Today is my 30th birthday! I find it hard to believe that I am any older than 21 and have a son to boot! As a gift to all of you who continue to check in here even though my posting is spotty at best I thought I would share some cute photos of Joaquin in handmade items. But before I get to those I wanted to say thank you for all the wonderful comments you all have left here on the past couple of posts. I really appreciate it.
This first photo doesn't feature any handmade items but it was taken by my best friend Jenni when she was out here a few weeks ago. She currently lives in Chicago but on July 1st she will be moving to Japan for a year and she will be sorely missed. I'm going to save my sheckles and try to go visit her while she is there. My consolation to her moving so far away is that it is only a year and then after that her and her lovely husband are thinking of moving her to the bay area. I can't tell you how happy that makes me.
This next image was taken over a month a go when we were having some cold weather. My mom came over to give me a hand while I taught a class and this is how she dressed Joaquin. The next picture shows the hand knits better but I thought this was a funny face. The hat was hand knit and sent to be by a friend in North Carolina. The sweater is 'Baby Mine' that I knit in Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino. I made it in the newborn size and Joaquin was two and half months at this point.
Here is a better picture of the hand knits that my mom took. I never did block this sweater! The flannel quilt was my by my friend Kayte's mom and features monkeys on a lot of the blocks. The one you can see on the right has monkeys swimming in intertubes. Very cute!
Aija made this beautiful hat for Joaquin. I love it. Whe Joaquin sleeps it's not uncommon for his lips to pooch out like this. Funny, no?
This blanket is incridibly important to me because it repsents the love and generosity of a lot of friends. My friend Jill made the original suggestion here (Rav link). Then Maia naturally dyed 2 oz bundles of superwash merino that was gerously donated by Julia who then had the fun task of laying the blanket out ant the not so fun task of sewing the blocks up. This picture doesn'y do the individual blocks justice but it does give you a sense of the liveliness of the blanket. The little white tags were put on so I knew who knit and spun what. Wait! I forgot to mention that part! All these blocks were hand spun and then hand knit! So awesome. Thanks again to everyone who participated!
And that wraps up the pictures I have of Joaquin in handmade love. There's more to share but I need to take pics first!
And if you would like to help me celebrate my birthday we will be having a picnic in Tilden park at the carousel starting on Saturday (the 25th) starting at 11am. This is where my first birthday was celebrated so it seems fitting to go back there for my 30th. I would love to see you there!