Wednesday yarn along

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*Joining Ginny

I’ve decided to stop numbering my Yarn Along posts. It seemed logical to number them at first, but this morning I realized that it didn’t serve any purpose other than to satisfy my need to organize everything in my life into lists. So, I’m throwing caution to the wind, and no longer numbering my posts.

Pray for me.

Swift is coming along nicely. I had a hiccup on Sunday and ended up one stitch short on a row, only to discover my mistake had been made three rows back. Not a huge deal, except ripping out three rows of lace is way more time consuming than ripping out three rows of stockinette stitch. It set me back a day, but I managed to fix it last night and I’m back on track. It’s such a lovely pattern and the yarn is just to die for. It’s so soft and the color is the most beautiful blueish-purpleish-gray. (Nice adjective use, Sarah.) I would love to have an entire sweater knit out of this stuff. Scratch that: an entire wardrobe!

I’m back to reading Understanding Exposure. Gardening, canning and harvesting season is over and I find that I have more time on my hands than I did a month ago. Photography is something that I really would like to improve upon, so I’m going to make an effort to learn as much as I can during these winter months. This book was recommended by Ginny, and it’s been a great read so far. There are exercises in every chapter and my goal is to complete one exercise a week. Hopefully I (and you all) will start to see a difference in my photos over the next few months. You’ll have to let me know!

pumpkins and power tools

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I keep going back to the series of photos that show Sam and Eddie taking turns putting grass on each other’s heads. I laugh every time I look at them.

I stopped by a farmer’s market and purchased some carving pumpkins. Gabe was working a lot this week and I didn’t have the time or the inclination to visit a pumpkin patch with the kids all by myself. We decided to carve them up this weekend and we couldn’t have chosen a better day. It was sunny, but the air was crisp and it smelled like fall. The kids ran around the yarn, picking apples off the ground and playing in the grass. Occasionally Sam would try to help Gabe carve, but then something else would grab his attention and he would run off, leaving Gabe to take care of the majority of carving duties. I don’t think Eddie could have cared less what we were doing with the pumpkins. She had an apple in her hand and the entire family was outside. Her version of heaven.

Per usual, Gabe’s OCD took control of the situation, and after choosing three specific designs, he free hand drew them onto the pumpkins, referencing the design photos from his phone. Then he meticulously cut out each design using his drill, jigsaw, and a variety of kitchen knives. I made fun of him for turning a simple child’s activity into a full blown artistic endeavor, but I have to admit, the pumpkins look amazing. The pumpkin with the little holes drilled into it was supposed to have a disco ball effect, but we didn’t use a big enough drill bit, so the candle light doesn’t really show through the holes. Oddly enough, we did the exact same disco ball design last year, and made the same mistake; the holes were too small. We had to go back and re-drill, using a slightly larger bit. Apparently one of us needs to write down the bit size needed, lest we repeat the same mistake three years in a row.

It’s so much fun celebrating Halloween now that I have at least one kid who is old enough to understand what the holiday is all about: candy, costumes, spooky stories and of course, Jack-O-Lanterns! Sam talks about it every day and I think I’m almost as excited for trick-or-treating as he is.

Wednesday Yarn Along #12 (and a few other things)

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Yesterday I posted that I would explain why I have been so tired lately, and slightly absent from the blogging world. I feel like that last photo offers up a pretty decent explanation. Last month we discovered that I am pregnant with our third child. The baby is due in May and we couldn’t be more thrilled. The morning sickness was pretty rough last week. I was taking prescription anti-nausea meds around the clock, and my poor family ate out more than I’d like to admit because there was no way I was going to cook. Just opening my fridge sent me running for the bathroom. I couldn’t even knit because counting stitches made my head spin. I’d never had morning sickness like that before. Over the last few days, the nausea has subsided, and I feel like I’m starting to regain a little of my old energy and while my clothes are already feeling a tad too snug, I feel great.

But enough about that. Look at my sweater! Isn’t it wonderful? I loved this pattern. Full disclosure: I would never use this yarn again. I loved the color, but it pilled too much for my taste and in some photos, like the close-ups of the buttons, you can see the yarn has already turned a bit fuzzy.

Speaking of the buttons, I am in love with them. Bees! They are from an Etsy store called Wooly Moss Roots. As soon as I saw them, I had to have them. The couple who made them have so many adorable carved items, and I highly recommend checking out their blog.

You might notice how I only have one button buttoned on this sweater. Normally I would show you what it looks like completely buttoned, but since I cast on, I have gained ten pounds, and there are certain parts of my (ahem) anatomy that have expanded since then, so it doesn’t look very good buttoned up.

In a nutshell, I’m glad I chose Inland for my first KAL, and I know this sweater will get lots of use this winter. It took forever to post photos, but better late than never, right?