Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Further adventures of Nanny Debbers and the F-Bomb

Debra was so kind as to deliver the most recent spate of photographic evidence of their daily adventures yesterday and I have to say. I'm SHOCKED to see how much my little beast has grown in all ways.

They've been going to birthday parties. Where Fenner has really developed the indie spirit. I've seen this a couple of times - she likes to go but it takes her awhile to engage with the chaos. It's not until she's checked out the environment and found the bigger spaces that she's willing to start to play. Debra texted me this picture from Ivy's party.
Something new that's started to happen is Fenner's need for sit down independant time. Books are especially good for this but she's starting to play with her stuffed animals and toys as well. A few nights ago I was cooking dinner and realized that things had been too quiet for too long and when I went into the living room she had wrapped up a penguin in her blanket and was rocking it.

Very much what her dad does every night with her, much plotzing ensued.We have a small pantry off of the kitchen that J painted with chalkboard paint. It is a source of hours of entertainment for everyone and it is through the chalkboard that Debra and J have their only contact - both being quite brilliant artists
We've settled into a lovely routine that involves breakfast and bonding at home before the intrepid duo head to the local drop in centre where Fenner has her special friends. I love seeing her develop relationships with neighbourhood kids. Ella here is from down the street and is but a few days older than Fenner - they amok as a duo.And the newest addition to the neighborhood Zoe ! You may remember her as one of the Tri-umvirate of Adorable! I wonder how this will develop? Aren't you just so curious?

"What's that? The project is coming in underbudget and ahead of time???? Why yes I do watch my mother at home." This picture vaguely depresses me. But then I think....maybe she's holding down a day job, to pay for art school. Working to live instead of living to work.
It's a great example of the mimicry that's coming out now - I'm trying desperately to exorcize my lumberjack vocabulary. It's adorable in it's futility.
She's doing a lot of painting right now and arts and crafts hold her attention for longer and longer.
I too have a couple of arts and crafts to show for this month. The Swirls Hat from Fibre Trends
was one of my February goals (all of which are coming along nicely thankyouverymuch)
This is a yoke sweater from Ann Budd's awesome book, the knitters hand book of sweater patterns. The yarn is a STR silk/wool blend that was gifted to me tagless from a very generous friend who handed it to me and said there is more than enough for a kids sweater before dashing away.
It's just beautiful - the way the blue glows against the green and yellows. My only complaint is that when she wears this sweater she looks all grown up, it's eery.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

I make pretty.

An update on my Fleecerly expotitions. Part of my NY resolutions was to rent the Lettuce Knit dye studio once a month and play around with colour. You see I have a lot of fleece left over (re: untouched) from an incident at the Royal Winter Fair a couple years back. My goal is to dye one batt a month, spin that dyelot the next month and knit it in the third month. So far I'm on target.

Up until about 2 weeks ago this 3lbs of Romni was in a tightly packed box from Wellington Fibres awaiting a hot date.
This is a lot of fleece. I am very very excited but the potential of it all. For my first date with myself I brought 3 of these batts.....for 3 hours and dyed one of them. Next time I'll prep the batt before getting to the studio so I can get right into the dying.
My first hand painted colourways as inspired by whatever was mixed up in the studio and me throwing some colours on some wet wool - no science.
Here are the greens together in some light after drying. I may have been hankering for some spring. There is yet one more blue that is getting spun right now.
God what a crappy picture....sigh. I promise there will be a prettier one of the singles any time now.

Until then - revel in the ballet dancers. I love that Fenner is "WTF'ing" me, it's what I imagine of what life will be like with a teenager full of bershon .

Tuesday, February 03, 2009

First time for everything

I got sick and tired of winter showing me what it's like to be in the joint. We had a lot of guests last weekend which meant a lot of inside time. On Sunday morning we decided to get some air while we could. It meant going without coffee which is why I look like I'm in severe pain
But it was so worth it. First tobaggan run.

video

First face plant in the snow. She left a perfect print of her visage in the snow. Poor bean!