Friday, March 26, 2010


The first time I had the opportunity to talk to M., our son's birthmother, I was in a yarn store in Salt Lake City. (Blazing Needles in case you're wondering.) I took that as a very very good sign! While I was there I picked out some very special yarn to knit a hat and scarf for M.

I LOVE this yarn. It is Shepherd's Wool by Stonehedge Fiber Mills. It is the softest, bounciest, most beautiful Merino I have ever touched. The color is rich and interesting.


I've named the pattern "Stork" because it was for M. who delivered our precious son.


I will write up the pattern and have it available in my Ravelry shop as soon as I as the Little Lion starts sleeping through the night!

Also, if you are reading via a feed reader, be sure to click through to my blog. I've done a blog makeover AND my comments are working once again.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Little Lion's First Hand Made Toy

"Bear in Waistcoat" from this sweet book that I got from my darling Duke for my birthday (awhile back.)

This is the first time I've ever totally hand sewn something. It was unexpectedly enjoyable. I did make it out of icky craft felt, I didn't have any nice felt on hand, but there will be more of these cute little guys in nicer materials.

Thursday, March 04, 2010

I don't know. . . Alaska!

Fairbanks, Alaska
Originally uploaded by Enrique Osvaldo
If you get my blog title you probably know my dad. It was the only thing I knew of Alaska growing up. When I was in high school a friend of mine moved to a city near Anchorage. His accounts left me thinking it was cold and dark and not a place I would care to visit, especially not in the winter.

Tonight I saw a wild Moose in the front yard of my hosts' house. It was magnificent.

There is an ice sculpture festival going on right now, and while I won't be able to attend (due to a sweet little bundle who I want to keep healthy and warm) I have been able to see upwards of 20 ice sculptures that local business and communities have had commissioned.

One of the longest snow machine races in the country will end here on Saturday.

I have eaten Reindeer and Elk. Both are delicious.

I have experienced -20 degree F. temperatures (warm for this time of year, I am told) and didn't die, surprisingly.

I stayed for three nights "on post" at Fort Wainwright- Home of the Arctic Warriors. (That's what the welcome sign says, folks, I did not make that up.)

I have experienced a lifestyle that requires you to plug in your car at night to keep it from freezing, where key holes and doors freeze shut, where flashlights are specific to a task and hats are not optional.

It is a strange and interesting place.

Most importantly, though, it is the birth place of my son. Parents often say that they would travel to the ends of the earth for their child. . . well my dear little boy, I have done it once, so you need not doubt that I would do it again.

Welcome to Yarnnation little Lionheart.

Tuesday, March 02, 2010