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Joshua’s “Baby” Blanket is coming along so nicely. He keeps on asking if it’s finished yet and it’s getting very close! I’m working the last set of green “logs” on the log cabin and then I will call it finished. It’s over 40″ square right now and while Josh thinks it’s big enough, I want the colors to be balanced.

Joshua's "Baby" Blanket

In other news, I won a contest! Rebecca Danger did a giveaway on her blog the other day for her new pattern, Tofu the Dachshund, and I won! I’m so excited to knit one of these for Josh (and maybe for a few other people I know & love!). I wish I could buy all of her patterns from her shop! Maybe after our big move (coming super soon!).

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Finished Green Socks

This weekend we drove up to Buzzards Bay, MA for my cousin Emily’s wedding. The trip was an all-around wonderful thing:

I spent a long road trip with my boyfriend, son, and little sister.
I got to visit with my older sisters, brother in law, his little sister, and my nephew.
We went to an amazing wedding!
The ceremony was awesome: it was officiated by Emily’s sister Kate and it was so personal and touching and just amazing. I was so glad to be there for it.
I also got to visit with cousins, aunts, uncles, and my dad.
I got a lot of knitting done, too!

I chose not to work on Percy and instead switched back to the green socks. And today? I finished them! I love them and think they will do a fine job replacing the first ones I knit (one of which I recently lost).

Green Socks Finished!

Green Socks Finished!

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Giftly

I’ve been working on Percy exclusively since I started it. I’ve done A LOT of knitting on it, but it’s very slow going. Today is my baby sister’s thirteenth birthday. I don’t know if Percy will be finished in time to give it to her this Friday when I see her. I still have hope, but with no days off until this weekend I don’t know how hopeful I should be.

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I just started working the flap. After the flap comes the ridiculously long strap (I think I will shorten this quite a bit) and then the inner pocket and outer pocket and all of the finishing (a lot!). I’ve got at least six more inches of flap to go and have knit about 22 inches on Percy total in almost a week. Possible? Maybe. I really like how the seed stripe looks:

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I’m going to knit this bag right so that it will be cherished. If it isn’t finished by Friday, I will decide to either knit it in the long-ass car & boat rides we’ve got coming that night, or put it aside so it can be a complete surprise for my sister and work on something else for those long-ass rides. I’m undecided, but will decide when it’s an issue.

In other news, tonight I took Joshua to the movies for the first time in almost a year. The last time was to see Wall-E. He had been VERY excited to see it, but he got overwhelmed by the dark and some sound-equipment malfunctions. He ran crying from the theater before the first trailer rolled and we got comp passes to come back. Today I convinced him to try and see the new Pixar movie UP. He was wary and nervous the whole time. I was cautiously optimistic and even though he cried from fear before the trailers started (he is terrified of being trapped in sudden darkness), he got very excited once they did begin. His little flashlight lay unnoticed in his lap much of the time and while he refused the 3-D glasses (an issue for another time), he LOVED the movie! He said to me about fifteen minutes into the film, “I’m so happy! It’s not scary!” and that is his new refrain. I’m so proud of him for overcoming and so excited about the possibilities this brings up! Yay for movies in the theater! Yay, also, for him liking movies from his culture (the one I am not a part of):

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Joshua is half Russian (well, Ukrainian but it was part of the USSR when his father was born there). He doesn’t speak the language because his father didn’t speak it enough to get it through to him and I do not speak it at all. He’s been completely apathetic towards most of the Russian culture thus far, but Cheburashka? It’s become his favorite DVD. He loves to search on Google and YouTube for pictures and videos of his newfound love. I did some research and discovered that Cheburashka has been the mascot of the Russian Olympic teams for years and it’s a favorite among Russian children. Cheburashka translates to something like “topples” and the character himself is ADORABLE and sweet and totally someone I can feel comfortable letting my child watch. He’s begun calling it his “Russian movie” because nobody knows what Cheburashka means when he says it. It makes me so happy to see him so happy about something so simple.

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