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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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Joining Ginny.

I think I may be bending the rules a bit by linking this post to the Yarn Along as I did not make this baby blanket but I just had to share it with everyone. My mother knits a blanket for every grandchild and I think this may be my favorite. It’s the Cellular Baby Blanket by Erika Knight and it’s just so delightfully light and airy; perfect for a late spring baby. Folded in half, it’s thick enough to cover Caleb and keep him warm in his bassinet at night but during the day I just lay it over him in a single layer and I don’t have to worry about him overheating. I’m not sure what yarn she used. I will find out and post it here.

I am still working on my shawl. I’m averaging one row a day. That means I should be done by the time Caleb is ready for his three month appointment. Ha.

The kids are adjusting to the new baby fairly well. Sam is only semi interested in the baby and seems to take his presence in stride. Eddie on the other hand seems to jump between two emotions when it comes to Caleb: the desire to nurture and the desire to destroy her competition. This has resulted in what seems like hourly tantrums. I expected the adjustment would be harder on Eddie but her behavior plus my exhaustion is making it very difficult for me not to constantly loose my temper with her. During her meltdowns I find myself snapping at her which only makes her cries louder and my frustrations greater. It’s going to take some work on both our parts but hopefully this passes sooner rather than later.

 

wednesday yarn along

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Joining Ginny and Nicole.

I started the Rosewater shawl a few days ago and I’m really enjoying it so far. With the baby due any day now, I think a garter stitch with simple increases on every row is exactly the mind numbing yet comforting project that I need right now. The lace portion will require a little more concentration but perhaps I can do a row here and there while the baby is sleeping and hopefully it won’t take too long to complete. Yarn information here.

And…honey! Last Friday we collected our first first honey harvest. Gabe is so proud of himself and it is well deserved. A year ago he walked into a bee keeping class hosted by the local beekeepers association knowing nothing and now look at him: harvesting honey like there’s no tomorrow. We used the Flow Hive, a rather new and revolutionary technology to honey harvesting. Gabe said the collection process went very smoothly and he was pleased to discover that within the next few weeks we will be able to collect even more honey…perhaps double the amount we collected last week. Knowing what blossoms were prevalent on our property the past month or so and then comparing the color of the honey to an online chart leads us to believe this particular batch was created mostly from apple blossom pollen. Isn’t that lovely? Wander Farm Apple Blossom Honey. I like the sound of that.

Is anyone else feeling giddy from their first spring harvest/projects, whether it be knitting a lightweight shawl, collecting the first seasonal greens from the garden or perhaps harvesting an early batch of honey?

Happy Wednesday, my friends.