Spring Mish-Mash

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Oh, it's been a busy week here. I don't know where the time goes. Amelia is a busy lady these days! Not too interested in napping today. I personally would like nothing better than for someone to zip me into a polar-fleece sleepsack, turn out the lights, and beg me to sleep for two hours in the middle of the day. But. The weather has been cold and cloudy and I am secretly glad — I so much want to finish my indoor chores before the nice weather comes for good. Once it comes, we'll be busy in a different way. An outside, woods-and-water, flower-field way. Out of the house. That's my plan.

I made broken up lasagna noodles with chicken and mushroom ragu from this recipe last night and it was very good. I added a big blob of whole-milk ricotta cheese to mine and I really recommend that. Andy is not down with ricotta. For me, I would say it's in my top-five favorite foods. Along with tapioca pudding, avocados, asparagus, and . . . maybe . . . fish tacos. Or sour-cream apple pie. It has to be whole-milk ricotta, though. The part-skim stuff tastes, to me, like a completely different kind of cheese.

I'm working on the bunny shirt and pants pattern, and the knitting patterns. The yarn is Brown Sheep Nature Spun sport weight, and it's what I am using to design all of the bunny knits (and, eventually, bunny crochets). I've ordered yarn balls so that we can carry this yarn in my web shop. If you got in on the first round of kits, this is the yarn that was in the kit (and it will be in the second round). It's my new favorite yarn. I looked at a lot of different yarns before deciding what to use. I like this one because it's 100% wool, comes in a really nice palette (though I have to say they could use a few more pinks/peaches, in my opinion), has a slight halo, but knits up to have a very matte sort of look to it, which is exactly what I wanted. Rustic. I don't like shiny yarns. After blocking, it's actually really soft but still holds its shape very well. I think we'll have about fifteen colors in the shop. My plan is to make everything available — kits, patterns, yarn, new size #18 needles (which I use for threading the elastic around the neck of the peasant dress) — all at the same time. Not sure yet exactly when that will be but I will keep you posted. Our dress fabric still hasn't come in yet. Greta's pulling floss right now and is about halfway done, and Martha's winding yarn. If these kits don't sell, I'll be making Amelia and myself entire wardrobes made entirely of five Liberty prints and sport-weight-wool. Which I think I could get on board with, but still. Don't leave me.

Isn't that little animal ABCs poster so adorable? Andy's mom got it for me for my birthday from this Etsy shop. Her friend also Brenda made that darling pink hooded sweater that Amelia is wearing. It finally fits her perfectly and . . . oh my dear me . . . how adorable are babies in hoodies????? (***The pattern is here [though she modified it to include the garter button band] and the yarn is Plymouth Encore. Thank you Brenda!!!)

Which also reminds me: The Maggie knits are a dress, a raglan, sweater, and the garter hoodie. Bunny in a hoodie. Now I'm typing with one hand or I would link to the photos I've posted in the past months of the prototypes. As it is I feel fairly accomplished today just spelling prototypes out (now twice, and added parentheses! and spelled parentheses!) with one finger. Some days that feels like miracle enough!

***Have you ever seen a dog look at anyone with more deliberate skepticism than this, by the way? She's like, "Yah, yer nuts." I know. (She's teaching it to the baby.)

***Forgot to say, I'll also have those tiny buttons that are on the little shirt in the shop. I think we're getting ten different colors of those, too.


I am a HUGE fan of the Nature Spun line. Between the huge range of colors available, the price point, and the softness and durability of the yarn, it's a go-to for me. Glad to see you're going to be stocking it. More people should know about Nature Spun!

I know I keep saying this but you INSPIRE me so!! What gorgeous photos. I could just eat the yarn, it looks delicious!! :-) The Misses Amelia and Clover are too adorable, both.

you are so nifty...what a lucky girl she is...love from muskoka xoxoxo (we STILL have snow)

I'm sure everyone will be here for the second round of kits...if not I will order another! Oh and with some yarn - I need good rustic yarn.

gloria g. says: April 09, 2013 at 03:29 PM

girl you get so much done with a little one.......everything you do is just adorable. I'm waiting for the second round of rabbits!!!!! Can't wait. And that little Amelia......I'll take her for you while you work! She is just growing up way too fast.....

