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Wednesday, November 02, 2016

A mixed bag today

Today I have a few things to share with you.  I can't show what I'm working on - at least not yet - so instead I can show you these...

First of all - I had been asked to share a photo of the in-progress vanilla gifts that will be given at Christmas time, so here you go...

Not all that exciting I know!  I will create some pretty labels before they get wrapped, but in the meantime they reside in the cupboard and get lightly shaken every day.  It will be interesting to see/smell/taste the different flavours.

The past week or so I've been busy creating some hats that will be heading out west to our #2 son, daughter-in-love and our wee grandson.  These were fun to make and I hope they like them!

The one on the left is knitted using a pattern  called 'Keep Me Warm' by Anne Gagnon that I found on Ravelry HERE.  The middle hat is also from Ravelry and called Ribs 'n Cables Beanie also by Anne Gagon and can be found HERE.  Both patterns are free.  The tiger is crocheted and made from a pattern I found HERE and is also a free pattern from 'Repeat Crafter Me'.    These should be going in the mail tomorrow.  Tonight I'll start on a set of hats for the other family members.  

I don't often share pictures of our grandbabies here, but I thought you might like to see their cute Halloween costumes...
Logan - or is that a Ninja Warrior?  

Theo - born in the Year of the Monkey, so the costume is fitting!

Today I leave you with this quote from an anonymous source..."Blessed are those who spoil and snuggle, hug and hope, pray and pamper, for they shall be called Grandparents"


  1. Love the hats Mary Anne, I am sure they will be much appreciated.... our weather has turned very cold here! The vanillas would probably keep one warm too!! Lovely photographs of your grandchildren.... very nice costumes! Christine x

  2. Oh Mary Must share your grand babies..they are Gorgeous!!Those outfits are just precious!!Love your knitting!

  3. Precious grandchildren :)Usually babies make a fuss if they are made to wear costumes, yours looks comfy with it. I am hoping that you make your trademark quilted labels for the Vanilla. That would be an added bonanza!!

  4. I can relate to that quote!! The hats are wonderful and I bet your kids will love getting THAT package. Cute pics of the littles!
    xx, Carol

  5. The hats are so cute but I love the tiger one :)

  6. Very cute hats you have created for your wee grandson. Love seeing your homemade Vanilla flavors. They will be so delicious. Love the quote that perfectly describes the JOY of being Grandparents.

  7. Ooooh now I hadn't thought about putting vanilla pods in the alco-frolicccy stuff, I may have to have a go at that too lol
    Fabulous little guys hats and such adorable costumed grandbabies too.

  8. Beautiful grandchildren in very cute outfits, lovely hats xx

  9. Cute hats, nice work.
    'And they shall be called grandparents,' Lovely thought.

  10. your grandchildren are very cute..

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  11. that's an awful lot of'd love to be a fly on the wall when that gets drunk.


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