I thought about some of the toys, but mainly I thought about the gift that my mother received that had the following poem written inside the card:
To welcome the wee cherub sent from heaven to you ~* Name pronounced phonetically as "Bew."
may angels stand guard over Claudia Jean Bugh*.
With a heart sweet and pure from the good Lord above ~
she enters your home to be loved and to love.
Her hours are all yours to guide day by day ~
he's lent her to you ~ keep her close in his way.
Heavens minus an angel, she's down here with you ~
your own little daughter ~ Claudia Bugh. By Fay Angus
I'm no angel but perhaps I'm better than I would have been but for the prayers of some wonderfully caring people. Not all babies are so fortunate to have the support and welcome of an extended community but all deserve that and more. It is with a warm heart that I welcome Hilary's baby and hope that he may always know that many care about his well being.
The buttons are vintage Le Chic that came from a pound of buttons that I purchased in a destash sale on Etsy by Lil Fish Extras. Pictured below are just some of the many other buttons included in that pound along with a clever broach made using buttons, felt and crafting wire. It's amazing how many cute ways something as common as old buttons can be used in crafts and if you are not already familiar with Lil Fish Studios you will find many project ideas on her blog for buttons and beyond that are sure to inspire you!
Particulars: Classy Baby Jacket (a Morehouse Farm kit); US5 and US6 needles; 3 skeins Morehouse Merino 3-strand worsted yarn. I found this to be a straight forward pattern and easy to knit project. I used US 5 needles for all trim (areas knit in orange) and US 6 needles for the body of the sweater; size 4 month to 1 year. The Grumperina sells a similar baby sweater but with a zipper closure called Budgie Baby Sweater that is also very cute. I enjoy knitting with Morehouse Merino yarns which are a nice combination of sturdy and rustic but still soft and warm. I used this yarn to knit the Lily Chapeau Hat a few years back and it has held up very well.
Updated!!!! I was absolutely thrilled to receive some pictures of the small child wearing this sweater and I'd like to share one with you ~
I can't tell you the joy it brought to me to see him wearing his sweater!
The Misadventures of Simcha
And for those of you wondering how dear little Simcha is doing..... here he is busy digging a hole in the backyard.
Until next time, be well and love well and never forget that it is the gift of caring for each other that is the most precious and lasting gift of all.