Cradle Cardigan from the Hannah Fettig book Mabel's Closet. If you have a little girl (or know a little girl), you should have this book. It's adorable and I had a blast knitting this little gem from my two skeins of Madeline Tosh Sport in Tart. I've loved this color for EVER!! I had to skeins laying around (one I bought and the other was gifted to me) and I knew I had too much to simply knit a small accessory, but not enough to knit something substantial for myself. I finally decided to knit a baby sweater. I think I have enough left over to do the matching beret.
Kindling Season, by Alicia Plummer. I love this thing and I was thrilled to get this as a gift directly from the designer. I meant to get to this pattern sooner (it came out last October) but better late than never. I had a few yarn choices for this, but Alex settled on my red Berroco Vintage Chunky. Not the most exciting of the selections, but it's a pretty color and it's machine washable, so it's probably for the best. I started a few days ago and I'm already through the sleeve separation and working on the body (working from the top-down).
Finally, church is getting pretty interesting these days. I recently experienced my first Ward split and last week was our first meeting in the new building. I officially belong to the Providence 2nd Branch now, lol. It's all new and we're filling all of the offices as quickly as possible. Last week it was all new and exciting and we had a large number of people who showed up. This week, the Honeymoon was definitely over. I noticed a stark contrast between how members of my old ward conducted themselves, and how the members who have joined us from other areas conduct themselves during the meetings. We're all going to have to make some adjustments and I hope that by the time we get all of our offices filled and we all know where things are, it'll all settle down. Otherwise it's fair to say that I'll be called into another primary calling to act as "the enforcer" (as I was apparently known in my last ward, lol).
If I look back over my history of callings, I'm always tapped when the ratio of boys to girls is significantly skewed (think 10 - 1 or higher), or there is a serious problem with reverent behavior, or the children in the Valiant class are all getting ready to age out into the Young Men's/Young Women's groups (they get pretty antsy those last few months before the shift). Basically, if there are lots of boys, lots of trouble making, or lots of pre-teens, then I'm up to bat. I've got a degree in psychology and child development, and I've got a house full of trouble making boys (one of whom is a teenager) so I'm fully qualified. And being 6' doesn't hurt one bit ;) So, I'm going to go knit Alex's sweater now and I'll let you know how it goes in the branch. Oh, and I should have a picture of Clara in this sweater some time soon.