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Friday, April 29, 2011

New Pattern: Neapolitan Baby Shrug

While I was traveling with my mom, I came up with this idea for a little shrug for a baby at our church. (Enjoy MacKenzie!) I pretty much just made it up as I went along, but have now written it up and am posting it here. For larger sizes, repeat rows 1-6 an extra time before you continue.

I like using the various stitches, because it adds a bit of a texture to it, almost like ice cream ripples. My mom called Neapolitan and that name has stuck. Enjoy and please post any questions you have. This pattern is free for personal use, but please do not use it for commercial purposes.

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Neopolitan Baby Shrug
by Jenna Moore

1 skein each white yarn, chocolate brown yarn, and strawberry pink yarn. I use dk or sport weight
Size H hook

Shell stitch: *Sc in first stitch, sk, 5dc in next st, sk, sc in next stitch.*

Body of Shrug:

ch 56 with White

Row 1 Sc in second ch from the hook and in each remaining chain.
Row 2 Turn and sc in each chain across. Change to pink yarn. ch2.
Row 3 Turn and dc in each sc across. ch 2.
Row 4 Turn and dc in each sc across. Change to brown yarn. ch 2.
Row 5 Turn and hdc in each dc across. ch2
Row 6 Turn and hdc in each dc across. Change back to white. ch1. Turn.

Rows 7-24 Repeat Rows 1-6 three times.

Row 25 Repeat rows 1 and 2.

Sewing it together:
* Place wrong sides of the white sides together and sew eight stitches together. Fasten off.* Repeat from * on other end.

Place white yarn on the hook and insert hook into the initial chain row. Shell stitch* around, finishing in the initial stitch. Fasten off.
Please pink yarn on hook and insert hook into the middle stitch of the first 5dc shell. *Sc in same st, sk st, 5 dc in sc, sk st, sc in next stitch.* Repeat around, ending in the initial slip stitch. Fasten off.

Repeat for second cuff.

Finishing: Weave in ends.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Happy Easter!

Easter was a wonderful day in our household this year. The kids and Michal and I went to the sunrise service at Union Grove Baptist Church. We were there at 6:45 AM for the service and then stayed to help fix breakfast, eat breakfast, and play. The boys played on the playground while we were making breakfast. And after breakfast Michael took time to teach them both about basketball at the basketball court at the church. They had a great time and so did I. I found little Connor got very tired after getting up so early. So I laid out his blanket on a pew and we just wrapped and rolled him up inside his blanket for a little rest. I sang him some songs while we sat there and he rested though he didn't sleep. After that he was ready to go back out and play more basketball. The service was wonderful. The 11 o'clock service they did a little drama-almost a mini rock opera! It was really cool. The boys eyes were riveted to the stage. We enjoyed the rest of the service too, and soon after we got home we spent some time playing with their ninjitsu figures and just generally hanging out. We had a mini egg hunt, at Ian's request. Jeremy had brought some Cadbury eggs over so I hid those for the children to find. All in all, it was a wonderful day of recognizing what Jesus did for us.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

weekend update

Overall it's been a very good weekend. On Saturday I got some gardening done with some help from Jeremy. We planted some seeds. I forget what they're called some very tall spire looking things for the mailbox, after first spending my morning digging up all the weeds around mailbox. After that we had a friendly game of Pathfinder and lasted probably to 9:30. This morning we enjoyed church; it was quite a strong message that I really needed to hear. And tonight's service was our baptism. Michael and I were both baptized in the tub full immersion. I've never done that before. But it was the right thing to do. I feel closer to God already. And I feel like the last of my old life is finally gone. I got a chance to say a few words and that felt really good. when I was in high school I took Jesus into my heart and I asked him to be my Lord and Savior but I didn't know what that meant. He was in my life, but he was in my life like a physics class was in my life. Now I know the difference . now I know what it means for him to be the Lord of my life. It's not easy to let go of that illusion of control that we have over our lives. The turning it over to God is the surest way to see change. That doesn't mean we always get what we want; to paraphrase a song we get what we need. God's will be done not ours. It's not easy but it usually works better than anything we can dream up on our own.

Friday, April 8, 2011

A long week

It's been a long week this week. I've been sick with headaches, a cold, flu, and fever. It's been really hard to function. I haven't been able to get to the office since Monday or really get anything done. I spend most of my days sleeping and just trying to recuperate from whatever this is. I am hoping that this will get better, because I am sick and tired of waking up with a headache, going to bed but the headache, and always seeming to have a headache. On the upside Michael seems to be doing better. He says he will call CTG and find out if they will find a job for him. Him being a known quantity there should truly help him out. In the meantime, he seems to be taking a good enthusiastic approach to our business. I gave him the job description for the graphic intern today and I'm hoping that'll help get us jumpstarted. Once we have the graphics, we can then move forward to integrating those graphics into the module and into the program.

Monday, April 4, 2011

And so it goes

So much has been going on that I've scarcely had time to keep up with it. Michael is on the search for work while also going to school and starting our business. The kids are quickly approaching the end of the school year. And I am about to pass out from lack of sleep. Guess which one I could control? That's right-the one that involves Not starting new net searches at 23:48 hours. Truly, though, it's been a good couple of days for me and the kids. We spent Saturday together, watching movies, playing, cooking and gardening. Sunday was its usual lazy self. Getting back to work is tough, but worth it. Now where's my coffee?