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Fairy Princess Tutu

My oldest Niece turned 4 yrs old this past weekend. When I asked her parents what she wanted for her birthday gift, they said she wasn’t into anything specific – just “beautiful” things. Such a broad category! Fortunately, my Niece is a classic “girly girl”, so that narrowed the field quite a bit. When I came across this blog post from Samster Mommy via whip up, I knew I had to make her a stuffed tutu.

I bought 1.5. yds of pink tulle from my local fabric store and raided my craft supplies for the other bits I needed. I happened to have a jar of fabric flowers from a long-since-forgotten (thank goodness) scrapbook project, and I finally settled on a 2-inch wide silver/white ribbon for the tie. I followed the directions on the blog post and came up with this:

Unfortunately, I wasn’t there when my Niece opened her gift, but was sent this message soon after:

“Thank you, Aunt Rose. Now I’m a real fairy!”

Comfort Knitting

Please excuse me, dear readers. I’ve been away from serious blogging for much longer than I had imagined. I got the unexpected news a few weeks ago that a good friend had been in a tragic accident and was in the hospital in Johannesburg, South Africa, with a long road to recovery. Meghan and I have known her since childhood and were deeply saddened by the news of her injuries. We decided put aside our feelings of helplessness by doing what we could: we began to knit our friend a blanket that would brighten up her days in the ICU. Tragically, she passed away in the hospital on Memorial Day 2010, just over 8 weeks since her accident and 1 week after we had started the project. She was barely 26 yrs old and had a bright future ahead.

Once we recovered from our initial shock at her passing, we resumed knitting with the goal of finishing the blanket in time to give to our friend’s Mother at her memorial service later in June (near my farm).

Our portions of the blanket are raveled here (Meghan) and here (me). Meghan chose the lovely colors we used and assigned them to each hex; she gives more details about the project and perspective on our friend’s passing in this blog post.

I just finished my half of the blanket this morning (unblocked):

Note that my Ravelry listing includes a short synopsis of our modifications to the original pattern. Once I receive Meghan’s half from London (no pressure, Meghan. really!), I will assemble the two portions here in Virginia and attach a label that we designed.

Meghan and I agree that the simple act of knitting has done more to help us deal with our grief than we could have imagined. We started this project to bring comfort to our friend and finished it to bring comfort to ourselves and to the family she left behind.

Llamas Sheared

Our shearer, Emily, came back to the farm and took care of our two Llamas. They are much smaller (and cooler) now!

For those of you who remember the llamas from this previous post, Pedro (left above) and Tina (right above) are still here, while Napoleon has gone to live at another farm. Their coats were all matted, so the fiber had to be thrown away. Next time I’ll send them off to a fiber mill for processing.

Aren’t they cute?? They are serving as guard llamas for the small herd of non-fiber goats on the farm. And doing a great job!

UPDATE: Here are more photos of Emily working on Tina.


Hello, dear readers. I have been working on a post to explain my long absence from the blog, but I must interrupt with some breaking news. I won the This American Life App giveaway at not martha! I occasionally enter these giveaways, but have never had the good fortune of winning – until now. And a TAL item, too. What luck! A huge thanks to Megan of not martha, whose website I love – lots of wonderful tutorials, recipes, and general awesomeness.

I’ve been a huge TAL fan for years. In my opinion, it’s hands down the best radio show out there – and I listen to a lot of NPR! I download the podcast every Monday morning and let Ira Glass & the TAL crew entertain me on the long drive from the farm to grad school. If you have never listened to This American Life, I highly recommend it. You can download the weekly podcast from iTunes or listen on your local public radio station each weekend. If you like TAL and listen to it regularly, I also highly recommend you make a donation ($5, $10, anything) to keep them in business. Happy listening!

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