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Oh, I've been poorly. Sick all week. Hot, cold, sore throat, headache, so tired, no sleep, lots of sleep, achy. Ugh. I actually felt too gross to knit. I'm feeling better, a little bit better, but not great. I started the above, Pickles' Thousand Tiny Tulips, yesterday. It was a rough start, with incorrect counting on my part (duh), too-big needles to start (corrected), some wandering off before finishing an entire row (nope) and coming back and re-starting at the wrong place in the pattern. Pfffft. I really wanted to do it but I was outmatched, even by simple counting. The yarn, however, the yarn. Pickles' Summer Wool. It's 70% cotton, 30% merino. The palette is gorgeous. I've never liked knitting with cotton before but this is so nice (except that there are little tiny fibers in it that I have to pick out — not a huge deal, but they would definitely scratch her if I left them in). The fabric is smooshy and super soft. She's rejecting all my knits lately because I just can't find something soft enough for her. She says they feel soft enough on the skein but then when the sweater's done, she wants to take it off. If she won't wear this, I'll throw up my hands in defeat. I made Amelia another ballet wrap, this time in baby alpaca (and she's still saying that's too scratchy). I wish I had made it out of Summer Wool. For those who asked about Amelia's cowl in my last post, the pattern was this one, but I didn't follow the pattern exactly. I can't seem to tell you what I did do, because for some reason I can't find this on my Ravelry page and I made it years and years ago. I don't even know what yarn I used. Malabrigo, or maybe Madeline Tosh? That one she actually will wear.

Last weekend Andy put up wallpaper on three walls in our house — one in the dining room, one in the living room, one in the kitchen. All of them are from Brewster and the collection is called Andover Miniatures VI. I've been wanting to do this for ages and I really love it. A true testament to Andy's incredible cheerful spirit is that he actually enjoyed wallpapering for two straight days. I did it for approximately seventeen minutes over the two days and it was sixteen minutes too much. He is amazing. Thank you, sweetheart. I love it.

Amelia and I made Valentines inspired by these yesterday. I think they're very sweet. I wound up doing most of them while she brought half of her dollhouse stuff over to the table, plunked it down on top of all the craft supplies, and preferred to play rather than craft. I tried to get her to sign her name and I think she made it through two. (Andy had more success with it this morning than I did.) I sat at the table all afternoon making twenty-eight Valentines. It was really fun, but it was a lot. They're suncatchers, so I need to hang some on the window. Today it is beautiful and sunny, but all week it's been pouring rain. I've never seen so much rain. I got to teach Amelia what the phrase "sheets of rain" means first hand, because we literally couldn't see across the street. Flooding, sinkholes, landslides. We've got it all here this week. My sister Susie lives way out in the country now, up on Dairy Creek, and she slept over a few nights this week because she wasn't sure she'd be able to get out of her area and go to work. It's intense.

I love this Irish soda bread from our local bakery. Love it. I just started watching The Great British Baking Show and it's really fun. It reminds me of that recent Onion headline: "Mom Just Wants to Watch Something Nice." And I do. :)

Took a break from working on the quilt kits while I was at my worst but received five eBay boxes of fabrics this week, all stacked up in my office, waiting for me, so when I'm up to it it will be full-steam ahead. Thank you for all the suggestions on displaying these kits when it comes time to sell them — I was thinking along the exact same lines, so that's good. Fabric previews coming up. Stay tuned.

Oh jeez. It's pouring again.

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That wallpaper is really nice, it reminds me of the house in which I grew up. A place I dream about almost every night, I miss it so much.
Sorry you felt bad, must be something in the air...I've been cranky all week.
Amelia in her pink ballet outfit and boots is adorable!

Just love the pretty in pink little ballerina protected for the rain :-)
Happy Valentine's Day

Irish soda bread looks so good. The Valentines looks so cute! The quilt looks awesome. I got a baby quilt for beginners last year and have intentions to learn to put it all together but so far I am afraid to touch it. Someday I hope to get courage and learn. The wall paper is very sweet!

