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Easter and the rest of the week!

We have had a busy week! The kids have been off from public school which meant that I had a whole different crew of kids for day care. Some stayed home with teacher parents and others came for the week whose parents were working. It made for a busy week following a nice 3 day weekend for Maddie and me!

The day before Good Friday we made yummy hot cross buns with the day care kids and tried to make a Seder platter to go with our dinner. I messed up the platter a bit but we still discussed the elements on it and the Seder meal itself. The historians in us like to put things into perspective so talking about the last meal Jesus had with his disciples makes sense! Next year I promise to remember some meat on the bone!

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On Good Friday we walked in the cross walk around our little village. The churches all come together on that day to tell the Easter story a little bit at a time in the different sanctuaries around the village. Maddie loves to help carry the cross at some point and to see the other churches. She wore her new coat from Poppa Bill! The coat was part of his Navy uniform and has been around the world. She loves it and has worn it often since receiving it.


IMG_0580 IMG_0581 IMG_0582 The man in the orange shirt came over to Maddie later in the walk to ask about her coat. He had also been in the Navy and was proud to tell us he still fits into his uniform! This impressed me more than Maddie I have to admit. He was pleased that Maddie was wearing her grandpa’s coat and that she expressed pride in his service.

Saturday was spent doing our usual chores and dying eggs. I suspect this is the last year of the egg hiding fun! In fact Maddie sort of went along with her crazy parents this year. We had fun at any rate and Maddie enjoyed her basket in the morning. Somehow we managed to miss getting a picture of Maddie on the front porch so I am sorry to say you will miss her Easter finery. She looked so pretty and grown up! We were the greeters at church which is always fun then came home to make dinner. This was my first shot at deviled eggs! Brian and Maddie declared them delicious then proved it by eating them all!

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The rest of the week has been spent doing schoolwork and taking care of day care kiddos! One of Maddie’s favorite things from the  week was a Shakespeare Finger Puppet theater.


Tonight Brian took over dinner and I had a few minutes out on the porch in this beautiful weather! The sparrows were not too pleased by my presence though! I took my camera out in hopes of getting a picture of them all lined up on the railing telling me exactly what they thought of my knitting out there but they didn’t come back!

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Here is hoping for more knitting on the porch this week!!



Yarn Along

I am currently reading Knitting Yarns:Writers on Knitting complied by Ann Hood. My favorite part so far has come from the essay by Barbara Kingsolver called “Where to Begin”. Here it is: “It begins on the morning you see your children’s bare feet swinging under the table while they eat their cereal cold and you shudder from stem to stern like a dog hauling up from the lake, but you can’t throw off the clammy pall of those little pink-palmy feet. You will swaddle your children in wool, in spite of themselves.” I even read that part aloud to Maddie who grinned right along with me! We could both hear our conversations starting in October “Maddie Grace would you please go put on your socks (mittens, hat, long pants….fill in the blank!) you are making me freezing! It is also totally appropriate to the projects I’m sharing today since both are for Maddie. Socks from my favorite pattern and a sweater that I finally managed to start!


I also thought I would share one of Maddie’s photos. She took this over my shoulder while I was working on the latest prayer shawl for church. Her Sunday School Teacher asked if she would help her take photos of crosses and hearts in places you wouldn’t expect them to be for a Lenten project. Maddie is enjoying the search! Can you see the cross?


Joining Small Things today for the Yarn Along!


After Christmas Yarn Along

What fun I had this year knitting things for Christmas! I think I managed to get pictures of everything except the washcloths I made for my mother in law so here is what I made other than those!


From a previous yarn along….mittens for all my day care kiddos! That would be 7 of them! I loved watching them open the mittens because most of them got so excited. Often they want to use some of Maddie’s old mittens that no longer fit. Kids know when something has built in love!


A hat for my mom. The I-cord can be untied and the hat pulled down over her head to be a neckwarmer! Here is the link to my ravelry page with all the details!


A mason jar cozy and cuppow lids for Brian! I think we need to find a smaller jar. I will admit to using one I already had. It may work for the dip cup but not for drinking!! Here is that link! And many thanks to Ginny at Small Things for the idea!!


That got me searching on Ravelry for mason jar cozy patterns because I thought it was such a fun idea! This one popped up and I couldn’t resist making one for Maddie. I knew that a Lego minifigure would be more her speed than a fairy though! Here is the link. And I love opening the cupboard now to get out a cup!



This is a linen stitch bookmark for my Dad! Here is the link.

I just finished a “regular” pair of mittens for Maddie using the leftover yarn from her felted pair. So far this winter is not a good one for overly warm outerwear! We need some snow!!


Maddie’s sunday school teacher would like to learn to knit so Maddie wanted to dye some yarn for her! We did that using some Knitpicks Wool of the Andes superwash Bare yarn and kool aid. Maddie was so please with how it came out and her teacher loved it!

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Poor kiddo–look at those eyes! The next day we took her to the doctor for an ear infection! Fortunately she was all better for Christmas Eve and Day!


My current project is a prayer scarf. This is for church. We are planning a prayer shawl meeting for January and hopefully will be teaching some people how to knit the shawls. I thought perhaps a scarf would be easier for a beginner as it would be less intimidating. I have read that some churches give them away to graduating seniors. I thought I should try it first though!

I am currently reading Outlander on the kindle. There was a deal on it and I wanted to re-read the series. I am listening to The Black Count by Tom Reiss. This is about Alexander Dumas and his father. I have not yet read The Count of Monte Cristo but now it is on my list! The book is one of Brian’s favorites and now I can understand why!


This is the inside of the green notebook in the picture above. Maddie gave it to me for Christmas. Isn’t that cute! I love it.

How was your holiday? I hope you had a good one! What are you working on and reading in the new year?

Joining Ginny at Small Things for the Yarn Along.