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This past week I took one step forward and about ten steps back with my Rosewater shawl. I knit 8 rows of the lace pattern only to discover I had made a mistake on row 6. I tried to rip it out stitch by stitch but as we all know, that doesn’t always work with lace. Needless to say, I ended up ripping out 8 rows and I became so frustrated that I shoved it in a drawer and cast on for a pair of socks for Eddie. I needed something simple. Mindless. It’s a basic sock pattern and I’m not crazy about the yarn (pills horribly and doesn’t retain its shape) but I have about six skeins of it, I’m trying to use it up and it seems like children’s socks are a good way to do so. Plus, her feet are growing so quickly I figure she will outgrow the socks before the yarn starts to wear out.

I splurged and purchased some lovely knitting notions from Never Not Knitting. They have brass stitch markers in these beautiful pill boxes, so I purchased one set of regular stitch markers and one set of removable stitch markers. I also ordered their Tudor Rose scissors which are so sweet and possess a wonderfully vintage look, as well as a bottle of their wool soap. The soap is from a company called Twig & Horn, which I had never heard of. It’s sold in this beautiful glass container, which I can’t wait to repurpose after the soap is gone. I chose the rosewood scent, not because I knew what rosewood actually smelled like, but because I liked the sound of it. Turns out, I made the right decision. I can’t wait to wash my woolens in it!

It’s quiet right now in the house, which is almost unheard of these days. Gabe took Sam to run an early morning errand and Caleb and Eddie are still abed. I could be getting a head start on my chores this morning, but instead I’m sitting in our office, drinking coffee, typing away, and listening to the sprinklers watering my garden. It’s peaceful. It’s calm.

Scratch that…I can hear Eddie stirring in her bed…

My day has begun.

Happy knitting, everyone.

Rosewater shawl and chickens 

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I have managed to find some time to pick up the Rosewater shawl here and there and I have finally hit the lace portion of the pattern. It’s not complicated at all, but it is lace so I try not to work on it when the kids are jumping all over me…which is hardly ever.

The chickens are laying five or six eggs a day and free range every day. Free ranging is wonderful for many reasons. They aren’t pooping in the chicken tractor all day, which means we don’t have to move it more than once a week. We haven’t even had to clean the inside area where the brood boxes are because they hardly spend any time in there, except to lay an egg. They spend most of the day hunting for bugs and worms in the field and rarely touch the chicken feed we give them, which can be quite expensive. We feed them scraps from the kitchen and I think they may enjoy pancakes more than my own kids. While they are certainly not the most cuddly pets, the kids get a kick out of them and I love their eggs, so win-win.

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Joining Ginny and Nicole.

I haven’t made much progress on my shawl (and by “much” I mean any progress at all. One row in the last week. That’s it). However, I did take a few photos of the finished Leksak tunic. It was the last project that I managed to finish before Caleb’s birth and I’m so glad that I did. I used an organic cotton-linen blend which makes it a perfect summer sweater. It looks very sweet with dresses but I didn’t have the time or the energy to change Eddie into a dress for her mini photo-op but I think it works well with jeans. The yarn is S. Charles Tigris, which I have had sitting in my stash for about ten years. It’s discontinued as far as I know.

These past two weeks are starting to blur together into one sleep-deprived haze. Caleb sleeps in two hour blocks, with an hour in-between each block reserved for eating, burping, diaper changes and drifting back off to sleep. This is barring any gas bubbles, diaper blow-outs or major spit ups, of course. Then it may take up to two hours to get him back to sleep. Gabe is already back at work so he is only able to help me out with night feedings on nights before his off days. He tries to keep the other two kids occupied as much as possible when he gets home, giving me a chance to nap for 30 minutes to an hour every now and then but it doesn’t always work out that way. Basically, we are both starting to feel the strain (and exhaustion) of being outnumbered by small children. Once Caleb develops more of a set schedule (preferably one that includes a four hour block of sleep somewhere) I know we will be over the hump of the newborn stage and things will start to get easier. In the meantime, I spend most of my time in our room, rocking our new baby and loving his sweet newborn smell and his tiny newborn grunts.

Happy Wednesday, friends.

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