Love that cardigan pattern. I wish it came in adult sizes.

sorry you had to fight the crud again. hopefully now it will stay far away.

love the photos of Amelia in her ballet pose with rubber boots. xoxo

i miss making valentines with my kids. instead of being an eeyore i will be a Nammie that makes them with my grandkids.

i was out in the yard yesterday since the sun was finalllllllly out and saw lots of buds starting on the fruit trees. yes, finally.

LOVE the wallpaper!!

I love that little ballet wrap--it's perfect!

...I have super duper ridiculously sensitive skin; can't wear wool, angora, alpaca on my bare skin without breaking into hives, but cashmere doesn't bother me. Maybe give that a try?

Sorry to hear you've been sick. We have had a fair bit of that in our house these past 2 weeks. The wallpaper looks fab, well done Andy what a GEM YOU ARE! I'm with you Alicia, no patience for it at all. Glad you are enjoying the GBBO There was almost a national scandal when it was announced the BBC would no longer be hosting it. Honestly i don't know how we will cope without that bit of frothiness to our year, to help balance all the doom in the news. Hope you find a yarn Mimi likes. I struggle with this myself (feel fine on the skein and then oh so itchy!) the only one i have found so far is Malabrigo so i will be interested to see what you find.

stacy watson says: February 14, 2017 at 03:56 PM

pretty please tell me the brand and style of the wallpapers. the first and third are just what i have been looking for ;)

Cat McKenzie says: February 16, 2017 at 01:35 PM

So sorry to hear you are under the weather, I am on week four of this virus and it is really getting old. I am just now picking up my current sweater on the needles after not being able to think about knitting. Feel better. Your wallpaper so fits in your home, it is lovely to see and what a champ Andy is!
While the rain is just incredible here in Oregon I do have daffodils, day lilies and crocus popping up all over the place, so spring is coming.
I love when your fans from abroad recommend new shows to watch, I have binged out on Grand Designs and Restoration Home and am so looking forward to Sewing Bee and Pottery Throw Down, thank you Rebecca!
I too loved TGBB and then watched a few episodes of the US version which has Mary Berry as it's only redeeming grace. I was so disappointed at the quality of baked goods in that competition compared to the British bakers.
Looking forward to the quilt kits!

I love the Great British Baking Show. It is a soothing show, just like your blog, and I crave that more and more.

Amelia is so dear in her ballet outfit.

Hope you are feeling better. That ballet outfit...adorable!
Hopefully the summer wool works for your girl. Seems like you are running out of options...and fast. I picked up some Stonehedge Fiber Mill Shepards Wool Worsted last weekend at my lys,( also an online store theloopyewe.com)and it is sooo soft. Softer than Lark by Q and CO yet still a great variety of colorways. Soft pinks, blues, greens, and so much more. It was perfect for my almost 4 yo. The silk /merinos are super soft also. I have used Malabrigo silky merino and it too is super soft. Good luck on the sweater!
(BTW no affiliation to the yarn store, just love their selections and that they are local for me)

Leslie Budd says: February 19, 2017 at 07:07 PM

I love how Clover and Amelia are in step together! Strick a pose girls! So sweet!

You can't go wrong with Debbie Bliss baby cashmerino. My four year old boys wear hats made of it with zero complaints. The super sensitive one also loves my hat made of Tosh vintage so that would be worth a try too. Good luck-4 year olds are a tough crowd!

Unfortunately, I can't to this day have wool around my neck or forehead. And I'm a knitter! Thankfully I can wear handknit wool socks.

Thank you for not saying who won the Great British Baking Show! In my area, they just eliminated the fifth baker and are down to four! Hopefully the sun will come out very soon for you and your precious girl.

You must never, ever move from that house. I have never seen a house so perfectly reflect it's inhabitants more than yours. It's just so perfect and perfectly you.

Thank you for the link to the Irish soda bread on Whipped! I need to get out to Portland again soon for a glutenous trip to Grand Central! So happy to discover your site. Amelia is gorgeous!

I loved reading this story and was so enthralled with the part about the bird in the dining room, I felt myself holding my breath...hoping he would jump onto your finger! Beautifully told...and I love the comments about your cat as well! LOL

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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

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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.