More February Flowers

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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.


Holland VanDieren says: February 10, 2017 at 10:40 PM

Love The GBBO? Add to your watchlist The Great British Sewing Bee. Four seasons complete, fifth on its way later this year.

You have to search around for the streaming video. (I watched all four seasons mostly on YouTube, where the quality can be barely acceptable, but I'm in it for the content so have a high tolerance for that.)

Oh i wish i'll have a girl one, then i'll be able to knit all those beauties!
Your wallpaper is great, i'm waiting to put mine on the wall, not sure my man will be as cheerful as yours though, you're lucky!


What a absolute cutie your little one is! I remember knitting up ballet wraps for my daughter and some of her ballet class mates. such a precious time in their lives x

Laura Smartt says: February 11, 2017 at 04:39 AM

Everything is just beautiful but OMG I am just crazy about your front door!! So English Cottage. Not the ole rectangle door but a beautiful arc!

Enchanting as the first picture of Mimi! Her ballerina wrap is just so cute. I have a thing for archways so I am loving your front door as well. Sorry you've been sick. There's all kinds of "the crud" going around here, too. Your wallpaper choices are completely lovely and so old fashioned, I'm particularly in love with the first one that looks like violets. I'll have to look for GBBO show. We just got PlayStation Vue and last night I started watching This Is Us on nbcDemand from the beginning - so many people at work love it, I decided to give it a try. Four episodes in and I am completely hooked! Happy Birthday (a little late) and hope you continue to mend quickly! P.S. Been stitching Comfort and Joy and loving it.

Oops, I meant Love and Joy, knew I typed it wrong as soon as I hit the Post button. It is a delightful stitch.

A regular reader popping in for one of my very rare comments.

I'm with Amelia - I hate wool and can't wear even 2% wool content. I itch and sweat and break out in rashes - according to my mother, I have been like this since I was a child. Doesn't matter how soft and lovely a sweater or skein of yarn feels - once it is on my body, something terrible happens!

Your house always looks lovely - full of warmth and magical lighting.

Hi ! Another comment about wool! I too am sensitive to wool. It has to be the softness wool and then that is even questionable. I'll never forget my mom making me wear a wool swimsuit of all things. LOL
I hope you find that perfect yarn for her!
Love love love your cozzzzzzzzzzy blog and lifestyle. So jealous!

Xxxx Jen in Boise

I just love the wallpaper! Its so pretty! I hope you are feeling better soon. I'm really excited about the quilt kits! And I second what another comment said about Morehouse Farms Merino Wool -- it is really soft, squishy, and warm. I have made their "Badger Hat" twice out of it for my husband. I couldn't wear wool either at Mimi's age, but grew out of the itchy problem :)

Hope you are back to 100% soon! The softest wool I have ever worn has a small percentage of silk in it - sooooo soft. As for the woollen ones you have already made, could you extra-lanolin them? It should soften them up a bit. Love to read your updates. :)

Mona Snowden says: February 11, 2017 at 08:03 AM

Love reading your blog.......can't wait for your quilt kits. I've made two of your quilts using your pattern. Though I've been quilting for many, MANY, years (!) and have made some very involved quilts, I've come full circle and really love making just squares sewn together, hand or machine quilted, or tied......SO pretty!
Thanks for sharing all you do!

Such a sweet picture of Amelia doing ballet in rain boots - adorable! Hope you are feeling better by now. Pretty wall paper and lucky you that he is so helpful! Love the rain - it's so cozy and nice to read and/or do a craft. Cute valentines too and thanks so much for sharing! Happy Valentines to you all!

It's funny that you mention sometimes "mom just wants to watch something nice." This is exactly how I feel about reading your blog. It Is nice and warm, innocent and cozy. Feels a little like home. Or having coffee with an old friend. Thank you!

Get WELL Sweetie...
We had that Horrid virus run through our household a month ago and it's a BEAST!
Your Precious Little One just gets more and more Darling all of the time. I love that sweater that you're making for her so much that I'm going to order that pattern and some of that yarn in foxglove to knit up for a friends daughter whose having a baby.
Hope this weekend finds you feeling better and drinking tea and knitting and staying cozy with your loved ones,
Be Blessed,

Hope you're feeling better today! Your comments about Amelia and itchy sweaters made me laugh. I get her! Almost everything makes me itch, too.

You have rain, we have 18" of snow. We've gone from bitter cold and wind to 50 degrees and sunny and now lots of snow. February is an erratic month.

Looking forward to seeing your quilt kits. =)

Laura Nelson says: February 11, 2017 at 09:56 AM

oh sorry you are so sick, that makes it hard to do anything. You are lucky to have the rain, and such a lovely early spring. Its snowing hard and fast here in Maine. Finally getting snow and winter. Actually calling for 14-22", and a good ole noreaster. Knitting and baking peanut butter cookies, watching it come down. Mimi is getting so tall and grown up, I dont know how you keep up with making and knitting her clothes. As a grown up, I remember how much time and work went into my mom making our clothes, and how much I loved them. Before you know it all that rain will make Portland bloom into wonderland.

Hope you're feeling better! I love the sweater. What a dear pattern. And my soul is aching for spring and your vases of spring branches bring hope.

So sorry you've been sick! I hate when I feel miserable like that. Glad you are on the mend! Also, I'm loving the wallpaper! Darling! ✨ And three people sent me that Onion article. 😂 I'm the same way. Glad to hear your recommendation of the British Cooking Show. Can't wait! Happy Valentine's Day to you and your sweet family!❤️❤️❤️ Your blog is still my most favorite to read... since 2006! Thanks for sharing!

Just to sympathize with you. I have been down with some flue like sore throat & uti. I could not even read pray we get better this wk. so happy to see you making valentines. A favorite holiday as my daughters grew up. We made heart cookies too. Usually it snowed so no school. Big disappointment. Keep enjoying that precious little girl.

It sounds like you had the flu. It's been a bad year for the flu. I'm glad you are doing better.

The ballet sweater is so beautiful. And the Irish soda bread - looks wonderful as well. For the first time I was prepared when I came here to read your post as I had already eaten! So you didn't send me to the kitchen scrounging for food. That will happen tomorrow. As always, thank you for sharing these lovely snippets of your life.

Gosh, your gorgeous girlie is looking so grown up. Might have to copy her style and wear wellies to yoga! Hope you're feeling properly better soon.

Everything is beautiful as always! Glad to hear that you are starting to feel better. We've had constant snow here. Have you tried the Great British Sewing Bee? A couple of my kids are pretty serious about sewing and we watched them together, which was a lot of fun. It is a blah gray day and I must go make something pretty now to perk myself up.

Sometimes a mother has to embrace knitting with cotton. It happened to me. I won't lie, it's not the same. But it's okay.

Young kids not liking handmade knits because because "they are scratchy" is just a phase. Be warned, can last several years. ; )

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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




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.