I finished crocheting a dress for Clara. The pattern was designed by Alicia Paulson, and is called the Mina Dress. The main yarn is a baby cashmerino. I used up some scraps to make the striped bodice. Clara has several shirts that go nicely underneath this little dress.
I have been busy crocheting for dear Clara. The first sweater I made from an Alicia Paulson pattern, which is found in the book, Vintage Crochet. The name of the pattern is "Maisie" Cardigan. The yarn used was Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino in mauve. Here is Clara wearing the cardigan.
I made the sweater in size 12-24 months. It fits one-year old Clara fine. There are four, tiny flower buttons, but they don't show up in the photo.
I also crocheted a sweater/hat set from a free pattern found on the Lion Brand site. The set is called, Crochet Cute as a Bunny. The pink yarn is Baby Soft Yarn in bubblegum and the white yarn is Velvetspun. The hat has a bunny face embroidered on it; but, once again the photo doesn't show the face. The buttons are bunnies.
I wish I had taken a close-up of the sweaters and hat, but I didn't. I am just so thankful they turned out so well.
I hope to make the Mina Dress, by Alicia Paulson, for my next project for Clara. Also, I am planning an adult-sized project, the Millie Cardigan (Alicia Paulson). for a Christmas gift for one of my dear, daughter-in-laws. The Mina Dress pattern I downloaded on Ravelry, and the Millie Cardigan is in the Vintage Crochet Book
We are going to try and take photos this morning for our Christmas card. Mrs. Claus is dressed and waiting for the four elves. Hopefully, they will cooperate this year (ha!) The stage is set for an awesome card, but it will probably wind up a comedy of errors. Ever hopeful Nonna Claus never gives up.
Our newphew., Dan O'Malley, has written a book which will be released early next year. Our family cannot wait to read The Rook, by Daniel O'Malley. He is a funny, bright and interesting young man, and I know his book will rock.
"The body you are wearing used to be mine." So begins the letter Myfanwy Thomas is holding when she awakes in a London park surrounded by bodies all wearing latex gloves. With no recollection of who she is, Myfanwy must follow the instructions her former ...self left behind to discover her identity and track down the agents who want to destroy her. She soon learns that she is a Rook, a high-ranking member of a secret organization called the Chequy that battles the many supernatural forces at work in Britain. She also discovers that she possesses a rare, potentially deadly supernatural ability of her own. In her quest to uncover which member of the Chequy betrayed her and why, Myfanwy encounters a person with four bodies, an aristocratic woman who can enter her dreams, a secret training facility where children are transformed into deadly fighters, and a conspiracy more vast than she ever could have imagined. Filled with characters both fascinating and fantastical, THE ROOK is a richly inventive, suspenseful, and often wry thriller that marks an ambitious debut from a promising young writer.
The main ingredients are hot, riced potatoes and flour. First, you risk getting burned removing the skin from the still, hot potatoes. Then the muscles in your arm get a good workout ricing said hot potatoes (which tend to fly out of the ricer and land on your skin).
After all the ricing, you get to Nonna's favorite ingredient....flour. (note the sarcasm, here).
Nonna and flour are a dangerous combination. (kind of like Nonna and glitter). We already had flour in every corner of the kitchen, due to Nonna making the Easter bread pictured at the very top of this post. Making the gnocchi just pushed Nonna over the limit in the flour department. Kneading warm, sticking potatoes and flour...well it is a tactile experience everyone should experience.
After the dough is well-kneaded, you break off a small hunk and use your hands to work it into a snake or rope shape.
You cut little pieces off of your snake,
and give them a push down the gnocchi board (which give the gnocchi fancy lines).
If you don't own an gnocchi board, than you can use a fork or create gnocchi without pretty little lines on them.
All the while you are rolling, shaping and making pretty lines, you pray that the whole lot of gnocchi don't disolve into a globby mess when you are cooking them in a pot of boiling water.
This is another great opportunity to get burned. as you cook and remove a few gnocchi at a time, while standing over the pot of boiling water, fishing them out with a ladle or spider utensil.
All in all, it is a good amount of work, the product of which is gobbled up in thirty seconds. That is ok, though, as Nonna loves seeing The Littles eating their favorite food.
I leave you with a photo of Clara in her Easter dress, and a few photos of Easter decorations.
I am absolutely crazy about children, love, love , love them. My husband and I have four-grown childrenragout grandsons,one granddaughter. I am a retired nursery/kindergarten teacher. I enjoy cooking Italian cuisine for my family. I am a vegetarian. I have a dog named Cala, and a cat named Buddy.
We live in Canada now, but my hometown is Philadelphia, PA.