Happy St. Pat’s

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This is how St Pat’s week started for us – lucky mail from O’Nana and O’Papa. Special delivery for a wee lad. This year we weren’t going to spend the holiday with my family, since we all just saw each other AND my brother and sister-in-law’s first baby is due in about a week. But this little green envelope got me wishing for family and mom’s cooking.

So we hopped in the car Friday night and headed for Grand Rapids. And so did my parents, so we could all stay the weekend with my brother and his wife. We made it just in time to celebrate Pi Day with mom’s lemon meringue.

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It was the best one I’ve ever had. It was super tart and super delicious.

The next afternoon we headed to Founders and the sun was shining enough to sit on the patio!

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I can’t wait for these cuties to be parents! And I get to be an auntie and put tons of cute handknits on the baby! She’s due March 26, so any day now…

I can’t decide what is my favorite baby knit right now. It’s a toss up amongst Sky Cap, Slöfock, Barrel o’ Monkey, and oh, Baby socks. Truly, Slöfock is the best baby gift. Being a slouch, it can be worn folded for a long time at first and then turn to a slouch as baby grows.

Baby Knitspot and I sported our matching Slöfocks on Saturday

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in the Emerald Isle colorway of Breathless DK. Perfect for the day, don’t you think!?

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This kid has found selfies extremely fun. I think I have about 40 versions of this pose.

After our quick outing we headed home for a late lunch of the meal we wait all year for.

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Aaaah…corned beef, cabbage, carrots, potatoes and mom’s homemade rolls. I really think this meal trumps the Thanksgiving feast as my favorite meal. It’s so delicious!

We spent the rest of the evening watching Padraig get better at walking (yes, he’s walking!) and chase three dogs around his toys. Kids are an endless amount of entertainment. And it’s a chance for all of us to let our silly side show.

Before we left for home the next day, the previous dinner was turned into hash

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with Padraig cheering for his meal. He sure knows how to melt a Nana’s heart!

Today we went to our first music and movement class and he was excited to wear his special hat.

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He absolutely loves his Woodcutter’s Toque in Confection. It’s one of the few hats he keeps on. And he loves feeling the texture of the heavy cables.

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I spent the rest of the day at home working while Padraig took a long nap, so we could spend a little celebratory time tonight with daddy. I’m taking my boys,

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donning Confection hats (Padraig in his Woodcutter’s and Matt in his Pembroke), to hear some live Irish music!

Then I’m spending the rest of my holiday working on this divine knit.

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Willowherb in Confection, colorway Cookies and Cream. I have enough yarn for hat and mittens and I can’t wait to complete the set. Happy St Pat’s to those that celebrate and happy knitting this evening to those that will be joining me.

10 Responses to “Happy St. Pat’s”

  1. I LOVE your family’s St. Patrick’s Day celebrations! So fun that you spent it all together. I know this holiday is right up there with Thanksgiving for me and my family too…… so much tradition and memories and family! I can’t wait until my niece is hold enough to learn Irish dancing (I think I missed my chance with Lil’ Snowboarder!).

    Okay, and you are killing me with all the cable knitting! LOVE LOVE LOVE! And I’m jealous that my test knitter was able to knit with Confection :) I’m loving Stone Soup! xoxo

  2. Mary C says:

    Awesome, Erica! Beautiful photos of a beautiful family. I love all of your hats, I think I may need a couple of Woodcutter’s Toques for my grandsons. Too cute!

  3. Margie E from NYC says:

    Erica:
    It’s been awhile since I’ve seen Padraig, especially now that he has grown into his cheeks. He is stunning! What a happy child…a true product of what can happen when children are raised in a loving environment. Good for you!
    BTW: Great knitting!
    M/

  4. Jo Morgan says:

    Padraig is darling and you both look so good in your green hats. I have a corned beef in the crockpot right now. I have never made it before because I thought is was blah–yours looks so good–hope mine is half as pretty!

  5. Mom says:

    Oh what a lovely weekend it was with the family together impatiently waiting for our next grandson!! We are blessed!! Lovely pictures and lovely knitting Erica!!!

  6. josiekitten says:

    So glad you enjoyed your family celebrations. Padraig looks so sweet in his hats! We are off to Ireland in the summer, I love to visit where my family came from.

  7. Alhbooks says:

    Thanks for sharing your holiday with us…I could almost taste that pie!

  8. Katharine says:

    Oh, I adore the pic of you and Padraig in your green slofocks. Love love love!

  9. Stephanie says:

    Such a handsome little hat model! Welcome to the world of a walking toddler; you’ll look at your house and everywhere else in a different way. ;-) Emma will be 21m on Wed, so I can barely remember what it was like before she walked at 11m. She’s still missing her incisors, so not a full mouth of teeth yet. Happy belated St Patty’s Day! (sjn821 on Rav)

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