House Hunting and Teddy Bear Pattern

I’ve been terribly lax about posting anything these days and I apologize.  I’ve been in the middle of house hunting and knitting teddies.

The housing market these days – shees!  It’s definitely more of a seller’s market vs. a buyers market, and that’s been stressing me out.  I can’t speak for anyone else’s home buying experience, but living in California, you have a window of time to buy for the best value, but not especially the largest selection, and that’s in winter to very early spring.  We are on the cusp right now, and I have found a home I want to buy…after pulling out of escrow on another home I wanted to buy but thought better of only one week into the process.  Now that I’ve read that, I guess the market isn’t that skimpy on selection if I’ve been able to find two houses I like well enough to put in escrow!  Anyway, tortuous.

In the meantime, I’ve tried some new knitting techniques for myself and in the process have created  a cute little teddy!  Just click on the link for the pattern.  arrow

In the designer’s defense, I did make some modifications to her pattern and ended up arms a bit longer than I would have preferred, however, I am overall impressed and pleased with the toy.  Thinking of sending little Teddy off to my niece!

So wish me luck on my house hunt.  Hopefully, we’ll find out soon enough if our bid is accepted.

A Follow-up Photoshoot

The mother of the newborn girl I had previously taken pictures of wanted me to take pictures of the family, plus brothers, sisters, grandma and their children.  Now I was a little nervous, because taking pictures of so many people and children is a challenge.  As one of the father’s said, it’s like herding kittens!  We ended up having a few mishaps –  goathead thorns found their way into someone’s foot and caused a great many tears and I lost my prescription sunglasses, only to find them later on in someone’s thoughtful care!   But all in all, it was a good time.  I did have to add the picture of the frustrated and bored children at the end because it so eloquently shares a story without words!  Below the gallery is a fun poll – take it and I will answer in about a week!

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