin Bays. WOw...the 52 pair challenge...I could never do that. I'm too slow, lol.

8:42 PM  
Blogger Chrissy said...

Wow! The Easter bunny is very generous at your house! Happy Easter!

12:22 AM  
Blogger Donna said...

Easter sure is different than when my kids were little. They just got a basket with some chocolate bunnies, etc.
Love your new yarn.
Glad things are back to "normal" at your house again.

9:50 AM  
Anonymous Cathy said...

That snow looks great to me! It looks like the easter bunny was quite generous too!

12:23 PM  
Blogger aija said...

hehehe... can you believe, even though i gave away almost 20 boxes worth of dye, i seriously thought of buying more this year?!

snow! neat... we got rain. not nearly as pretty!

2:11 AM  
Blogger Carol said...

Snow, gosh it doesn't seem right for Easter does it---we had 80's here in Vegas but then again at Christmas time it doesn't feel like Christmas here---miss good ole New England at Christmas!
Love your yarn.

2:29 AM  
Anonymous Dipsy said...

I can't believe the amounts of snow you got! Here, we're almost in summer already with temps way over 22C - I'm sending over lots of sunrays and warmth to you!
The kids seemed to have such a great time at Easter - I totally enjoyed looking at the pics and seeing the fun they had!
And wow - your yarn rocks big time, all those beautiful colours - can't wait to see the Dublin Bay Socks!

2:49 AM  

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