My Mother’s Day Present

Dear Readers,

As you might have figured out from the previous post, there has been a change in personnel here at Crackersisters:

LM and bro

Little Mister has a little brother!

And, as with our previous additions, we’re going to take a few weeks off to rest and recuperate and reset our lives. I, at least, have to figure out how to juggle two kids as well as Erin does. Without dropping them.

When we return, we’ll have the summer ahead of us, a summer series or two may be in the offing, and hopefully we’ll be a little more consistent in our posting – it should be easier without storks dropping off little boys on the doorstep.

~Kristen.

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The Last Mother’s Day Gifts

Dear Erin,

So I told you on Monday that I would share something related to Mother’s Day today. I wasn’t expecting to share this:

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so we’ll postpone that for the time being, shall we?

Instead, I was expecting to share this:

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This is Hunter Hammersen’s “Loasa lateritia cowl from her book The Knitter’s Curiosity Cabinet. Knit in Cascade Kid Seta in color 08. Unblocked in this picture because I didn’t know if any potential negative changes in the yarn due to that would be made up for by potential positive changes in the lace. Besides, I’ve been busy since I finished it.

This is one of those patterns I fought with. It’s entirely my fault that I ended up starting this four times (!!). The first two, I was both inexperienced and trying to outsmart the pattern. The third time worked, but I set it down for a long while then cannibalized the needles for a different project, so I really didn’t know where I was when I came back to it and needed to start over for the last time.

The product is pretty, but I don’t plan to do this one again. Four times is enough, right? And it’s a pretty simple pattern, carried over a lot of yards of laceweight yarn.

I gave this to Mom for Mother’s Day. It’s only, um, four years late or so. Hopefully she doesn’t really mind too much. So that’s two cowls for two mothers this year; a good start to the year’s gifting.

The More Things Change

Dear Erin,

April 28th. Has it really been so long since we’ve written? Is this spring fever? Or senioritis? Or writer’s block? Who knows.

Things do happen around here, although even with changes, some things stay the same.

big smile whole foods

Little Mister keeps getting bigger, but he still loves his berries and will eat his weight in them if allowed. This explains the messy face in the above picture.

cheesy vacation pose

He’s tall enough to pose for cheesy vacation-type photos, but that’s only for a second during the constant movement (always) called for by playgrounds.

loving mr cow

And Mr. Cow, while always A favorite has now become THE absolute favorite cuddle buddy, necessary for sleep (and pretend sleep), as well as for watching Mickey Mouse.

I hope you had a sweet Mother’s Day and got a bit of a break as well as some lovely presents. Mine was quite nice, and, even better, I have something related to it that I’ll share here on Friday. In the meantime, Mr. Cow is enjoying his own well-earned rest, despite the fact that the card companies have yet to create a Stuffed Cow Friend’s Day. (You know it’s coming, though.)

Mr cow takes a break