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Amelia went to bed coughing and with a stuffy nose on Sunday night, so I kept her home for the first three days of this week. Aside from her feeling a bit poorly, we had such a lovely time together, mostly watching TV and movies, and snuggling on the couch, and reading and playing with Legos, and eating the soup that I told her I always used to ask for when I was sick as a little girl (that Lipton's chicken soup in box with the desiccated chicken and powdery bouillon and grass noodles). I brought her breakfast in bed, which she had recently mentioned she wanted me to do next time she was sick, so I did that. She was cuddly and quiet and sweet and sniffly, and as I knit she put her feet up on my legs and sang along to her baby shows, Blues Clues and Little Baby Bum (nursery rhymes and songs), stuff she doesn't watch anymore, generally, but which I think made her feel comforted and content. On Tuesday she baked cupcakes, doing almost everything herself except for the things she just couldn't do, and she was proud and I was proud of her. She missed Valentine's Day at school but late in the afternoon her friend's mom delivered a bag filled with classmate Valentines and a lollipop (not sugar free) so she was delighted.

Thank you so much for your kind words about the new cross-stitch design! I didn't get a chance to get a lot of Posie work done the way I normally would when she is in school in the mornings, but I did manage to take my cover photo and finish up the pattern. I'll start a pre-sale for the kits on Tuesday morning next week (the 20th). Three of the floss colors are on back-order so we'll pull the floss the minute it all arrives, and plan to ship at the end of March. This week I wore my new blouse (vintage Peter Pan calico made from Burda pattern 6592) and mostly worked on my granny-square blanket, which I'm calling Firefly Jar because it reminds me of little flickers of light against a dimming evening sky. By the way, I get my grannies perfectly square before whip-stitching them together by wet-blocking them all individually. The speckled yarn continues to charm me. Thank you for all the recommendations for other indie dyers. I have about ten skeins of speckled yarn now! I'll have to do a whole post about them. They are just so, so pretty. I started a spring sweater for Amelia with a few of the colors (Hedgehog Fibres Skinny Singles in Pistachio, Pinky Swear, and Opalite) using the Flax Light pattern from Tin Can Knits and it's working up quickly, being mostly stockinette. It's light as a feather. I picked the green and she picked the pink so it's a collaboration. Thanks also to those of you who suggested that I try to do some dyeing myself with Wilton food dyes. I have tons of those so I am totally going to try it. I'm excited about that. That looks like a lot of fun.

My heart and Andy's are heavy with so much sorrow over the school shooting in Parkland, Florida. We talked and talked about it yesterday. My head is swirling, feverish with bitterness and fury over how this keeps happening again and again and again. I don't even know how to talk about it. I'm so disappointed and frustrated I really cannot find the words I want to say.

Outside, spring continues to peek it's little fuzzy head out from under piles of brown oak leaves and the muck of winter. Around town, daffodils are starting to bloom in earnest now and crocuses cover tiny plots in a haze of lavender. The sky is bright gray, like a gray lightbox, with flat, dull light that leaves no shadows. I'll make tea and work and take care of little things. I wish you peace today. I hope your day has peace.

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LOVE your blog, have followed you for years...Please lets not make this a political site. Alicia spreads happiness and hope. We all have our opinions please, not here.
Also, I would love to know the pattern you are using for the granny blanket. It is much different than the one I used many moons ago.

No worries, Michele. I truly appreciate your opinion, but please know that as far as I am concerned, everyone's thoughtful and honest perspective and experience is welcome here. XO

Kathy Stewart says: February 18, 2018 at 11:24 PM

Oh how lovely it all is. Those cupcakes! Those afghan blocks bring to mind a pile of nubby cotton yarn in soft colors that I would like to release into the world but hadn’t figured out a home for them yet. Enough to make a nice sized blanket. Perhaps it should go to you. I used to see you at Happy knits but suspect from your blog pics that you are in sellwood. Let me know if you might be interested and we can figure out how to get them to you.

I’m hoping beyond hope that this latest school shooting is the straw,that breaks the camels back and that we will be able to birth into being some sort of meaningful gun laws. There is no rational reason that anyone who is not a soldier needs to own an assault rifle. I think the tide has shifted in the past 2 days. Oh I hope

Granny Square quilt is . . . . . unbelievable . . .
Delicate Soft Yummy . . . oh my!

Cupcakes were sweet delights . . .

Hope the sniffles have flown away . . .

I have read your blog for years and is one of the few blogs that I still follow. Darn that Instagram:) I truly hope Amelia is on the mend. I have 2 down with the flu and it is no fun. I'm more exhausted than they are.

I am looking forward to your new cross stitch design and I was going to ask, could you offer some recommendations with fabric that is not 32 count. Bless your eyesight, but I haven't been able to see that small in years. I was going to get the kit, but would be kidding myself if I thought I could see that.

Happy Monday!!

Your pictures are always so inspiring! What pattern is the blouse/top? It looks so comfy and feminine at the same time.

Saludos amiga, siempre aqui pasando por tu blog, el mundo esta cambiando mucho con esto de las matanzas, tenemos que estar a la defensiva

Pura Vida¡¡¡¡¡

Mimi looks like she was drawn by Eloise Wilkin - so sweet.

Thank you for your blog and photos - they are a retreat for me!

xo

Such a beautiful post. Thank U. Which yarn do U use making the blanket??? All love Jeannette

I'm glad Amelia is better. I was sick all last week with the flu and I would have liked someone to bring me soup in bed! On the plus side I'm amazed how much more spring like things have become in just a week, it makes me excited. I love your blouse, so pretty, and excited to see the flax sweater. I'm keen to try that one myself. Mimi's butterfly pose is just 👌

Marsha Gibbons says: February 25, 2018 at 05:57 AM

Alicia, I recently rediscovered your blog from a Podcast where you were featured with your web designer. Great hearing about your website and now I am following you again. I went through several years of my husband's illness and he passed away a couple of years ago. I think that is why I lost track of some of my favorite "creatives". It has taken time for my life to settle into some sort of routine. I have retired from my Real Estate job and have time to spend on my many hobbies.....too many :>) I love the granny squares you are making. Would you be able to point me to a pattern? Also maybe the yarns you are using? I look forward to keeping in touch!

Hi! Did you make that dress that Amelia is wearing in the last picture? If so, I'd love to know the pattern! Thank you!

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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.