Yarn Along — Posey’s “Emma”

Reader, I finished it.

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Just in time.

Seriously, I sewed the wee button on about two hours before leaving for the hospital for the induction. I had to take out the yoke stitches and restart which put me behindhand in progress a bit, and part of me fears I ended up making the last rows a little snug. It is perfect for her now but may or may not transition into a shirt for her later as opposed to a tunic for today. Posey Pie wore it home from the hospital.

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Pattern: The Emma Tunic–Teeny sizes

Yarn: Lion’sBrand Nature’s Choice Organic Cotton in strawberry, a gift from my brother-and-sister-in-law.

Button: came in a set from my favorite purveyor of colorful button assortments, mariiam’s etsy shop.

On the needles at the moment: Easter eggs complements of the egg pattern in Purl Bee’s Sparrow Nest.  I’m using Knit Picks’ Bare Wool of the Andes. It’s part of the project I found to do with my children and nieces before the latter leave this weekend. I planned one egg for each child, and only have four more to make. 🙂

Reading: I finished Service with a Smile and Heavy Weather by P. G. Wodehouse. I used to own the former in a derelict used paperback form, until one fateful day I left it out on the kitchen table while attending to something. My boys, fresh from seeing the animated Adventures of Tintin: Red Rackham’s Treasure, saw the yellowed pages laying out and decided to use the book as “secret documents.” I found it in pieces in the backyard. While I did lecture them a bit about the wanton destruction of family library property, I have to see the justice of their imagination, and it did give me an excuse to get the hardback copy so I couldn’t be too mad…. 😉

Yarn Along–Still Thinking Pink



Posy Pea has graciously held off her arrival until her Emma tunic is ready. I have mixed feelings about this, mainly because I’m at that point in the pregnancy where I’m just plain tired of being large and unwieldy. This is probably why I haven’t written much on the blog lately; you do NOT need to hear me whining on occasion. Ten days until the due date. Ten days. The Longest Ten Days.

A bit of happiness that arrived in the mail is the lovely ballerina print by my talented cousin who runs the Etsy store Georgiepie. I already cleared a place in the girls’ room for it and hope to have it framed by this weekend. Add to this the spray roses Princess picked out at the grocery store and you can tell we’ve been thinking pink lately. 🙂

No real reading lately except the magazines in the mail. I did order some Wodehouse books for the hospital and our Easter basket (Mom and Dad need something to cope with the inevitable Jelly Bean sugar highs). 😉 Coming in the mail today is Service with a Smile and Heavy Weather. They are in the Blandings Castle storyline, and that happens to be my favorite Wodehouse line. I will have to restrain myself from reading both before we actually leave for the hospital, however. 😉

Hoping you all stay warm and cozy in these last weeks before Spring officially arrives!

Liebster Award

I received a fun comment from my friend Laura, who graciously nominated me for a “Liebster Award.” As stated on her blog,

”Liebster” is a German word meaning “sweetheart, beloved person, darling.”

Thank the person who nominated you and link your post to their blog | List 11 facts about yourself then answer the 11 questions given to you.  Create 11 more questions for your 9 nominees, all of whom have 200 or less followers.  Comment on their blogs informing them of their Liebster Award nomination.

I had to smile at this because it occurred to me that of all the blogs I read/follow, only about 5 belong to family or real friends I actually contact once in a while. Everyone else is on Facebook, and I’m not. The only thing that bothers me about that is that my news can be read by them, but I can’t read theirs unless we (gasp) actually talk to or e-mail each other.  So I can qualify for part of the award, and that’s fine with me because it’s all in good fun anyway. Thank you, Laura, for thinking of me. 🙂

So, 11 random facts about Yours Truly….

1) I’m not German. That’s right, despite my blog name, I’m not German at all that I know of. I’m about 1/4th Slovenian, 1/4th Romanian, 1/8th Swedish, and a bunch of other nationalities I guess, consequent of part of my family having been in America since 1720. My husband, however, is 3/4ths German.

