February has been full of travel, family time, and togetherness, all things that help to revitalize one's soul. Our little family traveled to other coast to visit some very loved family members and to meet the newest addition to the clan. He's just precious, and I cannot believe how tiny he is. How quickly one forgets how tiny babies are when they are first born! Baby M and I continued our trip further south, to visit even more family members and help him connect with a part of his heritage I hope he never loses. It was such a wonderful time for all, but it went by much too fast.
We are now back home, trying to get back into our old routine and trying desperately to get Baby M back into the right time zone. I've also been working hard to complete February's project: the bunny from Susan B. Anderson's Itty Bitty Toys. This was my first time knitting a toy, and I was surprised at how quickly it came together. I did most of the knitting while on our trip, as we enjoyed our relatives' company, sipping some good coffee, and watching the Olympics on tv. Much to my surprise, it didn't take more than 3 or 4 days to have the bulk of this little guy knit up.
A dear friend is expecting her 2nd child this Spring, and Bunny will be a gift to the expectant Mom at her shower in a few weeks. Because I wanted to use yarn I already had in my stash and because I wanted it to be washable, I used Reynolds Play Time yarn (1.75 skeins of the white and just a touch of the pink), which is 80% acrylic and 20% wool. It's got a nice feel to it, but in the future, I might use something softer (especially for babies!).
I didn't even consider keeping Bunny for Baby M, since he is into all things boy: trucks, dirt, balls, dirt, trains, dirt, dinosaurs, dirt... oh, and did I mention dirt? While I was cleaning the living room this morning, he found Bunny, and wouldn't give him up until I promised to make one for him. His response? "Bue. Bunny. Pease." I just melt when he requests Mamma-made anything, especially when it's followed by a please.