A week or so ago, the girls and I accompanied Dan to an auto auction in Saint Louis. We stopped off at Barnes and Noble and enjoyed a children’s hour and a cup of coffee, while Dan did his auto selling.
It was all a bit much for Sophie. She really doesn’t fit into any mold.
Kinsley was very attentive to Sophie’s needs, and very captivated by the storyteller.
After the bookstore, the girls and I found a nearby Goodwill, and stumbled upon three very lovely spring and summer dresses for Kinsley. All in all, it was a very satisfying day.
I admit it, snow really can be beautiful. It’s just that it’s inconvenient, too.
The first thing I think of when we get a big snow, is snow ice cream. Well, maybe I grumble a little (okay, maybe a lot) about the cold white stuff, but eventually I come around and try to make the best of it…. (Sometimes that might mean not looking outside while pretending that there is no such thing as snow, and that the temperature always stays about 60*….)
Okay, so I was talking about snow ice cream. This is something we always had when I was a kid. When it snowed, anyway. I think it used to snow more, when I was a kid. Which, make me grateful for global warming, if it’s happening.
Yeah, so back to snow ice cream.
16 cups snow
1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract (or any flavor actually – this morning we used coconut, and it was really good)
Place snow in a large bowl. Pour condensed milk over and add vanilla. Mix to combine. Serve immediately in chilled bowls.
You have to eat this stuff fast, because it melts fast!
These hats were designed to coordinate with the hoodies which Uncle Zion gave to the girls, in honor of Sophie’s birthday.
After I finished Sophie’s, Dan pointed out that they reminded him of antique football helmets.
Now Kinsley calls it “her football helmet”…
Both girls really wanted The Boy to have a matching hat, but Kinsley was perplexed by the flower… “He can’t have a flower, Mama, cause he’s a boy…” So, this is what we came up with.
Once again, the patterns came from Ravelry. The Sophie’s hat pattern is the Brrr Baby Beanie, with the Picot Flower accent.
Kinsley’s hat (since she needed a size bigger) was the Cute Kid’s Earflap Hat, but with the same floral accent. I didn’t do the gauge swatch on this, and her hat is borderline too small. I may go ahead and make a duplicate in the next size up (I did the size 2-4 pattern).
The Boy’s hat was the SLK Baby Hat pattern. His hat has more of a mushroom shape than the pattern depicts, and the reason for this is that I got scared about how large it was turning out, and decreased a few rounds…
Anyway… we’ll be cheering the team in style, this year!
Icicles hung from our furnace after the winter storm, providing an interesting contrast.
I’ve been taking advantage of all this ice, sleet, and snow, to accomplish a few indoor projects over the last few days. Unfortunately when I get into project mode, the basics always seem to suffer – but it does feel good to get something out of the ordinary done once in a while.
I’ve wanted to make Dan a hat for quite a while, and for some reason never quite got around to it. Last night I finally chose a pattern, pulled out the yarn basket and got started.
Unfortunately, I don’t think Dan actually likes it much, as it’s not quite as warm as his stocking cap and beanies really aren’t his style….
Kinsley says that it looks like “a pregnant mama hat”… so maybe I just have really poor taste in the pattern choosing department.
I found the pattern on Ravelry (which is one of my favorite sites to browse for inspiration and motivation.) The hat is called The Skater Beanie, and the pattern was highly adjustable, as sizing was based on measurements, instead of a gauge swatch.
I’m not certain what the yarn is, since it was a ball I collected a while back from a thrift store, but I don’t think it’s anything special… just your basic yarn.
I crocheted the hat in one sitting (except for 42 bathroom breaks) and it really only took a couple of hours.
I hope to get around to making The Boy a coordinating hat, maybe this evening…