Monday, March 11, 2013

Springtime is for babies


We decided that our 2 new little chickie friends needed some more friends, and promptly added a pair each of buff orpingtons, blue-laced red wyndottes, and blue Cochin bantams to the brooder. They are all irresistibly cute, and we spend time each day holding them and letting them explore a bit.


We're also expecting an early summer baby boy (a human boy, that is!), who I cannot seem to stop knitting tiny baby things for. So far, I've made a couple longies, which I plan on lanolizing to double as diaper covers. And a sweet little sweater (finished with gorgeous handmade buttons from this shop) with matching booties. I think I'll get started on a blanket next (or maybe a hat)! So now you can see why I've been somewhat absent from the computer lately. 


I went to a farm estate sale a month ago and picked up these precious outfits for my (not-so-baby) girl. They were only a dollar each. I just love the colors and patterns of older clothing - so natural and soothing, which I don't find so much with modern kids' clothing. There were so many fascinating things at this 100 year old homestead, and I was so sad to hear that the family sold the property to a developer. Such history soon to be destroyed. It breaks my heart, and if I had a million dollars, I would've given it to them just to preserve and pass on that piece of land.

23 comments:

  1. Congratulations on the baby! That is such exciting, happy news. He's going to be so wonderfully dressed! I'm always so impressed with your knitting. One day I'll tackle something other than a hat or blanket. I also couldn't agree with you more about how sad it is to have history so easily discarded. One day we'll all have excess money and start a save the dying homesteads project, right?

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  2. I KNEW it! I had a dream that you were pregnant :) Isn't that funny? We've never met and I dreamt about you, LOL! Congratulations to the Ngo family!!!!!!!!! So exciting - I'm bursting :)

    I was the lucky recipient of a HUGE box full full of very old clothes for first daughter (now 15). That box was filled with lovely dresses just like the ones you showed... There were little sailor dresses, sweet little birdies embroidered on collars and yolks, etc.. so precious...

    OH, I almost forgot - your knitting is absolutely LOVELY... I can hardly wait to see your new son dressed in them.

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    1. That is so sweet about your dream :) Thank you for sharing our joy!

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  3. Oh Congratulations!! Such lovely news x

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  4. Congratulations on your summer baby boy! My husband and I are expecting our first baby in July (a boy!) Wish I had your talent for knitting! We just got our spun merino wool back from the woolen mill and I would love to knit something for baby that came from our very own sheep.

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    1. Oh yay! Congratulations to you as well! That must be wonderful to have wool from your own sheep - I hope to raise sheep someday :)

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  5. It is sad when a piece of property is sold to pave the way to "so-called progress". When I recently sold my farm, I was careful that it was bought by a young couple and family that I knew. They will carry on with the projects I started because they share the love of land that I still have.
    Congratulations on your growing family!

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  6. Oh, congratulations! Those chicks are darling -- I've ordered some red laced blue wyandottes, too. Who could resist that description. Your little boy will be the best-dressed little fella ever! I was so sad to hear that yet another farm will be plowed under and developed. Such a total loss. Those little outfits are so adorable, and I agree that the colors and patterns were so lovely then. Now it's loud and unattactive (IMHO).

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  7. Congrats to you and your growing family!

    Those are the cutest knitting projects I think I've ever seen! Oh my, the cuteness.

    I totally agree about the vintage clothes (though my eye is more towards ladies wear than children's). But, too bad about the sale of the place. That is a real shame indeed.

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  8. photos. Makes me want to start hatching out chicks!

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  9. Congratulations on the wonderful news of your growing family! I'm looking forward to seeing him added to the blog photos, in those gorgeous clothes you've knitted.

    I'm also looking forward to seeing those cute little chicks growing up.

    And yes, it's sad about farms being sold to developers. It's so hard for farming families to make a living, especially when in competition with the Big Corporations. And it seems that the farms don't pass down to the next generation as much anymore - whether that is because the new generation doesn't want to farm, or can't because they have so much trouble supporting a family doing it. So I really admire you for the dedication and effort you are putting in to making your life work.

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  10. Congratulations! I love those adorable
    knitted baby clothes! Thanks for sharing the
    patterns with us. I'm definitely going to
    try the little sweater....love the buttons!
    You're a great knitter....Corinne

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  11. What wonderful news, congratulations to your family.
    I don't knit myself, but love to admire the craftiness of those who do, I adore the little leggins, so sweet.
    I do hope your pregnancy is a blessing to you, enjoy that season of carrying life within you, it is such a joy.

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  12. Congratulations, Jaime!! Wishing you all the very best for this next exciting addition to your family. Lots of hugs xx

    (Your knitting is beautiful, too. He will be wrapped in love from the moment he enters the world).

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  13. Jaime, congratulations! What delightful news. My second grandbaby is due in July. Another girl, for which we are very thankful. I have to add that your knitting is lovely and those baby chicks adorable.

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  14. Congratulations to you guys!! How exciting!! He will certainly be well dressed with all those beautiful knitted outfits! Love the pieces you picked up for your little girl too, very cute! What a neat idea photographing the chicks in the basket, I like the last one especially!! :)

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  15. AH! So very exciting!!! Yes, keep knitting, keep busy, keep soaking up the baby love! Ad then rest as much as possible ;-)

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  16. Thank you so very much, sweet friends, for your well-wishes for our growing family. My heart is so full from your kindness <3
    -Jaime

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  17. oh How Exciting! Congratulations. Very nice knitting for the new wee one. I want chickens and I'm trying to figure out how to convince my husband that it's a good idea. Last summer C came home from The G's wearing a cute little vintage dress. Turns out it was mine when I was a baby. I thought that was pretty cool my mom saved them.

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  18. I am so so happy for you, Jaime! Gorgeous clothing for you new baby BOY! Just thrilling. Francis, maybe??

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  19. congratulations! that's such exciting news.

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  20. CONGRATULATIONS! That little boy is one lucky dude - joining such a beautiful family and home. <3 I'm jealous of your knitting skills. I'm a pretty mean crocheter, but I love the look of knit items....

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  21. How exciting! Wonderful excuse to knit even more!

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