Monday, September 22, 2014

Where We've Been

Hullo peeps,

We're alive and well despite my radio silence around these parts. I've been doing lots of weird stuff like going to counseling and examining my life and trying to figure out who I am. Yeah. Weird.

Two weeks ago we went on a little vacay to Colorado Springs and I thought I'd share some pictures, so ...

We spent the first day at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. It was really, really cool. So cool I forgot to take pictures. I got this one, though. Evidence of the phenomenon that occurs every time I say, "Look at the camera." Every time.


K liked it, too. Sort of.

The next day, we went to the Garden of the Gods.

Read: I dragged three cranky children and a husband around in the hot, hot sun because rocks.

Whatever. I liked it.


We even got a family picture. #miracle

Miracle of Miracles

My hat is dorky. But skin the color of a tomato is more dorky.

Then we went to an arcade in downtown Manitou Springs. That place is AWESOME.

If you're ever passing through, hit it up.

We ate. And ate. And ate some more. No pictures of this. You'll just have to take my word for it.

And we bought nine, yes, NINE rubber ducks as souvenirs because we're I'm weird like that. This one is the best.

On the way home we went over Independence Pass and crossed the Continental Divide.



Spectacular views for the low price of tearing holes into your upholstery in terror. Those switchbacks. Yipes.

A few nights ago, when Grover was putting the kids to bed, T told him, "We're going on vacation again next week."

"Really?" Grover replied. "You paying?"

"Yes," T said.

"We can use my piggy bank."

*sniffle* I'm calling this one a success.

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  1. I cannot imagine how this pattern fits that baby girl! I used RHSS and a G 4mm and the sole is just 3.5" long and the ankle opening really small. What could I have done wrong?

  2. Connie Christopherson BarnumApril 1, 2015 at 4:10 PM

    I'm a pretty experienced crocheter and have crochet everything from soup to nuts, but I sure can't figure out how to do round two of the sole. It's just not coming out right for me. " Ch 2. Hdc, sc 4, hdc 2, dc, 2 dc in next 6
    stitches, dc 5, hdc 3, 2 hdc in next 4 stitches. Join but do not finish off." After ch2, do you Hdc in the next stitch, sc 4 in the next stitch, hdc2 in the next stitch, and so on? Oh the first part are you counting the ch2 as a stitch making a total of 6 stitches? On the part starting with dc 5 etc. in next 4 stitiches, if I do it as I think it reads, that would only be 3 stitches. I know my thinking is skrewy somewhere, but where? I hope you can clear this up for me.

  3. Connie Christopherson BarnumApril 1, 2015 at 4:16 PM

    I am an experienced crocheter but I sure can't figure out this pattern. The 2nd row for the sole has thrown me for a loop. Ch 2. Hdc, sc 4, hdc 2, dc, 2 dc in next 6
    stitches, dc 5, hdc 3, 2 hdc in next 4 stitches. Join but do not finish off. No matter which way I do it, it doesn't come out with 6 & 4 stitches worked. For example. Does it mean to Hdc in the next stitch, sc4 in the next stich, hdc 2 in the next stitch, etc? Counting the ch2 at the beginner that would make 6 stiches. However on the next section, working as before, it comes out to 3 stitches used instead of 4. I sure hope you can straighten me out on my thinking. Thank you for posting this free pattern.

  4. Hi there,

    Apologies for taking so long to respond; it's been rather crazy around here. :)

    I've rewritten a few portions of this pattern and added photos of the process. I think you've got the idea of it. Just make sure you don't skip a stitch after the ch-2 in the second round or it will go wonky.

    I hope it helps! Thanks for visiting!


  5. Hi Tina,

    Apologies, I didn't see your comment until recently. I'm not sure what could have happened. If you tend to crochet tightly you might try sizing up a hook. The sole of these should measure about 4.25 inches when completed. I've also added some photos, so hopefully that helps clarify anything that was confusing.

    Thanks for commenting!


  6. I love this pattern. Very easy and well written. Maybe my brain just thinks the same as yours. Thank you so much

  7. Hi Caitlin

    Puts enquiring about the lovely baby sandals r these directions in America if so, I will have to change the stitches let me know please

  8. Hi Debbie,

    The pattern is US crochet.

    Thanks for stopping by!

  9. Thanks Caitlin

    Now to tackle the pattern

    Sent from my iPad

  10. What do you mean by "Working in the back of the original ch now, dc 7 in each."? DC 7 in each stitch? How many? Which ones?

  11. Hello!

    Maybe "Continue around to form an oval by working one DC into each of the next 7 st" would be better.

    I hope that helps clarify things. Thanks for visiting the blog!

  12. Hi 😊 When you were talking in the very beginning about sizes you said Carson yarn which is very think and you used a G. Then you followed with RHSS now that's thicker than Caron so did you change your hook size or did you stay at a G or move up to a H or even use a #7? my LO is about 41/2"-5". I'm also not sure if you meant 4-5" or shoe size 4-5. Thanks so much for this pattern it's exactly what I've been looking for!!!
    Thank you


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