Thanks for sharing.

fondly, gloria g. Hemingway, SC

Reneelynn says: April 09, 2013 at 03:29 PM

I just love seeing all your blossoms and green grass!! Here in Mi we've had thunderstorms all day and things are just starting to green up. It's still in the high 40's. I love Amelia's little sweater soooooo cute!

Un très beau Mish Mash?:)

Especially Miss A..:)Look at her wisps and her pink riding hood! You must make her a red one too:)
and all your blooms..
But my snow is melting..Yay!

Auntie Allyn says: April 09, 2013 at 04:13 PM

That hoodie IS adorable, and your little sweetie is the perfect model!

That yarn does look beautiful. I hope it crochets nicely too, since that's what I know how to do (so far). Amelia looks like a perfect peach in that hoodie.

Kathy, FRANCE says: April 09, 2013 at 04:39 PM

Amelia really suits that shade of pink!! bless her!
I love the Nature Spun wool - I've never come across it before - lovely shades!!
Really good idea to get the house straight before the good weather gets here - I'm trying that too!! but then a new fabric shop opened and so I had to take a trip there, and then I had to made a top with my new fabric (which is now almost finished!) and what was I saying...oh yes that housework thing!!

Not leaving you Alicia. Couldn't.

I love that face! My dachshund often looks at me like he's laughing at me, like "Haha, I'm a little Doxie Do and you're not!"

oh yes that look is given to us multiple times of day by the kitties. We make up voices and stories of what they are trying to tell us.
I can't wait to do a little crochet hoodie or dress for my bunny.
Amelia looks like a cartoon character in her hoodie. So cute.
kinda like Maggie Simpson in her winter coat.
Cozy up and enjoy the bland weather. We had the last of ours yesterday which inspired my new afghan making.

What loveliness! I love colder weather.

I was curious too. Did you make the sweet blue and white polka dot bunny in the first picture? If so, do you have a pattern? If not, would you mind telling me where you got it? Thank you!

I am looking forward to purchasing a bunny kit since I missed it the first time. My, you sold out fast! Hurray!

i love how you defined your dog's facial expression as deliberate skepticism. that is spot on with our dogs too and perfectly described!

I just love your posts...so relaxing! I am in total agreement with your love of whole milk ricotta. I made some from raw milk last month. Delicious and quite easy!

The stuff you accomplish with a baby in the house is really supermomish - I'm always in awe.

I love the Llama in the knit hat in that poster and I love that the women who help you have these wonderful, old-fashioned, homespun names like Greta and Martha.

Jenny in chilly-still-brownish-but-sunny Missoula

*** happens here all of the time

Nice photo of the dog.

I have a Canadian friend who told me that hoodies used to be called bunny hugs.

oh my gosh, your sweet darling in that hoodie, can hardly take my eyes off she is so gorgeous! and what a sweet puppy face...blowing a gale outside at the moment here and making veg lasagna tonight for tomorrow...yours looks yummy

these are the best photos of Miss A ever!

amelia is absolutely adorable in "sweater weather 2". she would need that sweater here in omaha. we just had a mega-hail storm. good time for those indoor chores, as you say. i am ready for outdoor chores.

Do you think that men lack the tastebud that finds Ricotta delicious? My husband is equally ambivalent with Andy, however I find it divine! I love Amelia's hoodie - what a gift! Enjoy spring, we are going into Autumn in Australia, but it is still very warm. We need some rain to bring everything back to life!

Great idea for leftover lasagna noodles! I always seem to have a few odds and ends and never know what to do with them. Thanks!

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About Alicia Paulson


My name is Alicia Paulson
and I love to make things. I live with my husband and daughter in Portland, Oregon, and design sewing, embroidery, knitting, and crochet patterns. See more about me at aliciapaulson.com




Since August of 2011 I've been using a Canon EOS 60D with an EF 18-200mm kit lens and an EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro lens.