A Special Visitor


Yes, I’ve been away, working working working on the dog sweater design I’m about to share with you.  But let’s face it ~ I could’ve checked in with you.  It was Spring Fever.  It was the 20th anniversary trip to Charleston (last week).  It was the 20th anniversary (this past Wednesday).    It was the daughter’s 16th birthday (yesterday).

It was just … I didn’t have anything to say, and what I had to say took too long to say in the time I had to say it.  Oh, well ~ forgive, ‘kay?


Yesterday was April’s 16th birthday, and it was a wonderful day.  

My sweet, lovely daughter has been with us since April 5, 1994, when we went to China to adopt her.  She turned 2 and took her first steps while we were there, and the ensuing years have been a wonderful, sometimes painful whirl of two, ahem, older people trying to raise and handle a quirky, talented, intelligent little girl.  Now our baby is almost grown! (The Savannah Morning News told April’s story at age 6.)

I believe April had her best birthday ever.  She had a date with a special boy to have sushi lunch ~ he brought her chocolates and white tulips ~ and go on to the movies.  Since many of today’s teenagers seem to feel no need to learn to drive, these two included, Poppa chauffeured them around and brought them back here for birthday cake. 

Isn’t she cute ~ all 4’11” of her?









I hadn’t met the boy before, and there was much advance cleaning and fixing up to get ready for his visit.  Here’s a picture of April’s room clean ~ take a good look, because you’re not likely to find it that tidy again soon.

That’s a reproduction of a Gee’s Bend quilt that I bought from Anthropologie several years ago.  The Jim Dine heart poster was in my Pepto Bismol pink studio apartment in New York before I moved to Savannah and got married.  The stick thingie propped on top of the bookcase is a voodoo doll from New Orleans.  And you can’t see the big birthday gift, a Nintendo Wii, on a dresser to the right.



It’s in the low 80s here, but I realize it’s still cold elsewhere, and there are plenty of little ones who stay cold year ’round.  So, here’s the latest installment in the puppy finery parade, pattern available by clicking on the thumbnail to your right under “My Patterns for Sale on Etsy”.

Fido’s Flower Garden 









Your pup can welcome spring in this beautiful, intricately detailed embroidered fair isle beauty. Knit partly in the round with an off-center lace-trimmed “henley” neck, decorative button faux closure, and pearl-beaded highlights, this sweater will keep your pup warm while temperatures are still cool outside, and pretty as a posy.

For the intermediate to advanced knitter who enjoys detail work. Some embroidery, hand-stitching, beading and crochet required.

The sweater uses 10 shades of light worsted-weight yarn.  This one is knitted in Cascade 220 wool.




My boy is extra sweet when he wears this one!









4 Responses to “A Special Visitor”

  1. 1 Coco April 11, 2008 at 6:29 pm

    Your daughter is lovely. It sounds like she had a very nice birthday. 🙂

    Also, I’m in love with the knitting you do, and quite jealous of your skill! I crochet, but very slowly. I’m trying to learn more!

  2. 2 dropkickstitch April 11, 2008 at 10:59 pm

    Oh Kay! I’m sorry I didn’t say congratulations on the 5th (but I had a few pharmaceutical cocktails by then and the anniversaries we share were a bit of a blur). I LOVE LOVE LOVE the new doggie sweater, that is so awesome! Big hugs and I hope to see you at the knit in tomorrow!

  3. 3 mysavannahcottage April 12, 2008 at 2:33 am

    Oh, lord, I wish I could get some lessons in color work. This one about killed me! See you tomorrow!

  4. 4 Gina April 18, 2008 at 10:33 am

    I read her story right before I got married…then got preggo 😛
    Happy late birthday to April!!

    An I didn’t learn to drive until I was 21…an I STILL hate it…I am now about to be 28 😛 I am glad she had a good time.

    That sweater is precious! I wanna cuddle your puppy!

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