Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Tuesday Trivia - what's on my crochet hook today?

I used up the rest of the periwinkle yarn I had and made a cute little girl hat and matching doll hat to donate for a silent auction being held at our friend's school carnival this week.  Some lucky little girl and her dolly are going to be nice and warm in matching hats this cold weekend!

And speaking of cold, here's a bit of cold weather trivia... according to local meteorologists, February 28th is the average date for last below zero low temperatures.  Currently our seven day forecast to March 3rd is predicting lows ranging from -15 to -3.  Sigh.  I'm pretty sure spring is never going to come this year and it's never ever going to warm up again.  Guess I'll just have to keep making warm hats!  :)

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Snow, snow, and more snow

It's been snowing all day.  Wet, heavy snow.  Bouts of huge, fluffy snowflakes floating down.  Temperatures in the high 30's.  Perfect for taking the kids and camera to a nearby park for a nature walk.  Of course the huge fluffy snowflakes turned into regular size snowflakes by the time we got outside, but there were still plenty of them coming down to have fun playing in!

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Tuesday Trivia - what's on my crochet hook today?

Periwinkle yarn!  Hobby Lobby open up here in town last week, so of course that required an immediate shopping trip to check it out.  Once there, this lovely shade of yarn pretty much jumped out and begged to come home with me to become something fabulous on my hook.  So far I've finished a hat and am working on a matching scarf to keep the head and neck of one of my little ones warm.  I'm thinking I may have to try my hand at matching mittens next!

However, I now have a dilemma.  Periwinkle is a color in both the blue and purple family.  Girl One's favorite color is purple.  Girl Two's favorite color is blue.  Who, then, gets to wear this?  I think I may be taking another shopping trip soon to get a second matching skein...  :)

And a bit of periwinkle trivia... Crayola introduced the color to its crayon box in 1949!

Saturday, February 15, 2014

M Sisters

I loved meeting these two super cute sisters and their parents this morning.  We took pictures, played, took some more pictures, practiced counting, played a little more... and by the time we were done we had one sleeping baby and one big sister enjoying a yummy snack of ants on a log!  (that's celery with peanut butter and raisins, for my blog readers without little children.... ha ha!!)  :))

Enjoy your sneak peek!

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Tuesday Trivia - what's on my crochet hook today?

A tiger, that's what!  Well, a tiger hat, anyway!  That's what Girl 2 decided she wanted me to make for her to wear for hat day this month.  So I'll have a ladybug and a tiger to send off to school this Friday!  :)

For this hat I'm using Red Heart yarn in Pumpkin and Black, a 5.50mm hook, and my own pattern.

And a bit of tiger trivia for you... a tiger's stripes are like fingerprints.  No two are exactly the same.  The stripes are not only in their fur, but are also a pigmentation of the skin as well.  

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Sundog sighting

SUNDOG :  Parhelion.  A small, nearly round halo on the parhelic circle most frequently just outside the halo of 22 degrees.

This is what we had the joy of viewing on the way to school and work this morning.  It was so amazing!  I've seen smaller ones a time or two before, but never one so large.  Unfortunately I only had the not-so-great camera on my phone with me to photograph it, (and please excuse how dirty my windshield is in the first photo!) but I'm happy that I got these photos anyway to remember it by.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Tuesday Trivia - what's on my crochet hook today?

Tonight I've been working on crocheting a ladybug hat for Girl 2.  Once a month our school has a 'Hat Day'.  Students get to wear a hat all day in exchange for a donation of change which goes to Pennies for Patients, a wonderful program that supports kids in MN, ND and SD that have Leukemia and Lymphoma.

Each month I have fun making a new hat for my girls to wear to school on Hat Day.  Sometimes I let them choose what they'd like me to make for them, and other times I'll find a cute pattern that I surprise them with. This month Girl 2 requested a ladybug hat.  Girl 1 is still trying to decide what she wants.  :)

For this hat I'm using Lion Brand's Vanna's Choice yarn in Cranberry and Black, a 5.50mm hook, and my own pattern.

And a fun bit of ladybug trivia for you... did you know that ladybugs 'bleed' from their knees when threatened?  When startled, a ladybug seeps a toxic mix of alkaloids from its leg joints, thus deterring potential predators from an otherwise tasty meal.