Friday, April 13, 2012

Little Bits

:: Brian and I were talking the other night about what it is that makes a person creative. He would say that he isn't creative in a traditional sense and he's not- he doesn't have a creative hobby or anything, but he's a very creative problem solver for pretty much anything we might come up against.

I, on the other hand, really start to feel it if I don't have some sort of creative outlet for a period of time. Knitting, sewing, music, writing.... I need *something* creative most every day to feel "together" or "complete".

Brian has been home with the kids a lot more lately and he has really noticed how the mood of the house changes if they haven't had a bit of "project time" for more than a day or two. They need their time outside too just like any kid, but there is a very noticeable drop in positive demeanor without time to make things.

:: I've been obsessively searching for just the right beads for the yarn I ordered for the Shipwrecked Shawl... and realized last night that there is NO WAY I will be knitting that shawl in the next several months. How is it that I keep forgetting that I'm going to have a newborn any time now? And how is it that I forget what newborns (and the lack of sleep) are like?

No... no lace knitting for a bit since I don't particularly like ripping out anything knit during times of sleep deprivation.

I might still make sure to hunt down just the right beads though...

:: Ezra is obsessed with drawing and cutting out little people. There are super heroes, pirates and I'm pretty sure he told me he made George Washington the other day. He even made a paper house to stash them in. For awhile everything was going into a paper bag and after I almost threw it away thinking it was trash he made them a home.

:: I truly dislike markers. We try to provide the boys with a very wide variety of art supplies but I am always *very* slow to replace markers. The boys do a great job of taking care of all of our different kinds of paints and colors and clay and doughs, but when it comes to markers they can *never* remember to replace lids or keep them off the couch and carpet...

:: We've been surprised each day as we go out into the yard to find new things popping out of the earth, especially in places we thought had very little if anything planted. It reminds me of how much I love this season. There is something new each day- and at this new house, something a little mysterious as we figure out what all is planted here!

:: I am still deciding what exactly to cast on next since I finished the Hemlock Ring Blanket last night. One last little baby knit? The cardi I've loved since before I really even knew how to knit**? More socks?

**I've literally had the February Lady Sweater in my queue since August of 2008. At that point I'd knit about 4 cotton washcloths. I've actually knit the sweater to about 90% once 2 years or so ago, but I messed it up so badly that I tore it all out. I think I can handle another shot at it now...

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Yarn Along

Or as my boys say "again with all the knitting..." (accompanied by much rolling of eyes, of course!)

I finished another Puerperium cardigan, this one for our own sweet baby girl. I'm still hunting buttons to love for this project and hoping to find them quickly since this little one is coming any day now. I have in my head that she might even wear this little thing home, but we will see how everything goes and how big this "little one" truly is (since she is predicted to be bigger than both of my boys- who were just under and just over 9 pounds a piece...)

I think I've finished or nearly finished all the baby knits I've planned before Baby Girl arrives (just 1 more increase, a few knit rows and the bind off for her blanket!) and I'm ready to move back to some knits for the boys and myself. I did cast on a monster for each of the boys, but working with the yarn Ender chose (Crystal Palace Cuddles) is really hurting my hands so I can only work with it for a few rounds at a time before I have to move to something else. I will finish it, but I don't think I'll work with this particular yarn again. I'm a violinist by trade and really can't afford to have hand/wrist pain developing from a hobby!

I've developed a little obsession with scarves lately and my Rav queue is feeling the weight. I finally ordered yarn for the Shipwreck Shawl that I've long admired and a few different yarns for some scarves to try out some new yarns. I'm most excited about the yarn from Wolle's Yarn Creations. I think I first saw these about two years ago after watching one of Kara's shawls grow from one of those skeins and I have longed for it ever since.  What I was lacking at the time was a real yarn budget and now that I have one I practically leapt at that yarn. It will be here any time now, and of course I'll share here. :)

I've been mostly knitting and not reading when I have free time, but I have been reading Catching Fire again in bits and pieces. I'm trying not to go too quickly through it as my husband is only halfway through Mockingjay and won't take kindly to me stealing it away before he's finished.

What are you knitting these days?

Monday, April 9, 2012


:: I am so thankful this morning for a peaceful and calm Easter weekend.

:: Thankful too that Baby Girl didn't show quite yet, even though it looked like a possibility. Just a bit longer until we meet her!

:: Glad to have the opportunity to spend Easter day with the boys' grandparents eating and talking and egg hunting... it made it so much easier for me to actually be able to stay off my feet some once dinner was made.

:: Hoping your Easter weekend was a blessing to your family as well!

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