2) I don’t wear a wristwatch.

3) I also don’t wear makeup, per my husband’s request. He once asked me why I tried to impress him by putting artificial products on my face, especially when he didn’t like kissing lipstick and thought (still does) that I’m beautiful without it. I couldn’t argue with that. My concession is natural lip balm. However, I haven’t decided fully about whether I’ll color my hair someday. Miraculously, I haven’t grayed yet (I thought for sure when Rascal was 2 that he’d grey me by the time I was 30).

4) I like 32 better than 22.

5) Because I’m still very much expecting, a random pregnancy fact: It bugs me if I don’t have a baby name chosen by 20 weeks. I guess having two mid-2nd-trimester births has a bit to do with that. The rest is my natural quirkiness.

6) I’m sanguine-choleric.

7) I wanted to be a nun when I was 8, but only for a few months, and only because I thought I’d be as beautiful as Ingrid Bergman in The Bells of St. Marys, complete with flowing veil.

8) I credit St. Joseph for bringing my husband and I together, and Jane Austen for helping me realize it. Now isn’t that an interesting mix? I’ll have to post about it someday.

9) My “Austen-character quiz” says I’m Anne Elliott but all my friends who’ve taken it are Elinor Dashwoods, with one or two Elizabeth Bennets thrown in. Clearly I like to surround myself with sensible, witty friends. 😉

10) I do not like modern literature, unless you consider Tolkien and C. S. Lewis, & PG Wodehouse “modern.”

11) I only, so far, am an aunt to nieces. I have four beautiful nieces.

And now for Laura’s questions:

1. Favorite book:

Mansfield Park.

2. Favorite movie:

BBC’s North and South. I can watch it with Haus Meister who can watch it with me without cringing. Not so Pride and Prejudice, for it has Mrs. Bennet in it and she requires a beer or two to watch with equanimity. 😉

3. Finish this sentence: “What I really want to know is . . . .”

Why did my oven from 1960 work better than my oven from 1995? Deep question, I know. It just happens to be on the mind at the moment.

4. Big influence (person, event, thing, situation, etc.) on you while growing up:

The 1993 Totus Tuus conference, put on by the Apostolate for Family Consecration, spurred my family to a deeper appreciation for and a renewal of our Faith, which had a profound effect on how the path of our lives were going to go.

5. If money were no object, what kind of house would you live in?

Either the self-sustaining mini-farm we love to dream about or something like it in one of those cottages in the back of The English Home magazines. The ones that cost millions of pounds, have been around since 1600, have orchards, and established farm buildings, but look quaint and Barton-cottage-ish. 😉

6. Name a book on your shelf that you can’t get around to reading (or finishing):

Mary Barton. I bought it because it was Elizabeth Gaskell, but getting through it once seems to have been enough.

7. Favorite quote:

This month? “The appropriate response to relativism is faith, where you are no longer the center of the universe, you are no longer the one who decides what’s true, but you commit yourself in faith to God’s truth.”  – ARCHBISHOP CHAPUT

Non-serious? From Bertie Wooster regarding Roderick Spode, “You can’t be a successful Dictator and design women’s underclothing. One or the other. Not both.” Actually, there’s a million P.G. Wodehouse tidbits I could put there. Next time I make a reading binge of his novels I’ll jot them down.

8. Something you could do over differently if you could:

Oh, about every stupid thing I’ve done real or imagined from age 13-21.

9. Something you would never do differently:

The best thing I ever did was marry my husband. I’d never change that.

10. Blog you’ve recently started following:

Laura’s, actually. See link above.

11. Blog you’ve been following the longest:

Elizabeth Foss’ In the Heart of my Home. Link in sidebar.


Here’s the part where I should nominate people (Sarah, Jill, Joannie, Cathy? You all come to mind…) and think of about 11 questions to ask you. However, my kids are all waking up and the day is going to begin with a vengeance soon. And it took me much longer to answer questions than I thought it would…. So shall I spare you? But at least you know I thought of you! 😉