“This is ball.”
“This is book.”
“This is kitty.”
Wren loves naming common household items (and sometimes pets) for her sister. I’ve spied Wren bringing literally dozens of small objects to her sister for her daily lesson.
She’ll also declare objects “hot” or “wet.” So she’s learning to be descriptive.
When I picked Wren up from the nursery after evening service, she squealed “Mommy” as she ran to the door. She then suddenly stopped, regained her composure, and introduced me to the room, “This is Mom.”
As if there could be no other.
She’s a heart melter, that one.
This morning she spotted the cat under the table and pointed. “Dog,” she said. “This is not a dog.”
I’m just thrilled to see her learning what things are (and aren’t) and to witness her kindness towards her little sister, who she proudly introduces to everyone as “Sister.”
Yesterday we had the great joy of reuniting with someone very special to our family. She’s kind of a big deal. You see, without Tee, we wouldn’t be the family we are today.
Nearly two years ago we met briefly. She was entrusting us to raise her daughter. It was awkward. It was emotional. She asked, out of the blue, if she could have a reunion visit. The social workers said we didn’t have to agree. They said if we gave an inch, she’d take a mile. But how could we say no? ”Yes,” we cried. Tee said that we wouldn’t even have to identify her as our daughter’s biological mother. That we couldn’t agree to. Our daughter would know her.
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Tomorrow is a special day for my daughter Wren. It’s a common everyday occurrence for her sister and for millions of other children across the globe, but not for her. It’s something so many children take for granted, yet, the following sentence reads like a riddle. She’s going to see her biological mother for the first time.
Once I saw these bunnies that Svenna made, I knew I had to make
some for the girls one for myself. I bought the pattern and started work right away. When I wasn’t knitting, I was browsing through Ravelry project gallery admiring all of the bunnies that everyone else had made.
There are over 425 completed entries for the girl version alone.
Yes, I might have been obsessed.
But isn’t she worth it?
The pattern is 14 pages long. (Yes, fourteen.) The designer did an amazing job detailing practically every step. She’s brilliant. I learned a lot of new techniques. I made a few mistakes along the way but nothing catastrophic. The bunny is knit flat, and if you aren’t a master of the mattress stitch before… you will certainly be after! A little embroidery and crocheting were required. Neither are my strengths, but she still turned out cute — if I can say so myself!
I honestly can’t think of how I’d improve the pattern, but I know now where to pay attention to avoid mistakes on the next go round. The only part that disappoints me is the shoe. I couldn’t get it to curve just right, so maybe this is something where practice makes perfect.
I’m glad I bought the pattern for the boy bunny as part of the package, because Okey has requested that I make him one, too.
Ravelry notes here.
We’ve gone dark for nearly a week. We last left the house on Sunday, and that was to church where we volunteered in the nursery. (My dear friend Sarah may see where this is going.) There were a few kiddos there with sniffles, including our Wren. The weather had been changing and I think all of us adults believed the sniffles were a result of the sinuses adjusting. Well, that was wishful thinking.
Wren has been full on sick since Monday morning. Her dad since Monday afternoon. Her sister since Monday evening.
Since I had experience in making one sweater under my belt, I felt fully empowered to make modifications. (Ahem.) I had made this sweater from this pattern before and so I knew what changes I wanted to make. Primarily, I wanted to add buttons. Secondly, I wanted to make the project quicker so I decided to knit it in the round. I think I managed to shave an hour off the total knitting time.
^ Big sissy saw that I added a prop to the photo and decided to help add more. I love these girls.
My full knitting notes are here.