Since moving into a new home, I have been busy unpacking and staging this chapter of our life. While moving and arranging, I found a few things in various stacks that I meant to mail to friends and family. I quickly set about fixing this oversight. Several trips have been made to the post office with a few more soon. The biggest items have been for the new babies arriving in our family this summer. We will be welcoming two nieces this year. In fact one made her appearance a bit early last week.
Usually babies born into our extended family are welcomed with handknits. However, a lot of my family lives where it is warm. The little lady, who arrived at the end of June, lives in sunny southern California, so her need for handknits is low. However, the next baby due lives in Michigan and will definitely need warmth. Earlier this year, my sister in love sent me a skein of yarn from the living history museum near her. I decided togive it back to her after making it into something for her fourth babe. I scoured Ravelry for just the right piece to use the 200 yards. I found a simple baby sweater and made it immediately.
The sweater knit up quickly, however my yarn soon ran out. I found a bit of rustic looking pink in my stash to use as trim. The look was perfect. Finding just the right buttons took a bit longer. I finally found some simple pink ones that coordinated well with the trim yarn. I am hoping it fits well and can keep my little niece warm. We shall see in a few more weeks!
I mentioned the other day about our source for audiobooks. The kiddos and I have been listening to the All of a Kind family series lately working our way through the series. Sometimes at home we will quickly listen to a Boxcar Children mystery. They really like those too. I started and finishedAbraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter while finishing the socks from last week's Yarn Along. Dave's brother (and the next expectant father) suggested that I read it. It is very far from my normal reading, but I found its historical context quite interesting. It isn't often that you can have a vampire novel about a former president that is surprisingly historically accurate.