September 30, 2013
Posted by Ms Cleaver under Fair
| Tags: apple picking
, cheese fries
, Cumberland County Fair
It’s no secret that I love Autumn in Maine. Fall has always been my favorite time of year and New England has the best Autumns of them all. And this year I get to share it all with Little Miss Cleaver – which makes it even better.
This year we crammed both of the Cleaver Family fall favorite field trips into one gloriously busy week: the Fair (Cumberland County) and apple picking (Ricker Hill). Miss Cleaver was wide-eyed at all the new things to look at (but not allowed to put in her mouth) and Mr. Cleaver and I loved watching her take it all in. Steinbeck was just happy to be there.
For years now, Mr. Cleaver and I talked about how some day we would take our future children on these annual adventures with us and what a thrill it is to be actually doing it now. We met in the fall and married in the fall (6 years this Sunday!), and the return of the season each year serves as a reminder of how this little family, my greatest joy, made its start. Small wonder that Autumn’s my favorite time of year.
PS: Miss Cleaver just turned 6 months old (how time flies!) and mastered sitting the day we went apple picking.
Or should I say, almost mastered?
PPS: Thanks to those of you who voted for the Pride’s Corner Drive-In. Unfortunately they didn’t win a new projector, but another Maine Drive-In (in Saco) did!
August 30, 2013
Posted by Ms Cleaver under Maine
| Tags: Drive-In Movie
I don’t often shill for things here, or in my life ever, but long-time readers of this blog know that I am a HUGE fan of the Pride’s Corner Drive In in Westbrook, ME.
My whole life I had always wanted to go to a drive-in movie and imagine my luck when I moved back to Maine and found one 10-minutes down the road!
Unfortunately after this summer, there’s a good chance a lot of this country’s drive-in movie theaters will go dark. Film distributors are largely shying away from 35mm film, which means that most Drive-Ins will need to convert to digital projection to be able to show new films. The cost to convert (about $75,000-$80,000) is a huge hurdle for these small businesses.
We’ve already taken Little Miss Cleaver twice this summer, and I’d love to be able to take her when she can remember the experience!
So my request here is two-fold:
1. If you live in the area – go patronize the drive-in!! This weekend they’re showing a double-feature (it’s always a double feature!) of Monsters University and Despicable Me 2. $15 per Car. Gates Open At 7pm. Show Starts At Dusk. (For more info, visit the Pride’s Corner Facebook Page)
2. Honda (yes, the car company) is sponsoring a “Save the Drive-In” contest, where the top 5 vote getters will receive a free digital projector. You can vote for Pride’s Corner here: http://projectdrivein.com/#vote_68 or by texting Vote68 to 444999. You can vote once each way per day from now until Sept 9th.
That’s all – this is just a place I love and would hate to see go away!
August 26, 2013
This Friday I took the day off of work and we took little Miss Cleaver out for her first beach day. We went to my favorite beach, Ocean Park, where I first dipped my toes into the Atlantic nearly 8 years ago to the day. Miss Cleaver found the toe-dipping experience a bit chilly for her tastes.
Being a trio of pale-skinned red-heads we didn’t spend too much time on the beach itself, but all in all it was a perfect day with shaded strolls, ice cream with sprinkles (for me), shuffle-board nap time (for her) and a good time had by all. Just in time too, as my little 5-month-has nearly outgrown that bonnet already!
August 18, 2013
Posted by Ms Cleaver under Designing
Over a year ago, my cousin was having a baby. I asked what kind of stuffed animal she would like for her little girl. She said something jungle-ly. And so, Zienna was born.
This softie is made for babies.
The high-contrast black and white grabs their attention, but the slightly antique tones of the Berocco Remix yarn, keep it looking classic. The zebra is seamlessly knit from head to tail, meaning that it can stand up to all those babies can dish out. I know my little one is a fan.
The pattern is available from Ravelry for $5 USD
May 7, 2013
Posted by Ms Cleaver under Family
Whenever Mr. Cleaver and I talked about having kids, we talked about how much of we do already is pretty kid friendly (see: apple picking) and how we wanted to integrate Miss Cleaver into as much of what we love about our lives as possible.
As so, as she sleeps a lot still and is pretty portable, Miss Cleaver’s been and mostly slept through a number of knit nights, neighborhood walks, trips to visit my co-workers, weekly visits to the local library for story time, and Record Store Day.
This past weekend she got a crash course in Mom’s nerd loves as she celebrated (read: slept through) International Star Wars Day, Free Comic Book Day, and a viewing of Iron Man 3 at the Drive-in. (Fun fact: the first time we went to Pride’s Corner Drive-In back in 2010, we saw Iron Man 2 – how time flies!)
I know it won’t always be as easy or practical to take her along on all these things, but as long it is, we’ll be bringing her along.
April 18, 2013
I’m pleased to announce the release of Honeymaker, my newest design for Quince & Co. A feminine take on the traditional aran sweater, with a bee-inspired twist, the Honeymaker pullover features stitch patterns inspired by netting, hives, and, of course, the honeycomb. It also comes with directions to include an optional bee inset into your honeycomb, if you like.
The cables really pop when knit in Quince’s Osprey aran-weight yarn, particularly in the less saturated shades, like the faded brick-colored Clay used here. The collar can be worn popped for a face framing effect, or folded for a more-traditional shawl-collar look.
The pattern is knit in the round from the bottom up, with subtle waist shaping. The collar/shoulders are knit back and forth (cabling on right side only) with raglan shaping and the collar ribbing is picked up and knit back and forth for a seamless garment.
The pattern is available for download for $6 USD from the Quince & Co Website or you can queue it up on Ravelry.
Modeled photos courtesy of Quince & Co.
April 16, 2013
Posted by Ms Cleaver under Family
Come Friday, Little Miss Cleaver (LMC or Miss C.) will be a month old (well, four weeks). It’s hard to believe a) that it’s been a month already and b) that’s she’s only been in our lives a month. The nights are long and the days are short and we couldn’t be happier.
I’ve managed to get in a little sewing, and Miss C. went to her first knit night last week and got tons of cuddles and mom got to use two hands at once. I spend a lot of time just looking at her and thinking how beautiful she is and how amazing it is that she’s ours.
I love being a mom to this little wigglebottom.