Melody went 7 straight nights of waking up in the middle of the night screaming and crying. It got progressively worse from Thanksgiving. She was so hysterical that nothing could calm her. After 7 nights of her doing that and me getting a migraine from my lack of sleep, I couldn't take it anymore and called the doctor the next morning. She said it sounded like it was behavioral and she is probably going through another stage. The stage where she is more clingy and is beginning to fear things. The doctor told me to let her cry it out and told me what to do if I had to go into her room to check on her. She said that it doesn't sound like she is sick and I agreed. She is totally normal during the day, although a little tired because of her interrupted sleep. I called DH and told him about it, so that I could prepare him for the scream fest that night.
So, that night (last Thursday) I went out because I really needed some time off and to blow off some steam. Anna of Mochimochi Land invited me to the Opening Night of Luv-able & Hug-able, a holiday plush show, at Hanahou Gallery. I have never met Anna before even though we both live in New York. I met Anna through Flickr and I have peridocially test knitted her toy patterns for about 2 years. So, it was about time to put a face to the name.I invited Rima to join me and we had a fun time looking and talking about everyone's work.Above is Anna's work. The Elves are her new pattern just in time for the holidays. Those buildings being attacked by squirrels and snails are fantastic. And it was so nice to finally meet her. She is as nice in person as she is online.Above is Betz White's work. Look up, isn't the breakfast pillow neat? I actually own one of her cup o' joe pincushions. I bought it last year from her Etsy shop and it's so beautiful.If you are on Ravelry, I am sure you have seen one of Caffaknitted's knitted dolls. This is her series of King Henry the VIII and his Wives. Anne Boleyn and Catherine Howard are beheadable! You can pop their heads off and put them on their laps.From left to right: Katherine of Aragon, Catherine Parr and Catherine Howard.
Hmmm...who is that hiding behind Melody? Yup, it's Jane Seymour, the 3rd wife of Henry VIII. According to history, she was Henry VIII's FAVORITE wife.I had to buy one of these works of art. It's part of Melody's Christmas presents. It will be put on the shelf with her other knitted dolls (the ones I made for her) until she can play with them. I was so excited and had to show it to her the next day. It was well deserved, especially since she went to bed without waking up after I got home that night. I was prepared for a hard night. So, since last Thursday, it has been touch and go with her. She has been able to cry herself back to sleep without getting all hysterical. And the last few nights, she has only cried out for a few seconds and then goes back to bed. I forgot to mention that her bed time is now much later so that we can get her very tired and hopefully makes her stay asleep. Her later bed time means no time for me to get anything done. I have been staying up late to work on my knitting.Another cool thing is that I got to meet Caffaknitted. She came all the way from North Carolina and was there for the opening night. I feel honored to own a piece of original work. I can't believe that the doll I have is the one pictured on her blog, postcards and her Ravelry page. It is beautifully made. Jane Seymour even has underwear underneath her dress. And that hair is amazing! I had a hard time choosing between 3 of the wives. Thank you, Rima, for helping me choose. And thank you for coming to the show with me.The show runs until January 7th, so be sure to stop by if you are in New York. The plushes and dolls are available for purchase at the gallery and online, at Hanahou Gallery, so you can own an original art plush even if you are no where near New York.
Recently, I showed you the fabulous Rainbow Moebius that I test knitted for Manuèle. Well, she is done writing up the pattern and she has graciously allowed me to give out 5 Printed Copies of her pattern. Isn't that so nice?
Please leave a comment saying that you will like to be entered in the Giveaway and I will draw 5 names next week. I want to send it out before I leave for the Christmas Holidays. You have until Dec 16, midnight est time. ETA: Anyone is eligible, except for you, DH.